Book Suggestions/Parent Activity Calendar

Bone Soup by Cambria Evans

When Finnigan the hungry skeleton comes to a new town, he realizes no one wants to share their food with him. All Finnigan wants to do is join the other creatures at the big Halloween feast. What happens when Finnigan whips up his own magical stew? Ages 4-8.

The Night Before Thanksgiving by Natasha Wing, illustrated by Tammie Lyon

It’s the night before Thanksgiving, and everyone is excited for the food and family-filled holiday. In this charming ode to a favorite autumn celebration, gather around as the turkey is prepared, family arrives and pies are made. Ages 4–8.

The Little Reindeer by Nicola Killen

A magical bond is formed when a little girl befriends a lost reindeer. Told with charming drawings, this winter adventure is a perfect way to celebrate the season. Ages 4–8.

Parent Activity Calendar Sneak Peek…

October:
1: It is the start of a spooktacular month! Brainstorm some costume ideas with your child.

10: Do 10 jumping jacks after dinner!

15: What is your child’s favorite season, and why?

27: Make a Difference Day! What are some things you and your child can do today that will make a difference in someone else’s life?

November:

1: What are your child’s five favorite things about fall?

16: Walk around your neighborhood with your child for at least 15 minutes today.

22: Happy Thanksgiving! Tell your child what you are thankful for. What are they thankful for?

30: Can your child find three different-colored leaves on the ground?

December:
2: I spy… something glittery! What are some glittery things your child can see around them?

14: Tell your child your favorite holiday memory.

22: Make luminarias to light up the holiday season!

31: New Year’s Eve! What goals can you and your child set for 2019?


Parenting, by the Numbers:

90 million pounds of chocolate are sold the week of Halloween (Nielsen Newswire)

$49.87 is the average cost of a Thanksgiving Day feast for 10 people (American Farm Bureau Federation)

1,500 bacteria are on each square centimeter of human skin (Minnesota Dept. of Health)

20 seconds is the length of time one needs to wash hands to remove most germs (December 2nd is the start of National Handwashing Awareness Week!)

4 million tons of wrapping paper and shopping bags are used during the holiday season (Clean Air Council)

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