Saturday, April 30, 2011

Dia De Los Ninos, Dia De Los Libros

It's April 30 and that means it is Dia De Los Ninos, Dia De Los Libros. Check out the complete 2011 Dia Booklist as well as some of the great suggested titles below!

  • Pio Peep - This is a great book of Spanish language nursery rhymes presented in Spanish as well as with excellent English translations.
  • Lon Po Po - In the story two young girls outsmart a Big Bad Wolf, adapted from a Chinese folktale.
  • Rio Grande Stories - This collection of short stories and essays reveals the diversity of a New Mexico school, from hidden Jews to low rider enthusiasts.

Monday, April 18, 2011


The Jewish holiday of Passover begins tonight at sundown and will continue for the next week. Here are some great books for Jews and Gentiles to share with their families about this tradition.

The Story of Passover by Norma Simon
This book is great for elementary aged children. It explains the story of the Passover, Exodus and Diaspora as well as all the different parts of the seder. Though it is intended more for gentiles and converts who have not grown up with the tradition, Jewish families might find it helpful in explaining the importance of the holiday to younger children. The book even includes recipes and craft ideas!

The Magician's Visit retold by Barbara Diamond Goldin
This is a fun story of a Passover miracle granted to a poor but faithful couple.

Miriam's Cup by Fran Manushkin
This story is another good one for elementary aged children. It tells the story of slavery in Egypt, Passover and the Exodus from the perspective of Moses' older sister Miriam. An empowering story for girls of all faiths.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Spring Bunnies!

It is spring time, the flowers are blooming, Easter is just around the corner - it's the perfect season for bunny tales! (Or is it tails?) Here are some titles you might enjoy.

Forever Friends by Carin Berger
I adore the illustrations in this book! It is a great simple story for all ages, about a blue bird and bunny who become forever friends. This is a great book for building your child's vocabulary of the months and seasons.

Guess How Much I Love You by Sam McBratney
This classic book about the love between caregivers and children is especially appropriate at this time of year.

Little Bunny on the Move by Peter McCarty
The illustrations in this book are adorable and the rhyme and repetition help develop phonological awareness.

And of course, don't forget Peter Rabbit and The Runaway Bunny!