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Help us celebrate The Circus Thief by Alane Adams (+a #Giveaway!)

Popcorn, peanuts, music, jugglers, animals, rides, and games. All things that make the circus the circus! Imagine living in the 1920’s when a dollar was A LOT of money…almost too much for Papa to let young Georgie and his buddy Harley go and see the sights, sounds and smells when the circus came to town.… Read More Help us celebrate The Circus Thief by Alane Adams (+a #Giveaway!)

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Why a Butterfly is Patient (and tips for creating your own Butterfly Garden!)

Today as we were walking on the greenbelt near our home we saw the most beautiful sight; monarch butterflies getting ready to depart for the season. For years now we’ve participated in Journey North and their Monarch Butterfly research. As we watch the monarchs hatch from their cocoons and make their way north towards us,… Read More Why a Butterfly is Patient (and tips for creating your own Butterfly Garden!)

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Big Books about Big Bears (A Bear-y Good Bear Booklist for Kids!)

**A huge THANK YOU to the Ortners and Jane Yolen for their partnership on these reviews** Last week, as I sat at my desk and observed the ever-growing pile of books to be reviewed, I noticed something. I noticed something BIG. The word “BIG” in fact on a handful of the beautiful children’s picture books… Read More Big Books about Big Bears (A Bear-y Good Bear Booklist for Kids!)

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Weekend Links | New Reviews and Launches from Jump Into a Book and Audrey Press Books!

Summer has been speeding by, but I’ve been so delightfully busy with both of my businesses, Jump Into a Book (JIAB) and Audrey Press Publishing, that I’ve had little time to stop and smell the flowers! So before I pause for a little deserved “downtime,” I wanted to share some of the amazing projects I’ve… Read More Weekend Links | New Reviews and Launches from Jump Into a Book and Audrey Press Books!

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Shelly Bean: The Sports Queen and the Brave Swim by Shelly Boyum-Breen

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

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#ReadtheWorldMKB Summer Reading Series! The Rock Maiden: A Chinese Tale of Love and Loyalty

Today I’m participating in the MKB Read Around the World Summer Reading Series. The multicultural location we have chosen to visit is Hong Kong and the book I am reviewing is yet another gorgeous offering from Wisdom Tales Press; The Rock Maiden: A Chinese Tale of Love and Loyalty by Natasha Yim Subject(s): Age level: Juvenile Fiction… Read More #ReadtheWorldMKB Summer Reading Series! The Rock Maiden: A Chinese Tale of Love and Loyalty

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Fort Ideas for Kids! (Activities for kids inspired by The Faraway Tree)

{Guest post from Donna Ashton} A Note from Me (Valarie): Donna is a special friend. We love creating, nature , and brainstorming on how to provide resources and activities for families. We’ve spent hours on the phone in great conversations and recently we’ve been working on a project together which we will announce very soon… Read More Fort Ideas for Kids! (Activities for kids inspired by The Faraway Tree)

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Composting and Kids-It’s a “thing” (sustainable living books for kids)

My infatuation with science-themed books for kids continues! This week, let’s talk about MICROBES. The tiniest creatures accomplish some of the biggest jobs on the planet and one of these jobs involves the act of Composting. The thought makes some people shudder, but composting is an excellent way to help the health of our planet. Composting is… Read More Composting and Kids-It’s a “thing” (sustainable living books for kids)