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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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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