A Single Dad’s Memoir

It was a terrible shock when my ex-wife first told me that she was going to be moving away and taking our son John with her. I did everything I could to talk her out of leaving, especially since this was at a time when mothers were usually always granted...

Understanding the Iguana Gang

If you’ve read the Night Buddies books, you know that the iguana gang stirs up all sorts of trouble for John and Crosley. They are a greedy, manipulative, and evil gang—all the things that Night Buddies are not. But maybe we are just misunderstanding the iguanas because we don’t know...

Make Your Very Own Whatchamacallit!

Whatchamacallit: A small object having a special power and suitable for hanging on Crosley’s belt. If you’ve read the Night Buddies series, you would already know this definition. Crosley’s whatchamacallits are some of the most important things he and John need to be able to make it through their Programs....

Drawing Inspiration: Why Favorite Quotes Are Important for Authors

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 could be why one of Ol’ Sands' favorite quotes comes from Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures...

What Makes Good Children’s Fiction?

Writing a book that children will fall in love with at a young age is an important goal for many reasons, the most important of which is that one good book can turn a child into a reader for life. Do you remember your favorite book as a kid? Ol’...

Want a Reason to Pick Up a Night Buddies Book? Just Ask These Kids!

Not only have the Night Buddies books won six awards amongst the literary community, but when Ol’ Sands went to visit Mrs. Miles’ third grade classroom this is what he heard: “I think your book is the greatest. It used a lot of imagination. Crosley is the funnyst crocodile. Yerk,...

Do You Have What It Takes To Be a Night Buddy?

There are certain characteristics that make a person stand out to be a qualified Night Buddy. Take a look at this list and see if you have what it takes! 1.)    Patience—Every Night Buddy must have the patience to endure Crosley’s insatiable appetite for Pineapple Cheesecakes, to wait for his...

Top 5 Reasons Crocodiles Are Even Cooler Than You Thought!

We all know that Crosley the Crocodile is pretty awesome, what with his out-of-this-world appetite for Pineapple Cheesecakes and his impeccable Black Bottom dance skills, but did you know just how cool all crocodiles can be? Here are some reasons why Crosley thinks it's cool to be a crocodile. 1.)   ...

Rescuing Bedtime Stories: 4 Ways to Create Stories When You’re Storied Out

Sharing bedtime stories with your child is an important night-time ritual for many parents. In fact, research has shown that children of parents who have bedtime stories show increased brain activity, particularly vocabulary and logic skills. Those skills will serve as the foundation for a better reader for the rest of their...

Eleanor Roosevelt and Me!

[caption id="attachment_716" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Eleanor Roosevelt & My Grandmother[/caption] I was very nearly six when Eleanor Roosevelt came and stayed the night with us, at my grandmother’s where my mother and I lived. Our house was right next to a big army camp in Greensboro, NC. My grandmother was an...

Creating a Night Buddies Adventure Story — Sands’s Writing Process

            People often ask me about the writing life, what's my process when writing a new Night Buddies adventure story. The main thing for me is scheduling and dedication. I make a schedule and stick to it no matter what happens or how rotten I may...

What’s an I-D Grimcrack, You Ask?

This is Crosley’s little whatchamacallit card that not only identifies him as a member of Night Buddies Amalgamated, but works just the same as money. Since the Night Buddies’ mission is to “help out” situations in the borough, people everywhere give them free goods and services when they’re out on...

Why Is Crosley a Red Crocodile?

My six-year-old son John invented the red crocodile named Crosley, and I had to explain why Crosley was red. You can’t just drop a red croc into a story without explaining, right? So it was something I had to figure out before I could start writing the Night Buddies adventures. At some...

Create Your Own Night Buddies Adventure! (Part I)

Ol' Sands has created the whole Night Buddies world for us, and now it's your turn! When you fill out the missing words in this Mad Lib, you'll have created the first section of your very own Night Buddies stories. Let's get started! Last night, John could not (verb) a wink....

Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark!

One of the most common fears among people, both kids and adults, is being afraid of the dark. Not all of us have a big, friendly Crosley visiting us when night comes! Sometimes we’re afraid of being alone at night, and sometimes we are afraid of the possible unseen threats...

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