2021 Book Excellence Awards Finalist

JJ Received a Book Excellence Award!

I am incredibly proud to announce that JJ Goes to the Northwoods has been recognized as a Book Excellence Award Finalist in the Children’s Education Category. Hundreds of books were entered into the competition. JJ Goes to the Northwoods was selected for its “high quality writing, design and overall market appeal.” The complete award listing […]

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JJ Earth Day

JJ Is Celebrating a Special Week!

Earth Day is this Thursday, April 22nd. JJ is planting trees and cleaning up trash from the rivers and the woods. You can celebrate too! Find a clean-up challenge, planting party, or Earth Day adventure near you: Activities at the Urban Ecology Center: https://www.instagram.com/p/CNOQxTTjQ4D/… Activities at Riveredge Nature Center: https://www.riveredgenaturecenter.org/…/26th-annual…/ Special biking & hiking routes at Horicon Marsh: https://www.fws.gov/nwrs/threecolumn.aspx?id=2147613827 Activities […]

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The Truth Behind the Fiction

The Truth Behind the Fiction JJ Goes to the Northwoods is a work of fiction. However, it is largely inspired by real people and places. In this post, I’d like to introduce you to the real-life people and places behind the story.  The Cabin The cabin in the story really exists (and it looks EXACTLY […]

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Five Diverse Picture Books for Kids

Five Diverse Picture Books for Kids With the current state of affairs in our society, it’s impossible to ignore the topic of race relations. I was going to start with a blog post about the history of Grandma and Pop’s cabin, but that can wait until next month. For now, let’s focus on helping our […]

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Local Stores That Carry My Book

Local Stores That Carry My Book JJ Goes to the Northwoods Jaime Hardgrove publishes her first children’s picture book. In the book, young JJ becomes anxious when she learns that her family is going to her grandparents’ cabin in the Northwoods. She doesn’t like bugs or wildlife, but through the loving guidance of her grandpa, […]

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