The leaves are changing, the air is getting crisp and cool, and the school year is new and fresh. It’s the season of apples and pumpkins and football. Autumn is one of my favorite times of the year so I have quite the collection of fall-themed picture books that I love to share with my … Continue reading "Favorite Fall Reads"
The 23rd day of April was William Shakespeare’s day of birth (1564), which consequentially is the day that gent hath kicked thy bucket 52 years anon in 1616. It hath eke been dubbed “Talk Like Shakespeare Day.” In the present day’s blog posteth, I has’t ev’rything thee needeth to knoweth in ‘rd’r to bray out! … Continue reading "Talk Like Shakespeare Day"
April 22nd is Earth Day the annual celebration to inspire awareness about pollution and appreciation for protecting the health of the environment. This is a great reason to get outside, especially if you’ve had a long winter. I know we could probably all enjoy a little fresh air and sunshine today. Hopefully, your weather is cooperating. … Continue reading "Earth Day Mini Unit Study"
Today is Darwin Day (February 12), a day to celebrate scientific ingenuity and bravery. Charles Darwin was just one of many scientists who strove to change the way people think about the world. Charles Robert Darwin, (February 12, 1809 – April 19, 1882) was an English biologist, naturalist and geologist. He was best known for … Continue reading "Happy Darwin Day!"
In honor of Black History Month, I thought it would be fun to again recommend some favorite books that deal with civil rights and famous African Americans. Each Wednesday throughout the month of February I will share a selected book on our Build Your Library Facebook page from one on this list. Picture Books Schomburg: … Continue reading "Black History Month Book Recommendations 2021"
Today we celebrate a great man – Martin Luther King Jr. It has been more than 50 years since his iconic “I Have a Dream” speech, but his inspiring words live on today. It’s easy to think that the world has always been as it is now, but only a short time ago, there were … Continue reading "Celebrating Martin Luther King Jr. Day"
Originally posted December 15, 2019, with new 2020 updates. Actually, no. Not really. I would much prefer staying inside when it is freezing out. I know going outside and getting fresh air is good for you. But I’d rather curl up hygge style with a book under a blanket. I do like snowmen. Well, indoor … Continue reading "Do You Wanna Build a Snowman?"
What is Jólabókaflóð, you say? Jólabókaflóð (pronounced yo-la-bok-a-flot) means “Yule Book Flood”, a popular Christmas tradition from Iceland in which books are exchanged as gifts on Christmas Eve. The tradition originated during World War II when Iceland was under financial struggle and foreign imports were restricted. So there were very limited options when it came … Continue reading "Jingle Bells! Jolabokaflod! Reading All the Way!"
This is going to be the final post in the Educational Gifts series, but if you are looking for some last minute gift ideas, there is still plenty of time to shop. I’ve had a lot of fun sharing some great ideas for holiday gifts. Thus far, I’ve shared ideas for Language Arts, Science, Math, … Continue reading "Educational Gift Ideas – Cook Family Favorites"
We’ve been exploring ideas for educational gifts for the holidays. I’ve already shared ideas for Language Arts, Science, History/Geography and Math themed gifts. Today, I’m going to share some ideas for art inspired gifts. This is actually a pretty easy category, for the most part. What kid doesn’t love getting new crayons, color pencils or … Continue reading "Educational Gift Ideas – Art Edition"