About Allie Johnston

I am a mother of two daughters, a wife, and a publishing freelancer. My own childhood love for learning inspired me to go to college to become a teacher. When I landed my first job as an elementary school teacher, my love affair with children’s books only grew. After moving to New York City to work at an educational publishing company, I learned even more about the critical importance of literacy. Now, as a mom, my love of reading and the knowledge of how important it is makes reading every day one of our family’s top priorities and pleasures.

Make these 5 Christmas Classics Part of Your Tradition

Only 25 days until Christmas. We can’t believe it! In addition to the decorations, we're pulling out the holiday books. Find out what our five favorite classics are and how to make them a fun part of your holiday traditions.

November 30th, 2016|2 Comments

The Story Behind the Thanksgiving Day Parade

Last year, Allie and the girls had front row seats to watch the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade march down Broadway. This year, like many of us, they'll watch from the comfort of their couch. But no matter how you experience the magic of the parade, they discovered a must-read book on the story behind the balloons. It's a great way for your kids to learn some history and connect with others at Thanksgiving.

November 20th, 2016|0 Comments

Fairy Seeking

A visit to a fairy garden has inspired the girls to create their own. Put on your fairy wings and prepare to be transported through pictures of their adventure. Soon you'll be discussing plans for your own fairy garden.

November 6th, 2016|0 Comments

Going Down the Rabbit Hole this Halloween

Halloween is a week away! What are your little readers dressing up as? Are they literary inspired?

October 24th, 2016|1 Comment

Shedding Light on Toddler Woes

Are your kids ever bothered by the dark? It happens to all of us. Allie shares a few books and toys that help ease fears and even make the dark fun.

October 16th, 2016|0 Comments

On the Topic of Topiary

Join Allie and the girls on a field trip to a topiary garden in real life or through the book, The Night Gardner.

October 5th, 2016|0 Comments

Gardening with Books

It's harvest time! Allie and the girls are weeding, watering, picking...and, of course, reading. See what books have sparked the creation of magical gardens and great conversations.

September 28th, 2016|0 Comments

Saying Hello to Autumn

It's the first day of autumn! Ease the transition with a book that talks about all the seasonal changes that happen as summer turns into fall. Then celebrate with a nature walk and scavenger hunt.

September 22nd, 2016|2 Comments

The Girls’ Favorite Baby Board Books

Allie and the girls put together a collection of baby board books for the newest member of their family. They've picked all their favorites. Take a look at their list. Are any your favorites?

September 14th, 2016|0 Comments

Blueberries for Us

Blueberries for Sal by Robert McCloskey is one of our favorite books. As part of their New England summer, Allie and the girls make deeper connections with the book by picking blueberries and making a pie.

August 21st, 2016|1 Comment