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How to Throw an Alice in Wonderland Mad Tea Party Outdoors

An Alice in Wonderland Mad Tea Party is a surefire way to keep your kids interested in reading this summer. Learn how to throw one perfectly and get a free printable!

Alice in Wonderland is a perfect summertime read.  Whimsical and action-packed, it’s a kid-pleaser that won’t feel like they’re ho-humming their way through classic literature.

There’s so much fun to be had with this book, and it’s brilliant for reading together under a shade tree.  If you struggle with Carroll’s poetry or made-up words, keep Google close by to help you translate. Our favorites are Twinkle, Twinkle Little Bat (because the Hatter is my Alice in Wonderland Boyfriend) and the Lobster Quadrille (because Will you Won’t you?  Will You Won’t You?  Will you join the dance?).

I’m telling you, my friends, this stuff is fun. F.U.N.  And we’re about to make it even funner.

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Story Time: Goonight Wishes!

Story Time for Goodnight Wishes! by Leea Baltes includes mouse activities and crafts, language, science, and snacks to go with the award-winning picture book

This completely adorable picture book, which won the Bronze Medal in the 2017 Wishing Shelf Book Awards, stole my heart the moment I viewed its first pages.  Goodnight Wishes! is about a mouse family who has to relocate when the farmhouse they live in is torn down.  It’s a beautiful story of hope and wishes coming true.

Your littles will completely fall in to Leea Baltes‘ watercolor illustrations which reflect the author’s love of Beatrix Potter.  I can’t put into words how happy the illustrations made me as I read about Mama Mouse and her little babies.  And when you see the craft I have to go with this gem of a book, you’re totally going to swoon.

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Teaching History with Literature

Learn how to use fiction to make history come alive for kids and help them remember their lessons even better

If you ask me what historical periods I am most acquainted with, it would be a toss-up between Victorian England and the Dark Ages.  I know things about these time periods that on a daily basis look like just worthless trivia, but they enrich my life and my perceptions in more ways than I can list.

Why do I know so much about those eras?  Well, I’ve mentioned before that Charles Dickens is my all-time favorite author.  (So, yeah, I’m even up on the French Revolution.) And my dirty little secret is that I seriously own more than 100 books about the Arthurian legends.

Seriously.  Yes, I have read them all.
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