5 Wonderful Books for Fire Season

Sadly, Fire Season is a thing these days, and not just in California, where forest fires have names, just like hurricanes. You might live in an area turned upside down (possibly literally) by hurricane Henri or Ida, and my heart goes out to everyone affected. Where I live, we have #Caldor, #Dixie, and #Tamarack fires causing evacuations for thousands upon thousands, acres of destruction, displaced and injured wildlife, and smoke so thick you’d think the fog rolled in. (I wish!) Unfortunately, wildfires are raging around the world.

I highly recommend these 4 picture books + a middle grade to help start conversations about such way-too-relevant firestorm experiences, with kids of all ages, and possibly add a new perspective, or much needed healing and hope.

What if…?

THE ONE THING YOU’D SAVE by Linda Sue Park, Illus. Robert Sae-Heng, Clarion.

I’ve been thinking about this middle grade novel in verse by Newbery Medal recipient Linda Sue Park a lot lately–especially while packing our car in case we received evacuation orders.

THE ONE THING YOU’D SAVE can be read any time of year, truly, and the narrative poems can be read separately if you have younger students–but it belongs in this post because, sometimes we don’t realize the things we truly treasure until they are threatened or gone. Not only do the poems piece together in a compelling story, the premise and poems themselves make fabulous writing prompts and discussion starters.

FOUR Starred Reviews…including:

“The class’s camaraderie and caring spirit comes through clearly, poised to inspire thoughtful classroom discussion.” Publishers Weekly, STARRED review

New Perspectives–and Hope

WE WILL LIVE IN THIS FOREST AGAIN by Gianna Marino, Neal Porter Books

Gianna Marino’s WE WILL LIVE IN THIS FOREST AGAIN is told from the perspective of a deer–as well as a coyote, bear, crow, and mountain lion– as they realize the danger and race to outrun a wildfire. “Hot cinders spun back and forth, across the hills and through the canyons…fire snapped at our fur and feathers and hooves and paws….”

WE WILL LIVE IN THIS FOREST AGAIN by Gianna Marino, Neal Porter Books

FOUR starred reviews, including…

“The poetic text is powerful and effective at building tension and then providing hope. The color palette perfectly conjures the before, during, and after of the fire while Marino’s lyrical text from the deer’s view point gives it context. It is a potent combination.” —School Library Journal, Starred Review

 “Inspired by her own experiences in the 2017 fires in California, Marino tells this story in the nostalgic but also hopeful voice of one of the forest-dwellers . . . The yellows and greens of the forest are overtaken by fiery reds and oranges, which turn to sooty gray, then warm brown, with, finally, shoots of green. Reassurance about the resilience of the natural world.” Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review

BIG BEAR WAS NOT THE SAME by Joanna Rowland, Illus. John Ledda, Beaming Books.

Long after the fire has been contained (And we hope that is SOON, dear friends.), young readers–victims and evacuees, or even those who watched the firestorm reported on the news– will need to talk about it. BIG BEAR WAS NOT THE SAME, which focuses on two bears after the fire, is about healing and dealing with the trauma they have experienced.

An excellent tool for counselors, mental health professionals, and social workers–as well as teachers and parents.

BIG BEAR WAS NOT THE SAME by Joanna Rowland, Illus. John Ledda Beaming Books

“Rowland uses a pair of bear best friends, Big Bear, who is a grizzly, and Little Bear, who is a black bear, to illustrate trauma and trauma responses, describing what happens after Big Bear survives a forest fire. Not quite understanding why his big, brave friend is acting so differently, Little Bear does his best to be supportive and help Big Bear cope…An accessible, age-appropriate primer that sheds light on trauma and PTSD.” —Publishers Weekly

HELLO, TREE by Ana Crespo, Illus. Dow Phumiruk, Little Brown Books for Young Readers

HELLO, TREE, from Ana Crespo and Dow Phumiruk, explores the perspective of a tree–who must stay and watch, as humans and wildlife flee the burning forest. (Spoiler alert) The tree survives, only to be surrounded by devastating destruction, but readers will find hope as we learn about the process of regrowth. An excellent prompt for writing or discussions about preservation of the environment.

“Both an appreciation of nature and an ultimately hopeful reminder about our symbiotic relationship with it.” —KIRKUS

I AM SMOKE by Henry Herz, Illus. Mercè López,  Tilbury House Publishers

This unique, lyrical story from Henry Herz and Mercè López is told from the perspective of the smoke.

