Posts By: Andi Long

Top Ten Winter Books

Here are ten (plus two!) beautiful books you can curl up and enjoy together on a cold winter’s day or night. The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats The wonder of winter’s first snowfall is perfectly captured in Ezra Jack Keat’s Caldecott Medal-winning picture book. Snow by Uri Shulevitz A playful depiction of a snowy… Read more »

A Quarantine Christmas Kit

This Christmas when we are distanced, here are some ways to bring each other closer. Watch something special The Old Vic’s A Christmas Carol, featuring performances by chronically ill children who play Tiny Tim The Old Vic’s free activity kit London Philharmonic Orchestra’s Christmas at Claridge’s (best watched with your cream tea!) A Christmas Eve Service… Read more »

Cream Tea with a Christmas Twist

Here’s a perfect holiday tradition to adopt for a quarantine Christmas (I might be biased being a Brit, but I hope you won’t mind because it’s very delicious). It’s the Classic British tradition of the Cream Tea. Tea Attire You can wear your pajamas or your tutu. Really anything. Although dressing up in your best… Read more »

25 Christmas Picture Books

Do you love Christmas stories as much as I do? I love a story, a feeling, an image you can return to, year after year, when you’re little and when you’re grown. I recently saw a beautiful idea: giving children a Book Advent Calendar, where they unwrap a new book for each day of Advent… Read more »

2020 Advent Kit is Here

JSB Advent Remix: 2020 We’re thrilled to share with you the all-new Jesus Storybook Bible Advent Kit. It includes: Christmas Soundtrack 24 printable Christmas ornaments (art by Jago) Coloring pages (from The Jesus Storybook Bible Coloring Book) Printable memory cards Even more surprises [Continue to FaithGateway for the Download] You’ll be asked to enter your… Read more »

A Proper Cup of Tea

As a Brit I thought—out of the goodness of my heart—I would pass along tips on how to make a “proper” cup of tea. (For those who are British and/or already know all this, please excuse.) The reason I love making a cup of tea is that it is a ceremony. It’s all about slowing… Read more »

A Dozen Books for Fall

Is there anything better than curling up with a book (and, of course, a warm cup of tea) on a cool fall day? Here are my top book picks for fall. Because of an Acorn by Lola M. Schaefer and Adam Schaefer, illustrated by Frann Preston-Gannon Wander down the forest path to learn how every… Read more »

Resources For At-Home Learning

As we head into the school year—nothing looks the way any of us expected. Many of you are unexpectedly homeschooling while trying to juggle work. Others are essential workers who can’t work from home and are scrambling to find safe care for your children. And all of us wish we could be near the ones… Read more »

A Dozen Diverse Children’s Books

Here are a dozen Children’s books that feature diverse characters: from stories of the everyday and ordinary, to nonfiction accounts of real-life people, to books that celebrate the differences of people around the world. Indigo Blume and the Garden City by Kwame Alexander, illustrated by JahSun The power of one person to make a difference… Read more »

Top Summer Adventure Books

We may not be able to travel far this summer—but we can all go somewhere inside books! Reading is like a journey to a new place. And we have some fun journeys for you to go on. We’ve compiled Top Summer Book Picks and created an activity to along with each one. Time of Wonder… Read more »