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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.


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


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

Idioms and Other Sick Stories

January 28, 2011

What do you do when you wake up with sniffles and sneezes and you’re supposed to go to work?

In A Sick Day for Amos McGee written by Philip E. Stead and illustrated by Erin E. Stead, Amos McGee stays home from his job at the zoo when he’s feeling ill. He is pleasantly surprised when his zoo friends, penguin, elephant, owl, rhinoceros, and tortoise, come for a visit and take care of him. This is a delightful story, and Erin Stead has created beautifully detailed illustrations, using soft colors that continue to soothe as you turn each page. No wonder it was awarded the 2011 Caldecott Medal!

But what if you can’t stay home like Amos McGee and you have to drag yourself out of bed and go to work? Sometimes you just have to bite the bullet and do what you have to do. That’s what I did this week. When I greeted the kindergarteners as they filed into the library, I was immediately asked, “What’s wrong with your voice?” My reply, “I have a frog in my throat.”

That cracked up the entire kindergarten class. They had never heard of that expression. Since I rule the roost, I took advantage of the teachable moment and marched over to the 400 section of the library and pulled out There’s a Frog in My Throat! by Loreen Leedy and Pat Street. I introduced the word, idiom. The kindergarteners cracked up again. “Idiom,” I repeated, “not idiot.” I shared the most common idioms and had them draw pictures to accompany them. It was a mini lesson and an activity all in one. How’s that for killing two birds with one stone? It turned out to be a pretty good day even though I was feeling under the weather.

More of my favorite sick stories:

Bear Feels Sick by Karma Wilson (Margaret K. McElderry, 2007),  A Bad Case of the Stripes by David Shannon (Blue Sky Press, 1998), Imogene’s Antlers by David Small (Crown Books for Young Readers, 2010)

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