Tag: holidays

‘Tis the Season! These Holiday Picture Books Are True Gifts

‘Tis the Season! These Holiday Picture Books Are True Gifts

Lynn and Cindy: It’s going to be a great holiday season! Already we have the gift of some really lovely holiday books to add to the fun. Lynn: I’m leading off with Eric Kimmel’s oh-so-lovely story Simon and the Bear: A Hanukkah Tale (2014). As young Simon leaves his family to immigrate to America, his mother realizes Hanukkah is […]

Thanksgiving Visits: Fun or Cause to Flee?

Thanksgiving Visits: Fun or Cause to Flee?

Cindy: Crowded holiday gatherings are often boring for children. They are filled with relatives they don’t know well, long waits for food, isolation at the kids’ card table, time-consuming clean up, lots of adults talking, and endless football watching. The Great Thanksgiving Escape by Mark Fearing (2014) begins with young Gavin, clad in vest and tie, who […]

Trick or Treat! #CostumesForBooks Offers a Fun and Easy Contest for Your Library

Trick or Treat! #CostumesForBooks Offers a Fun and Easy Contest for Your Library

Cindy: I love contests in my library, especially when someone else comes up with the idea and the prize! Keir Graff is holding a “Costumes for Books” contest that is frightfully easy to do—and he’s offering a mystery box of goodies as the prize. The full directions can be found in this post, but basically you […]

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Here Comes the Easter Cat by Deborah Underwood

Here Comes the Easter Cat by Deborah Underwood

Cindy: The Easter Bunny had better watch out…Cat just might take over in Here Comes the Easter Cat (Dial 2014). Cat is jealous that everyone loves the Easter Bunny. Bah humbug (wrong holiday, but you get the idea). Cat communicates wordlessly with the narrator through drawings he holds up and his facial expressions as he […]

Librarian on a Shelf

Librarian on a Shelf

Cindy and Lynn: Here’s the right way to do “Elf on a Shelf”: Dress up as an elf and pose in your library! We can see many of you trying this next year. The Elf pictured here is junior high school librarian extraordinaire, Carolyn Gundrum. She is the library media specialist at Hamilton Southeastern Junior High […]

'Tis the Season

'Tis the Season

Cindy: The earlier that retail stores start playing Christmas music the more I resist the season. Lynn and I are both in denial that the holidays are upon us, but the reality is starting to hit. I haven’t really begun my shopping, wrapping, decorating, baking, etc. (who am I kidding, I don’t even have LISTS […]

Creepy Carrots  and The Best Halloween of All

Creepy Carrots and The Best Halloween of All

Lynn:  EEKS!  Right from the start with cover and end papers, readers can tell that these carrots are something out of the ordinary in Creepy Carrots (S&S 2012)!  It seems that Jasper Rabbit had a passion for carrots.  He LOVED them and he ate them every chance he got.  And then one day…they started following […]

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas…

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas…

Cindy: Not at my house, it’s not. The tree is up (but not decorated) and nothing is hung by the chimney with care. I’m a little behind in my holiday decorating this year. Fortunately, there are Christmas books to add some holiday cheer to my home and for us to recommend for your collections or […]

Balloons Over Broadway by Melissa Sweet

Balloons Over Broadway by Melissa Sweet

Lynn: It’s waaay too early to begin making lists but Balloons Over Broadway:  The True Story of the Puppeteer of Macy’s Parade (Houghton 2011) is already one of my favorites for this year.  First there is the fascinating story of how the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade came to have its signature giant balloons.  Then there […]

A Monster Cookbook by Sarah L. Schuette

A Monster Cookbook by Sarah L. Schuette

Lynn: Halloween is a BIG deal with our focus group despite the current politically correct efforts in our local school to homogenize it.  The boys start planning their costumes the minute the first leaf falls and have lofty schemes for decorating the front of my house this year.  They also love to cook so when […]