The New Mixed-Up Fairy Tale Show

Hard to believe Memorial Day has come and gone and summer is just around the corner. For the first time in quite a while, Kenny and I won’t be doing a Summer Reading Tour. This year we’ve decided to stay close to home and focus on a super-exciting, can’t-wait-to-tell-you-about-it, top-secret project.  Oooh, it’s gonna be […]

WEIRD Books Inspire Reading!

Yesterday, Kenny and I were guest readers at Pine Jog Elementary School. It was a blast! We visit lots of elementary schools, but we’re usually on a stage in the cafetorium  (love those cafetoriums) doing one of storytheater shows or our test-taking show. Shows are fun, but it’s also good to get up close and […]

Zombie in Love: A Great Book for Halloween

ZOMBIE IN LOVE by Kelly DiPucchio is one of my all time favorite picture books, and a perfect read for the Halloween season. It’s might be hard to “wrap your brain” around the idea that a book about a lonely zombie could work for younger kids, but Ms. DiPucchio pulls it off beautifully. Here’s a […]

Come in…Shel Silverstein

I love all of Shel Silverstein’s poems. But this is my absolute favorite! INVITATION If you are a dreamer, come in. If you are a dreamer, a wisher, a liar, A hope-er, a pray-er, a magic bean buyer . . . If you’re a pretender, come sit by my fire, For we have some flax […]

Storyologist Kits

Storyologist Kits At the beginning of December, I received a voice mail from my niece, Eliana in Wisconsin. She said, “Aunt Riley, I just wanted to tell you that I want to be a Storyologist when I grow up.”   Needless to say, I was thrilled! She then went on to tell me a story […]

Clothespin Alligator

Featured Creative Literacy Activity: Clothespin Alligator Read the book, then do the craft!      Monsieur Gator decides to cook up some gumbo just like his Maman used to make. But who will help him boil, catch, sprinkle, and chop? Certainly not rude Mademoiselle Possum, ornery Monsieur Otter, or sassy Madame Skunk. But when the […]

Bean There, Done That

FEATURED CREATIVE LITERACY ACTIVITY: Bean There, Done That   Here are two fun creative literacy activities to go along with The Lima Bean Monster by Dan Yaccarino.     Sammy hates lima beans despite the fact that he has never eaten a single one in his entire life. When he decides to bury them in a […]

Preventing the SUMMER SLIDE

FEATURED ARTICLE:  Preventing the SUMMER SLIDE   What is the “Summer Slide?”   A new theme park attraction? The latest dance craze? A tasty umbrella drink?    Unfortunately, no. The Summer Slide is synonymous with Summer Learning Loss, a phenomenon that has serious repercussions for many kids.   A study from Johns Hopkins University found that about two-thirds […]

READER’S THEATER SCRIPT

The Churkendoose: READER’S THEATER SCRIPT One of my favorite children’s books is a little known story from the1940’s called The Churkendoose by Ben Ross Berenberg. My grandmother read it to my mother when she was little and my mother read it to me. It’s a wonderful story about being yourself. The Churkendoose is a creature that’s […]

Storyseeking: Read and Write Your Way to Adventure!

FEATURED ARTICLE Storyseeking: Read and Write Your Way to Adventure!   When I was a kid, I loved scavenger hunts. All I needed was a list with a bunch of strange things to gather and I was in heaven.    I’d imagine that I was on a mythic quest searching for viking treasure and pirate […]

Page Turner Adventures LIVE

Page Turner Adventures is currently booking shows for the spring. These one-of-a-kind story theater shows promote reading, writing, and creativity while encouraging Summer Reading. Plus, they’re funny!    Perfect for:  -School Assemblies -Reading Rewards -Family Nights -End of Year  Celebrations -Summer Reading  Kick-Offs -Book Fairs   *Special Discounts Available! Call today to reserve your date. […]

Fairytale Frenzy!

FAIRYTALE FRENZY My grandmother and I have a routine. Every Sunday we grab some Chinese food,  get big, goopy ice cream Sundays from Carvel, then go back to her house to watch the TV show Once Upon a Time. It’s our thing.  If you haven’t seen the show, here’s a quick run down…The evil queen has […]