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Be Thankful!

November 24, 2022

It’s National Homemade Bread Day

November 17, 2022

What do we need? We “knead” bread!

There’s nothing like the delicious smell of bread baking in the oven on a chilly day. The thought of it makes my mouth water.

When I think of homemade bread, I think of my mother. She was a master breadmaker. It was always a treat when we came home from school and opened the door to the smell of freshly-baked bread wafting through the house. It was a delicious after-school snack.

Swedish Limpa Bread

Whether it’s a loaf of white, wheat, or rye bread lovingly baked or sweeter bread like banana nut bread, pumpkin bread, or chocolate zucchini bread, homemade bread is a tasty treat that can evoke warm memories of days gone by. It easily satisfies a craving at the same time.

Bread has been around for thousands of years. It’s nourishment that can feed the soul. It can symbolize faith, love, friendship, and much more. The sharing of bread has brought people together for the better.

Celebrate today by breaking bread with family, friends, or a special someone.

“If thou tastest a crust of bread, thou tastest all the stars and all the heavens.” ~ Poet, Robert Browing

Below is a beautiful picture book told in verse about a Native American Family making a special family recipe that represents their history and traditions.

Fry Bread: A Native American Family Story written by Kevin Noble Maillard and illustrated by Juana Martinez-Neal, Roaring Brook Press, 2019

A Bounty of Books

November 10, 2022

Thanksgiving is two weeks away. It’s a time to be thankful for the bounty of gifts we have received.

Besides being thankful for my family and friends, I’m also thankful for the wonderful books that are available. With Thanksgiving in mind, I’m sharing some seasonal books that you and your family might enjoy this holiday.

I’ll begin with three of my favorite Thanksgiving books.

Fiction

Sharing the Bread: An Old-Fashioned Thanksgiving Story written by Pat Zietlow Miller and illustrated by Jill McElmurry, Schwartz & Wade, 2015

Thanksgiving Mice! written by Bethany Roberts and illustrated by Doug Cushman, Clarion Books, 2001

A Turkey for Thanksgiving written by Eve Bunting and illustrated by Diane de Groat, Clarion Books, 1995

Nonfiction

Balloons over Broadway: The True Story of the Puppeteer of Macy’s Parade written and illustrated by Melissa Sweet, Clarion Books, 2011

Thank You, Sarah: The Woman Who Saved Thanksgiving written by Laurie Halse Anderson and illustrated by Matt Faulkner, Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2002

Keepunumuk: Weeâchumun’s Thanksgiving Story written by Danielle Greendeer, Anthony Perry, and Alexis Bunten and illustrated by Garry Meeches Sr., Charlesbridge 2022

Board Books

Llama Llama Gives Thanks  written and illustrator by Anna Dewdney, Viking Books for Young Readers, 2017

Pookie’s Thanksgiving written and illustrated by Sandra Boynton, Boynton Bookworks, 2022

Thankful Thanksgiving written by Deb Adamson and illustrated by Benedetta Capriotti, Cottage Door Press, 2022

Fun Books

Happy Thanksgving, Biscuit! written by Alyssa Satin Capucilli and illustrated by Pat Schories, HarperFestival, 2019

Turkey Trouble written by Wendi Silvano and illustrated by Lee Harper, Two Lions, 2009

Duck and Hippo Give Thanks written by Jonathan London and illustrated by Andrew Joyner, Two Lions, 2018

Take time to enjoy some of these Thanksgiving stories with your young ones.

Crazy About Nuts!

October 20, 2022

Saturday, October 22nd is National Nut Day.

Do you like nuts? You know, nuts like walnuts, almonds, pistachios, cashews, and peanuts?

Oops! A peanut is not technically a nut even though it has nut in its name. A peanut is a legume.

According to Merriman-Webster, a legume is a fancy way of saying the fruit or seed of plants of the legume family (Think peas or beans.) used for food. Call me crazy, but I’ll just call it a nut!

If you find yourself craving nuts, you might consider yourself a health nut. Congratulations! That tiny snack is filled with good nutrients like fat, fiber, protein, vitamins, and minerals. These are things that your body needs. Indulge yourself today but watch the salt and calories.

As I gaze out my window, contemplating what nut snack I want, I see that our squirrel population is busy at work in our backyard.

They seem to be excited about the upcoming National Nut Day. They are wild about the hundreds of acorns falling from our oak trees. They snatch them and proceed to dig holes in our lawn to store them for winter. Holey mess!

While you’re celebrating National Nut Day and munching on a handful of nuts, enjoy this nutty book!

