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Dragons Can Make Great Friends! guest post from Author Gayle Swift

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

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May 8th is International Viking Day! Lycklig Internationella Vikingadagen!

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!

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Dragons are Real is named to Kirkus Reviews Best Indie Book of 2016!

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!

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Weekend Links: Pete’s Dragon Inspired Activities and FUN!

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!

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Weekend Links: Recaps and Round-ups of Summer Booklists

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