There are so many lovely picture books available these days that help young readers understand empathy and the courageous struggles that go along with being someone who is “different.” A Heart’s Journey Home: The Adventures of Eli Benjamin Bear, however, is the first picture book I’ve read about pediatric heart conditions that helps kids understand… Read More A Picture Book about Pediatric Heart Conditions, Courage and Love
Loving and protecting our world’s nature and animal resources has always been something that is near-and-dear to our hearts here at Jump Into A Book. When we think of otters, the words that oftentimes pop into our minds are things like “cute,” “playful,” “graceful,” or “mischievous.” But usually the word “endangered” doesn’t come to mind. … Read More Otter Ecology Project | Little Otter Learns to Swim
Some may think that graphic novels are no more than a glorified comic book. We have to disagree. But first, what is a graphic novel? Wikipedia describes it best as “a book made up of comics content. Although the word “novel” normally refers to long fictional works, the term “graphic novel” is applied broadly and includes… Read More Weekend Links: A Roundup of Diverse Graphic Novels for Kids
**A huge “thank you” to Zonderkidz, Happy Fox, Chronicle Books and Mokum Media for partnering with me on this giveaway!** When you have too many beautiful children’s books…you give them away! Reviewing and sharing the beauty of these great books makes me happy, but what really makes my heart sing is giving them away! Enter to… Read More August Kidlit Book Giveaway from Jump Into a Book!
The moment I laid eyes on this book, I knew it was special. The book had a whimsical, classic and “keepsake” feel to the cover, binding, and pages. Before I even opened the cover and read the story I knew it would be the kind of book that would capture the hearts of those who… Read More Read, Read, and Read | When a Mom, a Tween and a Boxer dog create a Picture Book
During my morning coffee-and-Twitter ritual, this particular tweet caught my eye and gave me a moment of, “Holy cow! Read Across American Day is coming!” Time to share all of the Authors, Books, and Festivities for Read Across America Day. @courtenayfletcher rolled out this new illustration in honor of Read Across America Day, coming up on… Read More Authors, Books and Festivities for Read Across America Day!
Late last year, Scholastic Reading Club’s editors released a list of top trends in children’s books for 2017. When I read the list, I cheered. In the number four spot: “The importance of research will grow.” “Yay!” I thought. “I’m trendy!” Trendy is not an adjective often used to describe me or my work as a… Read More Advice from Author Elizabeth Rusch: Three Books, Three Research Methods
Today, Scholastic released the latest research from the newest Kids & Family Reading Report, 6th edition. We learned what kids – and parents – want in books, as well as kids need for more guidance on books to read for fun. For 10 years, this nationally representative research from Scholastic has surveyed kids ages 6-17… Read More Scholastic Shares their newest Kids & Family Reading Report, 6th edition
A tomte is just another word for a gnome. Tomtes know many things. They know what the weather will be by how quickly the squirrels are gathering nuts. They know how to find the tastiest mushrooms but most importantly, they know how to talk to animals, especially foxes. The Tomten and the Fox is a story… Read More The Tomten and the Fox: A sweet kidlit review to get you in the Holiday Spirit
LAST DAY! Today (12/5/16) is the last Day of the very special Audrey Press Holiday Book Love Sale! All Audrey Press/Aletha Press children’s and YA books are on sale just in time for Christmas. Remember, giving a young reader a book for Christmas is a gift that they can open again and again. As… Read More Last day to score some kidlit book deals!