About Jump Into a Book

Welcome to Jump Into A Book, a blog about living inside the pages of our favorite children’s literature.

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Jump Into a Book

Jump into a Book is a site about the love of children’s books and how they can incorporate them into our everyday lives through play, crafting, cooking, movies, games, traveling and author visits. At JIAB, we strive to pull books off shelves and stories off pages to create reading experiences for families.

val1Valarie Budayr is a busy mother of three very creative children and wife to an equally kind and inventive husband. Valarie is a children’s book author having published The Fox Diaries: The Year The Foxes Came to Our Garden and the award-winning The Ultimate Guide to Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Valarie is also a book publisher and has helped to publish works like The Waldorf Home School Handbook and the upcoming A Year in The Secret Garden. Valarie is co-founder of the much-acclaimed Multicultural Children’s Book Day- a special event that celebrates diversity in childrens literature. When not reading, writing or publishing, Valarie is a reading mentor, a children’s play and reading advocate, Suzuki piano teacher, photographer, traveler and a lifelong learner. Your can connect with Valarie on Twitter Google+ or Pinterest. For book review/submission inquires, contact Becky the project manager (see below).

Becky Flansburg

Becky Flansburg is Jump Into a Book’s resident “Head Elf” along with be the content manager and project manager. Becky was also the project manager for Multicultural Children’s Book Day and admits she “loved every second of it.” Becky is been a writer and blogger for seven years and is also a full-time virtual assistant. Becky also welcomes and handles JIAB’s media inquiries, requests for book reviews, guest post inquires and advertising inquiries. If you would like Jump Into a Book to review your book, send an email to bookreviews(at)jumpintoabook(dot)com with the subject line of Book Review Inquiry included. For book reviews, due to JIAB’s busy schedule and full editorial calendar, please allow 1-2 weeks for us to review your information and get back to you.

Hannah Rials is Jump Into A Book’s intern, book researcher, activity creator and writer. Born in the hills of Louisiana and raised in the mountains of Tennessee, Hannah is an eighteen year old aspiring author and editor. She’s been writing short stories since she was a little girl, but for the past several years, she has been writing, editing, and reediting a novel of her own that she hopes to publish in the near future.  Hannah has always loved reading and the world of books. With a librarian grandmother who can tell the most magical stories, how could she not fall in love with the written word. Her library collection and love for books grows every day.

Our Commitment and Focus at Jump Into A Book

A Note from founder Valarie Budayr:

I write about the importance of collaborative play. When we weave play into the fabric of our everyday life, we open the door to transform our relationships, our view points and perspectives on creating happiness, and the joy of innovating with our children.

I write about experiencing and journey taking through the pages of our favorite children’s books. Through the process of experiencing and sharing our stories, our books and shared moments become a part of us, leading to creativity and collaborative problem solving.

I write about taking books off the shelf, and stories off the pages.

I write about giving back whether through giveaways, book donations, Reading Is Fundamental, or through book charities such as Room to Read.

Welcome to the wonderful world of jumping into books.

This site is a place for us to share our book loving moments and adventures. I’m so glad you’ve decided to drop by and spend some time with us here. I read all of your comments and enjoy them so much. If you have a specific question on an activity please email me directly so that it won’t get missed. I’m glad you’re here.

We have an incredible Facebook Fan Page, where families and friends who love to jump into books meet to discuss our favorite books , suggest books to read, offer great reading advice for children and enjoy celebrating special books with book adventures. Please be sure to “Like” us so you won’t miss a moment of fun. You can connect with me on Twitter Google+ and Pinterest as well. Thanks so much for stopping by. Read on!

Happy Reading,

Valarie Budayr