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The Pioneer Woman Cooks a Year of Holidays

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The Pioneer Woman Cooks: A Year of Holidays is a celebration of delicious recipes that define many of our favorite occasions throughout the year.

Covering holidays from New Year's Day to New Year's Eve with superb photos and approachable recipes, you can’t help but enjoy this cookbook. Time to celebrate with a bit of cooking!

The Searcher: A Novel by Simon Toyne

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A plane mysteriously plummets to earth near Redemption, Arizona, disrupting a local man’s grave-side service. A tall, pale man with no memory runs barefoot down the road away from the crash site. The man discovers his name, Solomon Creed, is sewn into a label in his handmade suit jacket and written in the inscription in the book he’s carrying. Creed senses he’s come to Redemption for a reason—to save a man he doesn’t know. Unfortunately, the man was being buried when the plane crashed. Faced with one dangerous situation after another, Creed draws upon an eclectic knowledge of the world around him, most particularly how to survive in it. But he has no idea how he came by it. Bit by bit, he moves closer to understanding the nefarious underpinnings of this town, bringing him closer to an untimely demise. If you’re looking for fast-paced, page-turning suspense, this first book in a planned five-book series more than fits the bill.

Picture Book Selection: Each Kindness

In “Each Kindness”, award winning author Jacqueline Woodson and amazing illustrator E.B. Lewis have made a wonderful book about how treating people with kindness can help everyone. Maya is a new student and different from her other classmates with her hand-me-down clothes and old- fashioned toys.  Maya wants to make friends with Chloe and her gang of friends, but they reject her. Their teacher gives a lesson on simple kindness and Chloe realizes the opportunity for friendship that was missed, and how much better it would have been if she had been kind. 

Picture Book Selection: Earth to Clunk

What do you do when your homework is to write to your penpal named Clunk from another planet?  You write a letter and then send your annoying sister along as a present to show how much you love this assignment.  The exchange of funny letters back and forth in the galaxy will tickle your funny bone.  For ages 4 and up.    

Sweet Home Alaska

Sweet Home Alaska by Carole Estby Dagg is an exciting, well-written story based on true events.  Set in 1935, it tells the story of a pioneer family’s move from Wisconsin to Alaska, as part of then President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s plan to give loans and land to families struggling during the Depression.  Filled with humor, this book gives a good insight into life during that period of American History.  Recommended for grades 4 and up.

Picture Book Selection: Who we are!

As a family enjoys their day at an amusement park, they notice that people are the same as one another in lots of ways, and different in lots of ways, too. This book helps children realize why it's important to treat others the way they want to be treated whether a person is a lot like you or different from you, a good friend or someone you have just met or seen for the first time. Ages 3-7

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