It's Valentine's Day

Dear Friends,

Valentine's Day is a great time to be a kid. There's excitement in the air, crafts to make, envelopes to address, and SUGAR! There's none of the ridiculous pressures of a grown-up's Valentine's Day, and without even realizing it, kids are generally much more excited about giving than receiving. If you are a kid, who cares what Valentine's you get (unless you are Charlie Brown!), it's all about making or choosing the right Valentine to give to each friend. Or mom. 

Enjoy this Valentine week: spread some glue, sprinkle some glitter, and have some sugar!

 

It's Valentine's Day

by Jack Prelutsky

Illustrated by Marilyn Hafner

 Jack Prelutsky once again gives readers a book of poetry that celebrates a holiday from a child's point of view with It's Valentine's Day. Full of poems about scissors, glue, kids friendships, and chocolate, this book truly gets to the heart of how the pint sized set like to celebrate.

From I Made My Dog a Valentine, to My Special Cake,  Prelutsky writes poems about the real life of kids and the things that have most likely happened to them. The poems are humorous, fun to roll off the tongue and read over and over again. Paired with entertaining illustrations by Marilyn Hafner, this book is sure to be a perennial hit each and every February.

 

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It's Thanksgiving

Dear Friends,

 Thanksgiving is almost here, and we can feel the excitement building! There is an air of bustling busyness as we prepare for a day that celebrates food, family, and fun, and there's also the anticipation of the festivities that December brings. 

Jack Prelutsky has summed up all feelings that go with this holiday, from the very first Thanksgiving to dreading the turkey leftovers. If you thoroughly enjoy It's Thanksgiving (and we are sure you will), this amazing children's poet has also written It's Halloween, It's Christmas!, and It's Valentine's Day. Despite being labeled as a leveled reader, these books are appropriate for ages 3 to 93. We highly recommend them all!

It's Thanksgiving

by Jack Prelutsky

illustrated by Marilyn Hafner

No matter what you enjoy most about Thanksgiving, be it the gathering of family, the favorite childhood crafts to make, watching the parade, the delicious food, or the history of the day itself, this offering by the first children’s Poet Laureate Jack Prelutsky has poem for you. The book contains 12 poems filled with delightful rhymes and clever humor that are simply fun to read aloud.

Humorous illustrations by Marylin Hafner echo the clever appeal of Prelutsky’s work and are the perfect compliment to poems both children and adults will equally enjoy. Originally published in 1982, it has (thankfully) been reprinted by HarperCollins to continue finding a treasured spot on holiday bookshelves and being part of Thanksgiving celebrations for years to come.

 

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A Collection of A.A. Milne Books

Illustrated by Ernest H. Shepard

This week, instead of featuring just one storybook, we're featuring the four books for which A.A. Milne is probably most known: Winnie-the-Pooh and The House at Pooh Corner , and his two books of children's poetry, When We Were Very Young and Now We Are Six (all featured conveniently in Pooh's Library).

Follow us to the Hundred Acre Wood with Christopher Robin, Pooh, Piglet, Rabbit, Eeyore, Owl, Kanga and Roo, and Tigger too, in some of the world's most beloved children's books.

Winnie the Pooh

After reading any of these books, all featuring our favorite Silly Old Bear, enjoy making these fun recipes and crafts:

 

Some of Our Most Favorite Poems from When We Were Very Young and Now We Are Six

When We Were Very Young

  • Lines and Squares
  • Spring Morning
  • In the Fashion

Now We Are Six

  • Wind on the Hill
  • Busy
  • Sneezles
  • Us Two (Especial favorite!)
  • Furry Bear
  • Waiting at the Window (Perfect for reading on a rainy day!)

 

About the Author

Although best known for his delightful poems and beloved Pooh stories, A.A. Milne also wrote for adults. To learn more about this wonderful author and the history of Pooh refer to the A.A. Milne mini biography. Another delightful read is A Short History of Pooh and Winnie, featuring photos of the real bear cub, Winnie, which inspired Christopher Robin Milne's bear.

 

Winnie the Pooh