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More Picture Books to Add to Your Reading List

June 30, 2022

What is home? It has different definitions for different people. Here is a look at books that describe a variety of homes.

Home

Wes and Claire, a brother and sister, use their imagination, art, and adventures as they live in their comfy Brown House. But when they have to leave their beloved home because of circumstances they can’t control, the family finds themselves homeless. They are on their way to nowhere, then somewhere, then anywhere as they desperately search for a place to stay. They end up living in a shelter where the family has the love of one another infused with hope and determination to find something better. When they finally are able to move into the Blue House, imagination, art, and adventure are alive once again, but they never forget where they have been and remember to help others in the same circumstances. A touching story that is ripe for discussion on why homelessness sometimes happens to people and how you can make the best of it.

Little Houses

A young girl visits Grandma and Grandpa’s little house close to the ocean where she and her grandma explore the beach. They search for shells of all colors, shapes, and sizes that wash ashore. They find empty little houses – the shells where their inhabitants no longer live. The little girl is filled with so many questions about the little houses, the shells, the rocks and stones, and the beach animals that she finds as she wanders around the beach. When the little girl returns home, she brings back empty little houses, good memories, and dreams of the many things she doesn’t know while looking for answers. This is a lovely book with illustrations created by the author’s wife.

Home: A Peek-Through Picture Book

A bear cub wanders out into the forest and gets to take a peek at a variety of animals building their homes. As night appears and winter nears, a pack of wolves is on the prowl for a tasty treat. The bear cub returns to his cave and the warmth of home for a long comfy sleep. This is an adorable peek-through rhyming book that kids will love as they learn about animal homes.

Celebrate Independence Day with this inspiring story that honors our nation’s flag.

30,000 Stitches: The Inspiring Story of the National 9/11 Flag

This is a book that will touch your heart as you read about how the 30-foot tattered flag that flew across from Ground Zero after the 9/11 attack on the United States was restored. The flag was put into storage, but in 2008, it was brought back out. It was lovingly restored by citizens from different walks of life as it traveled to all fifty states. Pieces of flags of historical importance from each state were used to repair the torn flag. It was an act of patriotism that displayed the true fabric of America – our home. A must-read!

A Salute to Our Veterans

November 11, 2021

Today we honor those men and women, past and present, who served in the United States Armed Forces.

Celebrate their patriotism today and every day!

My Dad

He served in the U.S. Army Air Corps as a First Lieutenant, navigating B-29 bombers, and was a member of the 505th Bombardment Group based on Tinian Island.

Fly your flag today to show your appreciation!

A Wish

September 16, 2021

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of light, it was the season of darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair.”

 ~Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities

September 11th is my birthday. On that day, twenty years ago, I was teaching in an elementary school near Boston. As a gift to me, I asked my husband to postpone his business trip so we could celebrate together. He did. (He was not booked on United Airlines Flight 175.)  By the end of that September 11th day, there was nothing to celebrate.

I was in class when the news of the terrorist attacks passed quietly through the halls as school administrators whispered to teachers what had happened. There were parents in our school community who flew out of Boston to various places to do business. It was imperative that students need not know what was going on before their parents could explain the situation to their children on their own terms.

It was a sad day – a scary day. “It was the worst of times. It was the season of darkness.”

The downside of the horrible terrorist attacks was the many people who perished and the first responders who have health complications today from desperately trying to save lives. The upside is that suddenly Americans, no matter what religious, ethnic, or diverse background, came together. We flew the American flag – a symbol of liberty, justice, and freedom, and we embraced each other to become a strong, resilient America.

It’s now twenty years later. Our nation is more dived than I’ve ever seen.

This year, my September 11th birthday wish is that we end our political divide. Stop the craziness on both sides. Listen and respect other’s opinions. Work to unite rather than divide. I wish this to be our “season of light” and “spring of hope.”

God Bless America

A Nation’s Strength

What makes a nation’s pillars high
And its foundations strong?
What makes it mighty to defy
The foes that round it throng?

It is not gold. Its kingdoms grand
Go down in battle shock;
Its shafts are laid on sinking sand,
Not on abiding rock.

Is it the sword? Ask the red dust
Of empires passed away;
The blood has turned their stones to rust,
Their glory to decay.

And is it pride? Ah, that bright crown
Has seemed to nations sweet;
But God has struck its luster down
In ashes at his feet.

Not gold but only men can make
A people great and strong;
Men who for truth and honor’s sake
Stand fast and suffer long.

Brave men who work while others sleep,
Who dare while others fly…
They build a nation’s pillars deep
And lift them to the sky.
~Emerson

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.

CAPTURE THE FLAG

September 4, 2012

I’m always looking for great books to encourage my library students to read. I recently finished reading Capture the Flag written by Kate Messner. Mystery, history, and intrigue make this book a winner for my third through fifth graders.

The story begins with a gala reception taking place at the Smithsonian Museum of American History. Three seventh grade students on winter break are in attendance. Anna, daughter of a senator, is a budding writer for her school newspaper in Vermont and is hoping to interview a senator who is running for president in the next election. José, whose mother worked on the restoration of the flag that inspired Francis Scott Key to write “The Star-Spangled Banner,” is more interested in reading his book than the goings-on at the gala. Then there’s Henry who is glued to his video game on his computer and could care less about the artifacts and history his Aunt Lucinda has been immersing him in all week long.

They three become unwitting accomplices when a freak snow storm leaves them stranded at a Washington, D.C. airport and they learn “The Star-Spangled Banner” flag has been stolen. Anna believes that the thieves are snowed in, too, and convinces José and Henry to help find who took the flag and return it to its rightful place.

Kate Messner does an excellent job ramping up the tension as events unfold. A man with a snake tattoo, a politician gone bad, a Secret Society, and a young boy and his dog all come into play. Readers are sure to get caught up in the action as Anna, José, and Henry cooperate with one another and use their talents and ingenuity to catch the thieves. Recovery of the flag and unexpected friendships make for a satisfying ending.

Check out Kate Messner’s website and blog here.


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