“Run, run as fast as you can. You can't catch me, I'm the Gingerbread Man!” I recently read a variation of the classic Gingerbread Man tale, but this Gingerbread Man was loose in the library! I thought it might be fun to read some other variations, so here are some you might want to try.
Now that the countdown to Christmas has begun here are some new Christmas picture books that you might enjoy! Whether it's a new take on an old classic, a tale of Santa Claus, or the story of Christmas you're looking for, at least one of these should make it on your to-read list for the holiday season.
It’s time to have fun with food! There are a lot of great picture books out there that celebrate food – from using food to make art, as in The World of Food by Carl Warner, to the life of vegetables as seen in Little Pea by Amy Rosenthal, to the fun of discovering all that our utensils can do, as seen in The Table Sets Itself by Ben Clanton – there is plenty to get imaginations running and full! And if reading all about food gets your appetite going there are also some great easy recipe books for kids too.
For a sneak peek at one of my favorite books about food, The World of Food by Carl Warner, check out the video below. Warner creates stunning, fantastical worlds using food as art. Each page is themed with a different color and an imaginative description. This book not only teaches kids about colors and offers an interactive experience trying to guess what foods make up the different landscapes, but it provides a backdrop to making up stories that go with each world. For more information on how he creates these fantastical worlds see his website Carl Warner.
There are also some great books that celebrate all things utensils. A few of my favorites are:
The Table Sets Itself by Ben Clanton tells the story of when a young girl’s task of setting the table turns into a fantastic adventure as the utensils come to life, spoon and dish run off on their own, and they must be convince to come back! This book turns a routine task into an imaginative adventure.
In Chopsticks by Amy Rosenthal, explore the wondrous life of chopsticks! This story celebrates both friendship and independence as, after a slight food mishap with a very tough stalk of asparagus, the chopsticks, who have been together forever, must spend some time apart. One is on “bed” rest and the other ventures out on his own. What will the pair do without one another? And how many amazing stories will chopstick bring back to tell his best friend?
Spork by Kyo Maclear celebrates individuality and uniqueness as Spork, a little bit fork and a little bit spoon–but not quite one or the other–must find his way in the world of utensils.
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.
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!”