Meet the No Internet Dino

Have you ever been without internet and needed a way to entertain the kids for a few minutes? Google Chrome’s No-Internet Dino Game to the rescue. The 16-bit game only appears when you’re not connected to the internet. If you try to find a website through the Chrome browser when you’re disconnected, a jumping T-Rex […]

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Mid-Grade Reads for Hispanic Heritage Month

Hispanic Heritage Month is observed from September 15-October 15 to celebrate the histories, cultures, and influence of past generations who came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central and South America. If you’d like to introduce your middle-grade reader to books that depict Hispanic characters and cultures, try these: Solimar: The Sword of the Monarchs […]

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The Iguana Gang

As we get ready to launch book four in the Night Buddies series, we jump into the way back machine to answer a burning question: What’s up with the iguanas? The way back machine takes us to a post from eight years ago: Understanding the Iguana Gang. If you’ve read the Night Buddies books, you […]

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Crosley Approved Pumpkin Cheesecake

Labor Day marks the official start of… wait for it… pumpkin spice season! While Crosley, our favorite red crocodile from the Night Buddies series, loves pineapple cheesecake, he does enjoy some seasonal variations. Here, with some help from Kraft foods, is a quick and easy recipe for pumpkin cheesecake that the family can make and […]

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The Value of Routines

Simple morning and nighttime routines can reduce stress for everyone and help your pre-teen feel more confident and secure. Routines don’t have to be rigid to be effective. Talk with your middle-graders about what tasks must be accomplished every morning and evening, and brainstorm how they want to organize and achieve those. For example, you […]

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5 Back-to-School Prep Tips

August means back to school, and the start of a new academic year means changes for the whole family. So we’ve read several expert posts and condensed the best of the best advice into five back-to-school prep tips. Don’t wait for the first bell to start your school-year schedule. First, ease the family back into a […]

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Revisiting Sand’s Favorite Ghost Story

Today we jump in the way-back machine to retell author Sands Hetherington’s favorite ghost story. But first, let’s explore why we like ghost stories. An article in the Harvard Business Review summarized the psychology behind why we love (or hate) ghost stories. Three reasons we are drawn to horror stories are: They provide Stimulation. “Fright […]

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Create a Magical Reading Nook

Make reading a destination in your home by creating a space designed just for enjoying books. Make it warm, creative, and screen-free. Here’s a list of things to consider when creating your reading nook: Location. Your reading nook doesn’t have to be large. It can be a corner, some unused space under a stairway, a […]

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Happy Birthday, Night Buddies!

Night Buddies is now ten years old! The very first Night Buddies Adventure, Night Buddies and The Pineapple Cheesecake Scare, was released in the Summer of 2012. The fourth book, Night Buddies and The Evil School Bus will be out soon! It all started with night adventures conjured by author Sands Hetherington and his son John. […]

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