Benjamin Ellefson http://www.benjaminellefson.com Wed, 24 May 2017 07:00:00 GMT Book Review: Dragonwatch <p>Do your kids love adventure? Fantasy? Stories about kids their age saving the day?</p> <p>Then they will love Dragonwatch by Brandon Mull. It is the first book in a sequel series of the popular Fablehaven books. A perfect introduction to the world and great book to get your children excited about reading.</p> http://www.punchbugkids.com/Book-Review-Dragonwatch/d/2620/ Book Review: Danny Dollar Millionaire Extraordinaire: The Lemonade Escapade <p>Are you looking for a fun, easy to read book for your kids that has a great educational value?</p> <p>Then look no further than Danny Dollar Millionaire Extraordinaire: The Lemonade Escapade. Your kids will love reading this inspiring tale of a young boy and his pursuit of his dream; to be a millionaire.</p> http://www.punchbugkids.com/Book-Review-Danny-Dollar-Millionaire-Extraordinaire-The-Lemonade-Escapade/d/2525/ Book Review: The Phantom Tollbooth <p>I was recently traveling and brought along my favorite book to read, The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster. While I was sitting in the airport and on the plane, I was shocked by the number of people who had never even heard of the classic book. So, I felt it was time to write a review for the best book ever written!</p> http://www.punchbugkids.com/Book-Review-The-Phantom-Tollbooth/d/2175/ Give the Gift of Reading! <p>The Holiday season is upon us. Shopping is in the air. And every parent is searching for the perfect gift to give your children.</p> <p>Why not give them something more valuable than the latest electronic gadget? Why not give them the gift of reading?</p> http://www.punchbugkids.com/Give-the-Gift-of-Reading/d/2174/ Thanksgiving: A Time to Come Together <p>After the seemingly endless election cycle, it seems like America is as divided as ever. Protests are in the streets and long friendships have ended over Presidential politics. Pundits on the 24-hour news cycle stoke the flames each night in search of their ratings.</p> <p>Luckily, the uniquely American holiday of Thanksgiving is just around the corner to help us now focus on the things we all have in common instead of our differences. We can take this opportunity to reflect on all of things we that have to be thankful.</p> http://www.punchbugkids.com/Thanksgiving-A-Time-to-Come-Together/d/2099/ No Budget Halloween Costume ideas <p>Halloween is just around the corner. It&#39;s a magical time for kids to dress up and have fun running through the neighborhood collecting candy. But with increasing prices on everything in the stores, it is more difficult to buy the costumes your kids are begging for.</p> <p>Now is the perfect time to enact a time honored tradition of saving money and scrounging through your house to make a home-made costume.</p> http://www.punchbugkids.com/No-Budget-Halloween-Costume-ideas/d/2016/ Book Review: IA B.O.S.S. <p>After reading the first book in the IA series, I eagerly dived into <em>IA B.O.S.S.</em>, the second book in the series. My high expectations were not disappointed as I absolutely loved it. It is a breathtaking, emotional sequel that beautifully expands on the story and themes from <em>IA Initiate</em>.</p> http://www.punchbugkids.com/Book-Review-IA-B-O-S-S-/d/1944/ Book Review: IA Initiate <p>I recently discover a hidden gem of a book, perfect for kids 10 and up. It is a coming of age story of two orphans growing up in a sprawling ghetto awakening to their special abilities. Written by John Darryl Winston, it is a touching, beautiful story that will make you laugh, think, and tug on your heartstrings.</p> http://www.punchbugkids.com/Book-Review-IA-Initiate/d/1939/ Why September is the best time to visit Disney World <p>Summer is almost done. School is just around the corner. Vacation is probably the last thing on your mind. But now is the best to visit Walt Disney World with your family.</p> http://www.punchbugkids.com/Why-September-is-the-best-time-to-visit-Disney-World/d/1894/ 5 Great Adventure Books For Summer <p>Summer is now in full swing. The school books are collecting dust while children across the country fill up their days with play.</p> <p>Hopefully, you&rsquo;ve already stopped by the library and amassed a collection of exciting books for your kids to devour in their many hours of free time.</p> http://www.punchbugkids.com/5-Great-Adventure-Books-For-Summer/d/1743/ Teaching Your Kid How to Grill <p>Memorial day is almost here. And the grilling season is about to begin. The delicious aroma of charcoal will soon fill the air in the neighborhood.