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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.

 

 

 

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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

 

 

 

Be Mindful

June 21, 2018

It’s International Yoga Day!

Yoga is the union of body and mind. It’s a combination of physical moves, breathing techniques, and meditation. It has been around for over 5,000 years, and it all began in India. There are many health benefits connected to the practice of yoga. Improved flexibility and balance, muscle tone, better sleep, and peace of mind are just a few of the many perks of yoga. If you haven’t tried it, today is a good day to begin. Start slow. Start easy. Get the whole family involved. Relax. Tune up your mind. Tone up your body.

Kids and adults will love these books.

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I Am Yoga, I Am Peace written by Susan Verde and illustrated by Peter H. Reynolds, Abrams Books for Young Readers, 2015, 2017

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Good Night Yoga written by Mariam Gates and illustrated by Sarah Jane Hinder, Sounds True, 2015

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Yoga Bunny written and illustrated by Brian Russo, HarperCollins, 2016

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100 Yoga Activities for Children written by Shobana R. Vinay, Skyhorse Publishing, 2017

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Yoga for Kids and Their Grown-Ups written by Katherine Priore Ghannam and Tanya Emelyanova, Rockridge Press, 2018

 

Flag Day!

June 14, 2018

Today we celebrate Flag Day. On June 14, 1777, the Continental Congress officially adopted the “stars and stripes” as the American flag.

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Flag Facts:

Flag Day was not regularly celebrated until President Harry Truman signed an Act of Congress on August 3, 1949, designating June 14 as National Flag Day.

The original flag had thirteen alternating red and white stripes with red on the top and red on the bottom. In the top left-hand corner on a blue field were thirteen white stars. The stars and stripes represented the thirteen original colonies.

Red stands for hardiness and valor. White stands for innocence and purity. Blue stands for vigilance, perseverance, and justice.

Today the flag still has thirteen stripes, but there are now 50 stars on the blue field representing our 50 states.

There is no proof that Betsy Ross designed the first flag.

Nicknames for our Flag

Old Glory

The Stars and Stripes

The Star-Spangled Banner

The Red, White, and Blue

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Fly our American Flag proudly and take time to appreciate the freedoms we have.

Remembering Why We Celebrate Memorial Day

May 24, 2018

 

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“Memorial Day isn’t just about honoring veterans, it’s honoring those who lost their lives. Veterans had the fortune of coming home. For us, that’ a reminder of when we come home we still have a responsibility to serve. It’s a continuation of service that honors our country and those who fell defending it.” ~Pete Hegseth

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“These fallen heroes represent the character of a nation who has a long history of patriotism and honor – and a nation who has fought many battles to keep our country free from threats and terror.” ~Michael N. Castle

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“On Memorial Day, I don’t want to only remember the combatants. There
also those who came out of the trenches as writers and poets, who started preaching peace, men and women who have made this world a kinder place to live.” ~ Eric Burdon

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On Monday we celebrate Memorial Day. Take time to remember and honor the men and women who have served and continue to serve our country to protect our freedom.

 


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