Time for the Dreaded Back-to-School Checklist


The back-to-school countdown is on.

We’re home from family vacation.

Summer camp is complete and nobody got poison ivy this year.

We made our annual trip to the zoo. (And we all agree that the job of wearing the furry vest and holding and feeding the baby gorilla looks like the best job ever!)

We spent quality time with the cousins. And the grandparents.

We volunteered to serve ice cream at the senior center.

But with two weeks left of summer, it’s officially time for the much-dreaded back-to-school checklist.


How Books Help Kids Discover Interests

Kids Discover Interests

A book can be opened time and time again revealing something new each time to the reader. Maybe it’s the illustration, story line, or the way it makes the reader feel. It’s one of the reasons we are passionate about creating children’s books!

Books can also help kids discover interests or what “makes them tick.” Discovering this at a young age can help a child tremendously as they grow. 

According to psychologist Silvan Tomkins, “It is interest which is primary. Interest supports both what is necessary for life and what is possible.”  Helping a child discover their interests early on is a gift to them. More…

Throw a Book Birthday Party for Young Kids

book birthday party

From Following Featherbottom to Pete the Cat to The Cat in the Hat, a book birthday party is a fun way to celebrate the occasion for a pint-sized bibliophile.

We love the idea of building a party around a child’s favorite book.

It can make the story come to life for the child and their guests.

And depending on how you structure the party, it can also be the perfect way to create a beginning library.


Why We Love the Fourth of July

Fourth of July

I remember fondly Fourth of July celebrations as a child. 

We’d go to the local firework stand and pick out our favorites. My sister and I would light off fireworks in the days leading up to July 4th. Imagine LOUD for several days! 

On July 4th, the whole town would gather in the park for festivities. There’d be concerts, baseball games and food. The night would end with the sky lit up in a splendid array of color.

My kids, too, look forward in anticipation to the Fourth of July each year. The fireworks, parades, barbecues, picnics, gathering with friends and family, all things red, white and blue…what’s not to love? More…

How to Encourage Creative Writing in Kids

creative writing

Do you have a child who loves creative writing?

I have a second-grader who is handed a sheet of paper at school for the topic of the day—one sheet with four lines—and comes home with those four lines filled out with prose, plus four additional papers stapled to the back of the writing sheet.

creative writing

Though the writing is an exercise in stream-of-consciousness thinking, I love the creativity that she finds in expressing herself in this way.

And just like with reading, creative writing offers many benefits for children’s development. More…

Family Vacations: Let Travel Open Your Child’s Mind

family vacations

Since my kids were babies, I’ve seen them take steps forward after family vacations.

I truly believe that there’s something about the stimulation of new surroundings and experiences that opens a child’s mind.

When my son was 6-months-old, we packed up the car seat–and baby monitors and sleeping sacks and strollers and bottles and binkies and puffs and diapers—and took our first plane ride to visit friends in Florida.

It was on that vacation that my son said his first words from the back seat of the rental car.

“Momma,” he said from the back seat, clear as day. Wait, what? I turned around and he was staring right at me, arms outstretched. “Momma,” he said again.

It melted my heart. I’d been waiting to hear that word since the day he was born.


How to Create a Father’s Day Scavenger Hunt

Father's Day scavenger hunt

As I look ahead on the calendar, Father’s Day is just around the corner. It’s a day to celebrate the father figures in our lives and let them know how much they are appreciated and loved.

You can show them how much they mean to you in many different ways. Some ideas include spending the day together, a phone call if they don’t live nearby, a purchased gift, breakfast in bed (a favorite in our house), a homemade card, an acrostic poem or a simple hug and “I love you”…the ideas are endless!

A few years ago, the kids decided to create a Father’s Day scavenger hunt. They love suspense and the element of surprise and are fans of scavenger hunts themselves. What better way to show their dad love than to create one just for him! More…

How Books Help Us Slow Down

Books Help Us Slow Down

“Hurry up…”

“Eat dinner quick and then get ready for…”

“We don’t have time to…”

Have you uttered any of these phrases recently to your kids? It seems the fast-paced world we live in is only getting faster.

Each year a country is chosen to pick a theme for International Children’s Book Day. The 2019 theme, chosen by Lithuania, is “Books Help Us Slow Down.” Slowing down isn’t just a problem in the United States. People around the world are struggling with information overload, haste and rush.

Finding ways to slow down is more important now than ever.   More…

Bird Books For Kids: Reading Takes Flight

bird books for kids

One of the first signs of springtime is waking to the chirping and songs of the cardinals and robins outside the window. What a delight! In honor of these springtime fliers, we’ve compiled a list of some of our favorite bird books for kids.

We think they are the perfect way to help your child’s imagination and reading take flight. More…

To All The Moms: You Are Enough

I remember my first Mother’s Day.

Our son had just turned six months old and I was barely coming out of the fog of those early newborn months. Months of sleepless nights, feeding woes and constant fear I was doing it all wrong. The nagging feeling that I was clearly not prepared for motherhood.

No one told me it was going to be this hard. No one told me my heart could hold this much love.

It was at this first Mother’s Day that I really began to understand the huge responsibility that came with the title “Mom,” and at the same time the tremendous gift I had been given. More…