This week’s fresh crop of books features stories about animals. In no particular order, we’ve got horses, sea otters, roosters, penguins, bunnies, dogs and dragons (ok, maybe dragons aren’t real, but neither are talking bunnies). We think the illustrations in this week’s set are particularly great; we hope you enjoy them too!
Lastly, don’t forget, March is National Reading Month — so cuddle up with your little ones and read!
Last week, I stood with my daughter outside her first-grade classroom, waiting with other kids and parents for the door to open. But since it was Mystery Reader Friday, the kids were also busy staring at parents, giggling and speculating. Which parent was going to secretly wait outside while the kids settled in, then reappear at the door as The Mystery Reader?
Jay and Scott, parents of two Bookboard fans
Meet San Francisco Bay Area parents Jay and Scott! They kindly agreed to share some of their family reading experiences with daughter Gracie, age 5 and son Austin, age 3.
Q: Help us picture the reading scene in your home.
Jay: Scott does the nightly reading with both kids. Gracie likes to do daily reading as well. When she was little, she always loved to read. With Austin, not so much yet, but we have a routine; at nighttime, he lets us read to him.
She loves cheetah prints for a reason!
Credit: Diana Dull Akers
If you’re the parent of a young girl, you’ve probably noticed that cheetah, leopard and zebra print designs are everywhere on kids’ clothing, backpack and shoes. I’ve never been a fan of the animal print look, but my 6-year old Hope assures me it is “definitely cool” to be sporting spots and stripes at school. And for her, the cheetah print reigns supreme.
What makes me smile is that my kid’s love for cheetah couture is not fueled by a goal of being cool or fashion forward. Nope, Hope’s inspiration comes from her love of actual cheetahs, a passion inspired by books and educational programming.
Chinese New Year is celebrated on January 31 this year, and marks the beginning of the Chinese year 4712. The Chinese calendar is based on the lunar calendar, with the new year beginning on the darkest day of the month. New years celebrations often go as long as two weeks, until the next full moon. And a celebratory holiday it is, with red decorations, good-luck gifts of oranges and money, parades with dragon dances and firecrackers, and special foods.
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This year is the Year of the Horse. See a Chinese zodiac calendar. Try one of these fun Chinese New Year crafts or activities:
In celebration of the third annual Take Your Child to the Library Day, we are partnering with over 400 libraries throughout the United States and Canada to encourage families to visit their local libraries. All participating libraries are hosting special events that include story times, musical performances, scavenger hunts, art activities and giveaways to celebrate reading and create more awareness about literacy and what local libraries have to offer children and families. This year’s festivities will be held on Saturday, February 1, 2014.
Kindergarten art for MLK Day
Credit: Diana Dull Akers
I saved the Martin Luther King Day projects my daughter Hope did in kindergarten last year. For one, they are endearing. There’s the construction paper portrait of King with crazy huge eyes, or her best-penmanship statement at age 5 that she dreamt of a world where people wouldn’t litter.
But I’ll also save these — and future MLK Day projects — because they chronicle my daughter’s emerging understanding of challenging topics. What will she understand about King’s legacy at age 8, 10, or 15?
Last month, we explored an outdoor MLK art installation in San Francisco. There were King quotes etched in stone and photos of the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom.
We know the New Year is a time to do a little searching and self-inventory. Our latest crop of new books is themed around that search:
Rosa’s Room is too empty, but Daisy’s room is too full! I love these books that include both Rosa and Daisy, and some other books about girls and the things they get up to.
Rosa has moved into a new house with her mother (I always like to see different types of families represented in children’s books) and her room is far too big.
Is that a storm brewing over the Golden Gate bridge?
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While I’ve always been proud to be a native of the San Francisco Bay Area, I have a confession: overall, we’re a population of weather wimps around here. It’s a bit embarrassing.
Sure, we’re aware of the comparative weather realities faced by folks in other regions: the frigid winters, the need to dig through snow to reach your cars or front doors. We appreciate that your winter storms include lightening, thunder, giant hail, and knock-you-down winds. Heck, millions of you just earned your “I-Survived-The-Polar-Vortex-of-2014″ medals. It’s impressive, to be sure.