Scaredy Squirrel In a Nutshell written and illustrated by Melanie Watt, Random House Books for Young Readers, 2021

What’s your favorite nut?

Celebrating Unusual Days

September 1, 2022

Each month is filled with unusual days to celebrate for one reason or another. Today happens to be Random Acts of Kindness Day and World Letter Writing Day.

For me, these two days are compatible. When a written card or letter from a friend randomly shows up in the mail, it’s a treat. To sit down and hold a card or stationery in my hands and read what is written is a special gift. Whether it’s good news, sad news, or thinking of you, the written note is an act of kindness from someone who cares enough about me to take the time to handwrite it.

So today, think about what random acts of kindness or letter-writing ideas you have in mind. Then do it!

Kindness begins at home. Here are some books to share with your children.

Be KInd written by Pat Zietlow Miller and illustrated by Jen Hill, Roaring Book Press, 2018.

Each Kindness written by Jacqueline Woodson and illustrated by E.B. Lewis, Nancy Paulsen Books, 2012

The Little Things written by Christian Trimmer and illustrated by Kaylani Juanita, Abrams Books for Young Readers, 2021

Celebrate Memorial Day!

May 26, 2022

Monday is Memorial Day. It is a national holiday to honor those who have perished in American wars. It was originally called Decoration Day which began during the Civil War in the 1860s. Flowers were used to decorate the graves of soldiers who died defending their beliefs in the early years of our country. After World War I, the name was changed to Memorial Day. Since 1971, it has been celebrated on the fourth Monday of May. Flags and flowers are still placed on graves to show respect and to remember our loved ones.

Check out these books honoring our veterans.

The Poppy Lady: Moina Belle Michael and Her Tribute to Veterans

Twenty-One Steps: Guarding the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier 

A Day for Rememberin’: Inspired by the True Events of the First Memorial Day

Memorial Day is also the unofficial beginning of the summer season. Barbeques, parties, and family gatherings are all part of the celebration. Whatever you do, enjoy your day and…

Fly the stars and stripes!

It’s National Walnut Day!

May 19, 2022

Go nuts!

If you’re a health nut, then walnuts are for you. They are nutritious and delicious. Just a few of these nuts provide you with a whole list of healthful benefits.

Choose walnuts:

Rich in antioxidants and Omega 3s

Good for your gut

Helps with weight control

Good for healthy aging

Boosts brain function

If you’re hungry and need a tasty snack, grab a handful of walnuts to feed your hunger pangs and improve your well-being.

Go nutty today with some fun nut idioms and puns.

Idioms:

Tough nut to crack

Health nut

In a nutshell

From soup to nuts

Nuts about you

You drive me nuts

Get down to the nuts and bolts

A coffee nut

Puns:

Nut-thing lasts forever

Believe it or nut

Down, but nut out

Burn the midnut oil

The writing is on the wal-nut

A true treat on National Walnut Day is the book All from a Walnut by Ammi-Joan Paquette.

This is a beautiful and heartfelt multigenerational story. Grandfather tells Emilia the story of his journey across the ocean carrying only one bag and in his pocket, a walnut. That walnut seed planted many years ago is now a strong tree, towering above Emilia’s mother’s smaller tree. And now, Grandfather patiently teaches Emilia how to plant and care for the walnut she found. With each page turn, this story tugs at your heart as readers revel in the story of family, love, and life.  

The soft light of morning falls upon ripening forests of oak and elm, walnut and hickory, and all Nature is thoughtful and calm. – Author: John Muir

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

March 17, 2022

Bring on the Valentines! Picture Books to Celebrate Valentine’s Day

February 10, 2022

Valentine’s Day is Monday. Love is in the air. Greeting cards, flowers, candy, sparkly gifts are all ways to show the special people in your life that you love them. For the younger generation, plush toys may be a just-right gift. But what about books? There are a variety of picture books that illustrate love, caring, friendship, and kindness. They would make terrific heartfelt gifts for the young and old.

Maybe one of these books will touch your heart!

The Love Letter

Sealed With A Kiss

Groggle’s Monster Valentine

I’ll Love You Till The Cows Come Home

Click, Clack, Moo I Love You!

This Is N0T A Valentine

The Pete Cat’s Groovy Guide to Love

Love You By Heart

Viking In Love

What Is Love?

Here Comes Valentine Cat

Love Is For Roaring

Love From The Very Hungry Caterpillar

If You Were My Valentine


Out with the Old…In with the New!

December 30, 2021

“Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow.”

~Albert Einstein

Make 2022 a year filled with kindness, compassion, and productivity!


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