Books About Inventors and Their Inventions

Have your kids ever wondered about the stories behind some of the items they use every day? Who invented it? When was it invented? What was the inspiration for this new idea? Not every inventor dedicates his/her entire life to the process of inventing. Many of the ideas for products we use every day came from […]

Hands-On Activity for Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People’s Ears

Buzz, buzz, krik, kirk…these are the sounds you will hear in Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People’s Ears: A West African Tale, retold by Verna Aardema. Our Book Club recently read this beautiful story and it quickly became a favorite with all of the children (ages 7–14). We used this book as an example of folktales. […]

Hands-on Activity for Around the World in 80 Days

As Jules Verne’s story Around the World in Eighty Days opens we are introduced to the main character – Phileas Fogg: “Mr. Phileas Fogg lived, in 1872, at No. 7, Saville Row, Burlington Gardens. He was one of the most noticeable members of the Reform Club, though he seemed always to avoid attracting attention; an […]

Hands-On Activities for Peter Pan

If you are looking for a classic adventure tale to share with your children, one filled with mischief, pirates, fairies, and more, look no further than the story of Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie. Today we are all familiar with the antics of Peter Pan, the boy who would never grow up, and his adventures […]

Holiday Activities for Mr. Willowby’s Christmas Tree

“Mr. Willowby’s Christmas tree Came by special delivery. Full and fresh and glistening green – The biggest tree he had ever seen.” One of our family’s favorite holiday books as always been Mr. Willowby’s Christmas Tree. Even this year as my 12 year old was unpacking the holiday decorations he stopped and read the fun […]