‘Twas The Day Before Christmas (A Brady the Book Sailor Poem)

‘Twas The Day Before Christmas
(A Brady the Book Sailor Poem)

Screen Shot 2017-12-10 at 4.27.40 PM‘Twas the day before Christmas at the start of our tale
And Brady the Book Sailor prepared to set sail.
His Magic Purple Library Card he took,
Which could whisk him away to a movie or book!

His Auntie came over, they picked up GrapeB,
(Who totally loved Brady’s new Christmas tree!)
Usually book sailing was all about play,
But Brady was leading a mission today!

He said, “Here’s the sack, and I’ve got the box”.
Auntie Kimberly asked, “What’s in here? Rocks?”
With the heavy sack over her shoulder, she paused,
“Ha, ha!” Said Brady, “You’re Auntie Claus!”

“Very funny,” she said, but he kind of was right.
“We must finish our mission before it turns night!”
“Follow me!” She said, to the pirate and boy,
“Reading’s a gift, so let’s spread some joy!”

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The Kind Little Truck (Written by Brady)

Brady wrote this story all by himself – inspired by a special gift – and read it to the family at Thanksgiving!

The Kind Little Truck
(Written and Illustrated by Brady)

There once was a little truck named Mr. Truck, a/k/a Truckilious Exhaustpipe Truck. His name was almost bigger than he was.

He saw the garbage truck with a flat tire, so he stopped to help. He pulled out a little needle from the tire and started blowing air into the little hole. Continue reading

Hiro the Hero Gyro

By Brady and Auntie Kimberly

Hiro2Once upon a time, there was a sandwich named Hiro. He was a Gyro sandwich. And he was also a superhero. So he was Hiro the Hero Gyro.

You might wonder what kind of superpower Hiro the Hero Gyro might have.

Hiro the Hero Gyro could turn into any type of sandwich!

Hiro’s arch enemy was Sharky, a robotic shark. Sharky could swim in the water or walk on land, and was always getting up to trouble!  But luckily, Hiro the Hero Gyro always managed to save the day!

One time, Hiro the Hero Gyro was supposed to be on vacation from fighting crime.  He went to Coronado, CA and hung out on the beach for a few days.  He was having a great time, but then he heard on his sandwich scanner that a giant robot shark was robbing a bank!

Hiro hopped on to his BolognaMobile, drove to the bank, and rushed inside.  As he suspected, the giant robot shark was actually his nemesis, Sharky. Continue reading

Layla the Letter Lady

I wrote this one right as Brady was graduating from Kindergarten and was starting to get really good at reading. Thanks to Dav Pilkey for the inspiration – I like to think that pranksters Harold and George would have loved to visit the NFRC. (Read on for more – and visit auntiekimberly.com for more content).


One day, Brady and Auntie Kimberly went to Target. Just as they walked in the door, they saw a little old lady who was walking around picking up pieces of paper from the floor. She looked very sad.

“Can we help you?” Brady asked.

“Oh, gosh,” the little old lady said, I’ve dropped my whole sack of letters.”

At first, they thought she was a mail lady, but then Brady and Auntie Kimberly noticed that she was carrying a yellow sack, and that each piece of paper she picked up had a letter on it! There were B’s and G’s and P’s and Q’s and J’s and A’s and every letter in the alphabet!

Brady said, “I’m Brady, and this is my Auntie Kimberly, and we’ll help you!” He and Auntie Kimberly looked all over where the shopping carts were and they picked up several E’s, a couple of X’s, and a whole bunch of other letters.

They handed the letters back to the little old lady.

“Thank you so much!” the little old lady said. “Now I can put these back in my yellow letter satchel!”

“What do you do with all the letters?” Brady asked.

“Oh, I’m glad you asked!” the little old lady said. “I’m Layla the Letter Lady! These are actually magic letters! When you arrange them to spell things, you can make the letters come to life!” Continue reading

‘Twas the Week Before Star Wars

SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURESI wrote this to amuse Brady (and myself) as the clock ticked ever closer to the premiere of The Last Jedi. You can also read more about our Star Wars journey here – and check out auntiekimberly.com for more content!

