Holidays

Plant a Tree for You and Me

Have you ever been in a place where there were lots of buildings but no trees? New housing developments or parts of a city that have been neglected for a long time may not have the shady spots and fresh air that trees give. As trees breathe, they let out oxygen that humans and animals need to survive. Their roots hold the ground together, making sure the soil doesn't blow away in the wind. When a tree dies naturally in the forest, its wood becomes a home for insects and a cafeteria for the hungry birds who eat those insects. Trees provide so many good things for the Earth.

Getting to Know Abraham Lincoln

Our 16th president was a very odd-looking man. Long-limbed and raw-boned, this frontier president grew up without a lot of the niceties we take for granted today. He grew up surrounded by wilderness and not having much schooling. As he remembered it, "...I could read, write, and cipher (simple math) ... but that was all."

Pearl Harbor: Day of Infamy

At dawn on December 7, 1941, America was at peace, although it was clear a war was coming. Nazi Germany had overrun most of Europe and was literally at the gates of Moscow. Britain was slowly starving as Nazi submarines sank the ships carrying food and medicine the British needed. Although the United States sent huge amounts of war supplies to Britain and Russia and had greatly expanded its own Army and Navy, Americans were unwilling to go to war against enemies who had never attacked us.

The Sound of Kwanzaa

By Dimitrea Tokunbo

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"Hear the words, sing the songs, dance to the beat, and shout 'Harambee!' as you jump into this joyful celebration of the sounds of Kwanzaa! Through lively verse and colorful illustrations, this festive book celebrates the history and meaning of Kwanzaa. Families will enjoy the hands-on fun of lighting their own candles as they journey through this festive holiday and learn about its traditions and principles. As an added gift, this instructional book includes a no-bake Kwanzaa recipe."
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Kwanzaa

By Sheila Anderson

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Teaches young readers about the background, traditions, foods, and celebrations of the African-American holiday.
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Day of the Dead

By Carrie Gleason

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Day of the Dead -- Smiling skeletons -- Aztec Mexico -- Honoring the dead -- Getting ready -- Altars and offerings -- Food for the feast -- Little angels -- Dia de los Muertos -- Let's dance -- Americans celebrate.
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El Día de los Muertos = The Day of the Dead

By Mary Dodson Wade

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Explains how Mexican families celebrate the lives of their deceased loved ones, including sharing pictures and stories, preparing feasts, and lighting candles in the graveyard on November 1, The Day of the Dead.
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Labor Day

By Carmen Bredson

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This non-fiction Rookie Reader teaches young students about Labor Day.
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Labor Day

By Robin Nelson

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A basic overview of Labor Day for emergent readers. Color photographs reflect the short, easy-to-understand sentences that improve vocabulary and comprehension.

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All New Crafts for Earth Day

By Kathy Ross

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Earth-friendly crafting box -- Candle stub pincushion -- Ms. (or Mr.) -- Rubber ball head -- Royal family finger puppets -- Used dryer sheets flower sachet -- Magazine file -- Soda bottle mouse -- Playing cards photo frame -- Changing robot -- Finger friend -- Flip-flop bunny board -- Head and hat vase -- Plastic ID tag -- Pencils trivet -- Necktie bird puppet -- Cork penholder -- Newspaper log -- Foil fish race -- Cardboard tube art file -- Rubber band desk jar -- Peppers pal -- Puzzle piece turtle ring.
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