5 Best Halloween Movies Based on Books

One of the best parts of spooky season is curling up on the couch with a big bowl of candy corn for family movie night. What's even better is when the movie you pick can be paired with the original story it was based on! Here are five of the...

A Fun Halloween Story for Kids Who Are Easily Scared

When my son was about five years old, he was afraid of almost everything! I had to be very careful about what he was allowed to watch, what he was allowed to read, and what "scary stories" he heard from his friends. This became especially difficult around this time of...

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Best Children’s Books for Fall 2019

The weather is cooling off, the leaves are turning, and we can officially celebrate that fall is here! My personal favorite fall activity is curling up on the couch with my dogs and a good book for company, whether it's a new release or one of my old favorites. Here...

Night Buddies Uncommon Words

Crosley Speak This one is especially for Night Buddies fans. The following is a glossary of the special and uncommon vocabulary used by Crosley the red crocodile from the Night Buddies book series. Now that you are in the know, pick up the entire Night Buddies series for one low...

Top 10 Children’s Books for Ages 8 – 10

Creating stories for the young book lover is not child's play.  All the best children's books have similar traits.  Life-affirming messages pitched in a way that engages while bringing out the best in the young reader.  When it all comes together, the result is a book that transcends age.  Personally,...

What Traveling With My Son Taught Me About Being a Parent

Thinking of taking a road trip with your kids this summer? Check out this article I wrote for the Good Men Project for some inspiration! Excerpt: As a children’s author, I’ve been asked many times, by friends, colleagues, and readers, what is the best piece of of advice I have...

Writer’s Corner: How To Write A Bestselling Children’s Book

When a child finds a book that they love, he can become a reader for life. But what makes a good children’s book? What qualities should it possess to make a child hold onto its memory and message? If you’re an aspiring author or simply someone who loves kid lit,...

5 Classics Your Child Needs to Read This Summer

Summer vacation is just about here! That means your children now have two whole months of free time ahead of them—and us parents have to find ways to keep them entertained. My favorite way to entertain kids is with books, and these classics are sure to keep them hooked! Number...

Children’s Book Week + Exciting Announcement!

Attending Bookmarks Book Festival in North Carolina. Happy Children's Book Week! This week, over 1,000 schools, libraries, bookstores, and of course authors are joining together to celebrate all of the amazing books for children there are out there! This is the 100th anniversary of Children's Book Week, which means I...

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Meet the Author! Sands Hetherington

I've been writing on this blog for several years now, and I'm so grateful for those of you who read it each week! But for any newcomers, I'd love to introduce myself. I'm the author of the Night Buddies children's books about a young boy named John and his nighttime...

My First Big Sale!

I'm so excited to bring you guys the news... Night Buddies is ON SALE! Because I don't want anyone to finish one of my books and have to go through the reader's agony of waiting for the next, I'm offering this special deal: If you buy any two books in...

Why You Should Turn Your Book into a Series

From Lord of the Rings to Game of Thrones and Harry Potter, I don't think it's any coincidence that some of the most influential and popular books of our time are part of a series. A book series is something that can draw you in for long periods of time,...

Book to Help Your Kids Cope With Anxiety

As anxiety levels in younger generations continue to climb, it's important to help your children find a way to better understand, communicate, and cope with stress and worry—before it gets too out-of-hand. That's where books have always come into play. Stories can help children understand and communicate feelings that seem...

My Favorite Quotes for Writing Inspiration

An author’s favorite writers can often say quite a bit about where they draw inspiration for their own novels from. For instance, the Night Buddies books are full of imaginative descriptions and witty dialogue, which is largely inspired by some of my favorite quotes from Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in...

February Book Round-Up

Valentine's Day may have been last week, but that doesn't mean you can't be feeling the love all year long! The children's books I've been reading this month represent love in all of its many forms. I hope you enjoy them as much as I did! Love, by Matt de la...

4 Easy Ways To Become a Reader

Now that we’ve almost made it through January, how are you doing with your New Year's resolutions? One resolution I know many of my friends and family made in 2019 is to trade in their phone time for time spent curled up with a good book. For some, reading brings...

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