I adore middle reader books that not only tell an amazing story but also shine the spotlight on a unique tradition, culture or religion. Aru Shah and the End of Time is one such diverse middle reader book! AND, if you enjoy books like Percy Jackson or Dasgupta’s Serpent Secret, then this is a series… Read More Aru Shah and the End of Time: A Diverse Middle Reader book that dives into Hindu Mythology
Providing books and activities for kids that support STEM and STEAM is a big deal these days. But first, what is STEM and STEAM? STEM: STEM is an educational curriculum that combines science, technology, engineering, and math. It is meant to be a comprehensive approach; instead of teaching each subject separately, educators aim to incorporate some or… Read More Weekend Links: A round-up of STEM and STEAM Books for Kids!
Kids should be getting outside, exploring their world, reading books, and every else like that to live a balanced life. It’s a tough balance. We want them to be outside soaking up the sun’s vitamins, but we also want to keep their minds stimulated and active. And we all know, if given the choice, our… Read More Summer Reading with STEM Activity Books from QuartoKids
The flowers are blooming happily here in Maryville and of course, that makes the pollinators exceptionally happy as well. Bees play a key role in the productivity of agriculture and the beauty of our world and are responsible for the pollination of fruits, vegetables, nuts, and flowers. But our cherished bees are facing peril in… Read More Picture Books that help us Be Kind to Bees
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