Thursday, December 27, 2018

What if... You Won FREE BOOKS for a YEAR?!

I've wanted to do this for SO long - I'm so excited to announce that I get to do the most EPIC giveaway EVER!! I am giving away FREE BOOKS FOR A YEAR to one lucky winner! Every month in 2019, I will send YOU books at no cost to you, that are perfect for your favorite reader/s!
WHY? My goal is to kick-start 2019 by sharing these books with as many families as possible! I LOVE books and I LOVE getting families excited to read together!
HOW? Between now and December 31, 2018 at 10PM (Central) if you book a January "READ"olutions event (party/storytime/Mom's Night In/etc.), you will be entered into a raffle for a YEAR of FREE books!
To unlock the year of free books to give away, I have to book (and hold) at least 8 events in January! Let's get together on FB or in-person (St. Louis-area only) any time in January to share the new titles with your friends and family! You get the host rewards AND you get entered into my Free Books for a Year drawing! There will be ways to earn additional entries too! Message me on Facebook or send me an email to get your date set! 

*Drawing will be held after 8 events are held. 

Exciting news! Usborne Books & More is now offering book box subscriptions

A book box subscription is a wonderfully convenient way to gift the child in your life with books that he or she will love! The child will receive three shipments of books that each will include 4 age-appropriate new titles and a bonus gift. Overall value of the box is $130+. 
While customization is not available, the titles included are gender neutral, age-appropriate, and sure to be well-loved treasures by your favorite readers! There are 4 age groups to choose from: 0-2, 3-5, 6-8, and 9-12. Such a PERFECT birthday gift idea or winter boredom buster! Order by 12/31/2018 to receive shipments in January, February, and March 2019!

Last, but certainly not least -- NEW TITLES are hitting the website NOW! Our 2019 releases are overflowing and have already started appearing online! Browse what's new, make a wish list, or get a jump start on your reader's 2019 book list! 

Here are a just a few of my FAVORITE new releases, but there are MANY more! I'd love to hear what your favorites are!
This series is PERFECT for teaching young children the importance of self-care! will love following the adventures of two friends, Max and Millie. Through easy and enjoyable stories, Max and Millie learn about going to bed on time, brushing their teeth and other activities, so children can learn from their example. $39.99

NEW from the creator of All Better and Little Bear Needs Glasses, Kisses, Cuddles, and Good Night is SURE to be an immediate favorite! Dog, Mouse, Pig, Chick, and Cow have been busy playing all day, but now it’s time to go to bed. They need kisses, cuddles… and a very special friend before they can say, “good night!” Little readers will love helping the friends pick out the perfect stuffed animal for bedtime using the 5 repositionable, reusable stickers. $12.99

Our favorite book chomper is back in a brand new story! In Nibbles Numbers, the book monster has munched his way through this book of numbers! Count along with him as he chomps his way from one to ten… but wherever will he go next? $11.99

And don't miss our brand new series like Boy Band of the Apocalypse where Sam, even though he’s a disaster at singing and dancing, it’s up to Sam, with help from his best friend, Milo, to infiltrate the band and save the world from Armageddon. $6.99

Or The Book of Secretswhere a dying man hands orphan Gabe a coded manuscript, he’s hurled into a quest that takes him far beyond his monastery home. With new, unexpected friends, Gabe sets out to uncover the book’s secrets and finds himself questioning everything he knows about right and wrong and wondering if he'll ever find a way back home? $5.99

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

#WishListWednesday: Words of Wisdom - Inspirational Quotes

What a gorgeous spring day here in St. Louis! Perfect for some coloring (and working) on the porch while the kids play outside! I LOVE this Words of Wisdom coloring book set from @kanemillerbooks so much!! Each page has beautiful detailed images that are fun to color and get creative with. There are examples of each page colored on the back of each book for idea inspiration, too. Today I'm working on Inspirational Quotes, but this collection also includes Literary Quotes, Quotes from Shakespeare, and Proverbs from Around the World. Grab the collection for $24.99 or get them individually for $6.99/each!

📚Words of Wisdom: Inspirational Quotes

Inspirational Quotes
"Try to be a rainbow in someone's cloud." - Maya Angelou

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

#WishlistWednesday: Unicorn Sticker Book

Little girl saw me packing one of these Unicorns Sticker Books up for a customer the other day and wanted one so bad! She's a girly - girl in all ways and loves anything sparkly, pink, or pretty so this is perfect! She is only 2 1/2, so she needed help getting the stickers off the sheet, but I love that they are repositional and not SO sticky they could damage furniture or walls! 😉 This will definitely keep her busy for awhile! This book actually JUST went out of stock, but I'm taking advance pre-orders! It's expected back 5.26.18 -- just in time for summer vacations!
📚: Unicorns Sticker Book
 Unicorns Sticker Book

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

#TipTuesday: Reading ability is like a muscle - Use it or lose it!

