Serafina and the Black Cloak Book Review and Extension Activities

I have to say RUN, as fast as you can to your nearest bookstore and get this book. My word, what an incredible read! This book is a masterfully told thriller with loads of mystery, intrigue, setting, and spookiness. It is storytelling at it’s finest. We are celebrating Halloween this year by jumping into the fine pages […]

All Hallow’s Eve Press Review by Donna Davis

In the mood for some frightfully fun and spooky reads? Donna Davies, the Halloween Queen, channels her love of this haunting holiday into her charming, comical children’s books. She has released six books, including a coloring book, that all center around the legends of All Hallow’s Eve. Ms. Davies is a staunch supporter of local […]

Go Fly a Kite! 9 Kidlit Books About Kites

As I sit in my office at JIAB headquarters, the Fall winds are whispering loudly and the leaves are tumbling down from the trees and quietly pelting the ground. As the weather in Maryville, TN turns chillier, and the autumn winds bring an end to the colorful leaf-watching activities, I can’t help secretly wishing I […]

Weekend Links As the end of October Nears

Another busy week has just wrapped up here at JIAB headquarters. It was a bittersweet week of highs and lows as well. I was so sad to hear of Vera B Williams death. She contributed greatly to so many in the wonderful literature she wrote . You will be greatly missed Vera. Then there were […]

The Latest Scoop on Multicultural Children’s Book Day Sponsorships!

We have many things to be grateful for here at Multicultural Children’s Book Day headquarters because there are a ton of exciting things in the works right now! Join us as an Author Sponsor for MCCBD 2016 which includes 2 guest posts on MCCBD blog, banner ad on the Author Sponsor Page, social media shares, […]

Weekend Links: Fantastical Reading Finds

My word of the week is “fantastical”… Not sure why….maybe because it sounds like a Willy Wonka-type word! The official definition of “fantastic” is: conceived or appearing as if conceived by an unrestrained imagination. That exactly how I feel about my Weekend Links picks this week. Enjoy! Minds in Bloom: 6 Ways to Teach Kids […]

The Otter, the Spotted Frog and the Great Flood Book Review & Extension Activity

Over the years my family has enjoyed reading a variety of “great flood” tales from our local Blount County Library. This month found us enjoying the Creek Indian version called, The Otter, the Spotted Frog and the Great Flood by Gerald Hausman and beautifully illustrated by Ramon Shiloh. In this version, spotted frog announces to […]

Weekend Links- A Recap of An Already Kidlit-Filled October

I love the months of autumn! The changing of the leaves and the cooling of the weather is like welcoming an old familiar friend. From a literary standpoint there is so much going on in October as well. This Weekend Links I’d like to take a quick look at all of the “book-ish” moments of […]