4 Multicultural Chapter Books about Conquering Obstacles

{guest post from Hannah Rials} The definition of obstacle means “to stand in the way of.” So an obstacle is something that stands against what you want to do. In a dramatic piece, the obstacle is the person, situation or thing that keeps a character from achieving his or her goal. These obstacles can come in […]

Need some summer science activities? Let’s head to the Lab!

It makes me very happy that there are so many science-inspiring books and activities for young readers these days. I was also recently lucky enough to have THREE excellent books from Quarto Publishing of this nature cross my desk-just in time for some summer learning fun for kids. So without further ado, let’s head to […]

A Treasure Trove of Summer Reads | The Kid Lit Blog Hop is LIVE!

17 KID LIT BLOG HOP-May 2017   Hello, welcome back to another month of terrific children’s literature. We welcome you to the June 2017 Kid Lit Blog Hop. This hop takes place every 3rd Wednesday of the month. It is designed to engage a  group of people who love everything that has to do with […]

Fort Ideas for Kids! (Activities for kids inspired by The Faraway Tree)

{Guest post from Donna Ashton} A Note from Me (Valarie): Donna is a special friend. We love creating, nature , and brainstorming on how to provide resources and activities for families. We’ve spent hours on the phone in great conversations and recently we’ve been working on a project together which we will announce very soon […]

Weekend Links: #Kidlit books that make us want to head for the forest

Welcome to weekend links! I love this day because I get to share the best-of-the-best of what I have found on the Internet this past week. This week the sunning is shining brightly in Maryville and the flowers are in full bloom. Have you ventured into the woods lately? The forest is filled with tranquility, […]

International Fairy House Week with Nature, Fairies and Kids, YES PLEASE

June 21st-28th is International Fairy House Week! “WHY” you say, is there such an event ? Well, the fun and enchanting ideas of Building a Fairy House or Den helps raise awareness of the importance of nature and creativity in a child’s life. I have been a long-time advocate of “free range kids” and encouraging […]

Blast Off with a Curious George Gets a Medal #review & Awesome Rocket Craft!

{Guest post from Illustrator, Roscoe Welply} Curious George Gets a Medal book review and Awesome Rocket Craft! Our boys really love Curious George. And of their favorite “George” books is Curious George Gets a Medal. In this classic story, George tries to write a letter—but, when he spills ink everywhere, his cleanup efforts fill the room […]

Weekend Links- Sharing Outdoor Books and Crafts so kids #GetOutside

Welcome to weekend links! I love this day because I get to share the best-of-the-best of what I have found on the Internet this past week. This week the sunning is shining brightly in Maryville and the flowers are in full bloom. My work on area Secret Garden projects have kept me very busy, but […]

Composting and Kids-It’s a “thing” (sustainable living books for kids)

My infatuation with science-themed books for kids continues! This week, let’s talk about MICROBES. The tiniest creatures accomplish some of the biggest jobs on the planet and one of these jobs involves the act of Composting. The thought makes some people shudder, but composting is an excellent way to help the health of our planet. Composting is […]

The Girl with a Brave Heart: A Tale from Tehran #kidlitbookreview

The Girl with a Brave Heart: A Tale from Tehran by Rita Jahanforuz is a traditional tale about a kind, wise Persian girl named Shiraz. As a baby, Shiraz’s mother died, and her father soon remarried, giving her a new mother and a sister to grow up with. But when her father died, everything changed. Shiraz’s […]