Elf on the Shelf Night Buddies Style

'Tis the season when the Elf on the Shelf gets up to all kinds of shenanigans. Crosley and Crenwinkle put on their epiphany bones together and came up with some mighty fine Excelsiors regarding what the Elf might do on a Night Buddies Program. After ensuring you had the proper...

5 Far-out Gift Ideas for Readers

John and Crosley are having fun creating their holiday wish lists. Besides pineapple cheesecakes, more whatchamacallits, a new blimp, and some iguana repellant, they have their eyes on these fun gifts to use when they are settled in, reading a favorite story. Nestl Reading Pillow. A sturdy but cozy support...

6 Fun Advent Adventures

Happy December! Last year, we ran a popular post on creating a book advent calendar. You can revisit that post here. We described how to curate books and read together in the days leading up to Christmas. Today, we share more ideas for Advent adventures. Advent is the season of...

A Cornucopia of Thanksgiving Books for the Whole Family

As you're finalizing Thanksgiving plans, don't forget the books. We've gathered five suggestions (including a joke book and interactive game) for the entire family to enjoy. Thanksgiving Jokes for Kids: Why Did the Turkey Cross the Road? from Ciel Publishing. Ages 8-12 What every family gathering needs is some good,...

Crosley’s Favorite New Thanksgiving Dessert

Excelsior! Crosley is drooling just thinking about this Thanksgiving treat! It combines one of his favorite things (cheesecake) with a seasonal staple (pumpkin). Try these Pumpkin Cheesecake Pops at your feast! They are fun and so cute they can double as a centerpiece! You can make these ahead of time...

A Peek Behind the Pen: Sand’s Writing Process

Sands Hetherington is the creator of the Night Buddies Adventures. The four books were born out of bedtime stories he made up with his son John. The unique banter and fun words were created in the nightly give-and-take. Sands majored in history at the University of North Carolina (Chapel Hill)...

Beyond Turkey and Santa Clause: More Wacky Holidays

We hope you had a fabulous Buy a Donut Day (October 30th). Now, we turn our sites to out-of-the-ordinary days to celebrate in November and December. Fill your stapler, play Monopoly, find out what a jukebox is, and wear a plunger on your head! We're not making this stuff up!...

Easy Book-inspired Halloween Costumes

What will you be for Halloween? You might find you already have the makings for a book-inspired costume. Go on a scavenger hunt around the house and see if you can find (or easily make) the items needed for these five costumes. 1. Find a set of pink or tan...

Afraid of the Dark? Crosley has Some Suggestions

This week, we jump in the way back machine. In 2014, we posted ideas about what to do if you dread bedtime because the dark can feel scary. We’re revisiting the topic because fear of the dark is widespread. Many kids and adults feel nervous or anxious when the lights...

Spooky Halloween Reads

The door slowly creaks open. In the dim light, we see walls covered with cobwebs and bookshelves. It’s clear no one has ventured over the threshold since last year. We take a deep breath to gather our courage and enter the room. We are more than ready to pull the...

3 Secrets from Evil School Bus #264

Can you keep a secret? We can't! We've been dying to tell you about three things we learned in Night Buddies and Evil School Bus #264 for months. The newest Night Buddies adventure was released on October 1st. Get your copy here.  Excelsior! We finally get to spill the beans,...

A New Adventure (and Review of Past Escapades)!

It's nearly time for lights out! You know what that means . . . the newest Night Buddies Adventure is about to begin! Night Buddies and Evil School Bus #264 officially takes flight on Oct. 1st, but you can pre-order your copy now! PRE-ORDER EVIL SCHOOL BUS #264 When you...

Top 5 Magical Systems in Middle Grade Books

Blog Swap: Top Five Magic Systems in Middle-Grade Books

We have a special treat today! We are doing a blog swap with Kelly Byrd, author of the Far From Home middle-grade fantasy series. We’re pleased as punch to share part of this discussion of magic systems. To read the entire blog, visit Kelly Byrd.com. Our Top Five Magic Systems...

‘A Completely Unprecdictable Adventure’

Get ready for some good news! Drum roll, please . . . The fourth Night Buddies adventure, Night Buddies and Evil School Bus #264 will be out on October 1, 2023! Written by Sands Hetherington and illustrated by Natalie Leininger,  the newest Night Buddies tale is packed with high jinks,...

Peek inside Night Buddies and Evil School Bus #264

We’re getting closer to the release of the fourth Night Buddies adventure! In Night Buddies and Evil School Bus #264, the iguana gang returns to their evil tricks. John and Crosely’s program is to sniff out the iguana’s location and end their slimy ways. While you’re waiting for the book’s release,...

Fun & Wacky Fall Holidays

It's pumpkin spice season! Here is our list of fun, wacky, offbeat holidays you can celebrate in September and October. So get a Pet Rock, chew some gum, wear a necktie, and play some chess this fall! Once again, we turn to one of our favorite sites, HolidaysandObservances.com to discover...

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