Posts By: Andi Long

Tea Time for Mother’s Day

To celebrate the mums in your life, we’ve created a cozy gift idea. Make her a cup of proper British tea, make a beautiful bookmark, and tuck it into a book that you can read together. Everything you need is right here. Enjoy! Make a proper cup of British Tea See my tutorial Make a… Read more »

Books for Welcoming Spring

Spring is in the air! New life is everywhere. The trees are coming into leaf. The time of singing is here. To celebrate the hope and joy of spring, enjoy some Sunshine & Stories. Here are my picks. The Little Island by Margaret Wise Brown, illustrated by Leonard Weisgard Winner of the 1947 Caldecott Medal,… Read more »

Lent Guide – 2024

The Jesus Storybook Bible Lent Guide is here! From the 2024 Lent Guide: “’Lent’ is the time we remember God’s Secret Rescue Plan. And we make room for time with our Heavenly Father, too. As we read the stories of God’s Great Rescue we remember important things. We remember why we needed Jesus to come…. Read more »

Dream a New Dream for a New Year

What if, instead of focusing on giving something up—what if we focused on dreaming a new dream for the new year? What if you could do just one thing this year to reduce stress, build empathy, spark creativity, unlock imagination, boost brainpower, bolster self-esteem, and deepen family connections? You can. It’s the greatest gift we… Read more »

Ten Tips for Reading Aloud

Do you know one of the very best things you can do for children? Read to them. It’s one of the greatest gifts you can give children. The sound of your voice, the experience of sitting in your lap, the excitement of turning the page together—reading a book together is one of the most magical,… Read more »

How to Have a British Christmas

Are you looking to try something new this Christmas? We Brits (me, Charles Dickens, Charles III, you know) pride ourselves on how we do Christmas. So here are three fabulous British Christmas traditions to try. Mince Pies  Their full name is “mincemeat pies” because yes they were made with shredded beef suet or venison or… Read more »

Advent Activities

As Advent approaches, we have a new book to share with you. It’s called The Jesus Storybook Bible Advent Activity Book. And we hope it will become a beautiful new Christmas tradition for you and your family—as you journey through the Bible stories in both the Old and New Testaments that lead right up to… Read more »

Books for November and Giving Thanks

I think every month should be gratitude month. I love what Chesterton said… “Gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder.” (That’s the sort of math I am really especially fond of!) We pulled together a great roundup of books to help you celebrate the month of November, including some Thanksgiving picks plus a couple of mine… Read more »

Summer Boredom Busters – 2023

Here’s a list of summer adventures to go on together — many for free and without leaving home. New this year: Spend summer like a Brit! PS: Be sure to sign up for my newsletter for articles like this and exclusive free downloads each month. Get Outside Go on a massive treasure hunt with Geocaching… Read more »

Summer Books & Activities

Summer is all about adventure, and we can always go on adventures inside books. We’ve compiled our Top Summer Book Picks and suggested an activity to go along with each one. Time of Wonder by Robert McCloskey My absolute favourite. A classic story of one summer on an island in Maine. Activity: Make a paper… Read more »