Drum Dream Girl: How One Girl’s Courage Changed Music

{Guest post by Hannah Rials} Margarita Engle’s new book Drum Dream Girl: How One Girl’s Courage Changed Music is an inspiring story based on true events. And since I played drums in high school, this poem has a special place in my heart. Us female drummers have to stick together! Girl’s didn’t drum. That’s just the […]

Ready for Some Fiber Fun While Reading? Fiber Arts for Kids

JIAB Intern, Hannah, and I LOVE to knit. We can’t pass a yarn shop and are always looking for the next best pattern. Continuing on in our “Read to Follow Directions” series. Hannah gives us look into the new release Knit, Hook, and Spin by Laurie Carlson. I’ve long been a Laurie Carlson fan and […]

“Elementary, My Dear Watson!”

Enjoy this charming retelling of one of many Sherlock Holmes- The Hounds of Baskervilles tales, told specifically for kids!   In this installment, Sherlock and his assistant, Dr. Watson, are hired to solve the curse of the The Hound of the Baskervilles. After the lord of the Baskervilles dies of curious circumstances in the moors, […]

Weekend Links: Recaps and Round-ups of Summer Booklists

Happy Summer Solstice! Did anyone happen to see the Strawberry Moon? The “strawberry moon” is the first full moon we’ve had on Summer Solstice since 1948! It was truly spectacular. It’s hard to believe July is just around the corner too. Summer is flying by! Kids are loving being off of school and not having […]

International Fairy House Week and some Fairy House Fun

June 21st-28th is International Fairy House Week! Build a Fairy House or Den to help raise awareness of the importance of nature and creativity in a child’s life. When my oldest was 7 she was given a gift which has forever been a staple in this house when it comes to fairies. This lovely book, The Complete Book […]

Father’s Day, Asteroid Day and Other Fun Upcoming Events!

June is a busy month but, oh my! This upcoming week is particularly fun and exciting with important events (Father’s Day) and other unique recognitions. Enjoy! 19th of June is Juneteenth! Also known as Juneteenth Freedom Day, it commemorates the abolition of slavery in Texas, and more generally the emancipation of African American slaves throughout […]

Where the Mountain Meets the Moon Review & Activities

Where the Mountain Meets the Moon by Grace Lin is one of those magical books that resonates with you long after the book is closed From the moment we picked up this book we embarked on a journey through a magical China with a girl named Minli who was looking to change her families fortune. […]

The Summer Reading Tree: A-Z Ways to Get Kids Reading

There is never a shortage of Summer Reading programs for kids once school ends and many offers prizes, points, graphs, and charts as a way to keep your child reading during the summer months. This is not a bad thing at all. But as a lifelong learner, educator, and mom I can tell you that […]

Weekend Links: Summer Reading Booklists Inspired by Nature

Welcome to weekend links! The weather has been amazing here in my hometown and our whole family is looking forward to a summer filled with fun, sun and nature. With that in mind, I’ve discovered some wonderful reading booklists and activities that include “Nature-y” topics that I thought everyone might like. Enjoy! Honey Bee Activities […]

11 Cool Reads about Antarctica: A Read Your World Antarctica Booklist

One of the continents that has most intrigued me is Antarctica. A whole land shelf of ice. What lives there? How does one survive there ? Do they have any seasons? All of these questions I’ve asked myself for my entire life. Then come the explorations and discoveries. Though few have made it to Antarctica, […]