Ana and the Moose

I had Ana in the car seat and we were almost ready to go out. Zoe decided Ana looked like she needed a blanket... and a moose. She actually told me "Mommy, I think Ana needs this blanket and I think she REALLY needs this moose."

So, Ana got a blanket and a moose.

She seemed pretty happy about it.

I, on the other hand... am not thrilled with my attempts to get away from the automatic feature on the camera. Outside of just playing around with your camera buttons (which I know is the best way to learn) what do all of my photography friends out there suggest? Is there a book you love? Some kind of "manual photography for dummies"? Help!