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Friday, December 2, 2011

Christmas Countdown: Day 5, 23 days left

So yesterday we talked about traditions! One of my MOST FAVORITE traditions is to read Christmas books! One time I remember I went to the public library to check out ALL of their books on Santa! Another time on Christmas cooking! Every year another one of my family traditions is to read a christmas fiction book starting on December 1st!! We usually never finish the book and falter out with reading it on the 12th but it still is fun! Some titles that we have read are: A season of gifts; By Richard Peck, Diary of a wimpy kid; Cabin fever;By Jeff Kinney, and The White House, White out(A to Z mysteries); By Ron Roy. So I decided to share with you some of the great books about Christmas and other holidays at The Lemme Library and the Iowa City Public Library!

1.Book Cover African American holiday celebrations and traditions : celebrating with passion, style, and grace
Broussard, Antoinette.
Summary:Holidays are a time when people put differences aside and join together in celebration. Christmas especially brings celebrants home to family and to their own personal history, convictions, and deepest connections. Other days are meaningful, too: Kwanzaa, Ramadan, and New Year's.
2.Book Cover Celebration games : physical activities for every month / Barb Wnek
Make every day a cause for celebration with Celebration Games! This book provides a calendar year's worth of fun games and activities—all designed to get 5- to 12-year-olds excited about physical activity. Included are 68 physical fitness activities, skills, games, and rhythm and dance activities, each based on a specific holiday or seasonal theme.
Whether it's Valentine's Day, St. Patrick's Day, Cinco de Mayo, or Kwanzaa, every occasion offers a new opportunity to build a child's knowledge of health and wellness. Innovative yet easy to implement, the activities use common equipment and supplies and may be adapted easily to various grade or skill levels. In addition to teaching kids important health concepts, you'll also uncover opportunities to tie in lessons on history and diversity. Ideas for family events are also included to get everyone involved.
For more than 25 years, author Barb Wnek has strived to foster healthy attitudes in children. Now, she brings you the same creative ideas that won her acclaim as one of Dole's Creative 5 A Day Teachers of the Year. Based on decades of testing in summer camps and public schools, Celebration Games makes teaching fun for both you and your kids by turning every activity into a special event.

3.Book Cover  Religious holidays and calendars : an encyclopedic handbook / edited by Karen Bellenir.

4.Cover image   Hanukkah


5.A Season of GiftsA Season of Gifts

Summary:  The return of one of children's literature's most memorable characters is a gift indeed.

The eccentric, forceful, big-hearted Grandma Dowdel is the star of the Newbery Medal-winning A Year Down Yonder and Newbery Honor-winning A Long Way from Chicago. And it turns out that her story isn't over - not even close.

It is now 1958, and a new family has moved in next door to Mrs. Dowdel: a Methodist minister and his wife and kids. Soon Mrs. Dowdel will work her particular brand of charm - or medicine, depending on who you're asking - on all of them: ten-yearold Bob, who is shy on courage in a town full of bullies; his two fascinating sisters; and even Bob's two parents, who are amazed to discover that the last house in town might also be the most vital.

As Christmas rolls around, the Barnhart family realizes that they've found a true home - and a neighbor who gives gifts that will last a lifetime.

6. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Cabin Fever  Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Cabin Fever (Diary of a Wimpy Kid Series #6)

I personally read this book myself yesterday and I was really surprised at how funny it was! I mean it IS a Diary of a Wimpy kid book...but I thought since it was Jeff Kinney's 6th book it wouldn't be funny! But boy, did he prove me wrong!!! Check it out, makes for a great Christmas present!

7.The White-House White out(A to Z mysteries)White House White-out (A to Z Mysteries: Super Edition, #3)
IT’S A SNOWY December in Washington, D.C., and Dink, Josh, and Ruth Rose are there to see the sights. While they’re admiring the White House, they meet the president’s stepdaughter, KC, and her friend, Marshall. Soon, in the confusion of all the people decorating the White House for Christmas, the president’s dog, Natasha, goes missing! The kids set out to find her, but it’s not going to be easy. The area is still crowded with decorators, it’s getting dark, and all five of them risk getting caught in a monster snowstorm!

That's all for now, folks! See ya tomorrow for more Christmas!

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