Archive for the ‘Special Days’ category

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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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.

 

Sláinte!

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!

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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!

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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

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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

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

Sláinte!

Cheers!

 

 

 

 

World Read Aloud Day

February 1, 2018

It’s here!

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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

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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

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

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

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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

 

 


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