April is National Frog Month!

April is National Frog Month and Cackleberry Creek is celebrating! Come join Lulu & Mama Frog, Bill-the-wise-old-bullfrog, and the rest of the gang as they honor their fab-amphibian friends! #FrogsRock 

Did you know?

Frogs are (mostly) carnivorous amphibians.

A person who studies frogs (and other kinds of amphibians) is called a Herpetologist.

There are over 5,800 different species of frogs wearing a multitude of colors. Fabulous!

Some frogs have lived up to a whopping 30 years!

Some frogs camouflage their color, blending into the environment to avoid predators.

Frogs have been around so long they’ve hung out with dinosaurs.

Frogs can hop more than 20 times their body length.

The teeniest frog is the world is the Paedophryne amauensis from New Guinea, measuring only .27 inches long.

The largest living frog in the world is the Goliath Frog, which can grow more than 14 inches long and weight over 6.8 pounds.     

Frogs can hold their breath for 5-7 hours at a time. Wow!

Frogs cannot survive in Antarctica.    

A croaking Bullfrog can be heard a whole mile away.

More affectionate frogs like to embrace in a cuddly hug known as amplexus.

Frogs are completely without ribs or diaphragm.

Frogs are cold-blooded critters.

A group of frogs is called an ‘army.’

Once a week the frog will completely shed its skin and then eat it for the nutrients.

Frogs’ favorite snacks are (apparently its own skin) aquatic plants, algae, mosquito larvae, crickets, mealworms, and fruit flies but some larger frogs will eat mollusks, fish, mice, birds, and reptiles.

There are roughly 1000 frogs on the endangered list today.    

How you can help

PBS Endangered Frogs List  


Love a great frog story?

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Check out these #FrogFilled #MustReads!  

Frogs Can Fly

There Are No Monsters…

The Clubhouse Cabobble

Operation Scrub-A-Dub Skunk

The ABCs of Cackleberry Creek 

Happy World Read Aloud Day 2023!

Happy World Read Aloud Day, book lovers!

What better way to celebrate books and reading than to spend an entire day reading out loud? We can all agree that not only is it super-fun to read aloud with your favorite bunch (teachers, pals, little brother, cat, goldfish), but here are a few ways it’s great for ya!

* Bonding time! (Aww.)

* Reading aloud builds vocabulary.

* Bedtime stories = cozier sleep. (Am I right?)

* Reading aloud also exercises that brain!

* Develops deeper empathy and emotional awareness. (That’s nice.)

* Improves memory and brain agility.

* Stress reduction. (Yes!)

* Sharpens creativity.

* Builds an even stronger love for books and literature.

So, remember to grab a book, grab a pal, read aloud, and read it PROUD! Happy Reading!

KRISTY JO VOLCHKO is an award-winning, multi-genre author, poet, blogger, book reviewer, and human rights activist.

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Summer Reading 2018

Summer vacation is almost here and that means lots of sunshine, campfires, baseball games, road trips, roller coasters, fireworks, barbecues, cannonballs into the pool, and Summer Reading 2018! Encouraging your child to stay on top of their reading maintains literacy, strengthens critical thinking skills, keeps them from falling behind, supports their reading development, builds vocabulary, and nurtures a lifelong love of books. All great stuff, right?


Getting kids involved in their local library is important for many reasons. In addition to the various Summer Reading Programs, access to free books, magazines, audio books, music, and internet, there are opportunities to volunteer, find a reading buddy or tutor, and be in an environment where other kids are reading for fun. Most libraries have some sort of Summer Reading Program so stop on in and let the fun begin!

“A library card is the start of a lifelong adventure.” Lilian Jackson Braun

“I have found that the most valuable thing in my wallet is my library card.” Laura Bush

“The only thing you absolutely have to know is the location of the library.” Albert Einstein

“Getting my library card was like citizenship: it was like American citizenship.” Oprah Winfrey



Whether kids are getting their books from libraries, bookstores, or online apps, setting aside 20 minutes or more for reading should be an essential part of their daily routine. Create a snazzy chart, graph, or poster to record daily, weekly, or monthly reading goals, use incentives, and reward progress. A promised shopping spree at Barnes&Noble or Half Price Books goes a long way!


Reward them with the key to a locked treasure chest filled with surprise goodies. The wonder and anticipation of what’s inside is a huge motivator. Fill it with stickers, baseball cards, bookmarks, ear buds, sidewalk chalk, crayons, markers, UNO, Crazy Eights, Old Maid, or Go Fish cards, Jacks, a journal, shiny marbles, colored stones, beads…the possibilities are endless!


  • A magazine subscription for Highlights, National Geographic Kids, Story Monsters Ink, or any subject of particular interest (dance, science, sports, fashion, cars).
  • Tickets to an upcoming sporting event, concert, or movie they’ve been wanting to see.
  • A gift certificate to Amazon, Barnes&Noble, Half Price Books, or Record Exchange.
  • Something specific they’ve had their eye on (video game, skateboard, jewelry box).



 Your public library 
* Carnegie Library Summer Reading Extravaganza
* Barnes&Noble Summer Reading
* Half Price Books Summer Reading Program
* Scholastic Summer Challenge
* Sylvan Learning’s Book Adventure



Let’s face it, reading lots of books can get pretty pricey. Luckily, there are a ton of places to score some free ones. School, online apps, and the public library are always great places to start.


International Digital Children’s Library 

Oxford Owl

The Library of Congress


Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh

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  • Get them a library card.
  • Take them book shopping.
  • Take turns reading aloud, alternating pages.
  • Encourage them to donate/share used books.
  • Laugh! Reading should be fun.
  • Discuss the story and characters; encourage questions.
  • Prompt them to bring stories/books along for trips, car rides, waiting areas, and picnics.
  • Create decorative bookmarks together for every season.
  • Be an example! They need to see you reading too.
  • Do a Summer Reading Challenge with them.



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KRISTY JO VOLCHKO is a multi-genre author and blogger. She lives in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where she continues to share her love of storytelling. 
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