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Friday Is National Drive-Thru Day!

July 23, 2020

Have you ever been through a drive-thru? Fast food? Dry cleaners? Bank? On July 24th, we celebrate National Drive-Thru Day.

With the COVID-19 pandemic surrounding us everywhere, drive-thrus and curbside pickups are a blessing. Drive up, get your groceries, your morning coffee, your evening meal, your library books, your prescriptions. Getting married? Plan a drive-thru wedding in Las Vegas! Lucky for us, all of these activities can be done without having to come in contact with a crowd of people.

Drive-thrus have been around since the 1930s. How many of you knew that?

Here are some fun facts about drive-thrus.

  • The first drive-thru was a bank in Syracuse, NY in 1928.
  • In-N Out Burger on the West Coast opened as a drive-thru in 1948. It’s the longest-running drive-thru in the U.S.
  • The first drive-thru burger chain was Jack in the Box established in 1951. At that time, it was drive-thru service only.

If you’re bored with staying at home, get into your car, put on your mask, and choose one of the many drive-thurs that are available and celebrate National Drive-Thru Day!

Check this out!

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Drive-Thru Dreams: A Journey Through the Heart of America’s Fast-Food Kingdom by Adam Chandler, Flatiron Books, 2019.

The Fourth of July

July 2, 2020

Saturday is July 4th. On this day, America celebrates its independence from Great Britain.

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This has been an extremely challenging year for Americans. As we celebrate our nation’s freedom, pause between bites of hot dogs and hamburgers to pray for peace, unity, justice, and equality.

And I’m proud to be an American
Where at least I know I’m free
And I won’t forget the men who died
Who gave that right to me
And I’d gladly stand up next to you
And defend Her still today
‘Cause there ain’t no doubt
I love this land
God Bless the U.S.A.

~Lee Greenwood

National Dairy Month

June 25, 2020

Each year Madison, Wisconsin celebrates Dairy Month with a huge gathering on the Capital Concourse. This year because of the COVID-19 pandemic, this delightful and delicious celebration was held as a virtual event. It’s not quite the same as being there. So, I decided to put up an old post of my visit to see Cows on the Concourse.

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IMG_1130Mo-o-o-ve over! June is National Dairy Month, and the cows were out – Cows on the Wisconsin State Capital Concourse, of course, of course. “Dairy aire” was in the air. Got Milk? You betcha! White milk, chocolate milk, and strawberry milk were on the menu. There were hunka, hunks of cheese and mounds of squeaking cheese curds. If you missed breakfast or lunch, grilled cheese sandwiches were making the rounds. For dessert or an anytime treat, I scream, you scream we all scream for ice cream and don’t forget the overstuffed cream puffs. The cows were doing their best to please. It was a dairy day overload.

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First stop — cows. I had a hard time getting close to the mooers. Those little kiddies wouldn’t let me in.

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I was looking for Alice in Dairyland, but found Natalie Salkowski, the Fairest of the Fair, instead. Notice she has a cow in her last name, and I think she’s wearing a dress designed by “Holstein.”

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Milk mustaches were en vogue.

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There were all kinds of dairy treats.

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It was an “udderly” satisfying day. So don’t forget to celebrate National Dairy Month. Drink a glass of milk today!

Want to know more about cows and dairy products? Check these out.

The Milk Makers by Gail Gibbons (Aladdin, 1987), Cows (Animals Animals) by Renee C. Rebman (Benchmark Books, 2009), Farm Animals Cows by Cecilia Minden (Cherry Lake Pub., 2009), Cows (Animals That Live on the Farm) by JoAnn Early Macken (Weekly Reader Early Learning Library, 2009), Ice Cream:  The Full Scoop by Gail Gibbons (Holiday House, 2008)

For Fun:  A Big Cheese for the White House:  The True Tale of a Tremendous Cheddar by Candice Fleming (Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) 2004) 

Say Cheese!

 

National No Socks Day!

May 7, 2020

Did you know that May 8th is National No Socks Day?

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It’s great that we have socks, but they can be a real pain. They end up with holes. They get lost in washers. They pair up with a mismatch. They get lost in dryers. They are smelly. They like to hide in sheets. They cling to shirts. And there’s always that sock that is permanently missing from the sock drawer.

