Summer Reading Challenge

To help keep your kids reading this summer, I created a fun summer reading challenge.

One of the main characters in Turtle Tube: An Erutuf National Park Novel, Dean, loves to read. He needs help to read more books this summer!

Click here for the challenge.

Complete the list, e-mail me, and you will receive a fun sticker in the mail.

Emma will be proud!

Peter Pan Day

“All the world is made of faith, and trust, and pixie dust.”
― J.M. Barrie, Peter Pan

Happy Peter Pan Day or really, J.M. Barrie’s birthday! J. M. Barrie authored “Peter Pan” as a play first in 1904 and then as a novel in 1911.  Cheers to this Scottish author and playwright for creating such a memorable set of characters and story!

To celebrate, make some pixie dust, go on an adventure, tell a good story, battle a pirate, and act like a kid! Or pick up the original book and read it today!

“To live will be an awfully big adventure.”
― J.M. Barrie, Peter Pan

Happy Peter Pan Day!

Kanga

“A Kanga is generally regarded as one of the fiercer animals. I am not frightened of fierce animals in the ordinary way, but it is well known that, if one of the fiercer animals is deprived of its young, it becomes as fierce as two of the fiercer animals.” ~ A. A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh

The fictional character of Kanga is the mother to Roo and a great friend to the others in the Hundred Acre Woods in Winnie-the-Pooh. I love her sweet and caring nature to Roo and all the rest of these characters. I love how she calls them “dears” and enjoy her sense of humor too. She’s a pretty cool mother character!

Cheers to all the moms out there today! Hopefully you get some time to read a great book today! I’m looking forward to reading and spending some time with my Roo’s! 🙂

Happy Mother’s Day!

Star Wars Day

“Jedi do not fight for peace. That’s only a slogan, and is as misleading as slogans always are. Jedi fight for civilization, because only civilization creates peace. We fight for justice because justice is the fundamental bedrock of civilization: an unjust civilization is built upon sand. It does not long survive a storm.” ~Mace Windu, Shatterpoint, by Matthew Woodring Stover

Say “Star Wars” and most people will think about the amazing movies, but many novels have been written about all these creative characters and stories. George Lucas created this magical franchise with the first film back in 1977 and it operates now as a huge enterprise!

Enjoy a few minutes and read one of the many Star Wars books or comics out there!

Happy reading! May the 4th be with you!

Independent Bookstore Day

Happy Independent Bookstore Day!

This national one-day party celebrates independent bookstores across the country online and in-store. 

To celebrate this day and these special stores, go visit your local independent bookstore either in-person or even go online! Yay – another reason to buy more books!

You can even find my children’s book Turtle Tube: An Erutuf National Park Novel at a great independent bookstore in Florida called Copperfish Books. Click here to order it online from them and check out their awesome selection of books.

Copperfish Books

Happy Shopping!

CA State Park Passes

1,100 public libraries in California now have state park passes to check out!

California has over 200 state parks to visit and the state park passes usually cost around $195. Library cardholders can now check out these passes to get a free vehicle day-use pass.

Each library has three passes and will decide how many days people can check out the pass. Visit your own public library for the details there.

If you live in California and have a library card, check out the state park pass and go visit one of our great state parks here in California!

Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park

National Park Week Thanks

As National Park Week wrapped up yesterday, I thought a lot about our national parks this past week. I thought about all the memories of our visits there.

Yellowstone National Park, 2019

I also thought about the sPark discovery, creativity, collaborations, innovations, opportunities, preservations, actions, curiosity, and memories. I love the sPark!

I smiled a lot during all these thoughts and memories. National parks bring us great joy in addition to many other benefits. National Park Week provided us with a daily reminder of all the goodness within this great and unique system.

Thank you for coming along with me on this year’s National Park Week.

sPark Curiosity

Today’s National Park Week theme focuses on curiosity.

I can’t think of a better place to go and be curious than our national parks! They all offer so much to learn, explore, and just be a part of.

Merriam-Webster defines curious as “marked by desire to investigate and learn”.

To celebrate today, take a look in person or online at a national park and investigate and learn something new. There’s so much to explore and learn out there!

Are you curious about Crater Lake National Park? Here are some fun facts about it:

Crater Lake National Park, 2016

Happy National Park Week!

sPark Action

Happy Earth Day! Today’s theme during National Park Week looks at taking action which fits perfect with Earth Day.

Click this link here for some ideas to incorporate conservation at your home. Anyone can help. And every little bit adds up and makes a difference.

Happy Earth Day!

sPark Preservation

Today’s theme for National Park Week centers around preservation. The National Park Service is a leader and partner in preservation of historic, cultural, natural and recreational resources nationally and internationally. It’s literally their mission.

Yellowstone National Park

If you’re interested in historic preservation programs or resources, click here to learn more.

Happy National Park Week!