The Key To Extraordinary by Natalie Lloyd (guest post from Hannah Rials)

“Just when you think you don’t have it in you to bloom anymore, you do.” Emma Pearl Casey has always known that she’s meant for something extraordinary. It’s her destiny, or rather in her destiny dream. All the women in her family have had one, and they have gone on to do great things to […]

World Read Aloud Day is February 16, 2017! Let’s Celebrate!

Read Aloud. Change the World. Celebrate World Read Aloud Day by reading aloud and taking action on behalf of the 758 million people who cannot read. World Read Aloud Day motivates children, teens, and adults to celebrate the power of words.  This global literacy movement is about taking action to show the world that the […]

Let’s Get Ready for International Book Giving Day! (2-14-17)

It’s almost #bookgivingday! This fun yearly event will occur on Tuesday 14th February 2017. Valentine’s Day is not the only thing happening on February 14th! Yes we’re giving ourselves a little book love to celebrate International Book Giving Day. International Book Giving Day takes place on February 14th each year. Our aim is to get books […]

Weekend Links: Why Reading Aloud Matters

Welcome to Weekend Links! This is the time where I share the best-of-the-best of all of all the amazing booklists, topics and resources that I have discovered via my Internet travels throughout the week. This last week I’ve noticed that the topic of reading aloud to kids is a hot one. Maybe it’s because World […]

The Last Snow of Winter (and a book-inspired soup recipe!)

Happy New Year! There are hints of snow in our forecast and I’ve talked to many friends in various parts of the world who are knee-deep in the stuff. Whether its the first snow, or the last, these natural acts are always filled with much anticipation. Winter is just beginning now, but before we know it, […]

Weekend Links: Ways to Make “Kindness” a Verb

Promoting and having conversations about kindness is at the top of everyone’s minds these day after a nerve-wracking and “interesting” 2016. Having conversations is great, but parents, teachers, caregivers, community leaders and law makers need to make this very special noun and make it into a verb. Actions, follow-through, leadership and projects, that take the […]

MCBD Book Review Round-Up: Green Pants and Bronze and Sunflower

Another Multicultural Children’s Book Day has come and gone and again, I am happy to say the event was a huge success! Every year (for the last 4) on January 27th we celebrate all of the great diversity and multicultural Children’s books out there. I am a little late in getting these two reviews posted from […]

Resources to Celebrate Multicultural Children’s Book Day All Year (guest post from Mia Wenjen)

Four and half years ago, Valarie Budayr of Jump Into a Book and I started Multicultural Children’s Book Day, an online holiday celebrated on January 27th to showcase diversity in children’s books. Our motivation was three fold: Literacy: We believe that if children can see themselves in books, particularly at that crucial period of time […]

A Super 2017 ALA Book Awards Celebration Round-up

Wow, what a morning full of reasons to celebrate. I got up early today to watch the ALA book awards LIVE on Facebook. There I sat at my dining room table literally applauding, hooting and hollering for all of those authors and illustrators I’ve read and adored all year long. I look forward to this […]

Poetry For Kids: Emily Dickinson

Recently I’ve received many new poetry and prose books to review and want to share a few of them here in our new feature called, “The Poetry Corner.”   Just like our favorite books, poems are friends we can return to again and again. Born in Amherst, Massachusetts on December 10th 1830, Emily Dickinson lived […]