Tag Archives: holiday books

Best Books: Halloween

Do you have an early reader at home? One of the best series for learning to read, or improving the skills of a new reader is the Pete the Cat books. not only are they easy-to-read for new readers but they are fun and contain themes that are understandable for early readers.

This month we want to highlight the Halloween Pete the Cat. Pete the Cat: Trick or Treat is a fun book for early readers to read alone this holiday or to an older or younger sibling. Younger siblings will also love the fun flaps that surprise the reader with hidden illustrations. Readers can follow Pete as he experiences all the fun of Halloween. It even helps younger kids to understand the spooky elements of Halloween and see it as the fun and surprise that it is meant to be for small children.

This fun early reader book is great for that younger child this Halloween. If you are a fan of Pete the Cat it is a great addition to a growing collection!

Holiday Books: Chanukah Lights Everywhere

Chanukah lights everywhereDecember is a month filled with holidays. While many celebrate Christmas there are families all over that celebrate the Jewish holiday, Chanukah. This festival of lights is filled with a very important cultural history that teaches about faith and hope. Are you looking for a story to share your holiday traditions with your family? Are you looking to teach your children about other cultures? This book is an excellent book for understanding the traditions and of the holiday.

From Michael J. Rosen comes a story about the lights of Chanukah. Follow a young boy as he learns about all the lights present in his holiday traditions. Help him find the all of the lights that brighten his family’s culture. This book shares the traditions of a family as they go through their holiday.

This book is filled with joy, light, and hope. It is an excellent tool for understanding the common traditions of Chanukah and showing young kids some of the different traditions other cultures practice. Enjoy this as part of your Chanukah traditions with your family, and to make it fun try this special recipe for holiday latkes.



•5 potatoes

•2 onions

•3 eggs

•1 tsp. salt

•1/4 tsp. pepper

•between 1/4 to 3/4 cup all-purpose flour

•oil for frying (canola is recommended)



1. Peel potatoes. Place in a bowl of cold water so they won’t turn brown.

2. When ready to prepare the latkas, drain the potatoes. Place potatoes and onions in a food processor fitted with a knife blade. Pulse until smooth. Drain mixture well.

3. Pour potato mixture into a large bowl. Add beaten eggs. Add salt and pepper. Add enough flour so that the mixture holds together.

4. Pour 1 inch of oil into a large, deep frying pan. Heat the oil over medium-high heat.

5. Carefully drop 1/4 cup of the potato mixture into the hot oil.

6. Flatten the pancake slightly so the center will cook.

7. Fry for several minutes on each side until golden brown and cooked through.

8. Drain on paper towels.

Serving Suggestion:

Serve the latkes with applesauce.

Great Christmas Books: The Night Before the Night Before Christmas

the night before christmas

We all know the wonderful traditional story about the night before Christmas based on Clement Moore’s classic poem. But this year let’s add a new book to our great rotation of Christmas classics. The Night Before the Night Before Christmas by Natasha Wing.

Moms and Dads know the stress of the season. Getting everything ready for that special day can be tiresome, worrisome, and in some cases, troublesome. That is certainly the case in this new take on huge great classic poem. Natasha Wing uses incredible rhyme and meter to give a true to life twist on Clement Moore’s traditional poem. It is December 23rd and nothing is done. The poem follows one family as they tell their woeful, yet playfully fun tale of unpreparedness the night before the night before Christmas. From a not put up tree, to a mom with the flu, this poem shows the true life story of most households this great time of the year.

This playful poem will keep your entire family in stitches as they hear all the woeful tales this family has to tell. It is sure to become a family favorite and will impress even the meanest of grin he’s this holiday season. So settle on down not he couch this December and listen to a poem you will just have to remember!