St. Patrick’s Day is usually known for the wearing of the green, shamrocks, leprechauns, and green beverages. But as you celebrate this year, consider reading a few books about Irish history, culture, and humor – kid-friendly, of course! Here are some suggestions, but feel free to share your own.
St. Patrick and the Three Brave Mice by Joyce Stengel and Herb Leonhard
Too Many Leprechauns: Or How That Pot o’ Gold Got to the End of the Rainbow by Stephen Krensky and Dan Andreasen
The Leprechaun’s Gold by Pamela Duncan Edwards and Henry Cole
Jamie O’Rourke and the Big Potato by Tomie dePaola
That’s What Leprechauns Do by Eve Bunting and Emily Arnold McCully
There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Clover! by Lucille Colandro and Jared D. Lee
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The one enduring love of my life is books.
I never get mad at books for not making the bed. I’m never upset when books forget my birthday. And the only time I have to compete for books is when I want to read a new title at my local public library.
For all of these reasons – and regardless of how many sweethearts you have in your life – books are a great way to celebrate St. Valentine’s Day. Here are some book recommendations for you to share with kids because one of the best gifts you can give children at any time of the year is a lifetime love of reading.
The Kiss That Missed – David Melling
If You’ll Be My Valentine – Cynthia Rylant
Zombie in Love – Kelly DiPucchio
Guess How Much I Love You? – Sam McBratney
10 Valentine Friends – Janet Schulman
Love, Splat – Rob Scotton
A Giant Crush – Jennifer Choldenko
Arguably one of America’s strangest holidays, Groundhog Day has arrived and with it comes a whole new set of books to read and enjoy.
In Groundhog Weather School by Joan Holub and Kristin Sorra, groundhogs tire of the old-fashioned way of predicting the weather and instead turn to science to help unlock the answer to the eternal question: will there be six more weeks of winter?
In Geoffrey Groundhog Predicts the Weather by Bruce Koscielniak, Geoffrey finds that his fame as a weather prognosticator has gone to his head and he can no longer do what he likes best – predict the weather.
In Gretchen Groundhog, It’s Your Day! by Abby Levine, Gretchen must overcome her shyness in order to follow in the footsteps of her great-uncle Gus and accurately predict the weather.
Regardless of what the groundhog says, with these books by your side you’ll spend a happy and sunny day!
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Although we at KidCulture think that any month – and every month – is a good time to learn about other people and cultures, we’re happy to celebrate Black History Month with a list of some books you can share with kids to give them a better appreciation for the history, culture, and talents of the diverse group of people we honor this month.
Sit-In: How Four Friends Stood Up By Sitting Down by Andrea Davis Pinkney
Freedom Song: The Story of Henry “Box” Brown by Sally Walker
What Color is My World? The Lost History of African-American Inventors by Kareem Abdul Jabbar
We Are the Ship: The Story of the Negro Baseball League by Kadir Nelson
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While most of us are still working on the New Year’s resolutions we made just weeks ago, it’s already time to say Happy New Year again as we celebrate Chinese New Year.
The Chinese calendar follows no fixed date and the new year is determined by the moon. This year, Chinese New Year begins on Jan. 22 with Lunar New Year’s Eve.
The new year, number 4710 on the Chinese calendar – officially begins Jan. 23 and marks the beginning of the Year of the Dragon.
According to legend, Buddha asked all the animals to say goodbye to him when it was his time to leave the earth.
But only 12 animals showed up for the farewell so to honor them Buddha assigned an animal to each of the years in a 12-year cycle.
The legend states that the rat was the first to arrive and so got the first year in the cycle.
The cat failed to show up at all and that is why there is no year of the cat.
Some people believe that you share personality traits with the animal assigned to the year you were born. If you are born in the year of the dragon, you are thought to be brave, enterprising, and quick-tempered.
For educational activities on Chinese New Year and Chinese culture, check out Apples4theteacher.com.
For a KidCulture reading list about Chinese New Year, click here.
Learn more about how families celebrate Chinese New Year around the world with this KidCulture article, Global Family Fun: Celebrate Chinese New Year.
It’s finally here!
Whether you’ve had your costume ready for months or are still scrambling to put something together, the big day has arrived.
Hopefully, you and your family will have a safe and happy Halloween.
While you’re digesting your Halloween candy, you might like to read some past KidCulture posts about Halloween.
From learning about the cultural origins of Halloween where it is celebrated around the world to learning about some Halloween-themed kids’ books you might like to read, there’s still plenty to learn about the holiday.
Halloween Celebrations Around the World
Halloween Book List
Most Popular Candies Around the World
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I am so happy to announce that our e-book, The BEST International Flavors You’re NOT Grilling With! is now available from Amazon.com.
This is the first e-book my co-author, Chef Danielle Turner of www.CookingClarified.com, and I have put together. We share a love of other cultures (and food) and as mothers we want to encourage our children to be curious about people and places around the world.
In this grilling e-book, we’re expanding our outreach to parents, particularly fathers who are the stereotypical “grill masters” in their families. By encouraging dads to experiment with new foods and learn about new cultures, we hope that both mom and dad (and grandparents, aunts, uncles, etc.) will model the behavior we hope children will adopt.
For more information about the e-book, check out KidCulture’s Grilling page or visit Chef Danielle’s website, CookingClarified.
If you’re convinced that grilling with global influences is something your family would enjoy, we hope you’ll buy our book and support our efforts.
Salon.com posted a great article about unusual travel destinations and the books that inspire families to visit. I love the idea and after you read the article, I’ve got a few more to share.
Little House on the Prairie series – Laura Ingalls Wilder House. Located in Mansfield, Missouri, readers of the Little House series (and/or TV show) get a look at artifacts from Laura’s life as well as her daughter’s, Rose Wilder Lane.
Anne of Green Gables series – Prince Edward Island, Canada. The tourism website for PEI (as its known) has an entire section devoted just to Anne and her fans. You can visit the farmhouse that inspired the story, watch the Anne of Green Gables musical, and walk the lanes and meadows that Anne did on the page.
Dr. Seuss National Memorial Sculpture Gardens – Springfield, Massachusetts. Walk among the characters that Dr. Seuss created in this amazing sculpture garden in the city in which he was born.
Little Women author Louisa May Alcott’s home – Concord, Massachusetts. Visit Orchard House and see where Louisa May Alcott spent a pivotal part of her childhood. Bonus: it’s walking distance to Nathanial Hawthorne’s home, Henry David Thoreau’s, and Ralph Waldo Emerson’s.
And for those of you able to swing a more expensive literary vacation, check out this tour of England that promises to show you all of Harry Potter’s hangouts, including Platform 9 3/4!
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