The Night Buddies Glossary

Night Buddies John and Crosley have a special language filled with words that not all parents understand. Fortunately, each Night Buddies adventure contains a glossary. Here is a sampling so you can start the year by brushing up on Crosley speak: Snerk!, Snk-Snork!, Wuff!, Fup!: Waking up noises Snog!, Gnf!, Gorf!, Gak!, Snert!, Snorf!: Expressing […]

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Creating Your Own Bedtime Adventures

Many of our readers know that Night Buddies adventures grew out of bedtime stories Sands created with his son. They dreamed up Crosley, the red crocodile, then thought about all the adventures a boy could have when he couldn’t go to sleep. Next time your kids say, “tell me a story…” go with it. Start […]

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How to Raise Library Lovers

In an era where time and money are often in short supply for families, public libraries are an often overlooked resource for entertainment, education, bonding, and just plain fun. Introduce your child to your public early, and they will reap a lifetime of benefits. I Love Libraries, an initiative of the American Library Association, offers […]

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Books to Help Kids Learn Gratitude

Make Thanksgiving a season of practicing gratitude. These books help elementary-age children recognize and begin to develop gratitude as a life-long habit. The Last of the Really Great Whangdoodles by Julie Andrews Edward Written by Julie Andrews (yes, that Julie Andrews of Mary Poppins and The Sound of Music), this fantastical tale originally written in […]

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A Holiday with Books

When you think about books for the holidays, think beyond gifts (though books do make great gifts for every age). To get you started, here are five creative ways to incorporate books into your holiday celebration. Book Advent Calendar. Wrap 24 small books and open one each day to read with your child. This works great […]

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Night Buddies in the Kitchen

One thing young readers notice right away about the Night Buddies Adventures is that Crosley loves pineapple cheesecake. One way to enhance the Night Buddies reading experience is to make a pineapple cheesecake with your child. Cooking together is not only fun and yummy but can also build reading skills. Start by finding a simple […]

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Read Aloud at All Ages

We were late to the Harry Potter series. Three or four books were already out when we got the first one. We decided to read it aloud together as a family. That began a years-long journey together through the world of Hogwarts. When the final book of the series, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, […]

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