Weekend Links: Gearing up for March into Literacy Month

With Dr. Seuss’ birthday falling on March 2 and the National Education Association (NEA) celebrating Read Across America Day on the same day, March is a great month to focus on literacy. There are also a boat load of other wonderful literacy-inspired recognitions on the way in the third month of 2017 including things like […]

The Key To Extraordinary by Natalie Lloyd (guest post from Hannah Rials)

“Just when you think you don’t have it in you to bloom anymore, you do.” Emma Pearl Casey has always known that she’s meant for something extraordinary. It’s her destiny, or rather in her destiny dream. All the women in her family have had one, and they have gone on to do great things to […]

Weekend Links: Some highlights from a very busy #childrensbookauthor

As of the writing of this blog post I am truly shocked that February is half over! And I thought JANUARY was a blur! It’s only been a few weeks since the 1/27/17 MCBD celebration and we can promise all of you that we are still recovering….but in a good way. Multicultural Children’s Book Day […]

World Read Aloud Day is February 16, 2017! Let’s Celebrate!

Read Aloud. Change the World. Celebrate World Read Aloud Day by reading aloud and taking action on behalf of the 758 million people who cannot read. World Read Aloud Day motivates children, teens, and adults to celebrate the power of words.  This global literacy movement is about taking action to show the world that the […]

Let’s Get Ready for International Book Giving Day! (2-14-17)

It’s almost #bookgivingday! This fun yearly event will occur on Tuesday 14th February 2017. Valentine’s Day is not the only thing happening on February 14th! Yes we’re giving ourselves a little book love to celebrate International Book Giving Day. International Book Giving Day takes place on February 14th each year. Our aim is to get books […]

Kidlit picks from my own home turf: A Great Smoky Mountain #booklist

  Many of the long-time readers of JIAB already know that my home is nestled in the foothills of the Smoky Mountains; just a few miles from the entrance to the Great Smoky Mountain National Park. Throughout the year my family and friends and I spend many hours in the park enjoying all of the natural beauty. One […]

Weekend Links: Why Reading Aloud Matters

Welcome to Weekend Links! This is the time where I share the best-of-the-best of all of all the amazing booklists, topics and resources that I have discovered via my Internet travels throughout the week. This last week I’ve noticed that the topic of reading aloud to kids is a hot one. Maybe it’s because World […]

Scholastic Shares their newest Kids & Family Reading Report, 6th edition

Today, Scholastic released the latest research from the newest Kids & Family Reading Report, 6th edition. We learned what kids – and parents – want in books, as well as kids need for more guidance on books to read for fun.  For 10 years, this nationally representative research from Scholastic has surveyed kids ages 6-17 […]

The Last Snow of Winter (and a book-inspired soup recipe!)

Happy New Year! There are hints of snow in our forecast and I’ve talked to many friends in various parts of the world who are knee-deep in the stuff. Whether its the first snow, or the last, these natural acts are always filled with much anticipation. Winter is just beginning now, but before we know it, […]

Weekend Links: Ways to Make “Kindness” a Verb

Promoting and having conversations about kindness is at the top of everyone’s minds these day after a nerve-wracking and “interesting” 2016. Having conversations is great, but parents, teachers, caregivers, community leaders and law makers need to make this very special noun and make it into a verb. Actions, follow-through, leadership and projects, that take the […]