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.

Hell Yeah, Christmas Is About Toys and That’s Not a Bad Thing

Hell Yeah, Christmas Is About Toys and That’s Not a Bad Thing

There are many, many reasons for the holiday season, but, just because commercialization is gross, that doesn’t mean that we should forget how positive and constructive toys can be in the right hands.

How Improv Comedy Made Me a Better Parent

How Improv Comedy Made Me a Better Parent

Tom Burns wasn’t particularly good at improv comedy, but improv did teach him a valuable lesson that has served him well as a father.

ELF Is a Great Family Holiday Movie With a Plot That Makes No Damn Sense

ELF Is a Great Family Holiday Movie With a Plot That Makes No Damn Sense

Will Ferrell’s “Elf” is a wonderful film to watch with your family over the holidays, as long as you don’t pay any attention to the actual story…

This Video Will Make You Reconsider How You Talk About Yourself In Front of Your Kids

This Video Will Make You Reconsider How You Talk About Yourself In Front of Your Kids

If your child asked “What’s your favorite part of your body?”, what would your answer tell them about self-esteem and your own personal body image issues?

What’s a Dad to Do When His Daughter Wants to Dress as Han Solo?

Han solo 2-2

…put on a Princess Leia costume, of course.

My Daughter Ruined Time Travel for Me

My Daughter Ruined Time Travel for Me

Like most ’80s geeks, Tom Burns spent his childhood coveting the ability to time travel. But, once he became a father, everything changed…

Combining Science, Technology and Art to Help Avert a Global Water Crisis: An Interview with Paul Lazarus

Paul Lazarus

Hollywood heavyweight Paul Lazarus shifts gears and draws attention to a mind-bendingly brilliant invention that could save the lives of hundreds of millions.

If Dads Date Their Daughters, Are Moms Supposed to Be “Dating” Their Sons Too?

If Daddy-Daughter Dates are a Thing, Are Moms Supposed to Be “Dating” Their Sons Too?

Many people feel strongly that father-daughter “dates” are an important tool for teaching girls how they should expect to be treated by the opposite sex, but does the same rationale apply for mothers and sons?

Two Reasons Why Parents Should Be Excited to Watch Phineas and Ferb with Their Kids

Two Reasons Why Parents Should Be Excited to Watch Phineas and Ferb with Their Kids

Not all kids’ shows are created equal, but this Disney Channel cartoon is one of the best and has two big reasons why grown-ups should be excited about its upcoming episodes.

Why Is the New Scooby-Doo Movie Trying to Fat-Shame Daphne?

Why Is the New Scooby-Doo Movie Trying to Fat-Shame Daphne?

The new family-friendly Scooby Doo movie, “Frankencreepy,” curses Daphne by making her fat. What kind of message does that send to our kids?

A Father-to-Be Has Invented the Man-ternity Photo and Pregnancy Pictures Will Never Be the Same

A Father-to-Be Has Invented the Man-ternity Photo and Pregnancy Pictures Will Never Be the Same

When his pregnant wife decided that she didn’t want to take elaborate maternity photos, an expecting father decided he didn’t want to miss out on the experience. The result is HILARIOUS.

How to Turn Your Kid into a Hardcore Comic Book Geek

How to Turn Your Kid into a Hardcore Comic Book Geek

Now that Comic Con 2014 is over, Tom Burns offers parents some tips on how to get their kids interested in comic books, so they’ll be ready to geek out with their mom and dad at next year’s Con.

A Heartbroken Father Reached Out to the Internet for Help and What He Got Back Was Inspiring

A Heartbroken Father Reached Out to the Internet for Help and What He Got Back Was Inspiring

Following the death of his infant daughter, a father reached out online, looking for help with altering a picture, and received back a huge outpouring of kindness and support.

Our Family Was Handed an Anonymous Note at a Baseball Game Last Night—This Is What It Said

Our Family Was Handed an Anonymous Note at a Baseball Game Last Night---This Is What It Said

An unexpected note from a stranger convinced a family that baseball can be a magical game.

Helping Those Who Help Others: How You Could Make a Difference in One Dad’s Life

Helping Those Who Help Others: How You Could Make a Difference in One Dad’s Life

Oren Miller has spent years tirelessly helping fathers online, but, due to a medical crisis, now he’s the one who needs assistance. Here’s why you should help.

My Father Never Returned Library Books: A Father’s Day Reading Remembrance

My Father Never Returned Library Books: A Father’s Day Reading Remembrance

Tom Burns’ dad loved libraries and he loved to read. However, he didn’t like giving libraries their books back. This is his story.