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Happy Thanksgiving 2017!


Happy Thanksgiving 2017!

Thanksgiving is a holiday about being thankful for all of the things we have in our lives: a home, a family, friends, and of course food. Food is an equalizer in many ways – no matter what our background, we can unite around a table full of delicious things to eat. Plus, food can tell us stories about different families, cultures, and experiences from around the world.

This year, I’ve compiled a list of books about food and cookbooks so that you can expand your food horizons. Maybe you only feel comfortable tweaking a familiar family favorite, or maybe you’ll branch out and try something completely different! Plus, cooking with family and friends can be a great activity to do together as the months get colder.

However you are spending your holiday, may it be a safe and happy one!

Straight Talk: The Truth About Food by Stephanie Paris; 978-1433348570

The Monster Health Book: A Guide to Eating Healthy, Being Active, & Feeling Great for Monsters & Kids by Edward Miller; 978-0823421398

Good Enough To Eat: A Kid’s Guide to Food and Nutrition written and illustrated by Lizzy Rockwell; 978-0064451741

Science Experiments You Can Eat: Revised Edition by Vicki Cobb; 978-0064460026

Edible Science: Experiments You can Eat by Jodi Wheeler-Toppen and Carol Tennant; 978-1426321115

The Science Chef: 100 Fun Food Experiments and Recipes for Kids by Joan D’Amico and Karen E. Drummond; 978-0471310457

Cooking Class: 57 Fun Recipes Kids Will Love to Make (and Eat!) by Deanna F. Cook; 978-1612124001

American Girl Cooking: Recipes for Delicious Snacks, Meals, and More; 978-1681881010

The Pokemon Cookbook: Easy & Fun Recipes by Maki Kudo; 978-1421589893

The Star Wars Cook Book: Wookie Cookies and Other Galactic Recipes by Robin Davis; 978-0811821841

The Star Wars Cook Book: BB-Ate: Awaken to the Force of Breakfast and Brunch by Lara Starr; 978-1452162980

Roald Dahl’s Revolting Recipes by Roald Dahl, Felicity Dahl, and Josie Fison; Illustrated by Quentin Blake; 978-0140378207

The Wizard’s Cookbook: Magical Recipes Inspired by Harry Potter, Merlin, The Wizard of Oz, and More by Aurelia Beaupommier; 978-1510729247

Let’s Cook French, A Family Cookbook: Cuisinons Francais, Un livre pour toute la famille by Claudine Pepin with illustrations by Jacques Pepin; 978-1631591471

Let’s Cook Italian: A Family Cookbook by Anna Prandoni; 978-1631590634

Let’s Cook Spanish: A Family Cookbook by Gabriela Llamas; 978-1631590993

Handstand Kids Mexican Cookbook by Yvette Garfield with foreward by Aaron Sanchez; 9780979210723

Handstand Kids Chinese Cookbook by Yvette Garfield with foreward by Ming Tsai; 9780979210747

The International Cookbook for Kids by Matthew Locricchio; 978-0761463139

The 2nd International Cookbook for Kids by Matthew Locricchio, illustrated by Jack McConnell; 978-1503946484

MasterChef Junior Cookbook: Bold Recipes and Essential Techniques to Inspire Young Cooks; 978-0451499127

The Young Chef: Recipes and Techniques for Kids Who Love to Cook by The Culinary Institute of America; 978-0470928660

Baking Class: 50 Fun Recipes Kids Will Love to Bake! By Deanna F. Cook; 978-1612128559

American Girl Baking: Recipes for Cookies, Cupcakes, and More; 978-1681880228


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Happy Thanksgiving 2016!

happy-thanksgiving-resnick-distributorsHappy Thanksgiving 2016!


It’s a thing.

A thing that’s been happening a lot this last year, what with an election and all. Which, of course, gets people thinking about a lot of different things that can and/or will affect our daily lives. But change doesn’t always have to be bad – growing up is a change and there are parts of it that aren’t too terrible. And all the thought about change got me thinking about diversity.

Diversity is what makes this country a great place to live. Diversity means that we are able to surround ourselves with people that can offer us a different perspective of the world around us. Diversity means  we have the opportunity to expand our horizons and become much intellectually richer people. Diversity is something we should celebrate; no one should have to be criticized for being different.

This year, I compiled a list of books that celebrate the awesomeness of diversity and why it’s okay if we’re not all the same. We shouldn’t have to be afraid to stand up for who we are and what we believe in. We all have unique ideas to bring to the table. It’s my hope that even if we don’t always agree, we can accept each other and respect what we have to say. Take some time to think about what sort of diverse things you offer the world and how you can share your talents to make it more diverse.

Have a safe and happy holiday!

