About Tom Burns

Tom Burns is a husband, a dad, and a veteran of the educational publishing industry, living just outside of Detroit Rock City. He’s also been a writer and contributing editor for a number of web sites, including 8BitDad, and founded BuildingaLibrary.com - a website devoted to helping parents find the right books for their kids. You can find him on Twitter at @buildalibrary.

What Children’s Books Totally Creep You Out?

What Children’s Books Totally Creep You Out?

Tom Burns loves reading to his kid, but there are certain books for children that really, really creep him out. He hopes he’s not alone.

How Major League Baseball Is Helping Prove That Paternity Leave Makes Sense

How Major League Baseball Is Helping to Prove That Paternity Leave Makes Sense

Tom Burns thinks that Major League Baseball’s decision to support New York Mets’ Daniel Murphy’s right to paternity leave speaks volumes and deserves more attention than it’s getting

The Importance of Buying Normal Clothes for Our Daughters and What You Can Do About It

The Importance of Buying Normal Clothes for Our Daughters and What You Can Do About It

Tom Burns is tired of the limited clothing choices presented to young girls and supports some recent efforts to provide our daughters with options beyond all things pink and bedazzled

The Importance of “Reading Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?” Out Loud to Your Kids

The Importance of "Reading Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?" Out Loud to Your Kids

Tom Burns argues that reading out loud to your kids can be a calming, meditative act and highlights Bill Martin Jr. and Eric Carle’s picture book classic as one of the best bedtime mantras ever written

My Seven-Year-Old Daughter Tried to “Catfish” Me

My Seven-Year-Old Daughter Tried to “Catfish” Me

Tom Burns is pretty sure that the love letter sent home by one of his daughter’s substitute teachers was not actually written by a member of the faculty.

Making School Lunches Super: Dad Fills His Son’s Lunchbox with Superheroes

Making School Lunches Super: Designer Dad Fills His Son's Lunchbox with Superheroes

Brent Almond wanted to make his son’s first-ever school lunches special, so he enlisted the help of a few super-friends…

The Day My Love for My Daughter Became Real

The Day My Love for My Daughter Became Real

Tom Burns remembers the exact moment he started loving his daughter as a person rather than as an ideal

Why The World Would Be Better If We All Followed My Daughter’s 10 Commandments of Play

Why I Love My Daughter’s Ten Commandments of Play

Tom Burns marvels at the profound truths hiding behind a kid-authored list of playground “rules”

Why It’s Important for Kids to Read “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day”

Why It’s Important for Kids to Read “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day”

Tom Burns argues that Judith Viorst’s children’s classic is one of the few books that actually teaches kids to commiserate.

Who Was This Year’s Best Oscar-Nominated Dad: Christian Bale or Bruce Dern?

Who Was This Year’s Best Oscar-Nominated Dad: Christian Bale or Bruce Dern?

The 2014 Academy voters appear to be fans of the incredibly flawed fathers of “American Hustle” and “Nebraska.”

Why I’m Against Daddy-Daughter “Dates”

Why I’m Against Daddy-Daughter “Dates”

Tom Burns loves spending time with his daughter, but wishes people wouldn’t romanticize their relationship.

Five Non-Existent Parenting Classes That Should Totally Exist

Five Non-Existent Parenting Classes That Should Totally Exist

Tom Burns brainstorms some out-of-the-box continuing education classes that modern dads might find valuable.

What Makes Your Kids Go “Squee”?

What Makes Your Kids Go “Squee”?

Do your kids ever get so excited that they let out a scream of pure, unrestrained happiness? There’s a word for that…

Thankful for Every Moment: A Dad’s Video Message for His Two-Year-Old Girl

Thankful for Every Moment: A Dad’s Video Message for His Two-Year-Old Girl

Bill Griepenstroh wanted to capture his love for his young daughter and found a beautiful way to do it.

My Daughter Has No Problem Making Friends, But I Do

My Daughter Has No Problem Making Friends, But I Do

Tom Burns didn’t realize that, when his daughter started school, he would have to smile and make friends too. It hasn’t been easy.

New Coca-Cola Ad Sells Customers on Green Coke, Having Another Baby

New Coca-Cola Ad Sells Customers on Green Coke, Having Another Baby

A new Coca-Cola commercial from Argentina perfectly sums up the highs and lows of becoming a parent for the first time