Celebrate the Holidays - with Books
National Cake Day
Read The Case of the Missing Carrot Cake by Robin Newman
Miss Rabbit's carrot cake has gone missing and food detectives Wilcox and Griswold are on the case.
Watch Wanda Slykes read the book on Storyline Online
Access a Core Curriculum correlated book guide here (pdf).
Native American Heritage DayRead Jingle Dancer by Cynthia Leitich Smith - and for other great books download this pdf of recommendations from First Nations.
And don't miss exploring the publications in the coming year that will be released by Heartdrum, a new Native-focused imprint from HarperCollins, led by award-winning and New York Times bestselling author, Cynthia Leitich Smith (Muscogee Creek).
Watch Marc Maron read the book on Storytime Online. View the activity guide here.
Or read my favorite - Thanksgiving at the Tappleton's by Eileen Spinelli --
It seems as if EVERYTHING is going wrong, including Thanksgiving dinner. A guide is available from Reading Is Fundamental (pdf).
|December 9 - National Pastry Day|
|Chris O'Dowd read Arnie and the Doughnut on Storyline Online. View the activity guide here.|
And if you are an adult and you want to learn how to make doughnuts to share with young readers learn how to make doughnuts here.
Al Gore reads Brave Irene by William Steig . Plucky Irene, a dressmaker's daughter, braves a fierce snowstorm to deliver a new gown to the duchess in time for the ball. View the activity guide here. Or read the Spanish edition: Irene valientemente se enfrenta a una nevada para entregar el traje que su madre ha creado para la Duquesa. Aunque se encuentra con un peligro terrible, al final todo vale la pena.
I also love this book featuring the folktale about a mitten - The Mitten by Jim Aylesworth.
Compare and contrast Jim Aylesworth's version of the tale to other versions of the tale:
HanukkahMolly Ephraim read Hanukkah in Alaska by Barbara Brown. While a moose finds his way into their backyard, a young girl tries to entice him to leave - but nothing helps until Hanukkah arrives. View the activity guide here.
A true story of Christmas giving is embedded in the Grimm Brothers tale of the Elves and the Shoemaker. In this retelling by Jim LaMarche, the shoemaker is on the receiving end of the Elves good deeds - but in true Christmas spirit the shoemaker and his wife find good deeds of their own to share. Listen to Chrissy Metz read The Elves and the Shoemaker. View the activity guide here.
Henri Matisse's Birthday
Share Eric Close's reading of When Pigasso Met Mootisse by Nina Laden. View the activity guide here.
But older readers will LOVE this picture book by Tomie dePaola that captures the essence of great figures in the art world - This review from Publishers Weekly will provide insight into this delightful title. "When Uncle Satie, a debonair cat-about-town,
" Bonjour Mr. Satie is worth a search in used book stores and libraries. It is a classic to share.
|Happy New Year -|