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Weekend Links: Recaps and Round-ups of Summer Booklists

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Happy Summer Solstice! Did anyone happen to see the Strawberry Moon? The “strawberry moon” is the first full moon we’ve had on Summer Solstice since 1948! It was truly spectacular.

It’s hard to believe July is just around the corner too. Summer is flying by! Kids are loving being off of school and not having to do homework, but summer is not the time to let reading habits slide. The following is a recap and round-up of some my book-inspired initiatives here at JIAB and some great Summer Booklists to check out as well. Enjoy!

The Breakfast Table Book Club: I get many books to read and review during the year and the really successful ones, the books that become favorites, are those that get the “The Breakfast Table Book Club” approval! The first book is so appropriate for this year of all years because it’s an election year. Check out 50 Things You Should Know About American Presidents published by the QEB publishing.


This time of year is also the perfect time to find new and exciting books to keep kids reading and boy, did I find a treasure trove of good ones! Check out New Summer Book Releases that Kids Will go Crazy for!


A few years back I created a wildly popular booklist series called Read Around the Continents. Then one day it dawned on me; I forgot Antarctica! Here’s my fresh new booklist to remedy that misstep! 11 Cool Reads about Antarctica: A Read Your World Antarctica Booklist

Antarctica booklist

We’ve always been huge fans of Fairy House Building in our family. Imagine my surprised when I learned at it is International Fairy House Week! (June 21st-28th).  Build a Fairy House or Den to help raise awareness of the importance of nature and creativity in a child’s life. Get the full (and fun) scoop HERE.

International Fairy House week

The lovely people of Tinker Crate have sent us a wonderful Tinker Zine and box full of activities full of fun and interesting activities focused on gravity. It included reading for discovery and following instructions to have us delving into where we’re centered….Gravity!  That inspired me to create a booklist for middle readers “centered” around the topic of GRAVITY. View the booklist here


As many of you already know, I am a huge fan of children’s classics and over the years my family has actively read old classics and discovered new ones. In 2016 one of my many goals is to discover even more classics and share them with you, my valued readers. This inspired me to create a new series call Read Kids Classics (#ReadKidsClassics). Here is just one of many of my classic-inspired review and activities articles.

The Jungle Book

But the most exciting news from these past few weeks has been the release of my brand new picture book, Dragons are Real 

Dragons are Real
What if I told you that all of the fairy tales, myths and legends that have been told about dragons over the years are WRONG. What if I told you that Dragons are indeed Real and that they are different than you’ve ever imagined?
This fairly true story is based on the author’s childhood friendship with a REAL live Dragon; a very special Dragon that she and her brother spent two magical summers with.

As readers turn the pages and learn the truth about Dragons, they will see that the fiercest beasts in known history can actually be the best of friends. It’s a lesson in finding companionship in the most unusual of places. Dragons are Real is a magical book filled with stunning illustrations and hints that dragon are indeed all around us.

Dragons Are Real

Dragons are Real is now available for purchase on both Amazon and Gumroad! We are also offering a special free bonus gift of a Dragons Are Real Inspiration Activity Guide when you purchase your copy of this enchanting picture book.


Happy reading!