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Download Your Free Katie & Kimble Coloring Pages Here (ages 6-10)

Now you can download free Katie & Kimble coloring pages here! The coloring pages show five scenes from Katie & Kimble: A Ghost Story (a chapter book for ages 6-10, 280L).

 

Click here to download the Katie & Kimble coloring pages in PDF format.

 

Or, look on the sidebar of this blog. You’ll find the coloring pages and other fun activities there.

 

 

 

Mom's Choice Awards Winner

 

Mom’s Choice Awards® has named the Katie & Kimble series among the best in family-friendly media, products and services.

 

Winner: Juvenile Books Series.

 

 

 

Katie & Kimble: A Ghost Story (Book 1 in the series) and Katie & Kimble: The Magic Wish (Book 2 in the series) are available here:

 

Paperback version: $5.95

 

Click here to order Katie & Kimble: A Ghost Story!

 

Click here to order Katie & Kimble: The Magic Wish (Book 2)!

 

 

[Reading Level 3, 280L, for ages 6-10]

 

Nine-year-old Katie Russell and her family look normal. But the Russells don’t know they are living with Kimble, the ghost of a ten-year-old girl. That is, until Katie discovers Kimble and the two of them set off on a quest to find out what happened to Kimble’s mother.

 

© 2007-2014 by Linda Thieman

Six MORE Moms Review Katie & Kimble: A Ghost Story, for ages 6-10



Here you can read reviews of Katie & Kimble: A Ghost Story (a chapter book for ages 6-10) written by some wonderful mom bloggers. See what moms are thinking about this new chapter book series by children’s book author Linda Thieman!

 

 

[Reading Level 3, 280L, for ages 6-10]



1) The Homeschool Messenger (Susieqtpie’s review of Katie & Kimble: A Ghost Story)
“…It is 106 pages of pure fictional fun! Don’t let the Ghost Story title keep your young ones from reading the book. It isn’t a scary book! Katie moves to a new town with her family and discovers a kindred spirit! She goes on a quest that is engaging and heartfelt!”

 

 

2) Moomette’s Magnificents Reviews (Cindi’s review of Katie & Kimble: A Ghost Story)
“…make sure to add this charming mystery book to your child’s reading list this summer!”

 

 

3) The Post-it Place (Jyl’s review of Katie & Kimble: A Ghost Story)
“…a book that will keep children engaged and wanting to know more. It isn’t frightening at all, so no worries that your child won’t be able to sleep at night; it is just fun, excitement and a little suspense.”

 

 

4) From Melissa’s Desk (Melissa’s review of Katie & Kimble: A Ghost Story)
“I recommend this fabulously written book to all children ages 6-10!”

 

 

5) ‘Deal’ectible Mommies (Candace’s review of Katie & Kimble: A Ghost Story)
“Not only is Katie & Kimble: A Ghost Story a fun read, it allows Milla and me to have some precious time together every night before bed. She makes a point every night to bring me the book and curiously awaits the next adventure!”

 

 

6) Homeschool Buzz Reviews (Kathy’s review of Katie & Kimble: A Ghost Story)
“Kimble is so pleasant you quickly forget she’s really a ghost!… Another spunky character is Katie’s dog, Twinkle; her ever present, playful English sheepdog is very appealing.”

 

 



Mom’s Choice Awards® has named the Katie & Kimble series among the best in family-friendly media, products and services.

 

 

Winner: Juvenile Books Series.

 

 




Katie & Kimble: A Ghost Story (Book 1 in the series) and Katie & Kimble: The Magic Wish (Book 2 in the series) are available here:


Paperback version: $5.95

 

 

Click here to order Katie & Kimble: A Ghost Story!


Click here to order Katie & Kimble: The Magic Wish (Book 2)!




 


©2009-2014 by Linda Thieman

 

 

True Stories from the Author of Katie & Kimble: When I was 9–The Baseball Player


by Linda Thieman, author, Katie & Kimble

Hi! My name is Linda Thieman (pronounced TEE-mun). I write the Katie & Kimble stories.



I wanted to share with you my favorite story from when I was 9 years old. This is a true story. It happened to me!

 

 



Right after I turned 8, my family moved to Minnesota. Minnesota is a beautiful state in the midwest. It is just south of Canada and just north of Iowa.


You may have heard of the Minnesota Twins baseball team. There are two big cities in Minnesota – Minneapolis and St. Paul. These cities are called the Twin Cities. That’s how the Minnesota Twins got their name.


