Sunday, March 16, 2014


Hi All,

Are you ready for St. Patrick's Day? We are! Our leprechaun trap is set and ready to see if we can capture one of those lucky, green lads tonight. Did you make a leprechaun trap? We'd love to see it. Feel free to post a picture on our Facebook page

To pass the time while you're waiting, you can check out our leprechaun trap below AND listen to five of our stories that have a leprechaun as a character. We wish you luck tonight! 


Red vs. Green: (22:21)
When a team of Christmas elves goes against a team of 
St. Patrick's Day leprechauns in the Holiday 
Hockey Winter Classic, who will win?

Free audio download: Red vs. Green

Blog with activities: Red vs. Green

The Leprechaun Trap (6:35)

Two leprechauns are caught in a leprechaun trap and try to find 

different ways to escape.
Free audio download: The Leprechaun Trap
Blog with activities: The Leprechaun Trap

The Spelling Bee (19:01)

A boy prepares for his shot at taking home the spelling bee 

championship. Will he succeed? 
Free audio download: The Spelling Bee
Blog with activities: The Spelling Bee

Clementine's Big Mess (16:05)
Clementine the cupid has lost his magical quiver. 
Can his friends help him find it?
Free audio download: Clementine's Big Mess
Blog with activities: Clementine's Big Mess

A Letter from a Leprechaun (5:30)
A reading of a letter written by Seamus the leprechaun
 detailing how he escaped a leprechaun trap. 
Free audio download: A Letter from a Leprechaun
Blog with activities: A Letter from a Leprechaun

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Terrapene Ornata, Part 2

Click here to listen to: Terrapene Ornata, Part 2 (16:18)
Haver, a bit of a neat freak, heads out to find the first of the 21 caches hidden by expert geocacher, Babatoochee. Unfortunately for Haver, obtaining the cache isn't as easy as he had hoped. 
Hi All,

We'd like to send out a special thanks to our friend, Sophie, from The Oh Beep! Geocaching podcast. The Oh Beep! Geocaching podcast is a family friendly show that covers news, events and discusses topics related to geocaching. You can find them at the links below:

If you remember from the last episode, we had mentioned that Terrapene Ornata, Parts 1 and 2 are the next installments of the Pogona Vitticeps series. They’re stand alone stories and you don’t NEED to have listened to the Pogona Vitticeps stories before listening to these two, but it does add a little something extra magical to the experience if you listen to those first.

Pogona Vitticeps, Part 1 (16:00)
Strange images seemingly appear out of nowhere when Vivien 
spends time with a special animal. 
Free audio download: Pogona Vitticeps, Part 1
Blog with activities: Pogona Vitticeps, Part 1

Pogona Vitticeps, Part 2 (23:45)
Amidst tragedy, Vivien learns the secret behind her visions 
and discovers she has a difficult decision to make. 
Free audio download: Pogona Vitticeps, Part 2
Blog with activities: Pogona Vitticeps, Part 2

Terrapene Ornata, Part 1 (19:30)

Haver Hawkings loves geography and maps but hates getting dirty. 
When his teacher introduces him to a global hobby called Geocaching, 
Haver learns there's a world of hidden objects for him to discover.
Free audio download: Terrapene Ornata, Part 1
Blog with activities: Terrapene Ornata, Part 1

What did you say? A word of the day! 
In our story there are many juicy words 
that are fun to use and say.

chlorophyll: the green coloring matter of leaves and plants.

device: a thing made for a practical purpose

gnarly: (of trees) full of or covered with knotty protuberances or knots.

Try these activities to keep your imagination glowing
after hearing the story.

1. Haver came upon a riddle that Babatoochee left as a hint. Work to solve even more riddles on this interactive riddle website.

2. Interested in Geocaching? Listen to The Oh Beep! Geocaching podcast to learn some tips and tricks of getting started!

3. Plan out a map of "practice" caches that you could place around your yard or home.

4. Haver likes to be clean. Help your parents clean the bathroom or kitchen using disinfectant wipes just like Haver!

5. At the end Haver discovers a QR (Quick Response) code. If you have a device, scan the code below to see what happens! Do your own treasure hunt trying to locate other QR codes placed on products around your house.

After listening to the story, can you recall the
details to answer these questions?

1. Who hid 21 caches that no one has been able to find?
2. When (what season) did Haver look for Babatoochee's 21 caches? 
3. Where was the eleventh cache located? 
4. Why did Haver need to get the silver key out of the blob of sap?
5. What words popped out at Haver that made him click "yes" at the end of the story?

Will D of Texas
Aunt Julie of New York
Drew from Colorado
Stephen from Colorado
Ms. Sally of Virginia

Did you know...our fully illustrated version of Dragonfly, Dragonfly
Show Us The Way is now available in English and Spanish as an in-app purchase from the Flying Books appIt is available for download 
on your iPhone or iPad. 

Illustration by Reg Silva

Monday, March 3, 2014

TEDx : Disability-Led Innovations for the Masses

This Fall, Mr. Chris was invited to speak at a Tedx Talk. He brainstormed ideas, wrote a script and practiced it in our living room over and over again in front of his biggest fans (me and the kids).The day of the talk came and I could not have been more proud. All of his hard work paid off as he took the stage. You can watch for yourself in the following clip. Oh! And don't forget to turn on the captions!

Disability-Led Innovations for the Masses
by Chris Bugaj