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
I admit, I’ll take any excuse to introduce kids to books. To celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, here are some books you might like to try.
The Night Before St. Patrick’s Day by Natasha Wing and Amy Wummer
The Luckiest St. Patrick’s Day Ever by Teddy Slater and Ethan Long
St. Patrick’s Day in the Morning by Eve Bunting and Jan Brett
It’s St. Patrick’s Day by Rebecca Gomez and Mary Morgan
Jack and the Leprechaun by Ivan Robertson and Katy Bratun
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There are few better – or cheaper – ways to introduce your child to other cultures than through food.
With so many great ethnic restaurants, it’s easy for parents to get children accustomed to foods from different countries from an early age.
However, parents may be unsure of what to order that’s kid-friendly.
In honor of Chinese New Year, which runs February 3-15, over the next few days KidCulture will provide some suggestions to help parents choose food in Korean, Japanese, and Chinese restaurants.
In each of these countries, people celebrate Chinese New Year by sharing good food with their families and friends – and that’s a custom worth adopting.
So stay tuned for some fresh, fun, food ideas to help you introduce your child to other cultures.
Here are some suggestions for children’s books about Chinese New Year. Enjoy!
Sam and the Lucky Money by Karen Chinn, Cornelius Van Wright, and Ying-Hwa Hu
My First Chinese New Year by Karen Katz
Happy Chinese New Year, Kai-lan! By Lauryn Silverhardt, Jason Fruchter, and Aka Chikasawa
Dragon Dance: A Chinese New Year Lift-the-Flap Book by Joan Holub and Benrei Huang
The Runaway Wok: A Chinese New Year Tale by Ying Chang Compestine and Sebastia Serra
One great way to celebrate this eight-day holiday with your family is by sharing a book a day (or night). Here are eight suggestions for Hanukkah books you can give as gifts or incorporate into your usual story time.
Light the Candles: A Hanukkah Lift-the-Flap Book by Joan Holub; illustrated by Lynne Avril Cravath
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Gearing up the holidays with your children? Here are a few book ideas to share with them. You’ll be teaching them about the meaning of Thanksgiving, sharing quality time, and getting them hooked on books!
Here are a few of my favorite Thanksgiving books.
The First Thanksgiving by Linda Hayward, illustrated by James Watling
Thanks for Giving by Abby Klein, illustrated by John McKinley
Squanto’s Journey: The Story of the First Thanksgiving by Joseph Bruchac, illustrated by Greg Shed
The Silly Turkey Party by Steve Metzger, illustrated by Jim Paillot
Clifford Thanksgiving Parade by Maria S. Barbo, illustrated by Artful Doodlers (available from Scholastic Book Fairs).
For more book ideas, read Scholastic’s blog on the subject.
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Election Day is my father’s favorite holiday. Growing up, he got each of his four children involved in political campaigns and public service at a young age. This has had an excellent impact on each of us. You don’t have to love politics in order to get involved. Of the four of us, we vary widely in political parties, opinion, and involvement. But each of us learned a lot about the way our system of government works and the impact that one person (and one family) can have.
Here are a few books to help you teach your children about government, politics, and why Election Day is a reminder of why we’re among the most fortunate people on earth.
Grace for President by Kelly DiPucchio, illustrated by LeUyen Pham
I Want to Be President by Dan Liebman
Duck for President by Doreen Cronin, illustrated by Betsy Lewin
Ready for the end of summer? Eager to jump into a pile of fresh leaves or go apple picking? One way to build excitement for the new season upon us is through books. Here are a few suggestions for books that may get your child – and you – in the spirit of the autumn season.
Clifford: Apple Picking Day by Samantha Brooke, illustrated by Jim Durk
Mouse’s First Fall by Lauren Thompson, illustrated by Buket Erdogan
Apples, Apples, Everywhere: Learning About Apple Harvests by Robin Koontz, illustrated by Nadine Takvorian
Busy Animals: Learning About Animals in Autumn by Lisa Marie Bullard, illustrated by Nadine Takvorian
One of the things I love about reading is its power to take you anywhere in the world. If you can’t get away, you can still learn something new, see things you’ve never seen before, and get a different perspective just by checking out an atlas.
They’re expensive, so I’m always scouring the discount racks at my favorite bookstores. I think even the out-of-date ones are interesting. They list countries that don’t exist anymore or include names that have long since been changed or forgotten.
Paging through them, you really get a sense of how the vastness of our planet and that’s pretty humbling. And in my opinion, humility is never a bad thing.