Smoke dissipates quickly, but this poetic text will linger.–Starred KIRKUS

I love how Smoke, the narrator, speaks in mesmerizing riddles:

“I lack a mouth, but I can speak.

I lack hands, but I can push out unwanted guests.

I’m gentler than a feather, but I can cause harm.”

I AM SMOKE by Henry Herz, Illus. Mercè López,  Tilbury House Publishers

“Herz presents a provocative and unique look at the lifecycle and benefits of smoke throughout the millennia. Lopez’s multimedia artwork further illuminates the ethereal nature of smoke as it drifts and dances across the page.”
– John Rocco, author/illustrator of the Caldecott Honor book BLACKOUT

Learn more about I AM SMOKE from this interview with author Henry Herz.

May these wonderful books bring you hope and healing –and many conversations.

Happy Reading from me and this morning’s hungry visitor.
(I guess the BUCK stops here! )

Happy (almost) Book Birthday to Henry Herz’ I AM SMOKE + 10 Qs

This beautiful nonfiction picture book,

Henry Herz’ I AM SMOKE

(Illus. Mercè López /  Tilbury House Publishers)

launches on Sept. 14th!

“Herz presents a provocative and unique look at the lifecycle and benefits of smoke throughout the millennia. Lopez’s multimedia artwork further illuminates the ethereal nature of smoke as it drifts and dances across the page.”
– John Rocco, author/illustrator of the Caldecott Honor book BLACKOUT

“Lustrous illustrations and meditative text reflect on the role of smoke in nature and civilization…Using sparse but potent text, author Herz presents smoke as a “swirling, roiling mist” vital to nature and to humans; it’s as important in its mundanity as it soothes bees or flavors food as it is in the sacred, when smoke “participates in prayer” through incense… Smoke dissipates quickly, but this poetic text will linger.



We’re excited to celebrate Herz’ unique, lyrical nonfiction picture book today.

And we have Questions!

Q 1. What is your absolute favorite spread of I AM SMOKE ?

Henry Herz: The cover (above), which is also the final spread of the book. It brings the story full circle, as it is a centuries-later version of the book’s opening spread. It shows that smoke’s “cycle” has been twirling for the millennia since humanity first discovered fire.

Q 2. How did the concept of I AM SMOKE? evolve?

Henry Herz: While there are some picture books with anthropomorphic characters, I’d never seen smoke treated as a character. And who better to explain the various ways in which people have employed smoke than smoke itself? But I needed an overarching structure. I considered the chemistry of smoke. It turns out that wood smoke is primarily carbon dioxide, ash, and water vapor. Water vapor got me thinking about the water cycle—water evaporates from rivers, lakes, and oceans to form clouds. Eventually, the water precipitates as rain or snow. Rinse and repeat.

The Smoke Cycle

Then I considered the carbon dioxide given off by wood smoke. Two oxygen atoms and one carbon atom. Carbon… Inspiration struck like lightning splitting a tree. Plants are the lungs of the Earth. They breathe in carbon dioxide through their stomata. They drink up water through their roots. Sunlight provides energy to split those molecules. The plant forms cellulose from carbon, oxygen, and hydrogen, sequestering more and more carbon as they grow. Conversely, burning tree branches releases the stored carbon. Eureka! Smoke has a “cycle” too.

Q 3. They say each book we write is a  tiny bit autobiographical. Is there a character in any of your recent books who is most like you? For example…

a.     I AM SMOKE – Smoke is the only character and I don’t identify with it. That said, I do love smoked salmon.

b.     TWO PIRATES + ONE ROBOT – Come on! Who wouldn’t want to be a space pirate?

c.     GOOD EGG AND BAD APPLE – The zucchini, because he’s a loyal friend to Good Egg, and because he suffers a vegie wedgie when Bad Apple yanks up his plastic wrap. We’ve all been the target of bullying at some point.e.     

d. CAP’N REX & HIS CLEVER CREW – If you can’t be a space pirate, I’d say the next best thing is a dinosaur pirate. Arrr!

e. HOW THE SQUID GOT TWO LONG ARMS – The crab cracks me up, both because he’s an homage to Jon Klassen’s crab in THIS IS NOT MY HAT, and because he helps deliver justice in the end to the larcenous squid.

