A new type of queen has entered the realm! Let’s hear it for Shelly Bean the Sports Queen! Thanks to author Shelly Boyum-Breen for giving me a review copy of this fine book. Shelly Bean the Sports Queen and the Brave Swim, is a read which pushes us to our limits and bravery of trying… Read More Shelly Bean: The Sports Queen and the Brave Swim by Shelly Boyum-Breen
So as the frost begins to form gorgeous patterns on the window of my study, and the fluffy whiteness of winter begins to flitter down from the sky, I think it might be a perfect time to share this wonderful book by Bomi Park. First Snow by Bomi Park (Chronicle Books): There’s something magical about… Read More First Snow by Bomi Park (and creative crafts with snow!)
In the corner of our family room is a red leather bag…a Storyteller’s Bag, filled with items such as a wreath of Tibetan bells, a polar bear snow globe, felted toy animals, chopsticks, and our favorite story telling item of them all; a coconut shell half. Some people might call this a memento bag or… Read More Creating a Hans Christian Andersen-inspired Storyteller’s Bag
Imagine my surprise (and glee!) a few days ago when I noticed that my latest post was actually Jump Into a Book’s 1001 blog post! That’s ONE THOUSAND (plus one) blog posts on books, activities and sharing my love of children’s literature! In hindsight I probably shouldn’t have been surprised. I’ve been creating unique book… Read More The Top 50 #KidlitBookReviews and Booklists at Jump Into a Book
I may be a few days late, but I certainly didn’t want to miss the opportunity to wish one of my favorite authors, Jan Brett, and Happy Birthday (even if it is belated!). Though I am a huge fan of all of Jan’s books, this particular one has a special place in my heart; The… Read More Happy Birthday to Author Jan Brett!
November is Native American Heritage Month, or as it is commonly referred to, American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month. 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… Read More Wonderful New Diverse Picture Books for Native American Heritage Month
As a mom who has raised two girls and a boy, one thing I can tell you for sure when it comes to instilling a love of reading is that….boys need a completely different approach than girls! I will soon be sending my son, my youngest child, off to college. In his pile of “things… Read More Reading Tips for Growing Boys
We all know that encouraging our children to read is critical. There are countless studies, organizations and websites on that very subject. We also know that reading outloud to our kids, and having them read out loud to us is also very beneficial. But how about the activities that are inspired by the books we… Read More Why book-related activities are important to children’s literacy
Lycklig Internationella Vikingadagen! In case you were wondering, that’s Swedish for Happy International Viking Day. Swedish tradition and culture is a huge part of my life. Both my parents and grandparents were from Gotland, Sweden so my Swedish roots run deep. I have been immersed in Nordic culture since childhood so when it comes to Vikings, those… Read More May 8th is International Viking Day! Lycklig Internationella Vikingadagen!
Happy Earth Day Everyone! I think for me every day 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… Read More Celebrating Earth Day: What is Treecology?