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Reading at Home

23 Dec

Between all of the baking, eating, snuggling, shopping, and sledding, sometimes we all need a little reminder to breathe, read (yes, of course we had to sneak that one in!), and relax with family and friends.

Here are some of our favorite winter Book Club titles for reading with family and friends. Hope you enjoy this precious time together!


Honeybee January: In the Snow by Peggy Collins

A great story about a father and son having fun during the first snowfall of the season.


Firefly December: Bedtime for Little Bears! by David Bedford and Caroline Pedler

This may be the sweetest wintertime read-aloud of all time. We think you’ll agree after you check out the amazing illustrations!


SeeSaw January: How Do Dinosaurs Say I Love You? by Jane Yolen and Mark Teague

An adorable title in the beloved series. Get ready for some snuggle time!


Lucky January: The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Kate DiCamillo

It’s miraculous. It’s a bunny. It’s a great read-aloud for all ages!


Arrow January: The Romeo and Juliet Code by Phoebe Stone

Full of mystery, romance, and fun, this is a great title to relax with.


TAB January: The Chronicles of Narnia Boxed Set by C.S. Lewis

It’s the Chronicles.  Really, isn’t that enough said? Start reading the series aloud this winter break and we guarantee you’ll have the whole family hanging on every word!


Have a wonderful time with your family and friends! Happy holidays!

Holiday Baking with Family!

17 Dec

It’s the most wonderful time of the year!  Lights are being strung, trees are being dragged through the city to be put up before Christmas morning, and in my house, trays upon trays of cookies are coming out of the oven.  I don’t have a favorite Christmas cookie, but I do have a few family recipes that we make every year without fail.  It’s not because they are the most delicious (even though they are) or that they are the beautifully decorated (which they aren’t).  The reason we make these same three types of cookies is that they are perfect for baking with a big group. Everyone can have a hand in the fun and the recipes are so simple, they are almost fool-proof.

Simple Illustrated Instructions and Full Color Photos

But I’m not one to just continue making the same thing year after year, and in the end, all that matters is that the recipes are easy and fun to make.  So this weekend, I’m going to be testing out a few new kid-friendly, fool-proof cookie recipes from The Usborne Children’s Book of Baking to add to my cookie repertoire.  The Children’s Book of Baking is my favorite type of cookbook – it has wonderful photos so you know what your cookies should look like when they’re done, and there only a few simple ingredients per baked treat. With fun recipes like easy meringue cookies, jammy sandwich cookies, and chocolate brownies, how could you go wrong?  Just don’t be surprised when your little one takes the wooden spoon and starts giving instructions on how YOU should be baking!

Having guests? Try these sunny muffins!

The Usborne Children’s Book of Baking can be found in the Firefly December catalog.

Thanksgiving!

23 Nov

It’s almost here, everyone–Thanksgiving is just around the bend. To celebrate, we thought we’d talk about some of our favorite books for this Thanksgiving!

Thank You Bear

Though not a traditional Thanksgiving picture book, Greg Foley’s Thank You Bear is a beautiful story about recognizing the value of thoughtfulness. Some of the other animals may not think that Bear’s gift for Mouse is anything special, but Bear’s doubts are laid to rest with Mouse’s exclamation that his present is the “greatest thing ever!” The soft illustrations and moving story make this a perfect book for younger and older readers alike. You can find Thank You Bear on Firefly this November!

I SPY Thanksgiving

On SeeSaw this November we have a brand new I SPY reader from Jean Marzollo and Walter Wick: I SPY Thanksgiving! This is a wonderful way to help your kids gain reading confidence and get them excited about all the traditional trappings of Thanksgiving!

 

Happy Thanksgiving, Curious George

What can we say? It’s Curious George and Thanksgiving, so you can be sure there are a lot of laughs and heartfelt moments. George is so excited about Thanksgiving, he loves everything: the food, the parade, and especially his family and friends. Told through a series of fun, rhyming poems, this tabbed board book is perfect for little fingers. Find it on November’s Honeybee!

Who’s Ready For The Snowy Day?

10 Nov

Here in New York City, we’re still weeks away from the first snow (we hope!), but that chill is certainly in the air. I try not to let the nippy weather get me down—instead, I see it as the chance to curl up with a blanket, a mug of hot chocolate, and a copy of Ezra Jack Keats’s 1963 Caldecott Medal–winner, The Snowy Day.

Keats’s gorgeous illustrations and simple, quiet text tell the story of Peter (you remember—he’s wearing that awesome red snowsuit), a boy who wakes up to find the first snowy day of winter. He spends his day adventuring in the snow, making tracks, building snowmen, crafting snow angels. Peter even tries to store a snowball in his pocket for the next day. Oh well—you gotta learn somehow!

On October 7, kids (and adults) all across the country read The Snowy Day to support Jumpstart’s Read for the Record, a campaign dedicated to promoting literacy from an early age. You can read more about the event here. Missed out, or just need some more Peter in your life? Look out for The Snowy Day in the upcoming catalogs and online*, or find it in the “Award Winners” section of Club Shop all year long!

* The Snowy Day is available in SeeSaw December!  Teachers, you can also find The Snowy Day big books and packs in November’s SeeSaw and Firefly.

This post was brought to you by Liz, guest blogger who is not afraid of the cold!