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Celebrate National Tell A Fairy Tale Day 2024

Talking animals make many fairy tales memorable. Would Little Red Riding Hood feel the same without the wolf saying, “The better to eat you with, my dear?” Share a classic fairy tale with friends or try a tale with a new twist on National Tell a Fairy Tale Day 2024! Read More

Happy Valentine’s Day 2024!

By the 18th Century, printed Valentine’s Day cards were available for purchase, but we still love handmade cards the best. The books, below, explore some clever ways to help make your Valentine’s Day extra special. Read More

Inspire Your Heart With Art Day Is January 31, 2024!

For some of his most iconic paintings, including celebrity portraits of Marilyn Monroe and Elizabeth Taylor, Andy Warhol used photographs to create silkscreen “stencils,” pushing ink through the silkscreens and layering it on top of images he had already traced and painted by hand. For his Campbell’s Soup Cans, he used a slightly different technique, tracing the images using a projector and filling in the outlines using paint and brushes. To celebrate Inspire Your Heart With Art Day 2024, check out these books to learn how different artists create works of art that inspire our hearts. Read More

Celebrate Winter 2023!

According to Guinness World Records, the world’s tallest snowman was built in 2008 in Bethel, Maine. Named Olympia, she was constructed out of 13 million pounds of snow. Her hat was 48 feet wide, her lips were crafted out of five car tires, and eight pairs of skis were used to create her eyelashes. Celebrate the first day of winter on December 21, 2023, with some of these lovely books about snow: Read More

National Cupcake Day 2023

The term "cupcake" originally referred to how cupcakes were baked -- in a teacup! Not to confuse matters, but “cupcake” also once referred to a cake made with ingredients measured by the cupful (for example, 1 cup butter, 2 cups sugar, 3 cups flour, and 4 eggs). However, this second type of cupcake was usually baked in a pan, not a cup. Today, cupcakes are typically baked in muffin tins. Does that mean cupcakes are muffins in disguise? Nope! Not only are the ingredients and mixing methods different for cupcakes and muffins, but cupcakes also have frosting (and frosting makes ALL the difference). :) To celebrate National Cupcake Day on December 15, 2023, learn how to bake your own cupcakes and other sweet treats (including muffins!) with these fun baking cookbooks: Read More

Celebrate Nobel Prize Day 2023!

Mahatma Gandhi, an activist known for peaceful protest, was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize five times between 1937 and 1948. Nobel Prizes are rarely given posthumously, and upon his death in 1948 Gandhi was no longer considered eligible to receive the Prize. Over the past 120 years, many remarkable activists have never been recognized as Nobel Laureates, or even Nobel Prize Nominees. Celebrate Nobel Prize Day 2023 by reading about some of these outstanding activists who haven’t (yet?) received a Nobel Prize. Read More

Books About Trees for Fall 2023!

During most of the year, chlorophyll causes tree leaves to be green. But in the fall, as the days get shorter and the nights cooler, chlorophyll breaks down, unveiling pumpkin orange and golden yellow pigments that were hidden during the spring and summer months. At the same time, sugars get trapped in the leaves, producing new pigments, called anthocyanins, that give certain trees, like burgundy maples and dogwoods, their brilliant red and purple leaves. Celebrate the fall season in 2023 with some of these interesting stories featuring trees! Read More