Don’t Laugh At Me by Steve Seskin and Allen Shamblin, illustrated by Glin Dibley; 978-1582460581

We Are All Americans: Understanding Diversity by Joy Masoff; 978-0972715621

Mosaic: Celebrating Diversity Through Creative Writing by Montgomery County Public Middle School Students; 978-1533292964

Boy Girl Girl Boy! The Who’s Who Book of Gender Diversity by Tracy Bryan; 978-1512199147

Outcasts United: The Story of a Refugee Soccer Team That Changed a Town by Warren St. John; 978-0385741958

A Handful of Stars by Cynthia Lord; 978-0545700276

Akata Witch by Nnedi Okafor; 978-0670011964

Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson; 978-0147515827

One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia; 978-0060760908

P.S. Be Eleven by Rita Williams-Garcia; 978-0061938641

Gone Crazy in Alabama by Rita Williams-Garcia; 978-0062215895

The Watsons Go to Birmingham – 1963 by Christopher Paul Curtis; 978-0385382946

The Lions of Little Rock by Kristin Levine; 978-0142424353

All American Boys by Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely; 978-1481463331

It Ain’t So Awful, Falafel by Firoozeh Dumas; 978-0544612310

Four-Four-Two by Dean Hughes; 978-1481462525

Echo by Pam Muñoz Ryan; 978-0439874021

Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli; 978-0439444439

Be Good to Eddie Lee by Virginia Fleming; 978-0698115828

Wonder by R.J. Palacio; 978-0375869020

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Happy Thanksgiving 2014!

Happy Thanksgiving 2014!

This holiday season has gotten me thinking about the notion of family and home. Family is many things to me: it is the people to which I am related by blood and the people I have made friends with over the years that have welcomed me as one of their own. Families come in all varieties and each has their own special drama, but they are the people that will always have your back. Home has a different definition as well. It might not always be the building with four sides and a door surrounded by a white picket fence, but it is a place where we feel safe and comfortable. Maybe we share this home with our families, maybe it’s a special place all our own that no one knows about but us.

However you define your family or your home, I hope that everyone is spending the holiday doing something they love with the people they love and really taking the time to appreciate what we have and what we have been given. And above all, have a safe and happy holiday!

A Million Ways Home by Diana Dorisi Wingnet; 978-0545667067

Three Times Lucky by Sheila Turnage; 978-0142426050

Bloomability by Sharon Creech; 978-0064408233

Ruby Holler by Sharon Creech; 978-0060560157

Chasing Redbird by Sharon Creech; 978-0064406963

The Boy on the Porch by Sharon Creech; 978-0061892387

The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate; 978-0061992254

A Tangle of Knots by Lisa Graff; 978-0399255175

The Higher Power of Lucky by Susan Patron, illustrations by Matt Phelan; 978-1416975571

Moon Over Manifest by Clare Vanderpool; 978-0375858291

A Long Way From Chicago by Richard Peck; 978-0142401101

A Year Down Yonder by Richard Peck; 978-0803725188

Everything on a Waffle by Polly Horvath; 978-0312380045

One Year in Coal Harbor by Polly Horvath; 978-0375869709

Wonderstruck by Brian Selznick; 978-0545027892

Turtle in Paradise by Jennifer L. Holm; 978-0375836909

The Moffats by Eleanor Estes; 978-0152025410

Ginger Pye by Eleanor Estes; 978-0152025052

The Family Under the Bridge by Natalie Savage Carson, illustrated by Garth Williams; 978-0064402507

In The Year of the Boar and Jackie Robinson by Bette Bao Lord; 978-0064401753

Sarah, Plain and Tall by Patricia MacLachlan; 978-0064402057

Baby by Patricia MacLachlan; 978-0440411451

Maniac Magee by Jerry Spinelli; 978-0316809061

The Great Gilly Hopkins by Katherine Paterson; 978-0064402019

Out of the Dust by Karen Hesse; 978-0590371254





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Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving!

In lieu of the holiday, here’s a list of books I compiled for learning a little more about what my family fondly refers to as the National Day of Gluttony and some that don’t. 🙂 I hope everyone is surrounded by people they love and thankful for the blessings of this last year. Have a wonderful holiday, and for those of you who participate in the Black Friday madness, be safe!

Runaway Thanksgiving: A Story about the Meaning of Thanksgiving (Holiday Adventure Series, V. 15) by Louise Mandrell, 978-1565300118

Thanksgiving: The American Holiday by Laurie Collier Hillstrom, 978-0780812468

Frankenturkey and Frankenturkey II by Betsy Haynes, 978-0061061974; 978-0061063190

Dear America: A Journey to the New World by Kathryn Lasky, 978-0545238014

Thanksgiving on Thursday (Magic Tree House #27) by Mary Pope Osborne, illustrated by Sal Murdocca, 978-0375806155

Magic Tree House Fact Tracker #13: Pilgrims: A Non-fiction Companion to Magic Tree House #27: Thanksgiving on Thursday by Mary Pope Osborne and Natalie Pope Boyce, illustrated by Sal Murdocca, 978-0375832192

1621: A New Look at Thanksgiving by Catherine O’Neill Grace, 978-0792261391

Sarah Gives Thanks: How Thanksgiving Became a National Holiday by Mike Allegra, illustrated by David Gardner, 978-0807572399

School is a Nightmare #4: Yuck Mouth and the Thanksgiving Miracle by Raymond Beam, 978-1478233763

175 Easy-to-Do Thanksgiving Crafts by Highlights for Children, 978-1563973741

America’s Real First Thanksgiving by Robyn Gioia, 978-1561643899

Holidays Around the World: Celebrate Thanksgiving with Turkey, Family, and Counting Blessings by Deborah Heiligman, 978-1426302923

Thanksgiving Origami by Ruth Owen, 978-1448879236




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