Ah . . . there are few things that bring back memories more strongly than smell. Here are some of my favorites, from the festival of Hanukkah, the Jewish holiday that starts tonight and celebrates the miracle of oil lasting long enough to rebuild the Temple during the 2nd century BCE:
Spin, twirl and dazzle with these Jolly Paper Twirlies! Decorate your home for the season and create a winter wonderland for your family to enjoy. This craft is fairly easy, but make sure to help youngsters with some of the more difficult steps. Read on to see lots of photographs and learn how to make three kinds of Twirlies. It’s amazing what you can make with just seven pieces of paper!
The 18th Annual Family Trees: A Celebration of Children’s Literature at the Concord, Massachusetts Museum is quickly approaching! This year, the wonderful illustrator of Lola’s Fandango, Micha Archer, has the great honor of decorating the main tree at the exhibit. The Family Trees exhibit will be open from November 27 – January 1 and all proceeds benefit the Concord Museum’s education initiatives. If you’re in the New England area this season, bring the whole family to see Micha’s tree and dozens of others inspired by children’s stories! If you’re not in the area, please share with those who are, it’s a real treat for children’s book lovers.
Working with talented illustrators at Barefoot is pretty much my favourite part of making books. I’ve always loved and admired Miss Clara’s artwork — her unique, quirky imagination and the magical and evocative scenes she creates. So it was pretty exciting to discover that we would be designing three beautiful, gifty Miss Clara picture books.
Creating art for a book starts with sketches in a small journal I always have with me.
I think of the characters and how they could be dressed, then decide on a time period for the style of the costumes and the setting, whether it’s the 18th century, 19th or a mixture of time.
I love the festival of Divaali. All that colour and excitement and hope. All that drama, too – Rama and Sita’s epic love story and the way Rama is helped by the monkey god, Hanuman, and by his best friend Laskhmana, when Ravana, the Demon King, abducts Sita. What a great story!
We are very excited that our Ambassador, Barbara Saunders Sims, M.Ed. will be a guest storytelling expert at a free webinar hosted by Bright Horizons Family Solutions – Reading Aloud With Children: The Art of Bringing Books to Life Through Storytelling. You can register to attend the webinar on November 5 at 8:00 pm ET by visiting this page.
To celebrate the addition of Ruby’s Baby Brother to our family of books, we asked you, our community, for tips and tricks for helping older children adjust to the addition of a new sibling to their families. We crowdsourced advice from our Facebook page and our Living Barefoot Forums, and got some great advice from you.