From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler-Read Kids Classics

Welcome to our September 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 […]

Harry Potter Back to School Hogwarts Kit #BacktoHogwarts

Harry Potter Back to School Hogwarts Kit Today is the day! September 1st is the day that young witches and wizards all over the U.K. head to King’s Cross Station, walk through the barrier onto Platform 9 3/4, jump on the Hogwarts Express and leave for Hogwarts! All over the online world, Harry Potter fans […]

The Friendship Doll Review + Origami Friendship Doll Activity

From the author of Hattie Big Sky, Kirby Larson weaves a brilliant tale about a beautifully created Japanese doll, Miss Kanagawa in the book The Friendship Doll. 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 […]

Weekend Links: Past Book Adventures Worth Revisiting (Part 2)

It’s time for Weekend Links and OH, what a busy week it’s been. So much going on at JIAB and so much on the way. I’ve been in the mood lately to look back on past posts here at JIAB and let me tell you; it’s like visiting old friends! I am so blessed to […]

A Happy 100th Birthday! A National Parks Booklist and More

Happy Birthday to our National Parks! 100 years ago on August 25th, the National Parks were created to preserve the unique and wild areas of this vast and beautiful country. Author Terry Tempest Williams says, “Our national parks are memory palaces where our personal histories reside.” No truer statement can be said as my family […]

Creating a Hero’s Journey Activity for Kids

Recently I reviewed a wonderful book from author Alexis York Lombard called  The Conference of the Birds. Inside this inspiring tale, virtues such as humility, patience, detachment from our worldly goods, and courage are taught and shared through beauty, kindness and encouragement. This book is a fantastic teaching tool regardless of one’s race or religion in […]

Naked Birds? Feathers for Peacock by Jacqueline Jules

Feathers for Peacock by Jacqueline Jules book review and Extension Activities Did you know that birds used to not have feathers? They used to be naked, while all the other animals got to walk around with fur–how is that fair? So they decide to talk to the full moon, who is supposed to be wise […]

Weekend Links: Past Book Adventures Worth Revisiting

It’s time for Weekend Links and OH, what a busy week it’s been. So much going on at JIAB and so much on the way. I’ve been in the mood lately to look back on past posts here at JIAB and let me tell you; it’s like visiting old friends! I am so blessed to […]

The Conference of the Birds review and a look at Sufi Poetry

This month I seem to have an unintentional “bird book-theme” going on! But, I really like it. Birds are both beautiful and mysterious and are often rooted in many legends and children’s fables. But some, like Moonbird, are just fascinating in their normal state. Recently I review Jacqueline Jules’ new book Feathers for Peacock; an […]

2nd Annual Multicultural Children’s Book Giveaway!

It’s time for the 2nd Annual Multicultural Children’s Book Giveaway and KidLit TV is teaming up with Pragmatic Mom, Jump into a Book, Franticmommy, The Educators Spin On It, What We Do All Day, Teach Mama, and Multicultural Children’s Book Day to give parents, teachers, and librarians in need, a chance to win a multicultural book bundle for their school library. Libraries play an important role in everyone’s […]