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High Lexile (1000+) Holiday Books in BPL’s collection

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Balloons Over Broadway: the True Story of the Puppeteer of Macy’s Parade by Melissa Sweet (1000 AD)

Balloons over Broadway : the true story of the puppeteer of Macy's Parade
This is the Matzah by Abby Levine (1000 AD)
This is the matzah

Meeting Trees by Scott Russell Sanders (1000)

Meeting trees
Lilies, Rabbits and Painted Eggs by Edna Bartha (1020 AD)

Lilies, rabbits, and painted eggs : the story of the Easter symbols
Jingle Bear by Stephen Cosgrove (1020 AD)

Jingle Bear
A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens (1080)

A Christmas carol
It’s the Fourth of July! by Stan Hoig (1140)

Winnie the Pooh’s Stories for Christmas by Bruce Talkington (1140)

Disney's Winnie the Pooh's stories for Christmas
Life and Adventures of Santa Claus by L. Frank Baum (1170)

 

 

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Stuff to do instead of watching TV: Bear Hug Pop Up Cards

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Joan Irvine. How to Make Super Pop-Ups.

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Cookbooks

shutterstock_72041857Kids can cook too!  For some kid-friendly recipes for Thanksgiving (and maybe a few unconventional menu ideas), try these cookbooks…

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The Children’s Step by Step Cookbook by Angela Wilkes

A general cookbook with excellent photography of all the ingredients, tools and steps needed to complete each recipe. Recommended recipe: Kabobs (turkey kabobs could be a fun new family tradition for Thanksgiving!)

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Salad People  by Molly Katzen

A vegetarian cookbook that includes recipes written in a visual format for children (as well as the same recipes conventionally written for adult helpers).  Recommended recipe: Sweet Potato Surprise

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Pilgrim Foods and Recipes by Sarah Florence

A beginning reader briefly covering the history of the Pilgrims and life in colonial America with a few recipes. Recommended recipe: Baked Butternut Squash

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Native American Foods and Recipes by Shannon Moore

Discusses Native American cultures by focusing on their foods and recipes.  Recommended recipe: Pumpkin Corn Sauce

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The United States Cookbook by Joan D’Amico

Explore all our 50 states through recipes.  Recommended recipe: Bread Pudding

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Super Simple Snacks by Nancy Tuminelly

No-bake recipes that require only  a few ingredients per recipe.  Recommended recipe: Cranberry Nut Crunch

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Cool Carrots:  from garden to table by Katherine Hengel

A nifty series of books that discusses planting, growing, harvesting and using various plants. Recommended recipe: Pickled Carrot Sticks

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Cool Potatoes:  from garden to table by Katherine Hengel

A nifty series of books that discusses planting, growing, harvesting and using various plants. Recommended recipe: Tempting twice-baked potatoes

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Cool Green Beans: from garden to table by Katherine Hengel

A nifty series of books that discusses planting, growing, harvesting and using various plants. Recommended recipe: Cheddar Pecan Green Bean Casserole

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Super Simple Desserts by Nancy Tuminelly

No-bake recipes that require only a few ingredients per recipe: Recommended recipe: Maple Cranberry Drops

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For a different take on the traditional meal…

A Superhero Cookbook by Sarah Schuette

Recommended Recipe: Crime-Fighting Carrots

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Star Wars Cookbook by Robin Davis and Star Wars Cookbook II by Frankie Frankeny

Recommended recipes: Tusken Raider Taters and Qui-Gon Jinn-ger Snaps

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A Pirate Cookbook by Sarah Schuette

Recommended recipe: Scurvy Soup

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A Princess Cookbook by Sarah Schuette

Recommended Recipe: Princess and the Pea Salad

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Stuff to do instead of watching TV: Flag Magnets

Make a flag magnet from toothpicks to celebrate Veteran’s Day (November 11).

Crafts to Make in the Fall

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Stuff to do instead of watching TV: Soft sculpture pumpkin

Use pantyhose, stuffing and paint or markers to make a pumpking to display this Halloween.

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