When it comes to children’s books, I love collecting vintage classics such as The Snowy Day, The Velveteen Rabbit, Harold and the Purple Crayon, Caps for Sale, and more. There are many “hidden gems” out there that may not be as popular or as mainstream as the literary classics, but are still heartwarming in their own special way. (My favorite children’s book will always be Russell Hobson’s A Bargain For Frances, which I cannot wait to read to my daughter when she’s a bit older.) This holiday season, give a great gift and read a new book to the children in your life—it’s precious bonding time they’ll cherish. Or encourage a tween to read more, for pleasure, school, or both!
Below is a list of newly-released children’s books. I hope the children in your life enjoy reading these “hidden gems” and personalized books as much as I enjoyed writing about them.
Dun-dun-dun! If the words ‘Black Friday’—the term used to describe the day after Thanksgiving in which many stores have monster sales—send you into a tizzy, just relax. Here at MommyPoppins, we’ve got some good news for your November 29th. When you and the kiddies need to burn off those turkey calories, consider checking out these fun-for-the-whole-family Black Friday events. And keep checking our calendar, too; we're adding more events all the time!
This year, Hanukkah will be extra special because according to the Jewish calendar, Hanukkah will cross with the American celebration of Thanksgiving. Hanukkah (Chanukah) is the Eight Day "Festival of Lights," and this year, the celebration begins the evening of Wednesday, November 27 and ends the evening of Thursday, December 5, 2013. You can celebrate at home or head out and about, so we've listed some state-wide Hanukkah events for the whole family.
Boo! Halloween and hayrides go hand-in-hand, but you may not have heard of a Halloween train. Adding a creepy factor to a train ride really enhances the whole spooky vibe of Halloween. Throughout New Jersey, various railroads can take your entire family on an adventure. Read below for some great ones; some are scary, some just take you to a pumpkin farm but, regardless, these trains bring on the fun!
Yom Kippur is the holiest day of the year for Jewish families, and some believe it’s the most important Jewish holiday. The holiday is associated with atonement, forgiveness, and starting anew. Most adults—and some teenagers, should they chose to—observe Yom Kippur by sundown-to-sundown fasting and through intensive prayer at synagogue. However, once the fasting period is over, it’s time to eat! We asked local cooking gurus to please share their favorite Break Fast recipes with MommyPoppins readers—some have been passed down from generation to generation. Enjoy! (Remember: Everybody celebrates the holiday differently, so cook/do what is best for you and your family’s personal beliefs and health.)
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