Weekend Links: A Toe-tingling Middle Reader Mystery Booklist

It’s time for weekend links! This week I want to focus on middle reader books with a “air of mystery!” There are so many wonderful chapter books available these days and mysteries are perfect for reluctant readers as well. Below are some of my top picks for great books that keep youngsters engaged and wanting […]

Follow the Moon Home: A tale of one idea, twenty kids, and hundred sea turtles

{guest post by Hannah Rials} Follow the Moon Home: A tale of one idea, twenty kids, and hundred sea turtles by Philippe Cousteau and Deborah Hopkinson maybe a long title, but the book is a quick and delightful read for kids. “Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get […]

Stand Up and Sing!: Pete Seeger, Folk Music and the Path to Justice (+a #Giveaway!)

Today I am very excited to share and review (and giveaway!) Stand Up and Sing! Pete Seeger, Folk Music and the Path to Justice by Susanna Reich  Many of us have heard or musician Pete Seeger as a folk singer how made a name for himself in the late 1950s. He was someone who was […]

Why book-related activities are important to children’s literacy

We all know that encouraging our children to read is critical. There are countless studies, organizations and websites on that very subject. We also know that reading outloud to our kids, and having them read out loud to us is also very beneficial. But how about the activities that are inspired by the books we […]

#KidlitBooks to remind your readers why Science is Awesome

{guest post from Hannah Rials} Science and kids…it’s seems to go hand-in-hand like summer and fun. Science is also the “S” in S.T.E.M; something that is on the radar of all teachers and parents these days. Lucky for us, the books and resources to encourage the love of science is abundant and more and more […]

Revisiting Secret Garden Wednesday: discussing children’s hunger issues

Every Wednesday you can drop by here and find new and special happenings in the Secret Garden. There will be crafts, great food, fun and laughter. So please be sure to come by and see us in our Secret Garden created just for you. In the Secret Garden, hunger plays an important role. It shows […]

National Teacher Day- Honoring Six Teachers Who Changed the World

In many countries, Teachers’ Day (National Teacher Day is May 9th here in the U.S.) is a special day for the appreciation of teachers, and may include celebrations to honor them for their special contributions in a particular field area, or the community in general. Here are six well-known teachers-turned-heroes-that changed our nation and the way […]

Top Dog And Other Doggone Delightful Expressions by Carli Davidson

(Guest post from Hannah Rials) Top Dog and Other Doggone Delightful Expressions is a charming book of photography that not only shares pictures of ADORABLE dogs but also teaches/reminds us of those cute phrases that we all know and love. Plus, any dog lover will by dying to put the word “dog” into their everyday language […]

Revisiting Secret Garden Wednesday: Creating a Bee Watering Hole

The air is warm, the grass is springing up nicely and some of my favorite inset friends are making an appearance; bees! They’ve been visiting my garden and they are a welcomed site. Speaking of gardening, I want to take a look back to a wildly popular series I did earlier this in the Spring […]

Fun #Kidlit Books that Encourage New Perspectives

{Guest post by Hannah Rials} Perspective is defined as a way of thinking about something, especially one which is influenced by the type of person you are or by your experiences. These experiences in life lead us to think about certain things in a certain way until something comes along that provides new information. This […]