Literacy is the ability to read and write. Those who care for newborns through children age three have an enormous, long-lasting impact on that child’s brain development. Love, bonding, and healthy physical food aren’t the only important aspects of parenting: “language nutrition”–or feeding the child’s…
The Trees of the Dancing Goats by Patricia Polacco is not officially our family book club younger read for this month. (Our family book club younger read would be the whole shelf, basically. That’s what they do in December. They get the books out and read them on the couch in front of the fire. And then they leave them on the couch and floor for me to put back. Kind of their tradition. I like the reading part. Not the cleaning up part. LOL.)
This is such a loving story, that I still tear up when I read it. If you can get the audio version of Patricia reading the book, you will love it. (I especially love how she does her grandmother’s accent.) Trees is a tender tale of a Jewish family who serves a Christian family who is sick with scarlet fever. It is a perfect (and true!) Christmas tale about sacrifice and true neighborly love.
Sharing the Bread: An Old-Fashioned Thanksgiving Story by Pat Zietlow Miller. Illustrated by Jill McElmurry. New to us in 2019. this charming book shows the whole family working together to prepare the Thanksgiving dinner. Taking place in 19th century America, father and little brother heats…
Last Stop on Market Street by Matt de la Peña. Illustrated by Christian Robinson.
CJ’s grandma takes him two places on Sundays: to church and then to the soup kitchen. They ride the bus. CJ wants to know why they have to take the bus…why they don’t have a car…why they have to go to the soup kitchen…why he doesn’t have an mp3player/cell phone. Nana replies with the kind of wisdom, love, and gratitude that you wish you always could have in a moment like these. Nana is right, and CJ recognizes that.
This whole book just makes you want to be more Nana-like and see life through eyes of gratitude and love!
Thankful by Eileen Spinelli. Illustrated by Archie Preston. “The poet is thankful for words that rhyme./The children, for morning story time….The dancer is thankful. She loves the beat/that stirs her heart and hips and feet..” I love this book chock full of happy illustrations that…
Over the River and Through the Woods by Lydia Maria Child, illustrated with woodcuts by Christopher Manson.
I love the incredible woodcut print illustrations in this traditional Thanksgiving song! Did you know it was originally written as a Christmas poem?
For a more in-depth review of this song and the history behind it, go to my post on freedeliciousmusic.org here.