Archive for the ‘Special Days’ category


March 15, 2018

St. Patrick’s Day is Saturday, and when Irish eyes are smiling, you never know what might happen. The leprechauns have already been making mischief around our house – twenty plus inches of snow! And that’s no blarney!


Where’s that famous emerald green of spring? Somewhere beneath all that white stuff, I know it’s there. Despite the snow and leprechaun mischief, St. Patrick’s Day will be celebrated. It’s a time to be wearing the green, devouring some corned beef and cabbage or Irish stew, and raising a few Guinness beers! Whether you’re Irish or not, join in the merriment and celebrate.

Add some family fun to your day. Trap a leprechaun!


How to Trap a Leprechaun written by Sue Fliess and illustrated by Emma Randall, Sky Pony Press, 2017

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How to Catch a Leprechaun wirtten by Adam Wallace and illustrated by Andy Elkerton, Sourcebooks Jabberwocky, 2016


How to Build a Leprechaun Trap by Larissa Juliano, Sourcebooks Jabberwocky, 2018

For the youngest crowd, here are two books sure to be a hit.

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The Itsy Bitsy Leprechaun (Board Book)written by Jeffrey Burton and illustrated by Sanja Rescek, Little Simon, 2018


Ten Lucky Leprechauns written by Kathryn Heling and Deborah Hembrook and illustrated by Jay Johnson, Cartwheel Books, 2013








World Read Aloud Day

February 1, 2018

It’s here!


Check out World Read Aloud Day and find out all the things you can do to be an active participant.

What others have said about books and reading:

Any book that helps a child to form a habit of reading, to make reading one of his deep and continuing needs, is good for him.          ~ Maya Angelou

A book is a dream that you hold in your hand. ~ Neil Gaiman

There are many little ways to enlarge your child’s world. Love of books is the best of all. ~ Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis

There are perhaps no days of our childhood we lived so fully as those we spent with a favorite book. ~ Marcel Proust

The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go. ~ Dr. Seuss

Don’t waste another minute. Grab one of your favorite books and read it aloud to someone special!


Say It with Flowers

January 18, 2018

“Every flower is a soul blossoming in nature.” ~ Gerard De Nerval

Today is International Flower Day. Surprise someone with a bouquet.

Flowers are a beautiful way to say …

I love you

Happy Birthday

Get Well Soon

Thinking of You

Just Because


Look at this bouquet! The unique combination of flowers puts a smile on my face. Flowers do that to me.

There are many artists who find flowers to be the perfect subject to paint. Two of my favorite artists who have painted flowers are Vincent van Gogh and Claude Monet. I think my all-time favorite is Georgia O’Keefe. Her big, bold compositions immediately capture your attention.

Check out these books and introduce your youngsters to some famous artists and their painting techniques. van gogh

van Gogh and the Sunflowers written and illustrated by Laurence Anholt, Barron’s Educational Series, 2007


Linnea in Monet’s Garden written by Christina Björk and illustrated by Lena Anderson, Source Books Jabberwocky, 2012


Through Georgia’s Eyes written by Rachel Rodriguez and illustrated by Julie Paschkis, Henry Holt & Company, 2006


Georgia in Hawaii written by Amy Novesky and illustrated by Yuyi Morales, Harcourt Children’s Books, 2012

“The earth laughs in flowers.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson



See You Around

November 2, 2017

A ball. A wheel. A pie. These are a small sampling of circles that are all around you. Today happens to be “Look for Circles Day.” Have some fun with your youngsters. Whether you’re young or old, keep the circular ball rolling and read, sing and count together today.

Books with circles:


The Book with a Hole by Herve Tullet


Sir Cumference and the First Round Table written by Cindy Neuschwander and illustrated by Wayne Geehan (Check out the series.)

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So Many Circles, So Many Squares by Tana Hoban


 600 Black Spots by David A. Carter


City Shapes is written by Diana Murray and illustrated by Bryan Collier

Songs about circles:

Circle Song – Jack Hartmann

Circle Songs for Early Learners 

The Circle Song with Didipop Music

If you’re counting, did you remember to count all of the circles in this post? Don’t be surprised if by the end of the day you find yourself going in circles. Have fun!

Take Your Pants for a Walk Day

July 27, 2017

We all wear pants at some time or another, and most of us do some walking. Well, today it’s National Take Your Pants for a Walk Day. So, put on some fancy pants and go for a walk. If you’re not in the mood to do that, maybe one of these pantsy picture books will tickle your fancy.

greenpantsGreen Pants written and illustrated by Kenneth Kraegel, Candlewick Press

petePete With No Pants written and illustrated by Rowboat Watkins, Chronicle Books

grumpyGrumpy Pants written and illustrated by Claire Messer, Albert Whitman & Company

whereWhere Do Pants Go? written by Rebecca Van Slyke and illustrated by Chris Robertson, Sterling Children’s Books

ohOH, NO! Where Are My Pants? edited by Lee Bennett Hopkins and illustrated by Wolf Erlbruch, HarperCollins

Coming in September 2017

princessPrincesses Wear Pants written by Savannah Guthrie and Allison Oppenheim and illustrated by Eva Byrne, Abrams Books for Young Readers








Rock On!

July 13, 2017

What is it about rocks? An overabundance of toys can be there for the taking, but if there are rocks around that’s the first thing my granddaughters grab. Their mother was exactly the same. Rocks seem to call out kids. Who knew they could make little ones so happy?

Today happens to be International Rock Day. Pick up a rock and see if it speaks to you. I find the ones that speak the loudest to me are diamonds, emeralds, rubies …

Maybe one of these books will explain the fascination kids have with ordinary rocks.

Nonfiction Books:

if you find a rock If You Find a Rock written by Peggy Christian and photographs by Barbara Hirsch Lember, Harcourt Brace and Company

national geoEverything Rocks and Minerals written by Steve Tomecek, National Geographic Society

livelyA Rock is Lively written by Dianna Hutts Aston and illustrated by Sylvia Long, Chronicle Books

can beA Rock Can Be… written by Laura Purdie Salas and illustrated by Violeta Dabija, Millbrook Press

rocksRocks! Rocks! Rocks! by Nancy Elizabeth Wallace, Cavendish Square Publishing

lets goLet’s Go Rock Collecting written by Roma Gans and illustrated by Holly Keller, HarperCollins

Fiction Books:

singIf Rocks Could Sing by Leslie McGuirk, Tricycle Press

RhodaRhoda’s Rock Hunt written by Molly Beth Griffin and illustrated by Jennifer A. Bell, Minnesota Historical Society Press

roxRoxaboxen written by Alice McLerran and illustrated by Barbara Cooney, HarperCollins








June 15, 2017

Turn that frown upside down!

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Today is Smile Power Day!


“Nothing you wear is more important than your smile.” ~Connie Stevens

Share your smile with the world today!



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