Road Trip! Writing Prompts for the Road

Eight years ago, Night Buddies author Sands Hetherington wrote about his adventures traveling with his son, John. In an article for The Good Men Project, Sands said, “So what’s my advice to any of you fathers out there? Hop in the car. Don’t forget maps and a GPS. Let your...

Start a Night Buddies Book Club

Book clubs are growing in popularity. In 2023, the number of book club events listed on Eventbrite was up 24 percent over the previous year. And middle-grade readers are getting in on the fun! Summer is the perfect time for your very own Night Buddies Book Club! You really only...

Meet Sands at Burlington Book Fair

Night Buddies Author Sands Hetherington will be at the Burlington Local Author Book Fair on June 15th. Sands will join twenty other local authors for an afternoon of meeting readers and signing books. Food trucks and local favorites will make the afternoon a true celebration of reading. May Memorial Library...

May Days: Comics, and Buttons, and Hamburgers, Oh My!

Happy May. Did you celebrate May Day on May 1st? In Greek and Roman times, May Day celebrated the arrival of spring. In the 20th Century (1900s), May Day became a time to honor workers, much like Labor Day, celebrated in September in the United States. The May Day most...

Let’s Read Outside!

Spring has sprung and some days are just too nice to stay inside, but that doesn't mean you have to put down your book. Crosley and John have been scouring the Borough for prime outdoor reading spots. What places in your neighborhood would be good for reading? We share some...

April Book Showers: Birds, Blooms, and Locked Rooms

It's raining new books! We picked three April releases that young readers can find at their libraries and bookstores. What better way to spend a rainy afternoon than curled up with a new book? The Secret Language of Birds by Lynn Kelly. (240 pages. Ages 8-12) From the award-winning author...

From the Wayback Machine: 4 Ways to Rescue Bedtime Stories

Parents, we’ve all been there. It’s been a long day, and your brain is ready to be done, but your children want a bedtime story. Today, we visit our way back machine and share a popular post from 2014. Here are some helpful ways to rescue the bedtime ritual when...

April Fools Day and Other Fun!

April officially begins next Monday with April Fools Day. While we don't know the exact history of the April Fools Day, we do know some of the most notorious pranks. On April 1, 1996, Taco Bell pranked the public by announcing it had purchased the Liberty Bell. Two years later,...

Why We Dye, Hide, and Roll Eggs

The egg is an ancient symbol of new life and has been associated with festivals celebrating spring for centuries. The idea of dying or decorating eggs for Easter may have started in the 1200s. Many tales have been told about why we dye, hide, and even roll eggs at Easter....

How Sands Hetherington Wrote Night Buddies Adventures

Author Sands Hethering has written four Night Buddies Adventures. The books began as bedtime stories Sands created with his young son John. Later, when he decided to turn their stories into books, Sands developed his writing process. He talked about it in this post from 2014. People often ask me...

Three Secret Codes

Today, Crenwinkle is here to share some top-secret info. He'll show us three ways to create a secret code. The secret to secret codes is that both the sender and the recipient must agree on how the code works. Grab a pencil and paper, and get ready to learn this...

Night Buddies on Tour (and a Giveaway!)

John, Crosley, the iguanas, and the rest of the Night Buddies Gang are on tour this week across the internet! There will be interviews, reviews, and hijinx along the way. Here's what The Children's Book Review had to say: "Night Buddies and Evil School Bus #264 is an entertaining, fast-paced...

31 Fun Ways to Celebrate in March

Happy March! This is the month when spring officially begins. We set our clocks to daylight savings time and spend one day wearing green and pretending we're Irish! John and Crosley have made a list of one fun thing to celebrate each day in March. Want to learn more about...

5 Family Word Games

Want a screen-free family fun night? Break out the word games! Word games build vocabulary and spelling skills while encouraging interaction and creativity. Plus, they're just plain fun! Crosley and John recommend five of their favorite word games. Play on Words. This game combines the elements of Scrabble and Anagrams....

A favorite Hetherington Family Story

In time for another trip in the way-back machine. Today, we revisit a blog originally posted by Night Buddies creator Sands Hetherington on November 18, 2014. Did you know Sands has a special connection to the top hat? We’ll let him tell you the story . . . __________________ My...

Crosley Turns Pineapple Chessecake Upside Down

One of Crosely's New Year's Resolutions (Remember when we talked about resolutions a few weeks ago?) is to try new foods. He loves Fro-Madges and pineapple cheesecake but wants to branch out. He decided to start by trying some other dishes with pineapple. He's still not sure what he thinks...

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