Writing Riddles

Q 4. I love how Smoke, the narrator, speaks in mesmerizing riddles: “I lack a mouth, but I can speak. I lack hands, but I can push out unwanted guests. I’m gentler than a feather, but I can cause harm.” If your writing journey thus far could speak in riddles, what would it say about itself?

Henry Herz: Thanks. I think many of my fellow authors will recognize these aspects of the writerly life:

I proofread over and over, but my manuscript still contains typos.

I must be in touch with my emotions to write, but I must develop a thick skin to handle the unavoidable rejection by agents and publishers.

I must develop innovative concepts, but my books must fit into what publishers view as marketable categories.

I am eager to move ideas from my head to paper, but I must be patient while waiting for publisher responses.

Q 6. Were there any surprises that illustrator  Mercè López brought to the book?

Henry Herz: Yes! She devised an innovative approach for creating illustrations. Actual swirling smoke was captured on art paper held over smoky candle flames. Then the dancing smoke textures were enhanced with watercolors and Photoshop. Merce López “let the smoke decide how the idea I had in mind would dance with it, giving freedom to the images.” The resulting illustrations are astounding, and they resonate with the otherworldly text.

Fire smoke, interior art by Mercè López from I AM SMOKE / Henry Herz / Tilbury House Publishers

Q 7. What was the most surprising discovery you made about smoke, as your book went from idea to published book?

Henry Herz: The saying “where there’s smoke, there’s fire” conveys danger. And of course, fire and smoke can be lethal. But I was surprised to find how many beneficial uses smoke has been put to across the world and through the ages.

Smoke has been used to coax seeds to sprout, to drive out pests from homes, to send signals over long distances, to cover foul smells, to calm bees when harvesting honey, to flavor and preserve food, as part of religious ceremonies, and even to heal.

Q 8. What do you hope young readers will take away from I AM SMOKE?

Henry Herz: Aside from the STEM, cultural, and historical facts, that common practices bind humanity across time and space.

Interior art by Mercè López from I AM SMOKE / Henry Herz / Tilbury House Publishers

What’s next, Henry?

Q 9. Can you tell us a bit about your upcoming title, THE MAGIC SPATULA?

Henry Herz: THE MAGIC SPATULA is a contemporary magical realism early chapter book co-written with multiple Emmy-winning TV chef, Sam “The Cooking Guy” Zien. When he learns that his grandparents are moving away, Matt plans to make them a special dessert. There’s only one problem: he’s never baked before. Worse, to get two bullies off his back, he bets that he’ll win the school baking contest. Matt discovers an ancient spatula and recipe box in the attic. But, will those help enough to win the contest, deflect the bullies, and make a delicious dessert for his grandparents? An appendix includes five kid-friendly dessert recipes.

Q 10. What else is on the horizon for you?

Henry Herz: I have a sci-fi/humor middle grade novel on submission and am revising a fantasy middle grade novel. I just joined as an editor the staff of small publisher Running Wild Press, so that should yield some interesting projects. I AM SMOKE launches September 7, 2021. After that, my writerly activities will include:

-Moderating a San Diego Comic-Con panel with actors from Netflix’s Norsemen series.

-Denver Horror Collective’s adult horror anthology, THE JEWISH BOOK OF HORROR, will include my short story, Demon Hunter Vashti.

-Launching in 2022 my contemporary magical realism early chapter book, THE MAGIC SPATULA from Month9 Books with co-author Sam “The Cooking Guy” Zien.

-Launching in 2022 the middle-grade #ownvoices anthology from Albert Whitman & Co., COMING OF AGE, including my sci-fi/humor short story, Bar Mitzvah on Planet Latke.

-Launching in 2022, the young adult horror anthology from Blackstone Publishing, THE HITHERTO SECRET EXPERIMENTS OF MARIE CURIE, including my short story, Cheating Death.

-Highlights for Children has purchased two more of my stories, but I don’t know when those will come out.

Thanks for joining us, Henry!

Don’t miss this in-store event with Henry Herz in conversation with author
Chris Baron at Mysterious Galaxy (info & register HERE) on Nov. 13th.

You can learn more about Henry Herz and his books on his web site

www.henryherz.com and by following him on social media:

Twitter @HenryLHerz

Insta henry_herz

Next up on the blog: My Daddy Can Fly (Forster & Siadat/ RH Studio), illustrated by Jami Gigot.

Happy Book Birthday to CLOVIS KEEPS HIS COOL + 6 Qs for author Katelyn Aronson

You guys–It’s a BULL in a china shop!

Isn’t he wonderful?

