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Story Time: Officer Jack-Stolen Puppy

Lesson ideas, free printables, crafts for kids, and a fun recipe to accompany a picture book about police officers and their daily heroism. Great for teaching homeschool.My hard crush on James Burd Brewster’s Glad to Do It! series is ever-expanding.  I just love how Brewster bases these fun, upbeat picture books on real-life stories.

Plus, he always includes educational information about being a rescue worker.  In Officer Jack: Stolen Puppy, Brewster walks your kids through how police run an investigation, showing the steps his officers take to find suspects.  And if your kid doesn’t squeal over police cars, chances are puppies will do the trick.  I’ve said it before, but I can’t recommend these books enough.


So. Good.

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Story Time: 10 Gulab Jamuns

Story Time: 10 Gulab Jamuns includes fun picture book reading extensions to celebrate Multicultural Children's Book Day with your kids. Includes a free math printable, a craft tutorial for making a traditional Indian door hanging, and the recipe for gulab jamuns, an Indian treat

Multicultural Children’s Book Day is one of my favorite days of the year.  I love reading diverse books with my boys.  Introducing them to other cultures through books is one of the best ways I know to encourage tolerance and acceptance.  And tolerance and acceptance rock.

If you’re looking for good books to read for MCBD on January 27, I’ve got the goods.  (You know I love ya.)

Make sure and check out the Story Times for If You Were Me and Lived in the American West, If You Were Me and Lived in Ancient Mali, and If You Were Me and Lived in Ancient China , but right now let’s have fun with 10 Gulab Jamuns.
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Story Time: The Little Drummer Mouse

The Little Drummer Mouse activities include 2 science projects involving light, a printable, a Christmas Drum Craft tutorial, and a Star Shortbread Cookies

One of my favorite Christmas songs is The Little Drummer Boy. I’m not making this up, I still choke up every time I hear it so bad that I can’t sing along with the end.

I love the idea of anyone, anywhere, being able to make a difference.  It’s magic to me that we all have that inside us.

So when I came upon Mercer Mayer’s The Little Drummer Mouse, I was sold the instant I saw the cover.  Then I opened it.  And nearly wept at the gorgeous illustrations.  The story is just what you would want it to be:  The little drummer mouse is teased about his drum by all the other animals.  The animals hear of a royal family coming through the forest so that a baby king may be born.  They don’t recognize the family as royal and give up waiting for them, but the little drummer mouse sees a bright new star in the sky and follows it to the stable where the baby is resting.  The rest is just like the song, with the baby king loving the drum more than any of his other gifts.

Le sigh.  So freaking sweet.

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Story Time: Isabella-The Cow Who Wanted to Sing

Story Time: Isabella-The Cow Who Wanted to Sing includes farm and cow activities to extend the picture book by J B Allen

Oh me. Oh my.

You guys know I love finding new authors for your littles’ reading pleasure.  It is my favorite.  And I have found you another one that is going to make you very happy.  J.B. Allen writes about the animals at Elm Grove (which happens to be a real farm–how much does that rock?!) and she does it with style.

Isabella: The Cow Who Wanted to Sing is just about the most precious thing I’ve ever read.  And I mean that in the best way.  So when I was given the chance to get my hands on it for a Story Time, I was thrilled.  Thrilled, y’all.  Because this book.  I can’t even.

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