#FictionFriday: Shelley Shepard Gray

Congratulations to my friend and mentor Shelley Shepard Gray! On November 7th, her 39th Amish title will be available for purchase. The Gift is the third book in The Amish of Hart County Series. The Schwartz family purchased property from the Vances in Hart County, Kentucky. They are happy to be spending Christmas on their new farm …

#ibelieveinbookfairies

This summer, thanks to a couple of friends, I discovered The Book Fairies, a community of book lovers from around the world who have the desire to share books with others. From the website, I learned The Book Fairies launched in March 2017, and there are currently readers in “over 100 countries involved, from New …

United Through Reading

With Memorial Day memories fresh in my mind, I look ahead and begin preparations for our family’s 4th of July festivities. In addition to cookouts, parades, and sparklers, we will make our annual Independence Day donation to the United Service Organizations (USO). We receive USO mailings on a regular basis, and through one of these packets, I learned …

Story Quilts

Last year, my daughter’s fifth grade reading class was assigned a historical fiction quilt project.  Impressed with this assignment, I immediately started brainstorming how this project could be modified, specifically for younger readers.  My daughters love to read.  They often like to write stories and draw pictures.  If you know kids like mine, this could …

A Visit with Suzanne Woods Fisher

Several years ago, my daughter received the first book in The Adventures of Lily Lapp series by Suzanne Woods Fisher and Mary Ann Kinsinger.  While at the library, she discovered the other three books in the series.  She borrowed the books several times that summer and took them everywhere.  After we purchased a set for …

Bottle Buddies

While schools are preparing to open their doors for the first day of a new academic year, many parents and caregivers are scrambling for fresh ways to entertain their kids.  My mom retired from teaching fifth grade several years ago.  I remember Bottle Buddies being one of her favorite reading projects. Each year, she asked …

Summer Reading 2016

Remember to register your children for the Summer Reading Program at your local library. Have little ones?  Check out this blog post for a fun library lesson that teaches kids to take care of their books.  Children are also encouraged to mind their manners when visiting the library. For additional tips to prevent the “Summer …