We’re so excited to celebrate the release of this wonderful book,

CLOVIS KEEPS HIS COOL, by Katelyn Aronson

( Illus. Eve Farb / Page Street Kids).

Speaking of cool, CLOVIS KEEPS HIS COOL was featured in

this WSJ article!


You might remember meeting Katelyn Aronson in a previous interview for her PIGLETTE’S PERFECT SURPRISE picture book (click here). And now, we can welcome CLOVIS to the kidlit family.

Time for some Questions!

Q 1. What inspired this delightful story, CLOVIS KEEPS HIS COOL? 

Katelyn Aronson: Besides the proverbial “bull in the china shop” expression (which was begging me for some backstory), this tale was woven together from disparate odds and ends in my life. For example, the football references are a nod to my maternal grandfather, while the tea references are for my maternal grandmother. Both my grandparents have passed on and including these elements was a way for me to celebrate their memory.

Q 2. Speaking of which, tell us about Grandma D. –who is mentioned in your dedication. Might these words,  “Grace, grace. Nothing broken to replace.” be Granny D.’s words?

Katelyn Aronson: Actually, my Gramma Dee’s sacred words were more, “This too shall pass. Have some chocolate,” whenever I was lamenting life, ha! Delaine Phyllis Hawkinson (1933-2014) was my beloved grandmother who gifted me my very first china teapot. We both appreciated the beauty of finely crafted tea-ware…despite a shared preference for coffee! Just like Clovis’ “Granny Grace,” my gramma was a shining example of grace, strength, and humor (not to mention sass) for me during her life. It pains me to think that she never lived to see my published stories, but I hope that somehow, somewhere, my Gramma Dee is watching, and that she knows that this book is for her, with love. This is my favorite picture of us together. Isn’t she beautiful? Her laughter still echoes in my memory.

(photo credit: Brieanne Aronson)

Q 3. If Clovis were to meet Piglette (PIGLETTE’S PERFECT SURPRISE & the first book, PIGLETTE / Illus. Eva Byrne/ Viking ) what would their conversation be like? Would they be friends?

Katelyn Aronson: Oh yes, they would, and I’m sure they’d throw the best parties together! Clovis would of course handle the table setting and the beverage-pouring…Piglette would provide a plethora of pastries! (One day, when the pandemic is behind us, I sure would love to have a big tea party with readers of Clovis and Piglette! How fun would that be?)

E.D. note: Yes, please! Put me on the guest list, s’il vous plaît!

Q. 4. What surprises did illustrator Eve Farb bring to the book?

Katelyn Aronson: I had the huge honor of cherry-picking Eve Farb to work on this project (thank you to her and to Kristen Nobles for agreeing to that and making it all possible). I had been following Eve’s work for a while, dreaming of some kind of collaboration. My biggest surprise was looking at her first sample illustration (left image above) and thinking, “That’s him! My Clovis! I recognize him!” Eve’s depiction was exactly how I’d imagined him. I still get goosebumps just thinking about it. Later, my request for the final cover (featured image / top of post) was that Clovis look PEEVED. I don’t think anyone could have captured his mood any better, do you?

Q 5. I love that this is literally a “bull-in-a-china-shop” story—but with so many layers. What do you hope young readers will take away after reading it?

Katelyn Aronson: I suppose both of my new releases this year (Piglette’s Perfect Surprise and Clovis) have been about messing up in some way, falling short of perfection. I hope that these stories are a comfort to readers—a reminder that, yes, we all make mistakes. We get overwhelmed. We overreact. But there is still grace to be found, for ourselves and for others.  At times, we may need to learn to forgive our own mistakes before understanding how to extend forgiveness to others. Forgiving ourselves can sometimes be the hardest part!

What’s next?

Q 6. Are there other books in the queue? Can you share anything about them?

Katelyn Aronson: Thank you for asking, I’d love to share! I have a new book (or two) coming out every year from now through 2024.

The next one is POO-DUNIT ? A FOREST FLOOR MYSTERYmy silly, rhyming, STEM tale, illustrated by Stephanie Laberis and releasing from Candlewick in 2022.

In 2023, I have THE STORY OF PB&J illustrated by Sesame Street artist Sarah Rebar and releasing from Penguin Random House. It’s basically the kitchen/condiment version of West Side Story.

Alas…the rest remain secret for the moment! But my very first picture book to star human characters (and mermaids!) will make an appearance in 2024 with Candlewick. It’s so hard to wait patiently!

