Exploring the Asia’s Edo Period | Heart of a Samurai and the Bamboo Sword

Sometimes, the work of a certain author just speaks to you. You know that, the second you see their work, that it will be magical. That’s how I feel about not just one, but two books from award-winning author Margi Preus. Several years ago I picked up a copy of her book Heart of a […]

Weekend Links: Celebrating National Happiness Day (8/8)

National Happiness Happens Day is observed each year on August 8. So what can you do to celebrate? Be happy of course! This fun day is the perfect time to slow down and recognize every moment of glee, joy, delight, and pleasure.  Use #HappinessHappensDay to post on social media and let others know to do the […]

“Book Jumping” Revealed! | Creating book activities for kids!)

What is a Book Jumper? It’s more than just an “activity.”  Book-jumping is a way of life. It’s where we look at the story from the same perspective as the characters. Instead of the book “being magical”, we actually become the magic. -Valarie Budayr It’s the process of taking the solitary act of reading a […]

July 2017 Kid Lit Blog Hop | A source for great summer reading ideas!

Hello, welcome back to another month of terrific children’s literature. We welcome you to the July 2017 Kid Lit Blog Hop. This hop takes place every 3rd Wednesday of the month. It is designed to engage a  group of people who love everything that has to do with children’s literature. Everyone is welcome to join […]

Weekend Links: Gearing up to see the 2017 Total Eclipse of the Sun!

ON AUGUST 21, 2017… a most magnificent sight is coming right to our backyard….the 2017 Total Eclipse of the Sun! Literally….it will be in my backyard in the Great Smokey Mountains! This event is being called by many the Great American Eclipse because so many millions of Americans will be able to easily access the 70-mile-wide […]

Being BIG | Ways to be BIG and be a better YOU

What does it mean to be BIG? BIG goes beyond the basics to show that size is more than a matter of height. Touching on ideas such as health, citizenship, and imagination, this book can be the key to heartfelt dialogue between children and caregivers about the importance of values over valuables. This book from Little […]

An Incredible Serafina and the Splintered Heart Giveaway

I feel really excited and fortunate today because I’m hosting a giveaway in partnership with Disney-Hyperion !! Believe it or not I’ve been sworn to secrecy by the author himself Robert Beatty not to give ANY spoilers in my review of his latest book Serafina and the Splintered Heart, the last book in his Serafina […]

Weekend Links: A Round up of #ReadtheWorldMKB Summer Reads

There are so many exciting things happening this summer, it’s hard to chose what to participate in! One yearly project I am very proud to be part of the MKB’s Read around the world Summer series. Different bloggers will be featuring and recommending multicultural books on their sites and social media. Its a wonderful time […]

#ReadtheWorldMKB Summer Reading Series! The Rock Maiden: A Chinese Tale of Love and Loyalty

Today I’m participating in the MKB Read Around the World Summer Reading Series. The multicultural location we have chosen to visit is Hong Kong and the book I am reviewing is yet another gorgeous offering from Wisdom Tales Press; The Rock Maiden: A Chinese Tale of Love and Loyalty by Natasha Yim Subject(s): Age level: Juvenile Fiction […]

Let Freedom Ring | An Independence Day Roundup of Kidlit and Activities

The 4th of July is fast approaching! As families scramble to come up with creative ideas of their yearly Independence Day picnic, I’d like to offer up some suggestions that incorporate two of my favorite things; books and activities! So for the last week I’ve been scouring the WWW and here are some holiday winners. […]