Did you know...
Graphic by Robin Wallace

This is also why it is important for children to read across a variety of reading levels. Evidence suggests that readers should read both below and above their reading level. Reading easier text helps novice readers to build confidence, enjoyment of reading, and gain fluency. Reading more complicated or advanced text, with support, challenges the reader to expand their vocabulary, comprehension, and encourages growth.

For more info, check out this great article from Psychology Today: Three Myths About "Reading Levels"... and why you shouldn't fall for them!

Monday, April 9, 2018

Cards for a Cause Fundraiser - Usborne Books & More

Usborne Books & More proudly offers Cards for a Cause, a unique fundraising program, open to any individual or organization. Cards for a Cause is value-for-money greeting cards with a high return to the individual or organization raising funds.

The Cards for a Cause program offers four boxed sets of 30 beautifully embellished, handcrafted cards with matching envelopes.

Here's how it works:
  • An order forms will be provided to the organization contact and an online order form link will be set up as well.
  • You'll work with your consultant (me!) to set the start and end date of your fundraiser.
  • Each box is sold for $30 (an incredible value at just $1 per card!)
  • The organization (or individual) makes $13 per box*
  • You'll have cash-in-hand as soon as your fundraiser ends - no need to wait for a check!
  • Shipping is FREE**
  • Your cards will arrive 7-10 days after closing your fundraiser.
*If the organization is NOT tax exempt, sales tax will be charged on each box.
**Shipping is free to ONE location. If cards need to be shipped individually to different states/locations, a shipping fee of $6 per box will be charged.

It's really that simple! 

What cards are available?

 All Occasion Box #1 comes in a charming organizer box with subject dividers and includes an array of 30 cards covering birthdays, new homes, new babies, weddings, sympathy, and more!

All Occasion Box #2 comes in a charming organizer box with subject dividers and includes an array of 30 cards to meet most needs from birthdays to thank you notes, and get well to weddings!

The Kids Birthday Box contains a wide assortment of cards suitable for children. Birthdays are a blast and who doesn't love a birthday card? These come in so handy whether you've got your own children who frequent the birthday party circuit or you need to stock up for the special kids in your life!  
Thanks & Blanks Box is an adorable organizer box including 19 blank cards and 11 thank you cards. 

Who could benefit from this fundraiser?

The number of groups who could benefit from this fundraiser is limitless! For example...
  • Cheerleaders and sports teams to cover uniforms, travel, competitions.
  • Churches for summer camps, mission trips, volunteer work.
  • School Parent Associations for library books, field trips, plays, or sports equipment.
  • Sororities and Fraternities for literacy supporting activities
  • Hospital Auxiliary Groups
    ... and many more!

For more information or to set up your own Cards for a Cause Fundraiser, please contact me at OR fill out my contact form here:

Hoppy Easter!

Easter Bunny scavenger hunt! Complete and ready to be discovered in the morning! Thank goodness for this gem of a book so that I... I mean, the Easter Bunny, could draw a self -portrait! I have the drawing ability of a hamster. Actually, a hamster might draw better... 🤔

Normally, I write up my own Easter Bunny scavenger hunt clues, but I was EXHAUSTED after a busy weekend, so I got some inspiration from Pinterest! I used ideas (and some wording!) from this cute printable by Party Delights. Thanks again to Nichole for sending me this pin!
I don't like to fill my kiddo's baskets full of sugar and I also like to keep Easter SUPER simple, so they each got an egg with some gummies and the rest of the goodies were fun things they needed (tablet chargers!), books to read (Bug Hotel for the 5 year old, 3 Little Frogs bath book for the 2 year old, and Bug Brother and Billy and the Mini Monsters: Monsters on the Loose for the 7 year old), and a fun surprise! Walkie-Talkies for the boys and cute barrettes for the girl. They were so excited to hunt for their baskets! It actually was COLD and snowy here on Easter, so an indoor basket hunt worked out perfectly!

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Wishlist Wednesday: The Outdoor Book

The Outdoor Book
#WishlistWednesday: The Outdoor Book! I love, love, love this book for my outdoorsy kids! It's filled with ideas for all weather and seasons -- even nighttime activities! My kids have learned the different types of clouds, all about camping, how to identify trees by their leaves, birdwatching, and so much more! This book is a MUST-HAVE for kids who love to learn about the world and explore the environment. Grab yours for just $9.99! What would your explorers love to learn about? 📚: The Outdoor Book

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

#TipTuesday: Nursery Rhymes

Literacy Tip of the Week! Nursery rhymes are fantastic foundations for early literacy They contain the 3 R's of early literacy: Rhythm, Rhyme, and Repetition! These help develop language and information retention and recognition of letter sounds and common word sounds. What was your favorite nursery rhyme? Can you remember?

Friday, February 9, 2018

We Love Books & Hope You Do Too!

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