Weekend Links: Lots of Kidlit Book Goodness

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Welcome to Weekend Links! As usual I have encountered some pretty amazing book-related articles, programs and links that I want to share with my book-loving readers.Enjoy! CCBC Stats Show Children’s Books Shifting Toward Diversity @publisher’s weekly   Want to learn how to change your family’s life in just 20 minutes a week? It’s easier than […]

A Multicultural Children’s Book Day Recap (and some big THANK YOUs!)


As I look at my calendar today, it’s hard to believe it has been exactly one month since our huge global event; Multicultural Children’s Book Day. Our second Multicultural Children’s Book Day: #ReadYourWorld {January 27th} was a HUGE success! Over 150+ bloggers , 17 major sponsors, 9 very special Co-Hosts, a boatload of generous book […]

Secret Garden Wednesday: Garden in a Jar

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It’s Secret Garden Wednesday! Every Wednesday you can drop by here and find new and special happenings in the Secret Garden. There’ll be crafts, great food, fun and laughter. So please be sure to come by and see us in our Secret Garden created just for you. One of the things I love most about […]

Weekend Links-International Mother Language Day Round Up (IMLD)


International Mother Language Day is observed every year on the 21st of February. UNESCO officially proclaimed the day in 1999 with the aim to promote “linguistic diversity and multilingual education” and to develop the “awareness of linguistic and cultural traditions all over the world” thereby inspiring “international solidarity based on understanding, tolerance and dialogue”. Language […]

How do Pandas Eat With 3-Foot Chopsticks? A Chinese Happy New Year with Demi

The Pandas and their Chopsticks

Happy Lunar New Year. This week we’re celebrating Chinese New Year. Usually this means we go to our friends The Deng’s House and have an enormous feast and fireworks. This year however the Dengs are actually home in China, celebrating with their family and friends in Beijing. We want to wish all of you a […]

Secret Garden Wednesday-Perfectly Good Porridge


This time of year in the Secret Garden the earth is sleeping under a cloak of beautiful white snow. The birds have migrated off leaving the garden quiet from birdsong. This is the time of year when we clean up the garden when snow and rains allow. In the not to distant future, our garden […]

A Look back at Past President’s Day Booklists and Activities!


“Presidents’ Day is an American holiday celebrated on the third Monday in February. Originally established in 1885 in recognition of President George Washington, it is still officially called “Washington’s Birthday” by the federal government. Traditionally celebrated on February 22—Washington’s actual day of birth—the holiday became popularly known as Presidents’ Day after it was moved as […]

Does Your Son Puzzle You? Understanding Your Son 101 has the Solution!

Boys Alive

Are you a parent who just wants to figure out what makes your son tick? Does he puzzle you? Amaze you? Frustrate you? Sometimes all at once?   You have to know about Janet Allison – she is the Founder of Boys Alive! and a friend of mine. She has dedicated herself to helping all […]

How Are You Celebrating International Book Giving Day? {with Book Giveaway!}

Multicultural Children's Book Day

Happy Valentine’s Day and a very Happy International Book Giving Day! Susan Stephenson and Emma Perry are kindred spirits when it comes to putting books into the hands of children. Now in it’s 4th year, International Book Giving Day continues to grow worldwide. Turning the commercialization of Valentine’s Day on it’s head, people are encouraged […]

Love Abraham Lincoln? Here’s the Ultimate Abe Lincoln Booklist

Abe Lincoln booklist

Abraham Lincoln has always been one of my favorite presidents. When I was 9 I became obsessed with him and read every book I could get my hands on. Many years later, I had the honor of giving birth to the sweetest little boy on Abraham Lincoln’s birthday. Today my sweet boy is 16, and […]