Well, we moved into a town that was near the Twins’ ballpark. And, to my surprise, we met three Twins. And I mean baseball players! They lived in our neighborhood!


Two pitchers lived nearby. The third baseman lived across the street from us. His name was Rich Rollins. He was an All Star.


Rich was a kind and friendly guy. His family and my family became friends.


Rich lived across the street from us for two years. During that time, he gave us a lot of free baseball tickets. So, my family went to a lot of home games. We sat right behind home plate! Good seats! At the same time, my dad taught me the game.


Well, when I was 9 and in fourth grade, I was also a Junior Girl Scout. My troop was going to have a Father/Daughter Banquet. Every girl would bring a box lunch. Then, she and her father would eat that lunch together with all the other girls and dads.


Well, the day of the dinner was drawing near. I was getting pretty excited. It was a big deal. Then, boom! My hopes were dashed. I found out that my dad couldn’t go with me. He had to work and he was going to be out of town. I was very disappointed.


But then, I got an idea. I decided to ask Rich if he would go with me. I got my courage together, and I knocked on Rich’s door. When Rich came to the door, I invited him to go to the dinner with me. He checked to see if he was free, and then he agreed! I was so thrilled.


I must say, at the dinner the other “fathers” were pretty amazed!


I served Rich a dinner of fried chicken. My mom made the chicken for me. She also packed the dinner. We also had salad and rolls.


To tell you the truth, I think after we ate, Rich was still hungry. He was a big guy. He needed lots of food!


Then, they started some music for dancing. I asked Rich to dance, but he said no. He said he was having trouble with his knees. It’s true, no doubt. But I also thought he was just shy. Also, maybe he didn’t want all those other people to watch him!


But the funniest part of the day was this. Rich and I had turned around in our chairs. We were watching the dancing. Then I saw a man watching us. He was standing near a wall and taking pictures.


I said to Rich, “That man is taking your picture!”


And Rich said to me, “No, he’s taking YOUR picture!”


Rich was a funny guy.


Well, the man with the camera never spoke to us. But a few days later, our picture was in the local paper. Under the picture, it said, “Rich Rollins, 3rd baseman for the Twins, attends the Father/Daughter Banquet with his daughter.”


The newspaper thought I was Rich’s daughter! Now THAT was funny!


I still have that old newspaper photo of Rich and me buried in a box somewhere. If I ever find it, I will post it on the Katie & Kimble blog for you to see!
*Listen to an interview with Rich Rollins at twinstrivia.com here.*

Copyright © 2007-2014 by Linda Thieman

 

 

 

Mom’s Choice Awards® has named the Katie & Kimble series among the best in family-friendly media, products and services.

 

Winner: Juvenile Books Series.

 

 

 

Get the Katie & Kimble books at http://www.katieandkimble.com



Six Moms Review Katie & Kimble: A Ghost Story for ages 6-10



Here you can read reviews of Katie & Kimble: A Ghost Story (a chapter book for ages 6-10) written by some wonderful mom bloggers. See what moms are thinking about this new chapter book series by children’s book author Linda Thieman!

 

[Reading Level 3, 280L, for ages 6-10]

 

 

Nine-year-old Katie Russell and her family look normal. But the Russells don’t know they are living with Kimble, the ghost of a ten-year-old girl. That is, until Katie discovers Kimble and the two of them set off on a quest to find out what happened to Kimble’s mother.

 
1) Café of Dreams (April’s review of Katie & Kimble: A Ghost Story)
“a magical feeling”

 

 

2) The Book Connection (Cheryl’s review of Katie & Kimble: A Ghost Story)
“An excellent start to a new series of chapter books for young readers”

 

 

3) Mom of 2 Dancers Reviews (Ginny’s review of Katie & Kimble: A Ghost Story)
“Katie & Kimble: A Ghost Story is the first book in this wonderful new series.”

 

 

4) The Book Faery (Farrah’s review of Katie & Kimble: A Ghost Story)
“I would recommend this book, and look forward to the other chapter books Thieman has coming out for my daughter to read.”

 

 

5) Posey Sessions (Megan’s review of Katie & Kimble: A Ghost Story)
“I ended up really enjoying the story and the idea of friendship between Katie, a little girl, and Kimble, a ghost.”

 

 

6) Bookfoolery and Bable (Nancy’s review of Katie & Kimble: A Ghost Story)
“a very positive book”

 

 

 


 


Mom’s Choice Awards® has named the Katie & Kimble series among the best in family-friendly media, products and services.

