Berenstain Bears and Too Much Junk Food

Berenstain Bears and Too Much Junk Food
In the classic book, The Berenstain Bears and Too Much Junk Food, by Stan and Jan Berenstain, mama bear tries to help the rest of her family learn how to eat a healthy and balanced diet.  While the roles in this story are stereotypical, the story is a familiar one of family members who are driven by their desire to eat junk food and resist their veggies.  Fortunately, mama bear is finally heard, and some balance is achieved in this family.  Perhaps the lessons will transcend to yours too. Join...

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If You Give a Pig a Pancake

If You Give a Pig a Pancake
  When I think back to the bedtime stories that we used to read to our kids, If You Give a Pig a Pancake and other books by Laura Numeroff bring back the fondest memories.  Not only were they silly with humorous illustrations, they were entertaining for everyone involved.  It's easy for parents or caregivers to relate to the whimsical antics of the pig and her increasingly elaborate requests. Join the Fun - Here's How: Leave a comment below saying that you're joining Kids Cook with...

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Thunder Cake – Kids Cook with Books

Thunder Cake – Kids Cook with Books
During the last month's edition of Kids Cook with Books, I confessed that I'm not really a cake person.  But while I do prefer pie, there IS something special about the right kind of cake. In the case of the recipe below, perhaps it's not even the cake, itself. It's probably the lemon curd! This is a beautiful tale of a grandmother comforting her granddaughter during a thunderstorm.  She uses the oldest trick in the book - distraction.  Not much could distract most people from something they...

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Making Pie with Kids and Learning about USA - Ki...

Making Pie with Kids and Learning about USA – Kids Cook with Books
While my husband finds it hard to believe, I am not a cake person.  But Pie. That's where my heart is - a light flaky crust, filled with a juicy, slightly tart fruity filling.  Not only is pie a delicious way to celebrate the bounty of the season, but it also takes a bit of work to prepare - so it's lucky that you have access to some little hands to help you!  Measuring, mixing, and rolling are all wonderful activities for your kids to help with - and they all improve their fine and gross...

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Mei-Mei’s Lucky Birthday Noodles

Mei-Mei’s Lucky Birthday Noodles
Our son is adopted from Guatemala.  When he was little, we read loads of adoption stories along with our other favorite bedtime books.  I wanted to make sure he understood that every culture has its own traditions - and that many of them are easy to integrate into families anywhere.  In this touching tale, Mei-Mei, adopted from China, gets to help her mother prepare a special noodle dish for her birthday.  Long noodles are very meaningful in Chinese culture because by eating them, you will...

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Kids Cook with Books – The Beeman

Kids Cook with Books – The Beeman
This month, Kids Cook with Books is featuring the book, The Beeman, by Laurie Krebs.  This is a story about a beekeeping grandpa who takes his grandson out to take care of his beehives.  Throughout the tale, we learn about how bees live, produce honey, and their importance in our ecosystem, a particularly valuable message now that our country's bee populations are struggling for survival. Join the Fun - Here's How: Please leave a comment below, saying that you're joining Kids Cook with...

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Kids Cook with Books: Cloudy with a Chance of Me...

Kids Cook with Books: Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs
This month, Kids Cook with Books is featuring the book,Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, by Judi Barrett.  It's a silly story about the town of Chew and Swallow its unusual weather patterns.  Grandpa's do tell the best bedtime stories, don't they? Join the Fun - Here's How: Please leave a comment below, saying that you're joining Kids Cook with Books this month and reading Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs. Get a copy of our featured books using the links above or from your local...

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Kids Cook with Books – Strega Nona

Kids Cook with Books – Strega Nona
The featured book this month is Strega Nona, by Tomie dePaola.  It is a story that blends a little magic with a tale of a young man who isn't very good at following directions.  As parents, we might predict what may unfold, but the story gets very exciting before a village grandmother comes to the rescue. Join the Fun - Here's How: Please leave a comment below, saying that you're joining Kids Cook with Books this month. Get a copy of our featured books using the links above or from...

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Kids Cook with Books – Everybody Cooks Rice

Kids Cook with Books – Everybody Cooks Rice
Our featured book for February is Everybody Cooks Rice, by Norah Dooley.  It's a tale of culinary adventure as a boy and his sister visit their neighbors and taste their way through rice recipes from around the world.  Not only does the story describe a variety of multicultural recipes, it also addresses differences in family dynamics.  Some families are multigenerational, while others have parents who work several jobs to make ends meet. Everybody Cooks Rice is an eye opening story about...

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Dragons Love Tacos – Kids Cook with Books

Dragons Love Tacos – Kids Cook with Books
Happy New Year!  I am a little over-due with this month's installment of Kids Cooks with Books.  Please accept my apologies for being tardy with Dragons Love Tacos... The truth is that I have been in a bit of a funk over the past few months.  With the political climate as it is, it has been difficult for me to find meaning in the work that I have been doing.  While I know deep down how important it is for families, it feels so insignificant in the scope of the world.  Does it matter if kids...

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