The Girl with a Brave Heart: A Tale from Tehran #kidlitbookreview

The Girl with a Brave Heart: A Tale from Tehran by Rita Jahanforuz is a traditional tale about a kind, wise Persian girl named Shiraz. As a baby, Shiraz’s mother died, and her father soon remarried, giving her a new mother and a sister to grow up with. But when her father died, everything changed. Shiraz’s […]

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 […]

Weekend Links: Dads Matter Too

Welcome to Weekend Links! This is my chance to share the latest-and-the-greatest in the book-ish discoveries I have found during the past week. This week I am thrilled to report that I noticed many wonderful books celebrating DADS. With Father’s Day just around the corner, the WWW has been bursting with fun booklists and dad-related […]

Encouraging Free Range Kids- A Secret Garden Tea Party to Remember

It’s time for another Secret Garden Wednesday!  The blooming of flowers, buzzing of bees, summer travel planning and even a new batch of fox kits in my backyard has me hungering to be outside in the garden even more these days. If you’d been following along, you know we have be revisiting some wonderful A […]

Revisiting Secret Garden Wednesday-Sticky Toffee Pudding

Happy Secret Garden Wednesday! If you’ve been following along, the last four Wednesdays have been filled with A Year in the Secret Garden inspired crafts, recipes and nature activities. Traditionally speaking snow days are behind us and so are the comfort foods that go along with chillier weather. In the past when there’s been snowy […]

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 […]

Happy Earth Day: What is Treecology?

Happy Earth Day Everyone! I think for me everyday is Earth Day. We are great lovers of nature in this house and we try really really hard to walk gently on the earth. “When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else.”  John Muir Nothing could be farther from […]

Picture Books and Activities that encourage Rainy Day Play

{Guest post by Hannah Rials} The kids are home and it’s raining. You know what comes next, right? “I’m bored!!!” “There’s nothing to do!” “Moooooooom!!!” Yes, I know you know what I’m talking about. They can’t go outside because it’s too soggy out there and you really don’t want them sitting like zombies in front […]

A Year in the Secret Garden turns THREE! #ChildhoodUnplugged

Hard to believe it was three years ago that co-author, Marilyn Scott-Waters and I released our much-anticipated book, A Year in the Secret Garden, to a new generation of families THREE years ago! Where does time go? This book came to be because, Marilyn Scott-Waters, a delightfully creative person who also happened to be a […]