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Happy Fourth of July!

July 4, 2019

Today we celebrate the Declaration of Independence from Great Britain in 1776 and the birth of our nation — the United States of America!

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“Where liberty dwells, there is my country.” ~Benjamin Franklin

4th-of-july-tradition-1024x536“Ask not what your country can do for you—ask what you can do for your country.”  ~John F. Kennedy

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“America was not built on fear. America was built on courage, on imagination, and an unbeatable determination to do the job at hand.” ~Harry S. Truman

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“The essence of America — that which really unites us — is not ethnicity, or nationality, or religion. It is an idea — and what an idea it is: that you can come from humble circumstances and do great things. That it doesn’t matter where you came from, but where you are going.” ~Condoleezza Rice

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“One cannot be an American by going about saying that one is an American. It is necessary to feel America, like America, love America, and then work.” ~Georgia O’Keeffe

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“You have to love a nation that celebrates its independence every July 4, not with a parade of guns, tanks, and soldiers who file by the White House in a show of strength and muscle, but with family picnics where kids throw Frisbees, the potato salad gets iffy, and the flies die from happiness. You may think you have overeaten, but it is patriotism.” ~Erma Bombeck

Let's Celebrate

 

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Flag Day!

June 13, 2019

Flag Day is tomorrow, Friday, June 14. Fly Old Glory proudly!

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“When we honor our flag we honor what we stand for as a Nation — freedom, equality, justice, and hope.”  ~Ronald Reagan

 

If you’re looking for a beautiful book to celebrate our flag and our Nation, I highly recommend this one.

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Blue Sky White Stars written by Sarvinder Naberhaus and illustrated by Kadir Nelson, Dial Books, 2017.

D-Day – Seventy-Five Years Ago

June 6, 2019

“The eyes of the world are upon you. The hopes and prayers of liberty-loving people everywhere march with you.” — General Dwight D Eisenhower

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Seventy-five years ago, today, the Allied Forces of America, Britain, and Canada stormed five beaches in Normandy, France by air and by sea. American troops landed on the beaches with code names of Utah and Omaha. It was the “largest seaborne invasion in military history.” These men faced a fierce obstacle – the Nazi forces who occupied France. Boys became men that day as they summoned the extraordinary courage to fight the enemy in order to free others from Hitler’s tyranny. The results were many casualties for the Allied Forces, but it also marked the turning point of World War II.

“They fight not for the lust of conquest. They fight to end conquest. They fight to liberate.” — President Franklin D. Roosevelt

For more information about D-Day, you might want to visit the Memorial Museum of the Battle of Normandy. 

Further reading for kids:

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What Was D-Day? written by Patricia Brennan Demuth and illustrated by David Grayson Kenyon, Penguin Workshop, 2015.

 

 

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D-Day Landings: The Story of the Allied Invasion written by Richard Platt, DK Children, 2004.

 

 

 

 

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Remember D-Day:  The Plan, the Invasion, Survivor Stories written by Ronald J. Drez, National Geographic Children’s Books, 2015.

Promote Reading with Dr. Seuss

February 28, 2019

Saturday, March 2nd, is Dr. Seuss’s birthday. In schools across the nation, children will be celebrating Read Across American Day on Friday, March 1st.

Don’t miss out. Grab a book and read!

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One book, two books.

Old books, new books.

 

Some are short and funny, too.

Some are long like a size twelve shoe.

 

Magic happens in a book.

Turn the page and take a look.

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Books can fly you to the moon

Just by riding on a spoon.

 

Happy, sad, or full of flair

Books can take you anywhere.

So …

Grab a book and grab a friend.

Read a book until the end.

 

It’s Read Across America Day!

Do you know what Dr. Seuss would say?

 

“The more that you read, the more things you will know.

The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.”

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See more about Read Across American here.

 

 

 

Celebrate Literacy with World Read Aloud Day

January 31, 2019

Tomorrow is World Read Aloud Day. It was created by LitWorld.

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This is from The National Council of Teachers of English on why the read aloud is important – The Power of the World Read Aloud.

Power: Reading, writing and storytelling continue to be the defining way to claim power and one’s own voice.
Community: The Read Aloud lifts a community and shapes it: the stories read, the poems discussed, the articles examined, together create an environment of reflection and trust.
Hope: Reading together assures our children that stories honor past, present and future. They are in the presence of other people’s dreams and can create some of their own too.

It’s a bit late to join in some of the events, but here are a few ideas from Here Wee Read.

  • Attend a read aloud event in your community or at a local library or bookstore.
  • Donate books you no longer want or need to a local organization, school, pediatric office, Little Free Library or shelter.
  • Read aloud a stack of 2 – 5 picture books at home with smaller kids or read aloud a couple of chapters together with older kids.

 

You can still celebrate this wonderful event. It’s for everyone – young and old. Read aloud to someone you love!

 

 

Happy Thanksgiving!

November 22, 2018

 

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May this Thanksgiving be filled with joy for you and all those you love!

 

 

 

Think Big! Think Tall!

June 28, 2018

It’s Paul Bunyan Day!

Paul Bunyan was big. He was tall. He was larger than life. This extraordinary hulk of a man was a lumberjack who, along with his blue ox, Babe, tackled amazing feats. It has been said he dug out the Great Lakes so Babe could have drinking water. it was also said the pair created the 10,000 lakes in Minnesota with their footprints. And then there’s the story that Paul carved out the Grand Canyon with his ax. If this sounds like a tall tale to you, I suggest you read this classic book.

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The Story of Paul Bunyan written by Barbara Emberley and woodcuts by Ed Emberley, Ammo Books, 2015

Here are some other tall tales you might enjoy reading.

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Meanwhile, Back at the Ranch written by Anne Isaacs and illustrated by Kevin Hawkes, Schwartz & Wade Books, 2014

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Big Sam:  A Rosh Hashanah Tall Tale written by Eric A. Kimmel and illustrated by Jim Starr, Apples & Honey Press, 2017

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Jackrabbit McCabe & The Electric Telegraph written by Lucy Margaret Rozier and illustrated by Leo Espinosa, Schwartz & Wade Books, 2015

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Whistling Willie from Amarillo, Texas written by Jo and Josephine Harper and illustrated by David Harrington, Pelican Publishing Company, 2015

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The Truth About My Unbelievable Summer written by Davide Cali and illustrated by Benjamin Chaud, Chronicle Books, 2016

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Loud Lula written by Katy S. Duffield and illustrated by Mike Boldt, Two Lions, 2015

 

 

 


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