Book Report forms for Young Readers

🦋 Lesson time! 📝

🦋 When we were at the FGCU🦅 literacy📚event many of the younger groups were working on the difference between the
👩🏼‍💻author and the 👩🏼‍🎨 illustrator.

🦋Here are two book report forms that can be used at two different elementary levels. Noticed a spot for the author and illustrator? 😊👍🏼

🦋Also, check out the author & illustrator song to help younger kids remember which is which!
🎶 🎼 🎵

🦋Song Link:

Book Report 3rd +


This is a fun & simple project that even the littles can particpate in! Bonus points as most of the material you already have around the house!!!!

Chromatography 🌈 with “In Time Butterfly” 🦋by Amanda Derrick and Jessica Tukaj

Posted by Derrick & Tukaj Books on Thursday, November 15, 2018


Butterfly Soap!

With flu season still loomng over our heads, why don’t we make washing our hands fun?!? Watch our video on how you can create your own soap with fun surprises inside!

Activity Time!!! With “In Time Butterfly”Perfect for cold/flu season. Soap! 😂❤️🦋

Posted by Derrick & Tukaj Books on Saturday, December 15, 2018

Friendship Challenge

Last weekend, we had the honor of attending the College of Education at Florida Gulf Coast University’s Literacy Festival. We loved meeting our young fans and hearing their feedback! The visit was also near and dear to our hearts as we both graduated from Florida Gulf Coast University (both with Bachelor and Master’s degrees)! During our time with the students, we issued a friendship challenge. Did you know that one of our themes in “In Time Butterfly” is strengthening of friendship between two seemingly different butterflies? Check out our video for a fun friendship challenge:

We will be busy tomorrow at the FGCU Literacy event. So, we are posting our February 1st activity one day early. We will be presenting this friendship challenge in our lessons tomorrow at FGCU!Also, welcome to new visitors to our page!We do our best to post lessons and activities on the 1st and the 15th of the month. Hope you enjoy our book 🦋”In Time Butterfly”🦋 And if you do… We really appreciate sharing of our page! ❤️

Posted by Derrick & Tukaj Books on Thursday, January 31, 2019

Butterflies and Apple Pie

Butterflies and Apple Pie

It is officially fall and that means our house is in pie season! One of the favorites of our house is apple pie! My family loves an adapted version of the recipe found on the side of the Pillsburty Pie Crusts box. That’s right…hold your shock, I do not always make my crust from scratch! For this simple and time saving recipe we adapted the following ingredients to meet the taste needs of our family.

1 box Pillbury refrigerated pie crusts

8 medium apples (we use Granny Smith and Gala)
3/4 cup sugar
2 tablespooks all-purpose flour
3/4 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoons salt
1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 tablespoon lemon juice

1 pie tin/plate
cookie cutters

* Here is where I should note some of our differences. We use Granny Smith and Gala apples because we like the mixture of flavors. We also cut up 8 apples instead of 6 as the original recipes states. This provides us with some extra for a sweet treat without having to cut open the pie.

The original recipe calls for thinly sliced peeled apples; however, we enjoy ours apples a little chunkier and mae ours more like small cubes. This also makes it a little easier for our littles to help me with the cutting.

Additionally, we add WAY more cinammon (up to 3 tsps) and sugar (up to a 1 1/2 cups)! This is because we add to extra apples and we use Granny Smith which is a little more tart than other apple varieties. Plus, we only eat these sweet treats a couple of times a year so…why not! We add the sugar in 1/4 cup increments and try to keep an eye on the ratio. Finally, we hadd lemon juice to taste, which for our family is more like 1 1/2 – 2 tablespoons.

Now on to the directions:

1. Preheat oven to 425°F and place one pie crust in a greasted pie plate. I know it says do this first, but I always preheat the oven after I have the apples peeled and diced. As many of you know, getting help from littles can some times slow down the process, so I wait to preheat until we start mixing ingredients. I also do not put the pie crust in until we are closer to backing; however, I do sit it out so it can begin to warm to room temperature which makes it easier to mold and work with.

2. Mix the ingredietns together in a large bowl and spoon them into your pie crust once everything is mixed together.

3. Now, flour some wax paper and grab your favorite cookie cutters! The awesome thing about this part is the kids and pick which cookie cutters they want AND it can change with the season without having to adapt a whole new recipe! We selected butterflies and one flower in the middle. We like to make cut outs overlap a little so they help hold the pie shape when we cut it, but go crazy and add as much or as little as you would like.

4. Back 40 – 45 minutes or until appleas are tender and crust is desired level of golden brown. Here is where we differ from original directions again…I cover the edge of the crust with 2 – to 3 – inch wide strips of foil for the first 30 – 35 minutes not the last. I find it is a little easier to pull them off than struggle with trying to put them on, but you do what works best for your family and your oven! Don’t forget to let cool for at least 2 hours…this is where those extra cut apples come into play but that is for another post!

Enjoy! We are always looking for a new spin on apple pie! What are some of your suggestions!

Healthy Butterfly Snack

Who doesn’t love a cute and healthy snack? Check out this quick video from our Facebook page for a fun snack your littles will enjoy eating almost as much as they enjoy making!

Posted by Derrick & Tukaj Books on Monday, October 15, 2018