ZooBean: Handpicked Books for Kids

Zoobean: User Generated Curation of Children’s Book Recommendations

Sometimes, browsing the children’s department at the local library for a perfect new book to read as a family can be overwhelming. If you’ve brought your kids with you, chances are there is little time to peruse the stacks, or you might just be at a loss as to what titles will match your child’s current interests.  Librarians in the children’s department are a great resource for finding out about interesting titles, as is our monthly column, Open Sesame: Kid Lit Musings & Reviews, but what if you could add to these great local resources with recommendations made by parents too?

Well, there is just the thing, and it’s called Zoobean…

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Web Review: St. Nicholas & Sinterklaas Celebrations

St. Nicholas Center: Discovering the Truth About Santa Claus


Material about St. Nicholas, “lover of the poor and patron saint of children.” Features background about this 4th-century saint, illustrated descriptions of St. Nicholas customs from around the world (such as Sinterklaas celebrations on December 6 in the Netherlands), and activities, crafts, recipes, and stories related to St. Nicholas celebrations. The gallery provides images of St. Nicholas from cards, toys, church banners, and more. From two enthusiasts. www.stnicholascenter.org


Web Review: Hispanic Heritage Month

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage

Web site: teacher.scholastic.com.

Scholastic presents a collection of material for homeschooling families, school teachers and students in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, September 15-October 15.


Celebrate Hispanic Heritage
  • An interactive map showing Hispanic history in the America
  • An annotated listing of Latinos in history
  • Interview transcripts with recent famous Latinos (such as astronaut Ellen Ochoa)
  • Research guide on the Spanish missions in California
  • Teacher guide, games and more!

Web Review: The Online Menorah

The Online Menorah

CCL (c) HeatherIntroduction to the meaning of Hanukkah and the Hanukkah menorah. Features background about why Hanukkah is celebrated, the basic rules associated with the use of the menorah (what one may use to light the candles, and how one lights the candles), and audio, with English translations, of three blessings that are recited when the candles are lit. Also includes links to more detailed material about Hanukkah. From a Jewish outreach and education group. [(c) LII.org] www.torah.org/chanukah.html

Chanukkah E-Card

The National Yiddish Book Center has cooked up some e-cards, featuring images from Yiddish books in their impressive collection. Send a free e-card to your friends and family for with your own personal message for the holiday. They are offering three different designs:

  • Chanukka Menorah
  • Cooking Latkes
  • Dreydl

The National Yiddish Book Center is located in Amherst, MA. www.yiddishbookcenter.org/e-chanukka

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