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10 Books to Get Your Kids into the Autumn Spirit

Autumn is in full swing, and Winter is fast approaching. Here are 10 books to get your kids excited about the remaining days of Fall!     1. Leaves Fall Down by Lisa Bullard "Autumn is time for the leaves to change colors. Get out your rake and help gather the fallen leaves. Find out why leaves change color. And take a running leap into that huge pile of leaves!"   2. We Gather Together: Celebrating the Harvest Season by Wendy Pfeffer "The official start of the harvest season, it occurs around September 21 each year. It marks the end of…

5 Spooky Stories to Scare your Kids with this Halloween!

Halloween is an exciting time for a child. Trick or Treating, fun costumes, and of course, spooky stories! Here are 5 spooky stories to give your kiddos a little bit of a fright: Professor Gargoyle by Charles Gilman - "Strange things are happening at Lovecraft Middle School. Rats are leaping from lockers. Students are disappearing. The school library is a labyrinth of secret corridors. And the science teacher is acting very peculiar – in fact, he just might be a monster-in-disguise. Twelve-year-old Robert Arthur knew that seventh grade was going to be weird, but this is ridiculous! Professor Gargoyle (Volume I in…

Children’s Stories Around the World

When we sit back and reminisce, we can remember what it’s like to be a little kid again. We can feel what it’s like to lay under the warm sheets, curtains billowing from an open window so the evening breeze brushes against our plump cheeks as the soothing hum of our mothers’ (or fathers’) voices rock us to sleep. Many of us grew up hearing about Cinderella or Little Red Riding Hood, as they were classics for many of our families, but these are only some of hundreds of stories told to children around the world. Some of these stories are meant to merely entertain young, squirmy kids, and some are meant to teach them a lesson. Regardless, all of these stories are special in some way. Here are a few famous children’s stories around the world: Germany - Struwwelpeter by Heinrich Hoffmann Comprised of 10 illustrated books, these rhyming stories aim to teach children about the consequences of misbehavior in a very exaggerated fashion. For example, in “Die Geschichte vom bösen Friederich” or “The Story of Bad Fredrick,” a violent boy terrorizes animals and people. In turn, he is bitten by a dog who goes on to eat his sausage while the…

Dear Reader

Let me tell you a story. I come from a big rowdy family. The kind that teases and plays and cuddles on couches and you lose track of whose arm and leg are stretched over yours. I adore my family and thought that was as much adoration I had in me. And then I met my nephews. The people I love best had produced little people that, well, I adore even more. (Sorry, siblings!) Since I came from a big rowdy family, I thought if I just pounced on them and tickled them we would be friends for life. But that technique didn't work. While they came from my gene pool, they were their own people and needed to be treated like their own people. So I sought to win them over. Not with toys or treats, but by becoming the friend they needed me to be. I practiced for a solid year. One day, I saw my nephew walking to the bleachers to join the family at a soccer game. I hopped up to go say hi. He was about three and holding his mother's hand. She said he saw me coming and muttered, "Uh-oh." When I got close,…

Famous Children’s Authors: Roald Dahl

Raise your hand if you grew up reading books by Roald Dahl! If you read at all as a child, chances are you’ve come across some of his quirky, bizarre, yet enchanting stories. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Matilda, James and the Giant Peach, and Fantastic Mr. Fox are some of the most popular of his works. I personally remember sitting criss-cross-applesauce on the alphabet rug of my second grade classroom while my teacher read James and the Giant Peach to a bunch of us squirming students. Near the corner of the room hung a mobile strung with a giant plush spider, worm, grasshopper, centipede, and ladybug. At the top sat a fat, fuzzy, plush peach with a little boy clutching at the stem. It had been our class project that year. I remember thinking, as my teacher read line by line, that while the premise of the story was rather exciting and strange, it never seemed too far-fetched or unlikely. Looking back now though, Dahl definitely had an interesting and somewhat dark imagination! Born in Wales in September of 1916, Dahl’s writing didn’t gain popularity until the 1940’s. His wrote books for both children and adults and soon became…

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