Of course, my apologies go out to to Major Henry Livingston, Jr. — or perhaps they should go out to Clement C. Moore.  Clearly, this is a controversy for the ages – to rival that age-old question of whether one should watch the Star Wars movies in story order or release date order*.

*release date order



‘Twas the Week Before Star Wars

I try to use “inside voice” and not shout:
JUST ONE MORE WEEK ‘TIL LAST JEDI IS OUT!!!

The tickets were laid on the counter with care,
In hopes that Luke Skywalker soon would be there;

The Porgs were nestled all snug in their beds,
While visions of Ach-to danced in their heads,

And I, Auntie Kimberly, tried hard to sleep,
But heard BB-8 chirping: beep boop boop beep!

Inside my head there arose such a clatter,
I said to my brain, “Hey, what is the matter???”

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Brady the Book Sailor

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Brady the Book Sailor came out of our brainstorming sessions for the Roald Dahl Imaginormous contest — and took on a life of his own!  This story turned into a love letter to the authors and characters who have inspired my real-life Brady the Book Sailor to become such an excellent reader!  He’s already at a second grade level – which makes for a super happy Auntie!  (Visit auntiekimberly.com for more content.)



Pirate Grapebeard was a friendly pirate. His friends called him GrapeB. His beard was actually a bunch of grapes. He could pluck one of the grapes from the bunch and eat it – and then “pop” – another grape would grow in its place. He sailed the oceans in the land of Eadray in his bathtub ship, always in search of chocolate coins, his favorite treat.

Whenever Pirate Grapebeard passed another ship, the people in the other ship would yell, “toss us some grapes, GrapeB!” He would pluck some grapes out of his beard and toss them to the other ship! “Thanks, GrapeB!” his friends would say. “You’re welcome,” GrapeB would reply.

One day, GrapeB landed his bathtub ship on a remote island. He decided to get out and explore, to see if he could find some chocolate coins. Then right there on the shore, he saw a giant book lying on the ground. He thought, “I wonder if there are any chocolate coins in this book!” He got down on his hands and knees, and put his nose right on the pages of the book. And then something really weird happened – GrapeB fell IN to the book! Continue reading

Brady the Book Sailor Meets the StoryVores

Screen Shot 2017-12-10 at 4.27.40 PMThe second installment of the Brady the Book Sailor series…

Brady was a super awesome kindergartener who lived with his Mommy and Daddy and his dog Bailey. He was really good at reading and technology – and he also had a secret.

You see, Brady was a Book Sailor. With his Magic Purple Library Card, he could close his eyes, and imagine himself into the story from any book that he had ever read. One of Brady’s favorite things to do was to pick up his friend GrapeB the friendly pirate, and travel to the book Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. GrapeB had a beard that was made entirely out of grapes. And when he dipped his beard into Willy Wonka’s chocolate river, his beard turned into chocolate-covered grapes! Brady and GrapeB found this out by accident, but when Brady told Willy Wonka about the chocolate covered grapes, Mr. Wonka loved the idea and he started selling chocolate covered grapes in addition to his regular sales of Wonka Bars, Scrumdiddlyumptious Bars, and Everlasting Gobstoppers.

One day, Brady was at the library with General Mommy to look for some more fun books to read. On one of the tables, he saw a Charlie and the Chocolate Factory book lying open. Next to the book were five tiny figures, about three inches high. It looked like a family playset: there was a mommy and a daddy and a boy and a girl and a dog. They were rolling around on the table clutching their tummies.

“Oooooooh, I am SO FULL,” the little girl.

“I know, me too,” said the little boy.” But I really wanted to find out if they turned Violet
Beauregard back to normal after she ate the gum.”

Brady got down on his knees, so that he was eye level with the tiny family. “Hello,” he said. “Are you all OK?”

“Mommy! Daddy! That little boy can see us!” said the little girl. Continue reading