Through all the crazy, hectic fun of summer it suddenly dawned on that I missed a huge milestone; that my award-winning book Dragons are Real celebrated it’s one year publishing anniversary! Dragon’s Are Real was published in early summer of 2016 and OH, how time has FLOWN! In that time this enchanting picture book has… Read More My book Dragons Are Real turns ONE!
Dragons Can Make Great Friends Dragons and dinosaurs fascinate children so they’re predisposed to love Dragons Are Real by Valerie Budayr and illustrated by Michael Welply. It delivers the full inside story on the fire-breathing beasts. Who knew dragons need friends and yearn to be a child’s BFF? Or that they crave sweets as much… Read More Dragons Can Make Great Friends! guest post from Author Gayle Swift
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!
As you can tell from my past blog posts and books I have written…I LOVE Dragons! To me, Dragons are not the scary, fire-breathing beasts that fiction makes them out to be. The Dragons from my childhood were a fun-loving lot who craved sweets, loved to dance and the only thing they devoured was BOOKS 🙂… Read More Bright ideas for Celebrating Appreciate a Dragon Day (1/16/17)
So exciting! My book Dragons Are Real (illustrated by Michael Welply) has been named to Kirkus Reviews’ Best Books of 2016! I’ve been asked how this wonderful and vibrant book “came to be.” Dragons are Real started as a chapter book for kids called Elsa’s Dragon. But I “wrote myself into a corner” and couldn’t… Read More Dragons are Real is named to Kirkus Reviews Best Indie Book of 2016!
The Disney movie Pete’s Dragon is undoubtedly by storm. But the 2016 movie is actually based on a musical that came to life in the late 1970’s. Pete’s Dragon was a 1977 American musical live-action animated film directed by Don Chaffey, produced by Jerome Courtland and Ron Miller, and written by Malcolm Marmorstein. The original story is set… Read More Weekend Links: Pete’s Dragon Inspired Activities and FUN!
Breaking News! Proof that Dragons are indeed REAL! Maybe this news prompted you to drop your sandwich or even roll your eyes with disbelief….but I am here to tell you; Dragons are Real! How do I know? I have proof. In fact, I have MORE than proof! As a child I had a Dragon friend… Read More I have proof! Dragons ARE Real!
Happy Summer Solstice! Did anyone happen to see the Strawberry Moon? The “strawberry moon” is the first full moon we’ve had on Summer Solstice since 1948! It was truly spectacular. It’s hard to believe July is just around the corner too. Summer is flying by! Kids are loving being off of school and not having… Read More Weekend Links: Recaps and Round-ups of Summer Booklists
We are huge fans of the Spiderwick Chronicles, so when Tony DiTerlizzi’s book Kenny and the Dragon hit our book basket, a great time was had by all. This charming and adorable book is about a little rabbit named Kenny who befriends a peace loving dragon named Grahame. The only problem is that the villagers… Read More More Dragon Fun! Kenny and the Dragon review and activities