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What I Did on My Summer Vacation

8 Sep

School is back in session, and it’s that time again for everyone’s favorite fall report: What I Did on My Summer Vacation.

It’s been a wild summer for The Denim Jungle. We’ve traveled. We’ve partied. We’ve made friends. And, oh, how we’ve imagined—and crafted!

Imagination Payne Library

Here are a few highlights… with more in the works for the fall, including a crafty storytime at the free Imagine Children’s Museum book carnival on Friday, September 16, from 6-8pm and a fun little book event at Zoka in Seattle’s Tangletown the morning of Friday, October 14, 2016. (School’s out that day, so bring the kids on by and hang out with us.)

Interested in having me come to your library, school, or event? I’d love to know more! Email me at thedenimjungle @ gmail.com.

Publishing your own book? Hopefully this list will provide some ideas to help get your creation out there in the world for readers to enjoy.

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Free Seattle: Farmers’ Markets

2 Jun

VashonFarmersMarketSeattlites loves farmers’ markets almost as much as we hate umbrellas.

You’ll find a local market in practically every neighborhood, as you’ll see from the list below (which conveniently includes days and times).

If I forgot one of your faves, please let me know. I’ll be sure to add it.

So get out there. Wander. Sample. Be neighborly. Explore.

Free Seattle: Farmers’ Markets

Perks:

  • Free
  • Mingle with your neighbors
  • Sample amazing produce
  • Support local craftspeople and farmers

What to Do:

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Kids’ Books

16 May

Szaba Book PileIn honor of Children’s Book Week, here are 87 great kids’ books. (That should help keep your minions busy this summer.)

Bookmark it, load up your library queue, or head to your local bookstore to pick up a few for someone special.

Most of these are for younger kids, but if you scroll down to the bottom, you’ll find 15 or so for older kids, too (or simply for kids at heart).

Obviously, this isn’t an end-all-be-all list. There are simply too many great ones to ever catalog them all.

How many have you read? Bring back any memories? What would you add? I’d love to hear your responses in the comments!

Recommended Kids’ Books

Wombat Stew
Naughty Bus
In a Blue Room
The Story of Ferdinand
A Long Way Away
Superhero Employment Agency
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Soak It In

9 May

© rhondaanderson84, Flickr Creative Commons

It’s that time. The time of year worse than the whole of winter combined. When we’ve had it. With every synapse of our minds, every follicle of our skin, every phantom cell of our soul:

We need Summer.

But Summer is a flighty, uncaring temptress. She takes her damn time. She naps and adorns her hair and organized her closets. She spends all day and night on the phone with her old flame, Fall. She leafs through musty sonnets and picks at her vegetables and won’t come out to play.

Well, your time is running out, my dear. The sun told me so. Between work, child care, household chores, running errands, play dates, and dinner parties, I took a break to sit and shut my eyes yesterday in the backyard. And you know what? Out of the blue (or rather grey) the sun reached down and set the back of my eyelids on fire. It beamed into my mind, body, and soul saying, “It will get better. Soon.”

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