</p> <p>Grilling is such a treasured activity for adults that it is all too easy to let the kids run and play while you &quot;play&quot; with your grill. But grilling is an exciting activity that is a perfect way to inspire and teach your kids how to cook.</p> http://www.punchbugkids.com/Teaching-Your-Kid-How-to-Grill/d/1636/ When to travel to Disney World <p>As the summer approaches, thoughts of vacation began to dance in our heads. With the kids soon out of school, now is the time many parents are planning a summer getaway for their family.</p> <p>For many families, Disney World is the ultimate vacation experience. And many times it is a once in a lifetime trip due to its significant cost. Because of this, taking some extra time to figure out the best time to go is paramount.</p> http://www.punchbugkids.com/When-to-travel-to-Disney-World/d/1514/ 5 Great Books for Spring Break <p>Spring is in the air. The weather is warming and the plants are starting to bud. The mind of every child is focused on their upcoming Spring Break.</p> <p>With a whole week of free time, it is the perfect opportunity for your kids to read some great books.</p> http://www.punchbugkids.com/5-Great-Books-for-Spring-Break/d/1471/ Book Review: The Buccaneer of Nemaris: Of Forests and Friends <p>After reading the first book in the Buccaneer of Nemaris series, I had to dive into the second book, <em>The Buccaneer of Nemaris: Of Forest and Friends</em>. And I am so glad I did. The book is an epic tale crossing an entire kingdom of knights, unicorns, dragons, wizards, and more. It is perfect for boys and girls 10 and up.</p> http://www.punchbugkids.com/Book-Review-The-Buccaneer-of-Nemaris-Of-Forests-and-Friends/d/1428/ Book Review: The Buccaneer of Nemaris <p>I recently discovered this wonderful book, perfect for kids ages 10 and up. It is a sweeping adventure of sailing on the high seas, outsmarting pirates, and romance with mermaids. Written by J.D. Delzer, this tale follows the story of fourteen year old Thomas DeLeuit growing up in a small harbor town in a fantasy world.</p> http://www.punchbugkids.com/Book-Review-The-Buccaneer-of-Nemaris/d/1401/ 5 Great Books for Black History Month from Independent Authors <p>February is Black History month. It is a time to reflect, recognize, and celebrate the accomplishments of African Americans to history. This is of paramount importance for everyone in society as the history books often fail to identify the many important advances to science, technology, and culture by African Americans.</p> <p>Reading wonderful children&rsquo;s books written by black authors or about black characters is the perfect way to commemorate the month. And I can think of no better way to honor its intensions that to branch out and read some excellent books published by independent authors.</p> http://www.punchbugkids.com/5-Great-Books-for-Black-History-Month-from-Independent-Authors/d/1354/ Traveling Success with Small Children <p>As everyone tries to stay warm in the midst of winter, thoughts of spring and summer dance in our heads. Still months away from the warm weather, now is the perfect time to start thinking and planning your next vacation.</p> <p>Many parents with small children are nervous about traveling with them. Don&rsquo;t be afraid. The perfect time to travel is when your children are still young. It will instill a sense of adventure in them and expand their minds beyond their own neighborhood. Perfect for nourishing a developing mind.</p> http://www.punchbugkids.com/Traveling-Success-with-Small-Children/d/1304/ 10 Great Holiday Books <p>The Holiday break is quickly approaching. With all of the free time, it is the perfect opportunity for your kids to read some great books.</p> http://www.punchbugkids.com/10-Great-Holiday-Books/d/1193/ 10 Great Back To Schools Books <p>Back-to-School time is an exciting time for kids.&nbsp; The freedom of summer makes way for the structured routine of the classroom.&nbsp; One great way to get your kids ready for the change is with some silly, school-themed books.</p> http://www.punchbugkids.com/10-Great-Back-To-Schools-Books/d/952/ Last Camp Out of the Summer <p>Summer is almost over.&nbsp; The sounds of school buses full of kids is almost here.&nbsp; Now is the time it seize the day and take that last weekend camp out with the kids before it is too late.</p> <p>If you haven&rsquo;t already booked a campsite, the chances are all of the campgrounds near you are already reserved.&nbsp; You can try you luck calling every nearby campgrounds to see if there are any left.&nbsp; Or you stay closer to home and camp out in your own backyard.</p> http://www.punchbugkids.com/Last-Camp-Out-of-the-Summer/d/951/