My Very Own Thanksgiving: A Book of Cooking and Crafts

By Robin West

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Kids can help! Make pretty table-settings and help plan menus. You may need an adult's help for some recipes.

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A Dragon Thanksgiving Feast: Things to Make and Do

By Loreen Leedy

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The dragon family celebrates Thanksgiving by preparing and enjoying a great feast. Includes instructions for activities and games related to the holiday.

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Maria Molina and the Days of the Dead

By Kathleen Krull

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In Mexico, Maria and her family celebrate Los Dias de los Muertos, The Days of the Dead. Includes a recipe for pan de los muertos.

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Cooking the Mexican Way

By Rosa Coronado

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Recipes for celebrations and everyday. This newer version of the family favorite has slimmed-down recipes. Part of the Easy Menu Ethnic Cookbooks series. Clearly written recipes for easy dinners and snacks: Red Snapper with Lime Juice, Mango with Cinnamon, and a couple of kid-pleasing favorites, Tortillas with Chicken and Mexican Hot Chocolate.

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Valerie and the Silver Pear

By Benjamin Darling, illustrated by Dan Lane

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Valerie and her grandfather pick many pears from the old tree, hunting for the silver pear that her late grandmother always gave away to friends. They then take their sweet harvest and make some wonderful pies with a recipe (included!) from Grandma's cookbook. A lovely picture book that celebrates family and family traditions.
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Christmas Around the World

If it's December, it's time for that familiar topic for reports: Christmas Customs Around the World. Fortunately, the library has a number of resources to help you.

Gary Soto: Storyteller from the Barrio

Gary Soto came from a hard background by anyone's reckoning. His young father died in an industrial accident when Gary was only five years old. His Mexican-American family was struggling and lived in a tough neighborhood--next to a junkyard and across from a pickle factory. All through school, he and his family worked at whatever jobs they could get, including picking fruits as migrant laborers.

C.S. Lewis and the Land of Narnia

C. S. Lewis spent his first years at the family home, called Little Lea, in Belfast, Ireland. He was never really called C. S. or even Clive (C. S. stands for Clive Staples). This young man wanted to be called Jack. Like another college professor (Indiana Jones), Jack nicknamed himself after his beloved dog, Jacksie, who died when the author was quite young. His friends called him "Plain Jack Lewis," and it suited him. He was not especially handsome, but he was kind and bluff and came to have many friends.

Halloween Fun

Get ready for some spooky good times! We found lots of games to play, stories to share, crafts and recipes beyond compare. Learn to make your own costume, have a creepy cool party, carve a pumpkin, and get lots more tips to make this Halloween the best one ever.

Nutty for Peanuts

School's out! Time for cool and tasty treats made with everybody's favorite, peanuts. Peanuts are good for you, with lots of fiber, protein, iron, and calcium.* Here are four easy recipes to try while chilling this summer. After the recipes, we have listed a few books for the nuttier side of your summer reading.