 

 

Winner: Juvenile Books Series.

 

 

 




Katie & Kimble: A Ghost Story (Book 1 in the series) and Katie & Kimble: The Magic Wish (Book 2 in the series) are available here:


Paperback version: $5.95

Click here to order Katie & Kimble: A Ghost Story!

Click here to order Katie & Kimble: The Magic Wish (Book 2)!





 


©2009-2014 by Linda Thieman

 

 

In Katie & Kimble: The Magic Wish, Mr. Russell Sings! Hear the Song Here!



In Katie & Kimble: The Magic Wish, Book 2 in the Katie & Kimble
series (290L), you will discover that Katie’s dad, Mr. Russell, likes to sing!

 

He sings loudly and he sings well. In fact, he likes to sing when he
feels full of joy!

 

The song that Mr. Russell sings is called “For the Beauty of the Earth.” It’s a beautiful old hymn – one of my favorites. You will notice, if you send a free Katie & Kimble e-card (on the sidebar), that you can choose this song to go with any e-card that you send.

 

Listen here.

 

 


Fun Katie & Kimble Hint: On the sidebar, click on the yellow stripes for a little surprise or two!






Katie & Kimble: A Ghost Story (Book 1 in the series) and Katie & Kimble: The Magic Wish (Book 2 in the series) are available here:

Paperback version: $5.95

Click here to order Katie & Kimble: A Ghost Story!

Click here to order Katie & Kimble: The Magic Wish (Book 2)






 


 


[Reading Level 3, 280L, for ages 7-10]



Nine-year-old Katie Russell and her family look normal. But the Russell’s don’t know they are living with Kimble, the ghost of a ten-year-old girl. That is, until Katie discovers Kimble and the two of them set off on a quest to find out what happened to Kimble’s mother.





Please visit us here (http://katieandkimbleblog.com) for updates.



© 2008 – 2014 by Linda Thieman


Twinkle’s Song: Twinkle, Twinkle, Great Big Dog! (Katie & Kimble: A Ghost Story for ages 6-10)



Twinkle, Katie Russell’s big Old English sheepdog, is one of the most popular characters in the Katie & Kimble: A Ghost Story series. One of our Katie & Kimble readers wondered if Twinkle had a song. Here’s the answer!

 

Twinkle sort of does have a song! Here is what I am thinking. Well, have you read the Kimble, Kimble chant? It’s over on the sidebar and also on the last page of the Katie & Kimble books.

 

Well, this chant almost fits into the melody of “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star.” I especially like the part where it goes, “Twinkle, Twinkle, great big dog!”

 

So, I guess, at this point, Twinkle’s song is “Twinkle, Twinkle, Great Big Dog!” I thought that was kind of fun!

 

Here is how the Kimble, Kimble chant fits into the melody of “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star.” You CHANT the first two lines: Kimble, Kimble is a ghost. Katie, Katie loves her most!

 

Then you can either keep chanting, or you can start singing, “Twinkle, Twinkle, great big dog.” And if you start singing there, the rest of the chant fits into the song perfectly! I did not plan that, so I think it’s pretty funny!

 

Give it a try!

 

You can listen to the Kimble, Kimble chant when you watch the Katie & Kimble: A Ghost Story video here!

 

Or, click on Freddie on the sidebar up at the top of this blog page. She’s the Katie & Kimble Blog host and she will recite the Kimble, Kimble chant for you!

 

 


 

 

Fun Katie & Kimble Hint: On the sidebar, click on the yellow stripes to hear Twinkle barking!

 







Mom’s Choice Awards® has named the Katie & Kimble series among the best in family-friendly media, products and services.

 

 

Winner: Juvenile Books Series.

 

 




Katie & Kimble: A Ghost Story (Book 1 in the series) and Katie & Kimble: The Magic Wish (Book 2 in the series) are available here:




Paperback version: $5.95

 

Click here to order Katie & Kimble: A Ghost Story!


Click here to order Katie & Kimble: The Magic Wish (Book 2)!







[Reading Level 3, 280L, for ages 6-10]



Nine-year-old Katie Russell and her family look normal. But the Russells don’t know they are living with Kimble, the ghost of a ten-year-old girl. That is, until Katie discovers Kimble and the two of them set off on a quest to find out what happened to Kimble’s mother.







© 2008 – 2014 by Linda Thieman