Play Grows Brains.

When you hear that play helps with brain development, what kind of play do you imagine? I would define play as self-directed, freely chosen, and intrinsically motivated activities. Makers of electronic toys would have us believe that we need these educational toys to ‘teach’ our children something. And yet the research has shown that theContinue reading “Play Grows Brains.”

Kid Lit Love: LUCAS AND THE HOCKEY GAME

Hello Readers, and welcome back to Kid Lit Love, where I feature a newly released children’s book for you to enjoy. This week, I’m happy to feature LUCAS AND THE HOCKEY GAME written by Lisa Daiker and illustrated by Val Lawton. Book Synopsis Lucas’ hockey team has a game, and it’s going to be anContinue reading “Kid Lit Love: LUCAS AND THE HOCKEY GAME”

Kid Lit Love: Latkes for Santa

Happy Monday! Welcome to the Kid Lit Love blog series where we spread a little love around our small and friendly writing community! Thanks for stopping by. Today, we feature Janie Emaus and her book, LATKES FOR SANTA CLAUS , illustrated by Bryan Langdo, published by Sky Pony Press, distributed by Simon and Schuster. SynopsisContinue reading “Kid Lit Love: Latkes for Santa”

Kid Lit Love: Updates

Hello Readers! I wanted to update you on the Kid Lit Love blog series, which really got rolling this year to feature new release picture books and children’s books in general with author interviews for you to enjoy. My goal for the series is to introduce you to new books and their authors and illustrators,Continue reading “Kid Lit Love: Updates”

Katie Shaeffer on Family Book Club

Exciting News! Megan at Fairy Tailed Wish has included my lovely picture book, KATIE SHAEFFER PANCAKE MAKER in her Family Book Club and will have a feature on the book on September the 7th! Woohoo! It seemed like a good fit for Megan’s Family Book Club because it lends itself well to family activities likeContinue reading “Katie Shaeffer on Family Book Club”

Kid Lit Love: SATURDAYS ARE FOR STELLA

Hello and Happy Monday! Welcome to Kid Lit Love where new release picture books are featured every Monday with an author and/or illustrator interview. Today I’m happy to feature SATURDAYS ARE FOR STELLA by Candy Wellins, illustrated by Charlie Eve Ryan, published by Page Street Kids. Synopsis: That’s because Saturdays mean time with Grandma Stella.Continue reading “Kid Lit Love: SATURDAYS ARE FOR STELLA”

Monster Cookies: Recipe

Here’s my recipe for Monster Cookies that’s sure to please any little monster running around your home. Recipe for Monster Cookies*note: I have tested and tweaked this recipe and it is awesome! 1/2 cup margarine1/2 cup butter3/4 cup light brown sugar3/4 cup white sugar2 eggs1 tsp vanilla extract2 cups flour1 tsp baking soda1/2 tsp bakingContinue reading “Monster Cookies: Recipe”

Kid Lit Love: How Long is Forever

Happy Monday and welcome to Kid Lit Love where new release children’s books and book creators are featured weekly. Today we feature HOW LONG IS FOREVER by Kelly Carey, illustrated by Qing Zhuang, published by Charlesbridge. This book was just released April 7, 2020! The title is a question many of us can relate toContinue reading “Kid Lit Love: How Long is Forever”

Connecting Families With Nature Virtually

Although some teachers continue working in order to provide essential service for health care workers or education for students with special needs, many, like me, are at home and unable to be with their students. Because teaching is such a relationship focused profession, I am fairly certain that many teachers are missing their students andContinue reading “Connecting Families With Nature Virtually”