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Better ZZZs Please!

This week, our friend Kelly Nicolii from Casper mattress is here to share her ideas about the importance sleep has for our children's development, along with some ways that we can help them get their best night of sleep!  (more…)

4 Books to Read Before the End of Summer!

I can't believe we're approaching the end of July! This summer is slipping by, and I want to make sure your kids get as much reading time in as possible before school is back in session. Check these ones out! How I Spent My Summer Vacation, by Mark Teague I...

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Get to Know the Artists Behind Your Favorite Books!

Alongside every great children's book author is an equally as talented illustrator who is tasked with bringing their stories to life! Think about some of your favorite characters—from Winnie the Pooh to Harry Potter, the images that come to our heads typically come straight from the illustrator's pen. These talented...

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Finding Community as a Single Parent

As a single father to my son John, I understand the difficulties of finding help and support from a community as a single parent. Without a spouse or partner in the mix, raising your child while also earning a living and keeping your home running can feel completely overwhelming and...

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All You Need to Know About the World of “Bookstagram”

If you spend any amount of time on Instagram, here's what you need to do. First, search the hashtag, "bookstagram," and second, lose your life looking at all the beautiful photos of books you need to immediately go out and read! There's a whole world of readers using the social...

Should You Censor What Your Children Read?

As a lifetime lover of books and a children's book author, I can attest to the fact that I am a huge advocate for getting children to pick up books instead of iPhones. Whether it's a book about a wizard, a kid navigating the schoolyard, or a giant red crocodile...

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4 Ways to Spice Up Your Summer Vacation!

The temperatures are climbing and the beach is calling...summer vacation has arrived! Chances are, your kids will soon have an entire month or two away from school and are counting on having some fun in its place. But how do you keep them excited and having a fun-filled time for...

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Children’s Books You NEED to Read: Summer 2018

June has arrived! And as a parent, you know what that means...no more school. What better way to entertain your kids all summer long than with some fun beach reads they won't get tired of? Here are some of the best books to fill your summer 2018 with! To the...

Best Book-to-Movie Adaptations of 2018

Have you noticed that these days, almost every movie that comes to theaters started off as a successful book? Some of the most beloved movies of all time even started as books, from Gone with the Wind to the Harry Potter series. In 2018, these book-to-movie adaptations have been dominating...

Tips for Writing Memorable Kid Lit

When a child finds a book that they love, he can become a reader for life. But what makes a good children’s book? What qualities should it possess to make a child hold onto its memory and message? If you’re an aspiring author or simply someone who loves kid lit,...

Parenting Quotes to Get You Through the Hard Days

No matter how perfect your child is, I've never met a single person who didn't say parenting came with its own set of challenges. Toddlers throwing temper tantrums, teenagers staying out until all hours of the morning, newborn babies who refuse to sleep through the night—being a parent is sometimes...

How to Uncover Your Child’s Passions

As parents, one of the most fulfilling parts of our lives are getting to watch our children flourish doing the things they love. But what if your child doesn't know what he or she loves? What if he or she is feeling unmotivated, or discouraged because they don't know what...

Why You Should Be Reading Kid Lit

It’s the common belief that children’s books are meant for…well…children. And while they often are filled with valuable lessons for children to learn, such as accepting one another’s differences and using your manners, there are some books filled with lessons for parents as well. (more…)

Spring Clean Your Bookshelf

It's officially the first week of April! And even though many parts of the world are still covered in snow, it's never too early to get a head start on your spring cleaning. As someone who hoards the things I love, my bookshelf is always in need of a restart...

Children’s Easter Books You’ll Love!

Spring is officially upon us, and that means Easter is just around the corner! Whether you are looking for a book to teach your child what Easter is about, or just want a fun story filled with rabbits and Easter eggs, here are a few books you won't want to...

Night Buddies: The Origin Story

Have you ever wondered how the Night Buddies series came to be? Why the main character is a red crocodile, or how I came up with the idea to write them as children's books? Good news! I'm back with another YouTube video this week explaining how John, Crosley, and the...

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