Caterina, a very organized owl, is planning her first party. She has lists of things to do, lists of friends to invite, and lists of things to love. Caterina does not want any surprises for her party day. Can there still be a perfect party when a spot of rain threatens? Pure whimsical fun for ages 3 and up.
Three very excited cows are ready for fun in chicken's home. It's time to jump, dance, and wiggle all on an unhappy chicken's tiny couch. The fun ends with a quiet and cozy nap. F-U-N for ages 3 and up.
When November rolls around, I start thinking about family gatherings, food and good memories. Below are three picture books that explore the themes of family,food and fun. Do you have a favorite picture book about families and food?
Baking Day at Grandma's by Anika Denise
Three little bears set off to Grandma's to help her bake treats for gifts. This rhyming story has sweet pictures and a recipe for Chocolate Cake.
All for Pie Pie for All by David Martin
A cat family bakes and eats a delicious pie. The crumbs they leave feed, in turn, a family of mice and a family of ants. A nice look at how even a little can go a long way.
The Relatives Came by Cynthia Rylant
The setting for this story is the summer season, but the loving gathering will ring true all year.
Who lives over in the hollow? Owls, bats, mummies and werewolves help readers count from one to thirteen for spooky Halloween fun. Read and sing this story to the tune of “Over in the Meadow”. Recommended for ages 4 and up.
It’s that time of year again! Can you believe that it is already time to Trick or Treat? It may be hard to believe with this heat wave, but Trick or Treat is on Thursday!! If you don’t have your costume yet, don’t worry–there is still time.
A great go-to is the classic ghost. Just find an old sheet with holes in it for eyes.
Or, just wear all black and tie a shirt around your head like in the picture below with a scarf around your waist. Ta-da! You’re a ninja.
If you really want to be comfy, you can wear your pajamas and a fluffy pair of slippers. All you need to do is grab a TV remote and you are a couch potato. (Just make sure you ask an adult for an extra remote, otherwise it will be hard to watch cartoons the next morning in case it gets dropped while out Trick or Treating!)
If none of those ideas work, below are some books that have good, quick costume ideas!
**Remember, if all else fails, you can always wear your regular clothes and when someone asks you what your costume is, you can reply, “I’m dressed as a muggle, from Harry Potter!”
A terrible mix-up happens at the castle! The baby princess Priscilla and the piglet Pigmella switch places (it's the kind of thing that happens all the time in books). Can a piglet become a princess and a princess be happy on the farm? Fairy tale fun for all ages, but especially those ages 5 and up.
Have you heard about the monsters who love colors? Or the monsters who love to play on the playground? Do you like silly monster stories that aren't too scary? Try these titles for some silly adventures full of furry monsters. Most of the monsters in these stories aren't scary, but reading about them can still make you feel a bit braver.
From the author of Secret Pizza Party and Dragons Love Tacos is the story of a grumpy old man and some hungry squirrels. Mr. Fookwire just wants to feed the birds and paint them, the squirrels just want to eat the bird food. In this contest, who is the winner? Seasonal fun for ages 5 and up.
Go through the alphabet with a little girl, a hot, freshly made apple pie, and the puppy that just wants a taste. Great fun for ages 2 and up.
Duck is very excited about his jack-o-lantern and cannot wait to show his friends. Duck, unfortunately, has a little pumpkin trouble and ends up scaring his friends. In a colorful and simple style, Jan Thomas has made a funny book for pumpkin lovers of all ages.