Happy New Year!

Happy New Year! May your 2017 be filled with book-inspired adventures!

The Magician’s Elephant by Kate DiCamillo and a fun kirigami activity

A young boy goes to buy some fish at the market when he spies a fortune teller in a gypsy tent. Instead of fish he got his fortune. In response to the question how can I find my sister? The answer came swiftly and with confidence,”An elephant will lead you there”. An elephant? So starts […]

My Top Middle Grade, Picture Book and YA #Booklists of 2016

  Are you curious to know which posts from Jump Into a Book have been the most popular with my readers in 2016?  Well…the wait is over and here are the stand-outs and “populars” from 2016. Do you see your favorite on this list? If I could pin-point a reoccurring theme for 2016 it would […]

Happy Holidays!

May your season be BRIGHT

A book about being comfortable in your own skin: Swan Boy by Nikki Sheehan

**Guest post from Hannah Rials, author of the award-winning YA book, Ascenion. Summary of Swan Boy Being the new kid at school is hard. When the main character in the book (Johnny) moves and starts a new school, he has to deal with a bully who won’t leave him alone. But help comes from an […]

Dragons are Real is named to Kirkus Reviews Best Indie Book of 2016!

So exciting! My book Dragons Are Real (illustrated by Michael Welply) has been named to Kirkus Reviews’ Best Books of 2016!   I’ve been asked how this wonderful and vibrant book “came to be.” Dragons are Real started as a chapter book for kids called Elsa’s Dragon. But I “wrote myself into a corner” and couldn’t […]

Weekend Links: Exploring the Joys of a Swedish-inspired Holiday

I know that Santa Lucia Day has past (12/13/16) but my Swedish family is still enjoy the food and festivities of the season. Both my parents and grandparents were from Gotland, Sweden so my Swedish roots run deep. The following are some great Sweden-inspired books, booklists, activities and even food so you can celebrate along […]

4 Fun Chronicle Books for Kids with an Emphasis on SNOW

  So as the frost begins to form gorgeous patterns on the window of my study, and the fluffy whiteness of winter begins to flitter down from the sky, I think it’s time to share some fun and chilly Chronicle Books for Kids with an Emphasis on SNOW. Enjoy! First Snow by Bomi Park (Chronicle […]

MCBD 2017 Sponsorship Opportunities Closing January 1!

The prep for the upcoming Multicultural Children’s Book Day 2017 (1/27/17) is humming right along! In case you’ve missed all the details, Mia Wenjen from PragmaticMom and I are teaming up for the fourth year to raise awareness on the ongoing need to include kid’s books that celebrate diversity in home and school bookshelves while also […]

Parents everywhere are discovering the joys of A Year in the Secret Garden

As many of you already know, I truly believe books make the best gifts for kids. I think I may have mentioned it a time or two So imagine my delight and surprise when I awoke Tuesday morning to a landslide of book orders for my children’s book A Year in the Secret Garden! This […]