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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 fill in the form 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 fill in the form 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 fill in the form 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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Kids Cook with Books – Too Many Tamales

Kids Cook with Books – Too Many Tamales
Making tamales is a Christmas tradition for Latino families. Gathering together to create the tamales is just as important as sharing the finished product. In Too Many Tamales, a family makes tamales together, and a young girls mistake becomes an interesting challenge for the siblings to tackle. Read this book together, and then gather your friends or family together to make your own version of tamales! Join the Fun - Here's How: Please fill in the form below, saying that you're joining...

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Pumpkin Cook & Learn Activities for Kids

Pumpkin Cook & Learn Activities for Kids
Fall is in the air and Halloween is approaching.  To be honest, it's not my favorite holiday, but I do love the excuse to make a good pumpkin pie...and use pumpkins as a teaching tool for kids!  While you are picking out your fall-themed decorations, remind your kids that pumpkins are food!  They are a variety of squash and grow in low bushes or vines like zucchini and cucumbers.  While we don't tend to eat the pumpkins that we carve for Halloween, there are edible varieties of pumpkins,...

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Dim Sum for Everyone {Dumpling Recipe}

Dim Sum for Everyone {Dumpling Recipe}
Dim Sum might just be my perfect food.  It is made from fresh ingredients, typically loaded with a variety of fresh vegetables...and best of all, it can often be eaten with my fingers!  I find it very appealing to eat at a restaurant where I can peek at the foods as they travel past our table on a cart, and choose the ones that I'd like to try. Dim Sum has several translations, one of which is "touches the heart" because customers choose whichever dishes their hearts desire. In this story,...

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Cook & Learn: Jewish High Holidays

Cook & Learn: Jewish High Holidays
I'll start this post with a little disclaimer.  I am Jewish.  Culturally Jewish, at least.  I don't go to temple very often, but I always feel a sense of family and camaraderie when I am with members of my tribe.   When I was a child, I used to attend Sunday school, and then when I got older, I went to Monday night school leading up to my confirmation.  I went on an amazing 6-week long trip to Israel when I was 16, and to this day, I still cherish those memories.  When college came along,...

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