Absolutely Truly – I love this book!

Have you ever fallen in love with a book? My latest middlegrade book crush is ABSOLUTELY TRULY by Heather Vogel Frederick. I highly reccommend this for a heartwarming winter read.

The adventure begins when Truly Lovejoy’s family moves from Texas to the tiny town of Pumkin Falls, New Hampshire. Her solider father, is recovering from an IED explosion in Afghanistan and goes to work managing the family bookstore. Truly has to endure moving in the middle of the school year, leaving behind her best friend and cousin, and being the tallest kid in seventh grade.

Soon after she arrives, Truly finds a mysterious letter hidden in an old copy of CHARLOTTE’S WEB. Enlisitng the help of her new friends, Truly embarks on a treasure hunt from the past. The town is full of crazy characters, and snowy charm. Truly’s family fights, forgives, and works together like a real family. This is one book that the whole family can enjoy. I highly recommend it as a read-a-loud.

And best of all – there are two more Truly books! You can follow Truly and the whole gang as they solve mysteries in YOURS TRULY and REALLY TRULY.

Really truly – I guarentee you’re going to love these books!

Winter Bird Fun! And FREE Lesson Plans!

Winter is a wonderful time to introduce little ones to the fun of birding. And it’s a great activity for classrooms, homeschoolers or fun family time. If you want to teach your little ones about birding – I have just the book for you. PLUS I wrote some fun FREE lesson pans.

FINDING A DOVE FOR GRAMPS is the creation of author Lisa J. Amstutz. ( fellow Nonfiction Ninja) This book tells the charming story of a boy participating in the Christmas bird count and his quest to spy Gramps’ favorite bird.

Lisa is an avid birder and she believes that getting kids interested in birding is a wonderful way to encourage a life-long relationship with nature. Birds live in backyards, and city trees. The can be found on every continent and in every climate. You don’t need any special equipment to watch birds, so they make the perfect subject for introductory animal observations.

If you want to add birds to your classroom, or family time, I highly recommend FINDING A DOVE FOR GRAMPS and be sure to check out my free lesson plans that go along with the book! To Download the free lessons just click on the link below.

Happy birding!!!


Wow! 2020 has been a year – Right?

Covid, economic shut-down, campaigns, home schooling, quarantine, protests, fires, elections, and still more covid. It’s the year that just keeps giving.

How have you coped with all the stress? I have friends who have taken up new creative pursuits like watercolor, woodworking, and bread making. Other friends have escaped to the outdoors to explore new hiking trails, watch birds, and start gardens. One crazy friend has taken up marathon running. Just thinking about that gives me stress.

As for me – I’ve taken up doll making. I’ve had so much fun sewing huggable cloth dolls

and their wardrobes. It felt like I was creating a story and an imaginary life for each one. I made shoes with tiny ribbons and buttons. They have outfits for school or parties, and of course cute nighties. They even have lacy underpants! It gave me joy to create each one.

Now It’s going to give me great joy to give them away!

I want to end 2020 by giving some joy to you dear readers! If you have a little girl in your life who would like a sweet doll leave a comment and tell me about her! I will do a random drawing and give away TEN dolls.

You can enter the drawing by doing one or more of the following things (the more you do – the more chances you have to win!!!) Subscribe to my blog, follow me on Instagram or twitter, or comment on this blog post. I can’t wait to see who will be receiving one of my girls!!

I’ll announce the winners in January!!!!

Applesause Day Free Lesson Plans

Looking for a way to add some fun to your learning this fall? Whether you are a parent teaching from home, a teacher leading a virtual class, or working in a socially distanced classroom, you can still celebrate fall with Applesause Day.

This delightful book by author Lisa Amstutz tells the farm to table story of creating applesauce. Follow Maria and her family as they pick apples and then follow Grandma’s recipe, cutting, cooking, and tasting delicious applesauce. Enjoy the FREE lesson plans I created to do some apple math, science, and art.

Apples are a great part of our American heritage and agriculture. Apples arrived with the settlers at James in 1607, and the first formal apple orchards were planted by the pilgrims in Massachusttes Bay. At first apples were mainly used for cider, but as farmers cultivated the seeds and blossoms, it became the sweet fruit we enjoy today.

Apples are grown in every state in the nation and are the third most important fruit crop in the United States. American farmers produce 48,000 tons of apples every year with every American eating 19 pounds of apples. There are over 2,500 varieties of apples grown in the United States, but American’s favorite apple is the Gala.

Ready to make an apple pie? You will need two pounds of apples for a nine-inch pie. Apples are fat sodium and cholesteral free and are a great source of fiber. They are the perfect snack and the perfect fruit for a class to study!

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