Top Dog And Other Doggone Delightful Expressions by Carli Davidson

(Guest post from Hannah Rials) Top Dog and Other Doggone Delightful Expressions is a charming book of photography that not only shares pictures of ADORABLE dogs but also teaches/reminds us of those cute phrases that we all know and love. Plus, any dog lover will by dying to put the word “dog” into their everyday language […]

Revisiting Secret Garden Wednesday-Sticky Toffee Pudding

Happy Secret Garden Wednesday! If you’ve been following along, the last four Wednesdays have been filled with A Year in the Secret Garden inspired crafts, recipes and nature activities. Traditionally speaking snow days are behind us and so are the comfort foods that go along with chillier weather. In the past when there’s been snowy […]

Weekend Links-Children’s Book Authors who offer #bookactivities

Welcome to weekend links! We all know that encouraging our children to read is critical. There are countless studies, organizations and websites on that very subject. We also know that reading out loud to our kids, and having them read out loud to us is also very beneficial. But how about the activities that are […]

Revisiting Secret Garden Wednesday: Creating a Bee Watering Hole

The air is warm, the grass is springing up nicely and some of my favorite inset friends are making an appearance; bees! They’ve been visiting my garden and they are a welcomed site. Speaking of gardening, I want to take a look back to a wildly popular series I did earlier this in the Spring […]

Fun #Kidlit Books that Encourage New Perspectives

{Guest post by Hannah Rials} Perspective is defined as a way of thinking about something, especially one which is influenced by the type of person you are or by your experiences. These experiences in life lead us to think about certain things in a certain way until something comes along that provides new information. This […]

Weekend Links: Get Inspired with these #kidlit Summer Reading Recommends

If it hasn’t already, the school year is nearly over here in the States and summer is upon us. Wondering what to do with the kids over the summer break? The first answer I would give is to get outside, explore, travel and spend quality time together! But another thing that is always on parents minds […]

Happy Earth Day: What is Treecology?

Happy Earth Day Everyone! I think for me everyday is Earth Day. We are great lovers of nature in this house and we try really really hard to walk gently on the earth. “When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else.”  John Muir Nothing could be farther from […]

Advice from Author Elizabeth Rusch: Three Books, Three Research Methods

Late last year, Scholastic Reading Club’s editors released a list of top trends in children’s books for 2017. When I read the list, I cheered. In the number four spot: “The importance of research will grow.” “Yay!” I thought. “I’m trendy!” Trendy is not an adjective often used to describe me or my work as a […]

Revisiting the Garden-Secret Garden Wednesday Nest-Building Fun

The air today is filled with the freshness and promise of SPRING. This weather makes me look forward to several months of hiking, traveling and gardening. Speaking of gardening, I want to take a look back to a wildly popular series I did earlier this in the Spring of 2016. Jump Into A Book readers loved […]

Picture Books and Activities that encourage Rainy Day Play

{Guest post by Hannah Rials} The kids are home and it’s raining. You know what comes next, right? “I’m bored!!!” “There’s nothing to do!” “Moooooooom!!!” Yes, I know you know what I’m talking about. They can’t go outside because it’s too soggy out there and you really don’t want them sitting like zombies in front […]