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
“ I am willing to help, and I want to make a difference for those birds. I want to be their voice.” Olivia Bouler These are the words of a then eleven year-old Olivia Bouler; an incredibly wise young lady that I met at a Creatives Convention in 2011. Even all those years ago, this… Read More Olivia’s Birds: How one young author is fighting to Save the Gulf Birds
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 out loud 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… 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?
From #metoo and #shepersisted to Oprah Winfrey’s Golden Globes speech, there is a huge interest in making a better tomorrow for our daughters. Here are some Courage and Bravery Books for Girls that I recommend. The world seems more tuned in to the intention of tolerance, bravery, kindness, inclusion, understanding, and courage these days. And… Read More A Roundup of Courage and Bravery Books for Girls
About five years ago, I started a revolution…..well…something I hope will be a revolution anyway 😉 It started when I was driving and saw a box of children’s books someone had put out for Curb Day. Curb Day is when residents of my area put unwanted items that are free for the taking curbside. Unable to resist… Read More Giving previously-loved kids books a new home: Book or Treat
Can you believe this is the 10 year anniversary of the inception of National Bullying Prevention Month? National Bullying Prevention Month is a nationwide campaign founded in 2006 by PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center. The campaign is held during the month of October and unites communities around the world to educate and raise awareness of… Read More Using Kidlit to Acknowledge National Bullying Prevention Month
Whispering Woods-Tales from the Caledonian Forest is a magical and enchanting walk through the Scottish forest told by Alan Crawford and exquisitely illustrated by Susan Gray. Author Alan Crawford invites us to sit by the fire and read this collection of tales aloud, and that’s exactly what our family did. Whispering Woods is a collection… Read More Whispering Woods-Tales from the Caledonian Forest (and some Scottish Folklore)
In the wonderful book, The Mountains of Tibet by Mordicai Gerstein, the young boy living in the mountains of Tibet lived a wonderful life of flying kites, hard work, a loving family, and peace. When he died, which is the natural progression of life, he rose into the sky where he was given the choice… Read More The Mountains of Tibet by Mordicai Gerstein Book Review