Wow–> Congrats!

E.D. Note: You had me at “kitchen/condiment version of West Side Story…” Love, Love, LOVE!

Thank you, Katelyn Aronson, for joining us today.

To learn more about Katelyn Aronson and her books, follow her on Twitter: @MademoiselleK8

Instagram: authorkatelyn

and check out her author page.

Next up on the blog: A celebration of Henry Herz’ powerful new picture book, I AM SMOKE.

Happy Book Birthday to I LOVE YOU WITH ALL OF MY HEARTS + 6 Qs for Lindsay Bonilla

Isn’t this cover gorgeous?

It’s Book Birthday time again,

and this week we are celebrating Lindsay Bonilla‘s picture book,

I LOVE YOU WITH ALL OF MY HEARTS (Illus. Eleonora Pace/ Creative Editions). 

“Animals come in many shapes and sizes-some have large ears, others have distinctive noses, and still others have far too many eyes! They express emotions in different ways, too, but one thing remains the same: love.”

Lindsay Bonilla is also the author of the picture book, POLAR BEAR ISLAND, winner of a 2018 Parents’ Choice Silver Award.

Let the Questions begin!

Q 1. What was the inspiration for I LOVE YOU WITH ALL OF  MY HEARTS?

Lindsay Bonilla: It actually came from something super silly I used to do with my oldest son when he was about 3 years old. I’d tell him, “I love you with all of my ears,” then I’d rub my ear on the top of his head. Or “I love you with all of my toes,” and I’d tickle him with my toes. I was always adding different parts – elbow, nose, etc. – but whatever I said, it always made him laugh hysterically! At the same time, it conveyed a deeper truth – that he was loved 100%.

Lindsay says her kiddos, “…couldn’t wait for me to autograph their books when the box arrived! My oldest ran into the other room and came back with a pen!!”

Q 2. They say each of our books are a tiny bit autobiographical. Which of the animals in I LOVE YOU WITH ALL OF  MY HEARTS is most like you?

I LOVE YOU WITH ALL OF MY HEARTS by Lindsay Bonilla / interior art by Eleonora Pace/ Creative Editions. 

Lindsay Bonilla: Probably the kangaroo! I’m very energetic and always hopping from one thing to the next. I’m also a pretty protective mama who usually has a kid hanging on me! LOL So I definitely relate to the marsupial side of the kangaroo. Interestingly enough, some years back I asked two people who know me well which animal they thought I was most like and independently of each other, they both came up with the kangaroo!

Picture Book LOVE

Q 3. What message or emotions do you hope young readers will take away after reading your book? 

Lindsay Bonilla: I hope young readers will come away with the feeling that they are deeply loved. Knowing that you have the unconditional love of someone, that you don’t have to measure up or earn that love, gives you such a firm foundation. I was blessed to grow up with that, and that unconditional love is what I feel for my sons. I wrote this story because I just didn’t have enough words to convey it to them! So I hope that every reader will come away knowing that they are unique and loved completely, just as they are.

Writing Process

Q 4. How has your theater experience influenced your writing process?

Lindsay Bonilla: It helps me to think visually. I tend to see my stories like plays or movies playing in my mind.

It also helps me write dialogue. In the theater, you have scripts which are all dialogue with a few stage directions thrown in. The actor has to give the words meaning, figure out the subtext, etc. I’ve actually written quite a few play scripts, sketches, even a few screenplays, so writing believable dialogue comes pretty naturally to me.

When I get stuck, I will sometimes even “act out” my stories, finding voices for the characters, walking around the house like them, etc!

Q 5. I see that you love folktales. Is there a particular one that resonates with you or teaches a key lesson for young citizens of the world? 

Lindsay Bonilla: There are SO many that I love, but with me being a runner and watching a lot of Olympic track and field these days, one that stands out is How the Cheetah Got Its Speed. It’s a folktale from Africa about a race between cheetah and tsessebe, an African antelope. Whoever wins is going to be given the title of the fastest animal in the world. When tsessebe falls, cheetah, has a choice to make – keep running and win the title or stop and help a friend. Cheetah stops to help and in the end is rewarded for his kindness.

Even more than the feats of athletic greatness, I think what moves us most and what we remember the longest are those expressions of kindness when we least expect them.

What’s Next?

Q 6. Tell us about your upcoming projects: THE STORYTELLER (Nancy Paulsen/Penguin, 2022), THE NOTE WHO FACED THE MUSIC (Page Street Kids, 2023).

