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.

Let’s Do This Now — Yes, Sony, You HAVE to Make Action Figures of the New Female Ghostbusters

The movie studio behind the new Ghostbusters movie is probably going to make some ignorant, sexist mistakes when it comes to marketing the film. This is an early intervention.

Why the Amazon Mom Program Disrespects Dads, Moms, and Every Other Kind of Caregiver

How can Amazon.com produce a show as inclusive as “Transparent” and yet run a discount program that argues that moms (and moms alone) represent families? It’s time for that to change…

The Eight Essential Kinds of Books That Every Kid Should Own

Not every kids’ book is the right fit for every kid. But there are certain types of books that every kid should encounter when they’re young.

A Five Year Old and Her Dad Had the Most Adorable Conversation about Princess Leia’s Slave Outfit Ever

What do you do when your young daughter proclaims her love for Princess Leia’s metallic slave bikini? You have it animated, of course…

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

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

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

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?

…put on a Princess Leia costume, of course.

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

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?

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

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?

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

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

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.