Geared towards the littlest ones

  • 50 Fun Recipes Kids Will Love to Bake! by Deanna F. Cook Following the best-selling book Cooking Class, this delightful baking cookbook for children ages 8–12 features 50 easy-to-follow, kid-friendly recipes. Lively step-by-step photos teach bakers-in-training how to knead dough, make biscuits, decorate cookies, and produce a perfect pie, along with essential skills like following directions and accurately measuring ingredients. Kids will learn to make both sweet and savory treats and will use fresh fruits and vegetables in recipes such as Bursting with Blueberries Muffins, Zombie Zucchini Bread, and Peachy Keen Crumble. Bonus goodie bag stickers, pop-out gift tags, and bake sale signs encourage kids to share their homemade delights with pride. 2017 NPR's Best Books of the Year 2017 IACP Cookbook Award Winner 2017 National Parenting Product Awards Winner 2018 ​Mom's Choice Award Gold Winner 2019 New York Times "Best Cookbooks for Kids"   Storey Publishing, 144 pages, spiral bound. ISBN 9781612128559
  • by Helene Boudreau   Find out about daily life in a fishing community by following the lives of people in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia. Reading age: 8-10 years old   Crabtree Publishing Company, 32 pages, paperback ISBN:  978-0778750857
  • Like the Willow Tree The Diary of Lydia Amelia Pierce, Portland, Maine, 1918 by Lois Lowry Historical fiction, recommended for grades 3-8 and a favorite recommendation of ours to all children visiting Sabbathday Lake. In 1918, as the Great War rages in Europe, the Spanish influenza tears a brutal path across the United States, leaving devastation in its wake. Ordinary life is turned upside down as schools are closed, and all spheres of public life are shut down.  Suddenly, eleven-year-old Lydia Pierce and her older brother, Daniel, find themselves orphans of the flu, and are taken by their grieving uncle to be raised in the Shaker community at Sabbathday Lake. Thrust into the Shaker's unfamiliar way of life, Lydia, a fiercely independent girl, must grapple with a new world that is nothing like the one she used to know. Lydia must work hard, and all the while she worries about her headstrong brother, who has run away. In time, and with her courageous spirit, Lydia learns to overcome the devastation wrought by the Spanish flu pandemic and find the joy in living with the Shakers -- yet she cannot stop wondering, will Daniel ever return? Newbery medalist Lois Lowry's poignant story of a girl living through the Spanish Influenza pandemic sadly seems more resonant than ever before. In the face of COVID-19, readers are sure to draw comfort from Lydia's sense of hopefulness. Now, with a brand new introduction from the author!   Scholastic 224 pages paperback ISBN 9781338724325  
  • by Cindy A. Littlefield   Create a one-of-a-kind paper barnyard! Pop-Out & Paint Farm Animals offers 15 stand-up animal templates that kids ages 8 to 12 can pop out of the book, paint as they please, and customize with paper wings, yarn beards, and other unique touches. Children will enjoy hours of creative fun as they expand their crafting repertoire, learn about different animals, and fill their paper farm with cows, sheep, pigs, goats, ducks, chickens, and even a barn cat(!). Additional plans for building the barns and yards for your new pets are included!   Storey Publishing, 88 pages, paperback ISBN: 978-1612121390
  • by Melissa Pelletier   Made in New England Kennebunk, Maine for "wicked good" kids age 7 and up.   Brown Fox Printing, 40 pages, paperback ISBN: 978-0972623063
  • Turn This Book Into a Beehive! And 19 Other Experiments and Activities That Explore the Amazing World of Bees By Lynn Brunelle The Real Buzz on Bees What a promise! Actually, promises. First, here’s a book that teaches kids all about the fascinating world of bees. Second, fun exercises, activities, and illustrations engage the imagination and offer a deeper understanding of bee life and bee behavior. Third, by following a few simple steps including removing the book’s cover and taping it together, readers can transform the book into an actual living home for backyard bees. Fourth, added all together, Turn This Book Into a Beehive! lets kids make a difference in the world—building a home where bees can thrive is one small but critical step in reversing the alarming trend of dwindling bee populations. Written by Lynn Brunelle, author of Pop Bottle Science, whose gift for making science fun earned her four Emmy Awards as a writer for Bill Nye the Science Guy, Turn This Book Into a Beehive! introduces kids to the amazing mason bee, a non-aggressive, non-stinging super-pollinator that does the work of over 100 honeybees. Mason bees usually live in hollow reeds or holes in wood, but here’s how to make a home just for them: Tear out the perforated paper—each illustrated as a different room in a house—roll the sheets into tubes, enclose the tubes using the book’s cover, and hang the structure outside. The bees will arrive, pack mud into the tubes, and begin pollinating all the plants in your backyard. Twenty experiments and activities reveal even more about bees—how to smell like a bee, understand the role of flowers and pollen, learn how bees communicate with each other through “dance,” and more. It’s the real buzz on bees, delivered in the most ingenious and interactive way.   Workman Publishing, paperback, 192 pages. ISBN 9781523501410

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