Thursday, January 24, 2013

Welcoming the New Year!

It has been a hectic holiday season leading up to 2013, but I don’t want to skip over September, October, November and December book orders. I’ll post more about the secret project when I’ve had a chance to catch up with other news.

First up…

Days to Celebrate takes you on a journey through the twelve months of the year—a trip bursting with people, holidays, historical events, poetry, and more:


Days to Celebrate by Lee Bennett Hopkins
Illustrations by Stephen Alcorn

In Days to Celebrate Lee Bennett Hopkins has collected an astounding array of information to show us that each day of the year gives us a reason to celebrate. For every month he has compiled a calendar of birthdays, holidays, historic events, inventions, world records, thrilling firsts, and more.

And for every month he has selected surprising poems in honor of some of the people and events commemorated in the calendar. There are poems about the seasons and holidays, of course, but there are also poems about a "Flying-Man" (for February 4, Charles Lindbergh's birthday), birds (for April 26, John James Audubon's birthday), windshield wipers (patented November 10), and earmuffs (patented December 21).

Beloved poets, such as Walt Whitman, Langston Hughes, Gwendolyn Brooks, and Christina Rossetti, are joined by new voices in sixty poems that take us on a remarkable journey through a year -- and through the years. Stephen Alcorn's illustrations, based on the style of art found in old almanacs, are airy, whimsical, and thought provoking. They perfectly match the breadth and depth of this volume.

Brilliantly conceived and elegantly illustrated, Days to Celebrate is a book that pays tribute to the people, events, and poetry that make up our past and will inspire our future.

Next up...


Hurray for Today! All About Holidays
Written by Bonnie Worth
Illustrated by Aristides Ruiz

With a little help from the Birthday Bird of Katroo, the Cat and Co. explain (in rhymed verse!) the origin of common holiday rituals such as lighting candles, dying eggs, and sending cards. Holidays include Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, New Year’s, Groundhog’s Day, Valentine’s Day, President’s Day, St. Patrick’s Day—and that’s only through March!



Kids Around the World Celebrate!
The Best Feasts and Festivals from Many Lands
Written by Lynda Jones

Everyone loves a reason to have a good time, and although cultures around the world have their own unique feasts and festivals, we all share many of the same reasons to celebrate. Now you can learn about the many ways people from around the globe celebrate their special days, and join in the fun!

Celebrate Chinese New Year while making chiao-tzu dumplings, then pop over to Saudi Arabia and taste delicious date-nut cookies called ma amoul while celebrating Eid ul-Fitr. Make an elaborate Venetian mask to wear at a masquerade ball in Venice during carnevale, then pound out a festive rhythm on the Igbo drum you ve made and celebrate the Iriji festival in Nigeria. Eat, drink, and make merry with the many diverse and exciting crafts, recipes, and activities in this book. No matter what language you say it in, celebrations are fun!




Budgets for classrooms are often quite limited, but these three books offer an endless source of holiday fun. I ordered them in September and they have been a joy to share with my grandson. We will never run out of ideas.

Teachers take note!

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