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Adults aren’t the only ones who feel the stress of the busy holiday season. Between parties, entertaining, shopping, wrapping, decorating, hosting visitors, baking, and other festivities that go along with the winter season, it can be exhausting even to think about, never mind take part in!


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.


I have been wondering about picture books lately. I have been wondering what it is that attracts me to this very particular art form. What was the impulse that led to the founding of Barefoot Books — to twenty years of shaping and sharing stories with words and pictures? The child in me has one way of exploring this question, the adult another.


 

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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.


This autumn, decorate your windows with translucent leaves that let the sun shine through! Using office supplies and tissue paper, work with your family to create a stunning window display perfect for seasonal parties. This activity is inspired by Skip Through the Seasons, which teaches us about winter, spring, summer and autumn.

What to find

• Templates (download below)
• Plastic sheet protectors (or contact paper)
• Tissue paper
• Scissors
• Glue
• Tape


 

marty house barefoot booksIn the beginning, there was a farmhouse. Here you see it beautifully rendered in coloured crayon by Nancy’s husband, Marty (as you can see, Marty is a skillful draughtsman, though he is less well known for this gift than for his superlative cooking skills). This is Beach Farm House, home for nine years to the Barefoot Books editorial, production and foreign rights departments.


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WIth a Komodo Dragon in Indonesia

Oh, the bittersweet transition from the lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer…

I relish our family summer holiday time – our spirited conversations over dinner, on car journeys and long walks– reminiscing about previous holidays, singing, dancing and sharing funny moments. It is our chance, in our otherwise frenzied existence, to unwind and just be together.


Since writing about Ruby’s first walk to school, I’ve loved every minute of creating her further adventures. From sleeping in a moonlit tent amid giants and dragons, right through to her apprehension at the impending arrival of her impish baby brother, Leon, Ruby has been fun.