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The 5 Essential Benefits of Reading With Your Children

It's no secret that building literacy into your child's developmental years can benefit them for the rest of their lives. But again and again I hear from parents who are concerned about how to get their kids as excited about reading as they are about iPads, phones, and video games....

Parents Make Awesome Writers—Here’s Why

There is a lot of debate around whether writers can also make great parents. Articles like this one often scare young parents away from following their writing dreams because they worry their kids will suffer for it, or scare writers away from having children (even if they originally wanted to...

Share Your Love With a Book This Valentine’s Day!

Valentine's Day is just around the corner! If you're anything like me, your love language includes books, books, and more books. The best way to show your love to a book-lover like me is by, you guessed it, giving them a book they'll love! Here are a few of my...

Join the BookTube Community and Watch Your Kid Turn into a Reader

Have you heard of BookTube? It's a community of people who make YouTube videos all about books! You can find BookTubers for children's books, YA fiction, adult literature...any kind of book you love. As YouTube grows in popularity, more and more parents are seeing how addictive these videos are for...

Best Children’s Books to Read in 2020

The world is full of so many good books, and so little time to read them all! That's why I wanted to make it easy on you by giving you a complete guide to the BEST children's books you need to read in 2020. Hope you enjoy! The Undefeated, by...

Make 2020 the Year You Write Your Children’s Book

Happy New Year! Can you believe we're already over halfway through with January? As always, the first month of the year seems to fly by and with it, so do our New Year's goals and resolutions. Today I just wanted to come on here and tell you that if writing...

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Night Buddies Holiday Special!

Happy Holidays! As my special gift to you, I'm offering a Night Buddies Holiday Special. Buy two books in the Night Buddies series for $16.98 and and get the third book FREE! I don’t want anyone to finish one of my books and have to go through the reader’s agony...

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Best Children’s Stories to Help You Get in the Thanksgiving Spirit

Can you believe it? Next week is already Thanksgiving! While most of our favorite parts of Thanksgiving include turkey, stuffing, and second-helpings, this time of year is really an important time to reflect on what and who we are truly thankful for. And what better way to help you and...

The Best Advice for Writing Your First Children’s Book

As an author, the question I hear most often is this: Sands, how can I write my own children's book? I don't blame these aspiring writers for looking for the secret. I remember the days of wanting to see my own words in print and not knowing where to start....

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The Best Bedtime Stories for Kids

Is anyone else having a hard time adjusting to daylight savings? I sure am! Did you know that the group daylight savings is the hardest on are parents? It's not easy for kids to adjust to a new sleeping schedule, which can mean long, sleepless nights for both kids and...

Literary-Inspired Halloween Costume Ideas

Figuring out what to be for Halloween is one of life's greatest pleasures, especially as a literary fanatic! Impress all your bookish friends this year with these fun and creative literary-inspired Halloween costume ideas. Nancy Drew Become your favorite heroine with just a few fun pieces—a magnifying glass, a plaid...

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,...

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