THE STORYTELLER is extremely special to me. As a professional storyteller, I set out to write a picture book that celebrated the power of oral storytelling. It turned into a book about deep family relationships, the bonds that we form around the stories we share, and how stories anchor us and give us hope. I am incredibly proud of this book and can’t wait to share it with the world. I think Noar Lee Haggan’s illustrations are going to be stunning!

THE NOTE WHO FACED THE MUSIC is about a Half Note who feels like she’s not as good as the other notes in the musical staff. It’s a humorous, pun-filled story about learning to be yourself and love yourself. It will definitely resonate with music lovers and anyone who’s ever felt like they just don’t measure up. (Pun intended!) 🙂

Congrats on your recent Deal Announcement for THE NOTE WHO FACED THE MUSIC too!
Website art from lindsaybonilla.com, by fellow Ohioan & friend, Dave Szalay.

To learn more about Lindsay Bonilla and her books, see LindsayBonilla.com and

follow her on Twitter: @LindsayBonilla and Facebook: @AuthorStorytellerLindsayBonilla

Next up on the blog: A Happy Book Birthday celebration for Katelyn Aronson’s CLOVIS KEEPS HIS COOL.

Kindergarten Countdown!

Interior art by Joseph Cowman from K IS FOR KINDERGARTEN by Erin Dealey, Sleeping Bear Press

It’s Back-To-School time and this post is for the almost-Kinders (and their parents, teachers, & caregivers) in your lives.

Let’s Get Ready!

When K IS FOR KINDERGARTEN came out (see Book Trailer here), a dear friend, Kathleen Guerrero, the Executive Director of our local First Five El Dorado, saw all of the activities in our book, and gave me some Kindergarten Readiness suggestions. I’ve paired them with picture books:

  1. Share your enthusiasm for the start of school. (See our paper chain activity from K IS FOR KINDERGARTEN above.) Talk about when you were in Kindergarten. Read, read ,read books about the first day of school.

2. Make sure your child is comfortable being away from home (and you) for several hours. Here’s a sweet Youtube read-aloud of LLAMA LLAMA MISSES MAMA created by the late Anna Dewdney.

Strange new teacher.

Strange new toys.

Lots of kids and lots of noise!

What would Llama like to do?

Llama Llama feels so new . . .

LLAMA LLAMA MISSES MAMA by Anna Dewdney / Viking

3. Encourage your almost-Kinder to make choices, even if it means making mistakes. Children learn from experiences, and will develop positive self-esteem and confidence.

By Karen Kilpatrick, Luis O. Ramos Jr., and German Blanco / Imprint

Mistakes aren’t always bad. Just ask Pencil and Eraser, in WHEN PENCIL MET THE MARKERS.

“Purple Marker colors everywhere―even outside the lines. When the other markers call his creativity a mistake, it’s up to Pencil and Eraser to help Purple discover how making mistakes and making art go hand-in-hand.”

4. Help your child to develop friendships. The ability to interact with peers is critical in Kindergarten.

In this wonderful bilingual book, ISABEL AND HER COLORES GO TO SCHOOL, by Alexandra Alessandri (Illus. Courtney Dawson/ Sleeping Bear Press), Isabel is worried because her first language is not English. I love how she discovers ways to communicate and make new friends.

“This first day of school story beautifully serves as a mirror for children learning English and as a window into their experience for their classmates.”


5. Kindergarteners go to the bathroom all by themselves. Make sure yours can–and knows how to wash hands after!

Interior art by Joseph Cowman from K IS FOR KINDERGARTEN by Erin Dealey, Sleeping Bear Press.

6. Establish a sleep routine, including reading books, and a set bedtime.

S is SLEEP. All Kinders need it

after long hours filled with fun.

Shhh. It’s time for bedtime stories.

Stars are shining. Day is done.

Interior art by Joseph Cowman from K IS FOR KINDERGARTEN by Erin Dealey, Sleeping Bear Press.


Here’s a month’s worth of activities for August.

August activities, created by First Five El Dorado
Interior art by Joseph Cowman from K IS FOR KINDERGARTEN by Erin Dealey, Sleeping Bear Press.

Happy Back to School to ALL–whatever that might look like.

Next time on the blog, a Book Birthday celebration for Lindsay Bonilla’s I LOVE YOU WITH ALL OF MY HEARTS.