Memory Verse of the Week – Romans 12:10

Memorizing Scripture is pretty awesome, so we want to reward it!

If you memorize the verse below and come in to recite it to a Baker Book House staff member, you’ll get to start your very own Bookworms Reward Card. Each verse you memorize and recite for us earns you a point on the card. Get 10 points and you’ll get $5.00 off anything in the store!

"Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourself." - Romans 12 :10

Pretzel Time!

Ever since reviewing Brother Giovanni’s Little Reward, I’ve been craving pretzels. What could be better than soft, warm pretzels fresh from your oven at home?


Well, guess what! It turns out that pretzels are ridiculously easy to make. So easy, in fact, that your kids can help you do it!

We found this soft pretzel recipe to do with your kids on If you make some pretzels this weekend, be sure to shoot us a photo on our Facebook page or on Twitter!

Mid-Week Review | Last Stop on Market Street

Last Stop on Market Street by Matt de la Peña; Illustrated by Christian Robinson  ISBN: 9780399257742
Last Stop on Market Street
by Matt de la Peña; Illustrated by Christian Robinson
ISBN: 9780399257742

Synopsis: CJ and his grandma take a bus ride together, discovering the beauty and wonder of their vibrant neighborhood.

Review: There is a simple reason why Last Stop on Market Street is a multiple award winner (Caldecott Honor, Newbery Medel, and Coretta Scott King Award to name a few). It is an amazing book.

In his innocent selfishness, CJ asks his grandma the questions that we often ask ourselves. Why can’t we have the nicest things? And each time, grandma wisely shows that we already do.

Parents who are trying to instill a sense of wonder in the mundane could benefit from Grandma’s outlook and answers. Non-parents too.

Age Recommendation: 3-5

Quality Rating (1 is low, 5 is high): 5

Who was Martin Luther King, Jr.?


Today, we celebrate the birthday and legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. Many people are familiar with Martin’s name and his association with the Civil Rights Movement, but here are 10 things that you may not know about him.

  • Martin Luther King, Jr.’s original name was Michael until his father changed both of their names to Martin.
  • He was a middle child.
  • At age 3, one of Martin’s good friends was white. They played together constantly until age 6 when they went to different schools. Then his friend’s dad said they couldn’t play together anymore.
  • Martin skipped two grades and graduated high school at age 15.
  • He was influenced by Henry David Thoreau’s decision not to pay his taxes as a nonviolent protest against slavery.
  • In 1948, Martin graduated from Morehouse College at age 19.
  • He entered Crozer Theological Seminary in Chester, Pennsylvania as one of only six black student out of one hundred students total. He graduated at the top of his class.
  • At Crozer, he learned about Mahatma Gandhi and his peaceful protests.
  • In 1959, Martin and his wife, Coretta, went to India and visited places where Gandhi went. He was struck by Gandhi’s commitment to nonviolence when Gandhi said, “If you are hit, don’t hit back; even if they shoot at you, don’t shoot back. Just keep moving.”
  • After Martin was arrested for driving in Georgia with an Alabama driver’s license, his followers sought help from Vice President Richard Nixon and Senator John F. Kennedy, both of whom were running for president. Nixon refused to engage the issue, but Kennedy and his brother, Robert, vowed to do everything in their power to get Martin free.

9780448447230If you want to know more about Martin Luther King, Jr., you can read Who was Martin Luther King, Jr.? by Bonnie Bader. That’s where these facts came from, but there’s a lot more to Martin’s story that I didn’t list here.

Happy birthday, Dr. King!


Today’s jokes are courtesy of Rob Elliot’s best-selling book, Laugh-Out-Loud Jokes for Kids.


Q: Why did the robber wash his clothes before he ran away with the loot?

A: He wanted to make a clean getaway.

Q: How does a skeleton call his friends?

A: On the tele-bone.

Knock knock.

Who’s there?


Butter who?

I butter not tell you–it’s a secret.

Do you have a joke for us? Leave in the comments below and you may see it in our next Jokes post!

Snow Day Activities!

In West Michigan, most of the schools are closed today. That means that there are kids at home with parents who are pulling out their hair and wondering what to do. Fear not.

Baker Bookworms Storytime starts at 10:30 AM.


And this afternoon at 2 PM, we’re showing Zootopia on the big screen!


And if you need another reason to visit us, we’ve got all of our kids’ activity books at 20% off, today only!