Pollinator Partnership is proud to announce that June 17-23, 2019 has been designated National Pollinator Week! National Pollinator Week is a time to celebrate pollinators and spread the word about what you can do to protect them. Twelve years ago the U.S. Senate’s unanimous approval and designation of a week in June as “National Pollinator Week”… Read More National Pollinators Week 2019 | Celebrating and Protecting our Pollinators
Author Laura Gehl understands that kids love to explore and discover their superpower capabilities. Whether that is exploring space, the bottom of the deep blue ocean, discovering the new word “dibs” and claiming dibs on everything in your house and especially your brother’s stuff, or crashing the ceiling on gender stereotypes, Laura Gehl engages her… Read More Baby Scientist Series: Science Books for Preschoolers
Guest post by Author, Afsaneh Moradian When my daughter was born, my husband and I decided not to focus on gender because we wanted her to feel confident to be herself and to play with whatever she liked. Even though we consciously tried to leave gender out of her life, she was still learning… Read More Creating Gender-Neutral Play Spaces, Games, Activities, and Mindsets
Greetings! It really feels like summer now. The weather has warmed up and we are beginning to enjoy more outside activities. This also means that school has ended and the concerns of “summer reading slide” have started. Scholastic has an excellent report called 10 Critical Facts about Summer Reading that addresses the issue of learning or reading… Read More Summer Reading – Great Middle Reader Books to Add to Your Summer Shelf
Has cursive writing become a “lost art?” Is it destined to be one of those things the younger generation talks about that us “old people” used to do along with writing checks and sending physical Thank You cards? Not if we can help it 🙂 Back in the day, cursive writing was a big part… Read More Creative Adventures in Cursive | Books+Art=FUN
Whether you are a parent preparing for cold and flu season, or a teacher getting ready to wrap up yet another successful school year, tidying up and “de-germing” hardcover books is something that may be on your mind. A few years ago, I received a message on our JIAB Facebook Fan Page from a mom… Read More How to De-Germ and Clean Hardcover Children’s Books
Imagine my delight when I saw that May is National Pet Month! My eyes may have leaked a little too with happiness. Why? Because our family adores critters and (according to the last time I counted) we have 23 pets. In defense of myself…17 are fish. So that leaves a head count of one dog,… Read More Taking a Komodo Dragon for a stroll with Joan Proctor, Dragon Doctor
Many of us dream of downsizing and “living simple,” but one former paralegal has actively made that dream a reality. Living the tiny house lifestyle led to many positive connections, experiences, and adventures. And little did author B.A. Norrgard know, it would lead to a children’s book as well! The idea for a picture book… Read More A Diverse Picture Book about Tiny Living and BIG Adventures!
School is almost out and our youngsters are settling into a new summer routine of sleeping in and hopefully doing some exploring and discovering. With the hectic days of summer just beginning, oftentimes one of the first habits to go by the wayside is the habit of daily reading. Reading is always an important part… Read More 180 Diverse Kidlit Book Recommends for Summer Reading!
Happy May! Hard to believe that we are into the 5th month of 2019 already. Where does time go? As the school year winds down for many parents, the focus begins to also shift to how to keep kids reading during the summer months. “Summer slide” is indeed a “thing,” and even Scholastic has acknowledged… Read More A DiverseKidLit Linkup for the Merry Month of MAY