Writing Inspiration: How to Get Ideas for a Story

story idea

The picture book, Any Questions by Marie-Louise Gay, is the author's answer to children about the writer's journey -- how to get ideas for a story. It's an interactive experience because you get to write part of a story, too and is beautifully illustrated with water color and ink. Gay writes that children often ask her where does a story start. That's a good question, she … [Read more...]

2015 Newbery and Caldecott Winners

2015 Newbery and Caldecott Winners

The 2015 Newbery and Caldecott winners have been announced by the American Library Association (ALA). Want to know who won? 2015 Newbery Medal The John Newbery Medal for the most outstanding contribution to children's literature is The Crossover by Kwame Alexander! It's written in prose, like the beat of a basketball game, about twins who compete on and off the court. As … [Read more...]

Celebrate Beautiful Oops Every Day #beautifuloops

Celebrate Beautiful Oops

One of my favorite children's books of all time is Barney Saltzberg's Beautiful Oops, a book which inspires viewing life with a whole new paradigm. Now it's also a worldwide celebration! The Paradigm of a Beautiful Oops A beautiful oops is making lemonade out of lemons. It's taking a mistake and making it something beautiful. Barney shows this … [Read more...]

Inspiring Malala Youngest Nobel Peace Prize Winner

books about Malala Yousafzai

Malala Yousafzai won the Nobel Peace Prize today. She's the youngest winner EVER. And one of the most inspiring. Especially to young people who want to make a difference in the world. About Malala In 2012 in Pakistan, 14-year old Malala was shot in the head at close range. She was shot by a Taliban gunman simply because was a female attending school. It was a miracle that she … [Read more...]

Best Gift Books of 2014

best children's books 2014 gifts

Ready for the best gift books of 2014? This list consists of activity books as well as nonfiction books for kids. Also read: the best chapter books of 2014, the best picture books of 2014, the best board books of 2014, and the best YA books of 2014. Best Activity Books 2014 1. Draw Patterns with Barroux (ages 4+) This colorful activity book and kit includes the Draw … [Read more...]

Best Board Books of 2014

best board books 2014

Do you have a baby or toddler who needs a board book? Get him or her one of these recommended best board books of 2014. The Best Board Books from 2014 1. My First Book of Girl Power From Wonder Woman's ability to find the truth to Black Canary's powerful voice to Batgirl's keen mind, readers will find lots of girl power to admire in this unique board book. 2. Super … [Read more...]

Best Picture Books of 2014

best picture books 2014

Don't forget to give your children the gift of a good picture book or ten! Today I'm recommending what I think are the best children's picture books of 2014.  The Best Picture Books from 2014 1. It's Okay to Make Mistakes by Todd Parr I love the message of this picture book - that it's okay to make mistakes. In fact not only will this book help remind kids that making … [Read more...]

MySELF Social Emotional Learning Books

social emotional learning

MySELF (Social Emotional Learning Foundations) books help children in PreK - 1st grade build both their early literacy skills and social and emotional intelligence skills. When children aquire and apply the skills necessary to manage emotions, set and achieve goals, resolve conflicts, feel empathy for others, and make responsible decisions, this is called social emotional … [Read more...]

Kids Drawing Idea: Seek and Find Game

DIY seek and find

My daughter thought of a fun drawing idea for kids that she wanted me to share with you: make your own seek and find puzzle! Kids Drawing Idea: Seek and Find Game 1. Think of a theme: food, faces, animals, buildings, monsters, flowers, cupcakes, or whatever strikes your fancy. For ideas or drawing techniques, visit these Pinterest boards: how to draw and kids drawing … [Read more...]