We All Read for Ice Cream

Ice cream is delicious every month of the year and since July is National Ice Cream Month, I'll take that as an excuse to eat more sweet, cold ice cream. People have been finding ways to use snow and ice to make yummy cold desserts since the Middle Ages. Did you know that the most popular flavor of ice…
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Let’s Make Something Awesome

I love to make stuff! It's amazing what you can make with a few supplies and a really good idea—like this easy bookmark monster. Even President Barack Obama thinks making is awesome! National Maker Week, June 12-18, celebrates design and hands-on projects for kids and adults across the country. In the mood to make something, but don’t know what…
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Telling the Story of Passover

Passover is one of the most important Jewish holidays of the year—and it's definitely my favorite! I enjoy sharing the story of Passover because we are reminded that this is a holiday where questions and interruptions are encouraged. We meet four types of children—the wise, the troublesome, the simple and the child who does not…
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Cinderella for All!

Everyone may know the French version of Cinderella, featuring the fairy godmother and glass slipper, the best, but more often these tales emphasize a different aspect of the story. Some focus on Cinderella's kindness to animals and to her stepsisters, others on Cinderella's incredible ability to survive. Some are perfect for the youngest readers and…
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Celebrate Engineers Week!

To be an engineer, all you have to do is find a problem and create a solution. Anyone can be an engineer! Participate in Engineers Week, February 21 - 27, by reading about engineers and inventors—real and fictional—who may inspire you to crack open your notebook and start designing something new. Did you know that earmuffs…
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A Family Festival of Lights!

One of my favorite holiday traditions is sitting in front of a glowing menorah with friends and family during Hanukkah. We eat latkes until our stomachs are full of fried food. Then we play dreidel, betting chocolate in this simple top-spinning game and trying not to eat our winnings. These are all classic Hanukkah traditions…
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