Want to Put an End to Name Calling ? Never Say a Mean Word Again

Conditions of the Heart

Inspired by a medieval legend about the Jewish poet Samuel Ha-Nagid, “never say a Mean Word Again” by Jacqueline Jules, and Durga Yael Bernhard, is a wonderfully crafted story about two little boys, one Jewish and one Muslim, who try to settle their differences. This light-hearted look at a very serious problem of name calling. […]

What tastes like home to you ?

A Thirst for Home

When author Christine Ieronimo saw her adopted Ethiopian daughter drinking from a puddle of water in their driveway, it inspired her to look how water connects us to the places we live and ultimately call home. A Thirst for Home: A Story of Water Across the World is a poignant and heartfelt story about Eva […]

“Memory of an Elephant?” It’s True!


The Memory of an Elephant: An Unforgettable Journey by Sophie Strady {Guest post by Hannah Rials} Marcel is a very old elephant. He has done and seen a lot in his many years, and as he begins his day, the day of his birth, he is reminded of all the things he has done. We […]

Ready for a Traveling Girl’s Next Adventure?

Lately Lily

Lately Lily: The Adventures of a Travelling Girl by Micah Player {guest post from Hannah Rials} Lately Lily: The Adventures of a Travelling Girl by Micah Player   Lily is a traveling maniac! Thanks to her parents, this lucky little girl has the opportunity to travel her all over the world. Recently, Lily has been […]

Would You Like a Look into the Every Day Lives of Lakota Indians?

Paul Goble

Horse Raid: The Making of a Warrior by Paul Goble shared great insight into the every day lives of Lakota Indians. This book is not only beautiful to look at but is well researched, giving a lot of information on a topic I had no knowledge. Giving us a front row seat of a horse […]

Ophelia and the Marvelous Boy By Karen Foxlee Review and Crystalized Ice Heart Activity

Ophelia and the Marvelous Boy

Ophelia and The Marvelous Boy book review and activity! This modern-day fairy tale is a revisit to Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Snow Queen”. Ophelia and the Marvelous Boy is a mysterious story which takes place in a museum. Ophelia Jane Worthingto-Whittard is an unlikely heroine who doesn’t believe in anything except if it can be […]

Rhyme Schemer by K.A. Holt Book Review and Activity

Rhyme schemer

Many of you may be aware that October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, but it is also National Bullying Prevention Awareness Month. I was blessed to receive this wonderful book, Rhyme Schemer by K.A. Holt, and I thought this would be the perfect time to shine the spotlight on this well-written tale of bullying and […]

The Diwali Gift by Shweta Chopra and Shuchi Mehta Book Review & Activities


I’d like to thank authors Shweta Chopra and Shuchi Mehta for sharing their book The Diwali Gift with me. In the Diwali Gift , three curious monkeys, Suno, Dekho, and Jaano get together for a playdate when a mysterious box from their grandmother appears. What could be inside ? Sparklers ? Bracelets ? Small lights known as […]

A Pony Express Book List and Some Things To Do


On this day in 1858, Buterfield and Company agreed to carry the mail out west starting in Missouri and ending in California. The 2800 mile Westward journey would take 24 days. The mail was delivered twice weekly using overland coaches, mules and horses. Two years later, with the threat of the Civil War looming, the […]

Little Leap Forward—A Boy in Bejing by Guy Yue and Clare Farrow {Guest Post by Hannah Rials}


{Guest post By Hannah Rials} Little Leap Forward—A Boy in Bejing by Guy Yue and Clare Farrow Little Leap Forward is the story of a young boy in Revolutionary China. He lives in the musician’s  quarter with his mother and sisters, where he is trying to find inspiration for the music. He hears music in […]