Jackson Pollock PB&J

Jackson Pollock PB&J

In Olivia, she likes to visit the museum on rainy days. Her favorite painting is one of some ballerinas by Edgar Degas. She, of course, imagines herself as a famous ballerina onstage. (What little girl doesn’t?) But there’s another painting that she just doesn’t get – it’s from Autumn Rhythm #30 by Jackson Pollock. That [...]

Pirate Ship Snack

Pirate Ship Snack

Who doesn’t want snack time to be at least a little more fun? Well, after you’re done reading The Pirate Queens, you can nosh on these simple pirate ship snacks. They’re easy to prepare and get rave reviews from the kids. All you need is: cheese (pre-sliced deli cheese is the easiest) bread toothpick Cut [...]

Olivia

Olivia

This has got to be one of my all-time favorite kids’ books! It’s definitely not hard to see why Olivia by Ian Falconer is a Caldecott Honor Book. First of all, how about those illustrations? I love their simplicity. Done entirely in shades of red, black, and gray, the pictures are full of amazing depth. [...]

Sunflower & Pumpkin Seed Apricot Granola

Sunflower & Pumpkin Seed Apricot Granola

So, after you’ve enjoyed your epic pillow war with your personalized pillow cases, you’re going to need some energy the next morning. Why not this super yummy granola that is gluten-free, nut-free, refined sugar-free, and dairy-free? Normally my husband is not a big granola fan, but he chowed down on this one. I loved that [...]

Personalized Pillowcases

Personalized Pillow Cases

Do you remember how fun sleepovers were when you were a kid? Staying up late, eating junk food, and watching movies. Those were the days. Now I just try to make it to 10. Reading The Pillow War made me think of sleepovers and fun sleepover activities. After all, if you’re going to have a [...]

The Pillow War

The Pillow War

Who doesn’t love a good pillow fight? But what if that pillow fight got way out of control and took over everything? That’s the basic premise of The Pillow War by Matt Novak. This one is super silly simply because it is completely impossible. What pillow fight takes to the high seas and hot air [...]

Patchwork Path

The Patchwork Path

This week we’re focusing on sewing. (Did you catch yesterday’s giveaway?) It’s one of my favorite hobbies, and though I don’t spend nearly as much time on it as I would like, it’s still a passion. Today’s book is a beautiful example of a vitally important role sewing took in history. The main character, Hannah, [...]

Giveaway Day!

Fabric Giveaway

I’m so excited to welcome you to my new blog! Here at Read. Explore. Create. I share fun children’s books, as well as crafts and recipes based off of those books. This week is sewing-oriented, in honor of the Sew, Mama, Sew! giveaway day (or week, as you prefer). Want a taste of what we [...]

Tea Party Sandwiches

Strawberry Tea Sandwiches

One of my favorite parts of Princess Baby is the scene where she is having a little tea party. All her stuffed animals are dressed up and sitting around the table. She assures us that she has perfect manners. It just makes me laugh because no baby has such wonderful manners. But it’s always important to [...]

Ribbon Wands

Ribbon Wands

In Princess Baby by Karen Katz, the little girl goes through a list of reasons why you should know her real name. One of them, of course, is by her royal wand. Your little one, I’m sure, needs her own royal ribbon wand so that no one forgets that she, too, is Princess Baby! It’s [...]