September 2013

Kid-to-Kid Wisdom: Get a Library Card Today!

by On September 30, 2013 in Childrens Books, General, Reading

First library card happiness. Credit: Diana Dull Akers

First library card happiness.
Credit: Diana Dull Akers

In the last days of September (National Library Card month), my six-year old and I were at the self-checkout machine at our local library when she asked:

“Mommy, can I get my own library card?”

We celebrate so many children’s firsts, so why don’t we make a bigger fuss about our childrens’ first library cards? ?Because I’m telling you, this was a Big Deal Moment in my kid’s life. In fact, she was so starry-eyed holding her new card that I asked her to share her excitement with your kids.

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Our Newest Books Make For Great Costume Inspiration!

by On September 27, 2013 in Childrens Books, Reading

‘Tis the season to start thinking about dressing up the kids (and ourselves)! Costume stores are beginning to pop up all over the place selling their polyester wares, but this year, how about thinking of some novel ways to surprise and delight the trick-or-treaters with some book-inspired gets-ups? Instead of Spiderman, why not try dressing your little superhero up as a griffin, unicorn or pea-eating monster?

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3 Kinds of Joy Every School Child Deserves

by On September 26, 2013 in General, Reading

Photo credit: Diana Dull Akers

Photo credit: Diana Dull Akers

On a recent night before she started first grade, my daughter Hope asked three questions as I tucked her into bed:

What if I don’t make friends??What if people don’t like me??What if I can’t do the work?

As I hugged my anxious kid and offered assurances, I thought about how closely her questions related to the three types of joy I wish most for her in school:

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How Does Your Family Welcome Fall?

by On September 23, 2013 in Childrens Books, General, Reading, Recipes

 

Credit: Tamara Bowman, Tamara Camera Photography. tamaracamera.com.

Credit: Tamara Bowman, Tamara Camera Photography. tamaracamera.com

Every September, as kids and parents settle back into the school year routines, we start to see the familiar signs that the fall season is upon us:

  • The last warm days of Indian summer give way to a familiar chill in the air
  • Shorts and sandals are replaced by long pants and (gasp!) shoes
  • Spiced lattes and hot apple cider return to coffeehouse menus
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Celebrate Fall Cultural Traditions with Books and Food

by On September 19, 2013 in Childrens Books, Holidays, Recipes

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Around the world, people celebrate their harvests. Nigerians and Ghanaians have yam festivals, to commemorate their main crop. In the Czech Republic, wreaths of rye, wheat, wildflowers and straw are worn by celebrants who dance and feast.<!–more–>

The Chinese celebrate with a Mid-Autumn, or Moon, Festival, which, like many others, is based on the lunar calendar. The festival coincides with the full <a href="http://www.slowfamilyonline.com/2013/09/enjoy-the-fall-harvest-moon-and-equinox/" target="_blank">Harvest Moon</a>, which occurs near the <a href="http://www.slowfamilyonline.com/2013/09/enjoy-the-fall-harvest-moon-and-equinox/" target="_blank">Autumnal Equinox</a> and falls on September 19th this year. The Harvest Moon traditionally shone its all-night beacon to help farmers gather their crops before the advent of electricity.

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The Chinese offer thanks and offerings to the moon and its goddess, <a href="http://www.moonfestival.org/change.html" target="_blank">Chang E</a>, and children learn the legend of how Chang E came to be associated with the moon. Another tradition of the Mid-Autumn Festival are yummy traditional <a href="http://happyhomebaking.blogspot.com/2011/09/traditional-mooncake.html" target="_blank">mooncakes</a>, which are featured in one of our new books for Autumn, <em>Mooncakes</em>. (You might want to try this especially kid-friendly <a href="http://www.dltk-holidays.com/china/easy_chinese_mooncakes.htm" target="_blank">mooncake recipe</a>.)

Two other titles that are brand new to Bookboard for Fall are <em>Little You</em>, which captures the close physical and emotional bonds of a First Nations (Native American) family with a new baby, and <em>Metal Man, </em>about a welder who transforms junk into art. Other books in our multicultural collection include <em>The Matatu</em>, an entertaining tale about transportation from Kenya; <em>The Cazuela That the Farm Maiden Stirred</em>, a colorful and rollicking cooking story from Mexico; <em>After Peaches</em>, a tale of Mexican fruit farmers attempting to make a life in Canada; <em>Seed Magic</em> about seeds that grow into something beautiful despite doubt, and <em>Clever Rachel</em>, which tells a traditional Jewish story about a girl who loves riddles.

What better time to celebrate the world’s variety of cultures and traditions with a new crop of books?

Enjoy the full Harvest Moon September 19th, the Autumnal Equinox (in the Northern Hemisphere) September 22, and your own celebrations of cultures, harvests, books and food.

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When Teachers Cover the Costs

by On September 16, 2013 in Childrens Books, General

 

“The school is the last expenditure upon which America should be willing to economize.”?– Franklin D. Roosevelt

 

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Robert Munsch Comes to Bookboard!

by On September 13, 2013 in Childrens Books, Reading

Robert MunschI grew up in the Great White North, and I remember going to the library to borrow books (with audio!) by one of Canada’s kookiest national treasures, Robert Munsch. He narrated his own books in the silliest way, like a kid in grown-up’s clothing – it made me want to tell stories and work with kids’ books for a living!

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Meet the Bookboard Ambassadors

by On September 12, 2013 in Childrens Books, General, Reading

Bookboard is thrilled to introduce its inaugural group of Bookboard Ambassadors, a selection of parent bloggers who focus on literacy, books, education, and spending quality time with family. We hope you’ll get to know them and their work and consider them to be trusted sources of information about Bookboard, reading and family. We asked each a few questions to help you get to know them. Ambassador biographies appear at the end of the post.

Valarie_Budayr_1 Valarie Budayr, Jump into a Book

What was your favorite book as a child and why?

My favorite book as a child was Little Women by Louisa May Alcott. I loved this story because it took me to another time period. I wanted to be one of the March sisters so badly.

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Vacation on the lake: swimming, stars and e-books too

by On September 9, 2013 in Childrens Books, General, Reading

Vacation reading with Bookboard. Credit: Diana Dull Akers

Vacation reading with Bookboard. Credit: Diana Dull Akers

Even as the new school year starts, memories of the last day of summer vacation linger. Our family ended the summer with a lovely, much needed week at Lake Tahoe, one of our favorite places to unwind.

Days found us outdoors among the pine trees, rafting and swimming in the lake, searching for crawdads, and eating family meals on the deck.?Nights found us toasting marshmallows by the fire, star gazing and watching movies. And bedtime, just like at home, found us reading books to our child.

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Why Grandparents Day Matters

by On September 6, 2013 in General, Holidays

Grandma-love. Photo credit: Diana Dull Akers

Grandma-love. Photo credit: Diana Dull Akers

 

This Sunday, September 8th is National Grandparents Day. If you’re thinking “just another commercially created holiday to sell flowers and cards,” think again.

  • Grandparents Day is a result of a grassroots effort in the 1970s by West Virginian Marian Lucille Herndon McQuade, who spent much of her life working as an advocate for older adults, and sought to honor them with this day. (As a mother to 15, grandmother to 43, and great grandmother to 10, McQuade deserved to be honored as well!)
  • In 1979, President Carter proclaimed the first Sunday after Labor Day each year as National Grandparents Day.
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