Olivia Hinebaugh

Olivia is a write-at-home-mom to an eight-year-old boy, a three-year-old girl, and a busy two-year-old boy. Along with parenting and book articles, she writes kids' books. Her debut YA novel THE BIRDS, THE BEES, AND YOU AND ME comes out January 22, 2019. Like most modern moms, Olivia juggles a lot of things and wears a lot of hats. This means a) she writes whenever the kids are sleeping and b) her house is often messy. Some people can do it all. Olivia is not one of those people.

This Storybook Pig Based On A Real-Life Sow Will Steal Your Heart — See The Cover First Here

What is it about pigs that just tug at the heartstrings? Have you ever rooted for a character as much as Wilbur from Charlotte’s Web? Or Babe from the eponymous novel and movie? Well, it’s time to meet your latest pig best friend in Emma, a real…
By Olivia Hinebaugh

A Beaut Children’s Book For Every Day Leading Up To Christmas

If ever there was a month to get cozy with the kiddos and read a million books, it'd be December. Holiday season is pretty bonkers for most folks, especially those of us with little kids who require more Christmas planning than any non-parent could…
By Olivia Hinebaugh

9 Spooky Books To Read With A Snuggly Little Skeleton On Your Lap

I like to think that every holiday is a good chance to get some new books. (My bookshelves are always begging for mercy.) Halloween is no different. Sure, you'll also need to stock up on candy and cider and pumpkin-spice-flavored-things, but I think…
By Olivia Hinebaugh

Boys Get A Boost With Their Own Book Of Inspo — & We Have The Cover Reveal

By now, you’ve seen her on bookshelves, the steely-eyed tween swimmer staring out of you, her strong little arms crossed in a pose that is so packed with attitude it takes a moment to understand what is so revolutionary about it. The cover image…
By Olivia Hinebaugh

This Picture Book Is Better Than Guided Meditation — Tomie DePaola Explains How He Did It

As a parent, when your hair isn't on fire, you are likely surrounded by the blare of, say, The Octonauts ("Creature report! Creature report!"). Life is wall-to-wall activities and noise; you're alway hurrying to or from something. Sometimes I feel…
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Shannon Hale's Beloved Kids' Graphic Novel About Friendship Is Getting A Sequel — & We Have The Cover Reveal

Many parents feel every jolt of their kids' ride into the bumpy world of friendship — littered with cliques, attacks on their self-esteem, bullying, and anxiety — and want to know how they can prepare them for those experiences. So when the graphic…
By Olivia Hinebaugh

10 New Children's Books That Are A Balm For Your Feminist Rage

OK folks, it's been a tough week (month? year? presidential term?) for womankind. But children's publishing has a salve for all that burning rage, giving us a wealth of children's books that lift up some of history's greatest women. It's a facet of…
By Olivia Hinebaugh

12 Picture Books That Are Legit Works Of Art

Of people who work in children's literature, author Gary D. Schmidt said, "They are artists, who make their most beautiful work for children." It was at a conference I attended, and really struck me, because I feel like my most emotional responses…
By Olivia Hinebaugh

18 Children's Books So Full Of Lulz, You & Your Tot Will Giggle Off To Sleep

What adult cannot relate to the idea of being a lion not living up to his potential as a carnivorous alpha predator? No honest adult, I think. Such is the premise of How To Be A Lion, by Ed Vere, one of the many new children's books this year that,…
By Olivia Hinebaugh

I Had My Dog With Me Through Labor, & Am Here To Say Doggos Make 10/10 Birth Partners

I have been very blessed in the support I've received during labor and birth. I've had three births. Each birth was different, but all three have been out-of-hospital, unmedicated births. And during all three, I was supported by my partner, my mom,…
By Olivia Hinebaugh

10 Books For Kids That Lovingly Depict Dad-dom (& Granddad-dom)

Reading a book 200 times is a surefire way to find out whether you love it or want to throw its rhyming llama couplets into the diaper pail. Children's books especially do a tricky dance for an audience of squinty-eyed parents and wide-eyed tots:…
By Olivia Hinebaugh

100 Progressive Books For Children

Reading a book 200 times is a surefire way to find out whether you love it or want to throw its rhyming llama couplets into the diaper pail. Children's books especially do a tricky dance for an audience of squinty-eyed parents and wide-eyed tots:…
By Olivia Hinebaugh

10 Picture Books Your Kids Will Love That Have Special Meaning For Moms

Reading a book 200 times is a surefire way to find out whether you love it or want to throw its rhyming llama couplets into the diaper pail. Children's books especially do a tricky dance for an audience of squinty-eyed parents and wide-eyed tots:…
By Olivia Hinebaugh

The Book That Captures My Daughter's Best Friendship

Reading a book 200 times is a surefire way to find out whether you love it or want to throw its rhyming llama couplets into the diaper pail. Children's books especially do a tricky dance for an audience of squinty-eyed parents and wide-eyed tots:…
By Olivia Hinebaugh

Here's What Kate Middleton Should Know About Home Birth

Will the Duchess of Cambridge deliver her third child at Kensington Palace? Unconfirmed chatter that Kate Middleton will deliver the next royal baby in a home birth there or at Sandringham Estate has been reported everywhere from Vogue to the Bath…
By Olivia Hinebaugh

For This Mom & Daughter, "Resistance" Meant Writing A Children's Book

Reading a book 200 times is a surefire way to find out whether you love it or want to throw its rhyming llama couplets into the diaper pail. Children's books especially do a tricky dance for an audience of squinty-eyed parents and wide-eyed tots:…
By Olivia Hinebaugh

The 9 Best Christmas Books For Toddlers, To Add Holiday Magic Even To Bedtime

We all know the holidays can be stressful, especially with kids. There is so much shopping, preparation, traveling, and social engagements that we commit ourselves to, and it's too easy to get caught up in it all. But even amongst the chaos,…
By Olivia Hinebaugh

10 Awesome Books Every Child Should Read Before First Grade

Starting first grade is kind of a big deal. It's a big step from kindergarten. While kindergarten is mostly building a foundation, and learning what it means to be part of a classroom, first grade is much more about diving into learning. Not only is…
By Olivia Hinebaugh

Hillary Clinton Wasn't Always The Mom She Wanted To Be, Either

Last year, around this time, many parents of daughters were telling their little girls that, for the first time, a major political party had nominated a woman for president. Suddenly, every little girl's dream felt that much more attainable. And…
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I Tried A Sound Bath To Treat My Anxiety, & It Actually Blew My Mind

I'm always feeling like I should be doing something more, whether it's working out, sleeping, cooking, or playing with my kids. I suspect a lot of moms feel this way, but I think this need to constantly be active also stems from my lifelong…
By Olivia Hinebaugh