“Book Jumping” Revealed! | Creating book activities for kids!)

What is a Book Jumper? It’s more than just an “activity.”  Book-jumping is a way of life. It’s where we look at the story from the same perspective as the characters. Instead of the book “being magical”, we actually become the magic. -Valarie Budayr It’s the process of taking the solitary act of reading a […]

Weekend Links: Gearing up to see the 2017 Total Eclipse of the Sun!

ON AUGUST 21, 2017… a most magnificent sight is coming right to our backyard….the 2017 Total Eclipse of the Sun! Literally….it will be in my backyard in the Great Smokey Mountains! This event is being called by many the Great American Eclipse because so many millions of Americans will be able to easily access the 70-mile-wide […]

Being BIG | Ways to be BIG and be a better YOU

What does it mean to be BIG? BIG goes beyond the basics to show that size is more than a matter of height. Touching on ideas such as health, citizenship, and imagination, this book can be the key to heartfelt dialogue between children and caregivers about the importance of values over valuables. This book from Little […]

#ReadtheWorldMKB Summer Reading Series! The Rock Maiden: A Chinese Tale of Love and Loyalty

Today I’m participating in the MKB Read Around the World Summer Reading Series. The multicultural location we have chosen to visit is Hong Kong and the book I am reviewing is yet another gorgeous offering from Wisdom Tales Press; The Rock Maiden: A Chinese Tale of Love and Loyalty by Natasha Yim Subject(s): Age level: Juvenile Fiction […]

Let Freedom Ring | An Independence Day Roundup of Kidlit and Activities

The 4th of July is fast approaching! As families scramble to come up with creative ideas of their yearly Independence Day picnic, I’d like to offer up some suggestions that incorporate two of my favorite things; books and activities! So for the last week I’ve been scouring the WWW and here are some holiday winners. […]

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 […]

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 […]