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Spring Arrivals

Springing Kids into Reading

Warmer temperatures and blooming flowers can make reading seem a little dull, but there are ways parents can get their kids to crack open a book. Take an active role in developing your little bookworm by offering some of your own childhood favorites. After they've finished the book, ask them to tell you about the story. Tell them what your favorite parts of the book were and ask them to tell you about theirs.

Just because spring is in the air doesn't mean you should give up on an atmosphere of reading. Here are some suggestions that relate to this beautiful season of Easter,

Passover, spring sports, and nature's return to life.

Thumper Finds An Egg

by Laura Driscoll,

(Disney Press 2009), $3.99.

A happy jaunt through the forest after a storm stopped Thumper in his tracks when he spotted the pretty blue egg. His treasure wasn't secret for long when his sisters saw the egg. They knew it was a special egg that needed special care, so Thumper and his woodland friends set out to make the egg happy while looking for Mama bird. A cute, wonderfully illustrated story kids will enjoy.

Ages 2-5.

Easter Bunny in Training

by Maryann Cocca-Leffler

(Harper Collins Chidren's Books, February 2009), $6.99

April Fool! Watch Out at School!

by Diane deGroat

(Harper Collins Children's Books, March 2009), $17.99

Gilbert is looking forward to playing a few tricks on his buddies at school this April Fool's Day. Unfortunately, everyone (including his teacher, Mrs. Byrd) is playing tricks on him. The worst is Lewis, the school bully. But Gilbert gets in the last word as he outwits Lewis in the end. Pranksters and puzzle-lovers will get a kick out of this book.

Ages 5-8

Players in Pigtails

by Shana Corey,

(Scholastic, 2003), $16.95

What's a girl in the 1940's whose crumpled clothes, knotted knitting, and disastrous dancing to do when she doesn't fit in to the pattern of a "typical" girl? Katie Casey loved baseball, but everyone was constantly telling her to "stick to ballet." They changed their tune when Phillip Wrigley, owner of the Chicago Cubs, asked Katie to join his all-girl professional baseball league during Wrld War II. Although Katie and her friends were fictional characters, everything about the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League (AAGPBL) is true. Katie and her friends depict the amazing women who played in this league as they, right along with Rosie the Riveter, showed the world that woman power was every bit as good as man power.

Jewish Holidays Cookbook

by Jill Bloomfield,

(DK, September 2008), $19.99.

From Rosh Hashanah to Shavuot, this book helps kids take an active part in helping the family prepare classic dishes for family celebrations. And as kids help in the preparations, they'll learn why certain ingredients and foods are important parts of the Jewish culture by reading about the significance and history of each recipe. A great way to strengthen and celebrate the Jewish faith in the kitchen.

And Only For Mommy…

The Friday Night Knitting Club

by Kate Jacobs,

(Berkley Publishing, 2007), $14.00.

The ties that bind come in many forms, and the ladies in this poignant novel have yarn as their common thread. Described as a "Steel Magnolias set in Manhattan" (USA Today), this book explores the depths of friendship while making the reader want to pick up some knitting needles. The story takes place in a New York knitting shop, Walker and Daughter, as Georgia Walker and her teenage daughter, Dakota, fall into leading a group of diverse ladies learning to knit. A sisterhood forms as each shares her own life story and offers support and alliance to each other when tragedy strikes.

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