Whispering Woods-Tales from the Caledonian Forest (and some Scottish Folklore)

  Whispering Woods-Tales from the Caledonian Forest is a magical and enchanting walk through the Scottish forest told by Alan Crawford and exquisitely illustrated by Susan Gray. Author Alan Crawford invites us to sit by the fire and read this collection of tales aloud, and that’s exactly what our family did. Whispering Woods is a collection […]

The Secret Child by Marti Healy (And a little look at Fairy Folklore!)

The Secret Child by Marti Healy is a timeless and whimsical children’s tale that will appeal to a wide range of ages; its one of those favorite books cherished by more than one generations. On a journey from one Gypsy tribe to another, young Marika encounters tragedy. Her beloved baby brother who has been accompanying her to […]

Enter “the secret life of 6th graders”- Hundred Percent by Karen Romano Young

Am I ever excited today! We’re happy to be on the official blog tour for new release Hundred Percent by Karen Romano Young. I’m so glad to see Karen is back with another incredible story LIVE from the sixth grade. Hundred Percent by Karen Romano Young ISBN: 978-1-4521-3890-9 | $16.99 296 pages | 5-5/8 x […]

The Mountains of Tibet by Mordicai Gerstein Book Review

In the wonderful book, The Mountains of Tibet by Mordicai Gerstein, the young boy living in the mountains of Tibet lived a wonderful life of flying kites, hard work, a loving family, and peace. When he died, which is the natural progression of life, he rose into the sky where he was given the choice […]

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 […]

New Summer Book Releases that Kids Will go Crazy for!

If it hasn’t already, the school year is nearly over here in the States, the weather is warmer, and summer is nearly upon us. Wondering what to do with the kids over the summer break ? Have I got a list of fun and active favorites for you. Did you notice I didn’t use the […]

A captivating middle grade book-Southern Gothic

I know many parents and visitors to this site are frequently on the hunt for captivating books for their older readers..and lucky me, I just discovered a new one! Southern Gothic by Middle Grade/YA author Bridgette Alexander is a wonderful new book which incorporates art and mystery in very intriguing ways. I learned of Bridgette […]

Board Books based on Children’s Classic Books: Cozy Classics

The Cozy Classics series is the brainchild of two brothers, both dads, who were thinking of ways to teach words to their very young children. They hit upon the idea of “the classics” as the basis for their infant primers, and the rest as they say, is history. Every book in the series is condensed […]

If you’re a Gutsy Girl-Read This!

March is Women’s History Month and we’re bringing the month to a close by celebrating in grand style. Before women make their history, they first had to have some focus, bravery, and perseverance to get them there. Let’s face it, all women have hurdles to jump over, but every woman that makes, and contributes, to […]

Weekend Links-booklists that help kids understand the Presidency.

Welcome to Weekend links! All of the drama affiliated with politics and the election can drive some of us nuts, but it is also a wonderful opportunity to share the world of American Presidents with your young readers. Here are some great book picks and booklists that help kids understand the Presidency and politics. Check […]