So, get ready to toss those socks away tomorrow. Give your little piggies room to wiggle and breathe the fresh air!

When you’re finished getting your socks in order, here are some sock books to share with your little ones.

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One Red Sock 

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A Pig, A Fox, And Stinky Socks

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Little Sock

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Goldy the Puppy and the Missing Socks 

And don’t forget…

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Fox in Socks

 

 

Let Your Spirits Soar!

April 30, 2020

During this unusual time in which we’re living, I thought I’d post something light and uplifting. So, in honor of the end of Poetry Month and the beginning of May, I give you…

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May is pretty, May is mild,

Dances like a happy child;

Sing out, robin; spring out, flowers;

April went with all her showers,

And the world is green again;

Come out, children to the glen,

To the meadows, to the wood,

For the earth is clean and good

And the sky is clear and blue,

And bright May is calling you!

May is pretty, May is mild,

Dances like a happy child,

On a blessed holiday,

Come out, children, join the play!

~ Annette Wynne

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Have a beautiful May Day!

It’s Poultry Day!

March 19, 2020

Today is Poultry Day! When I hear the word poultry, I hear the word chicken. When I hear chicken, I hear Roast Chicken, Chicken Paprikash, Santa Fe Chicken, Chicken Salsa, Chicken Parm, Chicken Quesadillas, Chicken Alfredo, Chicken Picatta…

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Can you tell I love chicken? I could eat it three times a day from a chicken egg in the morning to Chicken Salad for lunch to tangy BBQ Chicken for dinner. Chicken is something to cluck about!

Now if only we could answer that all-important question, which came first? The chicken or the egg? While you’re pondering the answer, why not snack on some Chicken Fingers and take a “peck” at these great chicken books.

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A Little Chicken 

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Tyrannosaurus Rex vs. Edna The Bery First Chicken

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Chicken Break:  A Counting Book

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Chicken Talk

Deck

Pirate Chicken:  All Hens on Deck

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Count Your Chickens

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The Chickens Are Coming!

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Chicks and Salsa

 

Guess what I’m having for dinner tonight?

Cluck!

 

 

 

Multicultural Children’s Book Day is One Day Away!

January 30, 2020

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Join me tomorrow for a special post as I review the picture book, Earthwaves. We’ll take a journey back to the 1500s and learn about the extraordinary navigational skills of Pacific Islander seafarers. #ReadYourWorld #MCBD2020

 

The winner of Vivian Kirkfield’s Giveaway (a copy of MAKING THEIR VOICES HEARD or a picture book critique) will be announced on next Thursday’s post. The giveaway ends tonight, 1/30/20 at 11:59 pm EST. 

Celebrating Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

January 16, 2020

On Monday, we celebrate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. He was born on January 15, 1929, and became a well-known figure as a Civil Rights activist. His “I HAVE A DREAM” speech in 1963 was one of his most inspiring speeches. Check here to see more about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

For young readers who want to know more about the life of this inspirational speaker, here are some books to check out.

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A Place to Land:  Martin Luther King Jr. and the Speech that Inspired a Nation written by Barry Wittenstein and illustrated by Jerry Pinkney, Neal Potter Books, 2019.

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Martin Luther King Jr. written by Maria Isabel Sanchez Vegara and illustrated by Mai Ly Degnan, Frances Lincoln Children’s Books, 2020.

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Be a King:  Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Dream and You! written by Carole Boston Weatherford and illustrated by James E. Ransome, Bloomsbury USA Childrens, 2018.

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Martin Luther King Jr. A Peaceful Leader written by Sarah Albee and illustrated by Chin Ko, HarperCollins, 2018.

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My Little Golden Book About Martin Luther King Jr.  written by Bonnie Bader and illustrated by Sue Cornelison, Golden Books, 2018.

Celebrate the life and ideas of Martin Luther King Jr. and follow your dream.

 

Happy Holidays!

December 26, 2019

“Blessed is the season which engages the whole world in a conspiracy of love.” ~Hamilton Wright Mabie

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A special thank you to all those who follow and read my blog. I appreciate that you take the time to do so. Happy Holidays to you all!

Happy Halloween!

October 31, 2019

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Have a BOOO-tiful day!

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