International Women’s Day- #Kidlit books that ignite a global sisterhood

March 8 is International Women’s Day. Though I have never officially celebrated this global event on JIAB, I think it’s high time that I did! The online world is filled with quotes, marches and articles celebrating the woman who are united in masses to work towards transforming the tense world we all live in. From what […]

Kidlit picks from my own home turf: A Great Smoky Mountain #booklist

  Many of the long-time readers of JIAB already know that my home is nestled in the foothills of the Smoky Mountains; just a few miles from the entrance to the Great Smoky Mountain National Park. Throughout the year my family and friends and I spend many hours in the park enjoying all of the natural beauty. One […]

My Top Middle Grade, Picture Book and YA #Booklists of 2016

  Are you curious to know which posts from Jump Into a Book have been the most popular with my readers in 2016?  Well…the wait is over and here are the stand-outs and “populars” from 2016. Do you see your favorite on this list? If I could pin-point a reoccurring theme for 2016 it would […]

The Tomten and the Reynard: A sweet kidlit review to get you in the Holiday Spirit

A tomte is just another word for a gnome. Tomtes know many things. They know what the weather will be by how quickly the squirrels are gathering nuts. They know how to find the tastiest mushrooms but most importantly, they know how to talk to animals, especially foxes. The Tomten and the Fox is a story […]

An Exceptionally Magical Winter Tomte Booklist!

It’s an exceptionally magical time of year. As I was pondering this the thought of my friend the “winter tomte” or “jul tomte” popped into my mind. Is there really such a thing ? Ah yes there really is such a thing as a winter tomte and this time of year especially we have many […]

A Roundup of Courage and Bravery Books for Girls

The world seems more tuned in to the intention of tolerance, bravery, kindness, inclusion, understanding and courage these days. And I am incredibly glad they are. I love seeing people rising up, pulling together and “going high” when others “go low.” I love seeing people actively working to build a bridge of compassion and love […]

Weekend Links- a Roundup of Kidlit Pinterest Boards I Love

Welcome to the first Weekend Links of November! Hard to believe Black Friday and all the related holiday shopping is just weeks away. I was just getting used to it transitioning from summer to fall 🙂 This week I wanted to share some of the places on Pinterest where go for booklist ideas and children’s […]

Something Very Special from one of my Favorite Author/Illustrators (Demi)

It’s no secret that author Demi is one of my favorite multicultural Children’s book authors. Her books have sold over half a million copies and her work has been appreciated by many diverse people across the globe, such as the Dalai Lama and the Pope. The Empty Pot, her best-selling title, was selected by former […]

Kidlit Graphic Novels You’ll Die For

Let me just say that the genre of comic books has been taken up a notch. When I was a kid a comic book was a magazine that we couldn’t wait for the next edition to come out. I’ve been loving the growth of the Kidlit Graphic Novels genre as it’s the perfect type of […]

Using Kidlit to Acknowledge National Bullying Prevention Month

Can you believe this is the 10 year anniversary of the inception of National Bullying Prevention Month? National Bullying Prevention Month is a nationwide campaign founded in 2006 by PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center. The campaign is held during the month of October and unites communities around the world to educate and raise awareness of […]