Celebrating Read Across America Day 2017

Happy March everyone and a very happy birthday to one of our favorite authors, Dr. Seuss! It’s time to grab your hat and read with the cat. Or the kids. Or both. Not only is it Dr. Seuss’s birthday, but it’s Read Across America Day. This special day reminds adults everywhere to share their love of reading […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

Bright ideas for Celebrating Appreciate a Dragon Day (1/16/17)

As you can tell from my past blog posts and books I have written…I LOVE Dragons! To me, Dragons are not the scary, fire-breathing beasts that fiction makes them out to be. The Dragons from my childhood were a fun-loving lot who craved sweets, loved to dance and the only thing they devoured was BOOKS 🙂 […]

Putting a New Spin on Old Kids’ Classic Stories #ReadKidsClassics

{Guest post by Hannah Rials} I recently saw a graphic on Multicultural Children’s Book Day’s site that should children’s book predictions from powerhouse Scholastic for 2017. The fact that Scholastic’s predictions (#5) that “the classics will return and be reinvented” ties beautifully into what I am going to share today! The following is just that; […]

The Magician’s Elephant by Kate DiCamillo and a fun kirigami activity

A young boy goes to buy some fish at the market when he spies a fortune teller in a gypsy tent. Instead of fish he got his fortune. In response to the question how can I find my sister? The answer came swiftly and with confidence,”An elephant will lead you there”. An elephant? So starts […]

A Jump Into a Book Roundup of Native American Heritage Month reads

The month is a time to celebrate rich and diverse cultures, traditions, and histories and to acknowledge the important contributions of Native people. Heritage Month is also an opportune time to educate the general public about tribes, to raise a general awareness about the unique challenges Native people have faced both historically and in the […]