Where do those stories come from?

Have you ever wondered where the ideas for characters and stories originate? The Night Buddies Adventures series started with author Sands Hetherington and his son John dreaming up Crosley the crocodile during months of bedtime story give-and-take. They collaborated many nights on escapades starring John and Crosley until it occurred to Sands why it was that […]

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Lucky Superstitions

Since this week is both the Ides of March and St. Patrick’s Day, we’re taking a break from books and reading to have a fun look at lucky superstitions. Superstitions are light-hearted or trivial beliefs that we hold regardless of evidence. Examples of lucky superstitions include four-leaf clovers, knocking on wood, throwing salt over your […]

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3 Middle-Grade Reads for Women’s History Month

March 1987 was the first designated Women’s History Month in the United States. President Jimmy Carter proclaimed the week of March 8, 1980, as the first Women’s History Week. This was followed by additional Women’s History Week observances that eventually became the month-long celebration recognizing the achievements and contributions of women. We found three books […]

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Books to Help Parents and Kids Talk about War

With the war between Russia and Ukraine dominating the news cycle, your children may be asking questions. Why are they fighting? Why don’t they stop? Are we safe? Let your children guide the discussion. If the topic comes up, start by asking, “What do you know about the war?” We’ve found three books for middle-grade […]

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Exactly What is Mid-Grade Fiction?

If you have young readers in your home, you may have encountered terms like mid-grade, juvenile, young adult, or new adult to classify books, but what do they mean? The classifications are intended to help guide readers (and their parents) to age-appropriate books. None of the designations are carved in stone, but here are some […]

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Books to Help Kids Process COVID

It’s hard to believe, but COVID is still with us almost two years later. It’s still impacting how we live and work, and it’s affecting children’s daily routines. We’ve found three books to read with your children to help process the effects of life during a pandemic. When the World Turned Upside Down by K. […]

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A Book-Themed Valentines

The month of love is here and, according to research by Hallmark, Americans will send 145 million cards to their sweethearts. That doesn’t even count the millions of cards exchanged in classrooms next Tuesday. Teachers, Hallmark says, get the most valentines, and that seems appropriate. Want to give your Valentine’s Day a bookish twist? Here […]

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80 Years of Little Golden Books

I was wandering the aisles of my favorite big box store this week when I saw a display of Little Golden Books. I haven’t had young readers in my house for some time, so I wasn’t up to date on offerings from the imprint. Little Golden Books have been around since 1942 and has produced […]

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Making the Most of the Commute

When measured before the pandemic, Americans’ average one-way commute time was just more than 27 minutes.* As we inch back toward ‘normal,’ we once again find ourselves spending more time in the car. So let’s explore some creative ways to use that almost one hour in the car with our kids every day. Build Vocabulary. […]

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Word Games to Play with Kids

Have you discovered WORDLE? The online word game gives you six chances to guess a five-letter word. It gives you clues by showing if you’ve guessed a letter in the word and if it’s in the correct position. There is a new WORDLE to solve every day. It’s a great game to play with the […]

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Rewind: Our 2015 Interview with Crenwinkle

Night Buddies is celebrating the the10th anniversary of John, Crosley, and the rest of the Night Buddies crew. Night Buddies and the Pineapple Cheesecake Scare was published on June 12, 2012. Later this year, the fourth adventure, Night Buddies and the Evil School Bus, will be released. Today, we revisit an interview first published in […]

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