About Valarie

Valarie Budayr is the founder of Audrey Press and author of the books The Fox Diaries: The Year the Foxes Came to our Garden and The Ultimate Guide To Charlie and The Chocolate Factory. She is passionate about making kid’s books come alive, pulling books off shelves, and stories off pages.

October #ReadKidsClassics: The Midnight Farm by Reeve Lindberg

Welcome to my October installment of the Read Kid’s Classics Challenge! I’m so glad you’re here and I can hardly wait to see what you’re reading as well. As many of you already know, I am a huge fan of children’s classics and over the years my family has actively read old classics and discovered new […]

The Tomte by Victor Rydberg

Wishing All of You, Our Reading Friends, a Very Splendid Holiday Season! Astrid Lindgren’s book The Tomten was inspired by this very famous Swedish poem called The Tomte by Victor Rydberg.  Originally in Swedish, I share it with you here in English so you can be inspired by these little gnome elves.   Deep in […]

Saffron Buns {Lussekattor} Recipe and Free Download -Lucia Morning in Sweden

Lucia Morning in Sweden This beautiful book has become a read-a-loud favorite in this house. Ewa Rydåker and illustrator Carina Ståhlberg have truly captured the spirit of “living” the Lucia tradition each year.  The book tells the old story of Santa Lucia through the eyes of three children living in this time period. Set in […]

Poems in Your Pocket & Reluctant Reader Tip # 2

  April is National Poetry Month and today, April 18th is Poem in your Pocket Day. Do you like secret little messages tucked into quiet little places like your pocket or lunch pail? My children love this and today we are sharing with classmates, friends, and neighbors alike a little rolled up poem to keep in […]

A Cyber Monday Deal, Bonuses, AND a Nook Giveaway!

  It’s CyberMonday! In honor of this online-deal-seeking-extravaganza, we have not only our own Fabulous Cyber Deal, but a wonderful giveaway as well. Can you say “NOOK?”   3 BIG Reasons to Buy The Fox Diaries Today The Fox Diaries: The Year The Foxes Came to Our Garden is a delightful children’s book written by […]

What We’re Listening To: Our Reader’s Favorites

A couple weeks ago I posted about our favorite “listening reads”. I was so happy to find in the comment section a list of some of your favorite listening reads. I have to admit that I hadn’t heard of some of theses choices but the suspense was killing me so I went out and found […]

When Jessie Came Across the Sea

When Jessie Came Across the Sea by Amy Hest and Illustrated by P.J. Lynch This beautifully illustrated story about a young Eastern European girl who travels across the sea to a new life in America, is one of those tried and true family treasures. Though my children enjoyed the story when they were younger, the […]

Apptitude Friday: Leo the Lightning Bug

Hello Everyone, It’s an Apptitude Day.  Apptitude day’s are when we take a beloved, favorite book and look at it in it’s e-book/app form. I must share with you that I always purchase these myself and have never to date taken a free review copy. I often times find myself balancing between print books and […]

Who Has A New Set of Elsa Beskow Books?

  Before we get to our very special announcement, I just want to say a huge thank you to all of you for embracing this giveaway and finding your way to this space where kids books come alive.It’s the fun of the unexpected which takes place during a giveaway. It has been so wonderful to stop […]

The Friendship Doll

From the author of Hattie Big Sky, Kirby Larson weaves a brilliant tale about a beautifully created Japanese doll, Miss Kanagawa. Crafted by Master dollmaker Tatsuhiko, Miss Kanagawa was commissioned to be an ambassador of friendship between Japan and the United States. This part of the story is actually based on fact. 58 dolls in […]