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Make a Friend Day

February 11, 2016

Everyone needs a friend.

A friend is someone who accepts you for who you are and still likes you.

A friend laughs with you and cries with you.

A friend is always there for you.

In order to have a friend, you must be a friend.

Today is Make a Friend Day. If you see someone who might need a special someone in their life, put yourself out there and give them a chance. It’s a win-win for all!

“There is nothing on this earth more to be prized than true friendship.” ~Thomas Aquinas

Children need to know how to make friends, too. The books below deal with friendship and are wonderful resources to share with young children.

Picture Books:

Stick and Stone written by Beth Ferry and illustrated by Tom Lichtenheld

The Other Side written by Jacqueline Woodson and illustrated by E. B. Lewis

The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend written and illustrated by Dan Santat

Non-fiction Picture Book:

Owen & Mzee: The True Story of a Remarkable Friendship by Isabella Hatkoff, Craig M. Hatkoff, and Paula Kahumbu

Beginning Readers:

Frog and Toad Are Friends written and illustrated by Arnold Lobel

Upstairs Mouse, Downstairs Mole written and illustrated by Wong Herbert Yee

Cork and Fuzz  written by Dori Chaconas and illustrated by Lisa McCue

Sam and the Firefly written and illustrated by P. D. Eastman













In Celebration of Black History Month

February 4, 2016

February is Black History Month.  There are many excellent books dealing with the tragedies, triumphs, and accomplishments of African-Americans. Below is a short list of fiction and non-fiction picture books to share with young readers. Enjoy them, discuss them, and celebrate the successes Black Americans have made and how they have helped shape the history and culture of our country.


The Amazing Age of John Roy Lynch written by Chris Barton and illustrated by Don Tate

Brick by Brick written by Charles R. Smith, Jr. and illustrated by Floyd Cooper

The Cart That Carried Martin written by Eve Bunting and illustrated by Don Tate

Freedom in Congo Square written by Carole Boston Weatherford and illustrated by R. Gregory Christie

Heart and Soul: The Story of America and African Americans written and illustrated by Kadir Nelson

I Lay My Stitches Down: Poems of American Slavery by Cynthia Grady, illustrated by Michele Wood

Jazz Age Josephine written by Jonah Winter and illustrated by Marjorie Priceman

Little Melba and Her Big Trombone written by Katheryn Russell-Brown and illustrated by Frank Morrison

Mumbet’s Declaration of Independence written by Gretchen Woelfle and illustrated by Alix Delinois

Queen of the Track: Alice Coachman: Olympic High-Jump Champion written by Heather Lang and illustrated by Floyd Cooper

Two Friends:  Susan B. Anthony and Frederick Douglass written by Dean Robbins and illustrated by Sean Qualls and Selina Alko

Words Set Me Free: The Story of Young Frederick Douglass by Lesa Cline-Ransome and illustrated by James E. Ransome


A Dance Like Starlight written by Kristy Dempsey and illustrated by Floyd Cooper

Firebird written by Misty Copeland and illustrated by Christopher Myers

The Hula-Hoopin’ Queen written by Thelma Lynne Godin and illustrated by Vanessa Brantley Newton

The Quickest Kid in Clarksville written by Pat Zietlow Miller and illustrated by Frank Morrison

White Water: inspired by a true story written by Michael S. Bandy and Eric Stein and illustrated by Shadra Strickland

Wind Flyers written by Angela Johnson and illustrated by Loren Long

“We should emphasize not Negro History, but the Negro in history. What we need is not a history of selected races or nations, but the history of the world void of national bias, race hate, and religious prejudice.” ~ Carter Woodson



What’s the Scoop?

October 8, 2015

Ice cream is the scoop!

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What better way to spend a beautiful fall day in Vermont than at Ben & Jerry’s Factory! A big round of YUM from everyone!

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Enter into the ice cream parlor.

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Ben & Jerry’s is a place that can stir excitement in the hearts, souls, and mouths of the very young to the very old. If you’re an ice cream aficionado, then this is the place to be. From the beginning, Ben and Jerry had it right when it came to their ice cream business – quality ingredients and a work ethic that led to success.

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In the beginning, there was a renovated gas station…

The tour begins with an entertaining and educational video that’s the perfect length. It touches on the highlights of Ben and Jerry’s ice cream career and demonstrates how they thought outside the ice cream box when they established their business.

Takin’ it to the road…

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An ice cream road trip!

The next part of the tour took us into the inner workings of the ice cream factory. Shhh, it’s a secret! From there we went to the tasting room. The ice cream of the day was chocolate chip, caramel swirl! Yummy! It really didn’t matter what flavor it was because you can’t go wrong with any flavor of Ben & Jerry’s ice cream. There’s a great story behind this successful business. If you ever have a chance to tour the factory, take advantage of it. It’s a tasty treat!

If you and your family like ice cream, you might want to check out these books.

Ben and Jerry:  Ice Cream Manufacturers (Food Dudes) by Joanne Mattern

Milk to Ice Cream by Lisa M.Herrington

Ice Cream:  The Full Scoop by Gail Gibbons

The Scoop on Ice Cream by Bonnie Williams

Ice Cream by Elisha Cooper

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