January 20, 2018

Tired of the Same Old Books on your Kids’ Bookshelf?


 I love that my 9 and 10-year olds are avid readers, but they tear through books so fast I’d go broke if I were buying that many books one at a time. And for my younger kids, ages 4 and 6, the same old books in their room are getting pretty stale when we sit… Read more

New Valentine’s Picture Book Giveaway CLOSED


Just in time for Valentine’s Day a new, FUNNY picture book for kids 3-10 is out. The Yuckiest, Stinkiest, Best Valentine Ever by Brenda A. Ferber is about a kid named Leon- and he has a crush on a girl.  A “let-her-cut-in-line-at-the-water-fountain” kind of crush. Leon’s got the perfect valentine, but this valentine has no intention of… Read more

Your Child as the Star! Create-a-Book Giveaway CLOSED

"My Christmas Wish" is a sample book title, starring your child

  The one picture book as a child I had the most sentimental attachment to (and still own to this day) is a create-a-book my Grandma Hazel sent me.  In it, I got to be another star of the Flintstones, while my sister also got to play a pivotal role in her own book, which… Read more

“Infinity and Me” Book Review

infinity and me

By Julie Samrick   The wonder of how many stars are in the sky. The cyclical figure eight shape of a racetrack. How about the boundless love of a Grandma? Author Kate Hosford uses these concrete images and more to explain the abstract concept of infinity in her new picture book Infinity and Me (Carolrhoda… Read more

Recipes From Favorite Children’s Books

Dr Seuss green-eggs-and-ham

Ever wonder what that chocolate river would really taste like in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory?  How about the raspberry cordial that causes so much trouble in Anne of Green Gables?  Look no further for the recipes to these and more from your favorite children’s books.  Read more

How Can You Tell If a Book is Too Hard For a Young Reader?

reading child

By Julie Samrick Sometimes finding the right book for a young reader can be like Goldilocks- it’s either too easy or too hard.  How can you find the right fit?  Here’s a quick test: Open a random page in the middle of a book.  Ask your child to read it out loud to you.  If… Read more

Girls on the Edge

girls on the edge

  By Lowry Manders “Tell me about yourself.” If someone asked you this question, you would probably talk about your family and what you do with your time. But if they probed further, “Yes, but tell me about who you are.”  Well, wouldn’t that be refreshing! You would pause to consider, then begin telling about what you… Read more

Kids Need Our Guidance, Not More Legislation

Kids Need Our Guidance

By Julie Samrick I really wanted to blame violent movies after the Aurora theater shooting.  The gunman was, after all, dressed like The Joker. Yet as I thought about it more, I realized the root problem goes beyond the movies and more legislation isn’t going to stop these horrifying acts by young men we’ve seen… Read more

Olympic Titles for Kids of All Ages


By Julie Samrick In anticipation of the 2012 Games, here are some books with Olympic themes for every reader in your family.   How to Train with a T. Rex and Win 8 Gold Medals What does it take to earn 8 gold medals? Michael Phelps takes us inside his world: Napping away three summer vacations? Eating… Read more

What I’m Reading: A Mother’s Journey in “Follow The River”

Follow The Rive

By Julie Samrick Author James Alexander Thom, known for his thorough research in creating historically accurate literature, captures the Draper’s Meadow Massacre of 1755 and the protagonist at the center of the story, young wife and mother, Mary Draper Ingles, in Follow the River.   As the French & Indian War (1754-1763) escalated on unchartered… Read more