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...

Reading for Fun: Don’t Let Your Nine-year-old Lose The Magic

The Night Buddies adventures are written specifically for middle-grade readers. Who are middle-grade readers, and why are Night Buddies books just right for them? Authors like Sands Hetherington understand that middle-grade readers are generally eight to twelve years old. They read at a third- through sixth-grade level. In the UK,...

Answering Your Top Crosley Questions

Night Buddies fans have two big questions about Crosley: Why is Crosley red? Why does he do the Black Bottom dance? (And by the way, what is the Black Bottom dance?) We consulted the official Night Buddies archives, stored in Crenwinkle’s file cabinet at Night Buddies headquarters. Turns out, author...

What’s a Book Trailer?

Do you know what a book trailer is? You know when you go to the movies and they show your previews—or trailers—of upcoming movies? A book trailer is a preview of a book. The trailer usually sets the scene for the story and tells you a little about the characters...

Snow Day Fun!

The winter weather has been frightful in the Borough where John Degraffenreidt lives! He's already had two snow days off from school. He doesn't like to sit around and waste unexpected vacations watching TV or playing video games. Those are ordinary activities. John believes snow days are for extra, special...

Start 2024 with Some Wacky Celebrations

Happy New Year! We're starting the year by putting some fun, off-beat holidays on the calendar for January and February. So get ready to take a bubble bath (January 8), maybe read in the bathtub (February 9), measure your feet (January 23), and celebrate Superman's Birthday (February 29).   Thanks...

What’s the Deal with New Year’s Resolutions?

Crenwinkle (Crosley's genius brother who runs the Night Buddies Headquarters) wants to know: What's the deal with New Year's resolutions? How did they start, and do they really work? He sent John and Crosley on a Program to the Burrough library. Here is what they have discovered so far. First,...

Happy Holidays from Night Buddies

John, Cros, and the Night Buddies Gang are here to wish you Happy Holidays! Here's a Christmas Word Search you can download, print, and try at home!    

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