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Peter Spier and People

Wednesday, August 28th, 2019

You’re probably familiar with children’s writer/illustrator Peter Spier from his book Noah’s Ark. In fact, if you’re like me and look up Spier on Amazon, you’ll find several books you feel compelled to buy! The Star-Spangled Banner We the People: The Constitution of the United States The Erie Canal But the book I’m most impressed […]

Resource for your new school year — list of historical fiction by time period

Monday, August 19th, 2019

Ancient History (4000 B.C. – 400 A.D.) Luke’s Quest by Caroline Dale Snedeker The Bronze Bow by Elizabeth George Speare The Golden Goblet by Eloise Jarvis McGraw God King: A Story in the Days of King Hezekiah by Joanne Williamson and Daria M. Sockey The Cat of Bubastes: A Tale of Ancient Egypt by G.A. […]

Thornton W. Burgess — nature study might make you a famous author

Tuesday, August 13th, 2019

Thornton Waldo Burgess (1874 – 1965) was an American author of children’s stories. Thornton’s father died when Thornton was only one-year-old and he was raised by his mother in humble surroundings. As a youth, he had to work tending cows, shipping water lilies from local ponds, selling candy, and trapping muskrats. One of his employers […]

Reading aloud — above the reading level of your child

Monday, August 12th, 2019

Thank you so much for encouraging us to read above the level you think your child will understand. Recently we began to read Charlotte’s Web with our 5yo son because the play is coming to our area and we needed to know the story since we didn’t read it as children. To our surprise and […]

Alphaboat by Michael Chesworth

Sunday, August 4th, 2019

Alphaboat by Michael Chesworth — you will LOVE this book!

Favorite audio books in our family

Tuesday, March 12th, 2019

My grands spend a good amount of time listening to audio books. Here are their favorites. Eric (9yo), Michael (6yo), and Ian (3yo) like: Winnie-the-Pooh: A.A. Milne’s Pooh Classics My Father’s Dragon The Trumpet of the Swan Mr. Popper’s Penguins Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book The Story of Doctor Dolittle Thornton W. Burgess stories about […]

Who is your favorite voice actor for audio books?

Tuesday, February 5th, 2019

My favorite all-time audiobook narrator is Peter Addenbrooke Thomas (June 28, 1924 – April 30, 2016). His unique voice is considered the most listened-to broadcast voice in American television and radio history. His father was a Presbyterian minister from Wales and his mother an English schoolteacher. During his childhood, they stressed the importance of reading, […]

New edition of Archer and Zowie by Hans Bluedorn just released

Friday, January 11th, 2019

New edition of Archer and Zowie by Hans Bluedorn just released. A sci-fi adventure for kids, written by an author of The Fallacy Detective: Thirty-Eight Lessons on How to Recognize Bad Reasoning. Use your imagination to travel into space with an evil microwave and learn the importance of Trash Day. This is a small, but […]

More favorite read-alouds with the Grands

Thursday, October 4th, 2018

Little Farm by the Sea by Kay Chorao Bats in the Band by Brian Lies The Restless Robin by Marjorie Flack Rush Revere and the First Patriots: Time-Travel Adventures With Exceptional Americans by Rush Limbaugh Angelo by David Macaulay Roxaboxen Alice McLerran Watching Water Birds by Jim Arnosky The Mountain That Loved a Bird by […]

Suggestions for reading aloud — three “do nots”

Monday, October 1st, 2018

Three “do nots” regarding reading aloud 1. Do not be afraid to read to young children books with long chapters. A five-year-old is capable of attending to and understanding books such as Treasure Island or Journey to the Center of the Earth. 2. Do not waste your time reading “fast-food” type books (e.g Babysitter Club […]


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