Children’s Book Week

There are several ways to celebrate Children’s Book Week – May 13-18 2013.

1. Take the children to your local library for story hour.  Check the library to see what special programs are available during this special week.

2. Visit a local independent bookstore and browse the racks for the latest children’s books.  Call ahead to see if you can co-ordinate your visit with those of authors who might be signing books.

3. Read, read, read your favorite children’s stories as well as some new ones you’ve never read.  There are so many wonderful authors and picture books.  Looking for a place to start? Try the Newbery and Caldacott winners for the best in writing and illustrating for children.

4. Have a book trading party.  Bring books you’ve had for awhile and trade with other parents or children for some new stories. It’s a great way to expand your child’s reading on a tight budget.

4. Dress up as your favorite character from a book and spend the day pretending to BE that character.  What would he/she/it eat, play with, etc?

Happy Book Week!

Last Minute Gifts For Mom

My blogging friend Gail Terp:  collected these awesome websites that are loaded with last minute crafts and gifts the kids can make for Mom or Grandma for Mother’s Day.

Mother’s Day is a few days away.  There is still time to make gifts for the Moms in your life.

 Mother’s Day Crafts, Cards, Activities, and Worksheets from Enchanted Learning

flowers, picture frames, cards and printables

 Mother’s Day Crafts for Kids from Martha Stewart

cards, tote bag, check book cover…

 151 Great Mother’s Day Craft Ideas from Mother’s Day Central

LOTS of ideas!

 Mother’s Day Crafts Kids Can Make from Better Homes and Gardens

gift jar (love this!), time capsule, flowers…

 Mother’s Day Activities from DLTK

cards, games, crafts…

 Mother’s Day from Spoonful

gifts, cards, recipes, quotes…

Check out some of these crafts.  Many can be made for birthdays, graduations, parties and any occasion you want to give a home made gift.  I don’t know any woman who doesn’t love a gift made by her children.  To all the wonderful women out there: HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY.

Stamp Out Hunger

The 21st Annual STAMP OUT HUNGER FOOD DRIVE will take place this Saturday 5-11-13.  This worthwhile event is sponsored by the U S Postal Service and it is easy for you and your child to participate and make a difference. Just leave a bag of non-perishable foods such as pasta, peanut butter, tuna, canned fruits and veggies – by your mailbox.  The food will be picked up by letter carriers as they deliver the local mail.

Last year the Postal Service collected over 70 million pounds of food that was distributed to local food banks. Help feed the hungry…one can at a time.

Science Web Sites

Here are two really fun and interesting websites for all things about science.  The first one has experiments you can do at home that are easy and entertaining.  Check out these wonders at:

The other website is sponsored by the Science Channel and provides supplemental information in areas such as earth, physical, life science and more.  Thee is homework help for all grad levels as well.

Celebrate the wonders of the world and try a little science at home.  Stay tuned for more science fun next Friday.

KUDOS to All Crystal Kite Award Winners!

Congratulations to all the Crystal Kite winners for children’s books in 2013!

Writing and Illustrating


The SCBWI is excited to announce the winners of the 2013 Crystal Kite Member Choice Awards for our fifteen regional divisions: 


  • Neil Malherbe – The      Magyar Conspiracy (Tafelberg Publishers)


  • Meg McKinlayTen Tiny Things (Fremantle Press)


  • Katherine ApplegateThe One and Only Ivan (HarperCollins Children’s Books) 

Florida/Georgia/South Carolina/North Carolina/Alabama/Mississippi

  • Augusta Scattergood – Glory Be  (Scholastic)


  • Sharon CameronThe Dark Unwinding (Scholastic)

Middle East/India/Asia

  • Benjamin MartinSamurai Awakening  (Tuttle Publishing)


  • Aaron ReynoldsCreepy Carrots (Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers)

Nevada/Arizona/Utah/Colorado/Wyoming/New Mexico

  • Jean ReaganHow to Baby Sit A Grandpa      (Alfred A. Knopf (Random House Children’s Books)

New England (Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire. Connecticut, Massachusetts, Rhode Island)

  • Jo Knowles – See You At Harry’s (Candlewick Press)

New York

  • Kate Messner

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