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Weekend Links- Unique Ways to Keep Kids Thinking This Summer

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Summer is packed with sun, fresh air and families travels, but there is also plenty of downtime as well. Here are some great activity ideas that will Keep Kids Thinking This Summer

Fiber Arts for Kids: Earlier this week I did a review of an amazing book called Knit, Hook and Spin by Laurie Carlson.

Fiber Arts for kids

Knit, Hook, and Spin is one of those books that I wish I’d had as a kid! There are so many different activities and crafts to fill your day with fun! Carlson talks about felting, weaving, knotting, stitching, knitting, crocheting, spinning, dyeing, and even recycling old projects! But not only does she give us all of these wonderful crafts, Carlson can’t leave us without a little information first. We jumped headfirst into some of Ms. Carlson’s fiber arts for kids activities and go here to see the results!

There are some wonderful new kidlit books available summer that will challenge young minds on all sorts of topics. I especially love the Cookie Decorating: Easy-to-follow recipes and decorating tips for sweet cookie creations  I reviewed a few weeks ago. This is one FUN cookie decorating book and Cookie Decorating invites your kids to discover and explore the art of cookie decorating with confidence. Read the full review HERE.


Bring New Books to the Breakfast Table: Sound a little odd? Not really! This is how is works, I have stacks of books everywhere in this house. Often times there are a few books that have recently come in that just sit on the kitchen table. As the family wanders in for breakfast each morning, they’ll grab a book to read while eating their cereal. I always know a popular read when they ask where the book has gone once I move it to the review crates. “When is it coming back?” they ask.

In my first ever Breakfast Table Book Club post I two such titles that have tried to leave the breakfast table but have been a constant companion since they’ve arrived. Read the full blog post here.

The Breakfast Table Book Club

Be a Flâneur! A flâneur (\flä-ˈnər\), is a French word that means to wander around and my thoughts on how we can all be flâneurs was inspired by The Story of Diva and Flea. You can read the full article here and also enjoy the below ideas on how your family can do their own “wandering” this summer!

the art of mindful walking

Encourage Writing: View a huge list of resources, sites and tutorials to encourage the budding author in your house! The Write Stuff :Writing Tips and Resources for Kids.

top sites for teen writers

One More Thing: Surprise and HAPPY NEWS came in my inbox this week! My newest book Dragons Are Real received high honors and reviews from Kirkus Reviews a short time ago. BUT now this exciting perk has been added!  Here’s what this amazing email said;

“Dear Valarie, Hope you are well. I’m following up to let you know that your review for “Dragons are Real” was selected by our Indie Editors to be featured in Kirkus Reviews 7/1 Issue. Congratulations! Your review will appear as one of about 35 reviews in  the Indie section of the 7/1 Kirkus Reviews magazine which is sent out to over 5,200 industry professionals (librarians, publishers, agents, etc.) Less than 10% of our Indie reviews are chosen for this, so it’s a great honor. The digital version of this issue will be available for me to send to you on July 5th, and the print version will be available in a week or so after that.”

To say I am grateful and thrilled is an understatement! Watch for more details on this amazing honor for Dragons Are Real and THANK YOU to everyone for their support!

Dragons are real
SO…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 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.

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