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Illustrator Interview: Marilyn Scott-Waters & Blog Tour

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About the Book

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Title: A Year in the Life of the Secret Garden | Author: Valarie Budayr | Illustrator: Marilyn Scott-Waters | Publication Date: November, 2014 | Publisher: Audrey Press | Pages: 144 | Recommended Ages: 5 to 99

Book Description: Award-winning authors Valarie Budayr and Marilyn Scott-Waters have co-created A Year in the Secret Garden to introduce the beloved children’s classic, The Secret Garden to a new generation of families. This guide uses over two hundred full color illustrations and photos to bring the magical story to life, with fascinating historical information, monthly gardening activities, easy-to-make recipes, and step-by-step crafts, designed to enchant readers of all ages. Each month your family will unlock the mysteries of a Secret Garden character, as well as have fun together creating the original crafts and activities based on the book. Over 140 pages, with 200 original color illustrations and 48 activities for your family and friends to enjoy, learn, discover and play with together. A Year In the Secret Garden is our opportunity to introduce new generations of families to the magic of this classic tale in a modern and innovative way that creates special learning and play times outside in nature. This book encourages families to step away from technology and into the kitchen, garden, reading nook and craft room.

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Have a Grand Day: September 7

Enjoy this update of a previously run post ~

 

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Do you know that the first Sunday after Labor Day is National Grandparents Day? This special day is meant to celebrate the important bonds between grandparents and grandchildren.

You can mark this day in whichever way suits your family best. Grandparents might give and/or receive presents. You might gather for a festive meal or make cards for each other. Be as creative as you like in how you celebrate, but I recommend that you let the usual suspects know that this special day is soon approaching. Continue reading

Entertain Your Brain

Unknown-1 Although I typically write about books and book-related topics, I want to highlight a television series that I recently discovered. After all, mental stimulation is the reason we own a tv, right?

Have you seen the Emmy-nominated television series, Brain GamesNational Geographic’s fun, interactive show invites the viewer to take part in various experiments—brain games—that illustrate an interesting point about the human brain and challenge your current perceptions. The disarming and intellectually curious host, Jason Silva, is joined by various experts in cognitive science, neuroscience and psychology who discuss and explore our brains’ capabilities. The third season started July 14 with ten new episodes. So far, I’ve watched ones focusing on compassion, addiction, language and risk. Next up is Battle of the Sexes, which I definitely want to see. You can also purchase DVDs of past episodes or view videos on-line. Continue reading

Books—and more—about Passover

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I am rerunning a previous post with a few additions.

The Jewish holiday of Passover is celebrated with a ceremonial dinner called a Seder. At the heart of the Seder is the story of the Jewish people’s exodus from Egypt. Jews are commanded to retell the story:

You should tell your children that day, saying, ‘It is because of what the Lord did for me when I came out of Egypt.’  Continue reading

Author Interview and Valentine’s Day Book Giveaway!

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Last year, I had the pleasure of hearing author Brenda Ferber speak about the craft of writing and the business of publishing, as well as read from her wonderful picture book, The Yuckiest, Stinkiest, Best Valentine Ever. I found both the author and book to be engaging and was thrilled when Brenda agreed to be interviewed for this blog. Continue reading

Kiddin’ Around in the Kitchen

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~ Chef Maxwell ~

Other than reading together, what activity can you do with children that creates memories, strengthens bonds and is fun and rewarding? Well…actually, quite a few. But there’s only one that produces a—hopefully—delicious result: cooking! And although any time of year is great for whipping up something delightful in the kitchen—hey, we always gotta eat—winter is particularly inviting. Continue reading

Have a Grand Day: September 8

grandma and kids

Do you know that the first Sunday after Labor Day is National Grandparents Day? This special day is meant to celebrate the important bonds between grandparents and grandchildren.

You can mark this day in whichever way suits your family best. Grandparents might give and/or receive presents. You might gather for a festive meal or make cards for each other. Be as creative as you like in how you celebrate, but I recommend that you let the usual suspects know that this special day is soon approaching. Continue reading