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Happy Hanukkah!

Look for these fun Hanukkah titles! The Parakeet Named Dreidel by Isaac Bashevis Singer When young David and Mama and Papa are celebrating Hanukkah one  winter evening in Brooklyn, Papa sees a parakeet sitting on the window ledge. He lets the parakeet in and everyone is delighted to find that it speaks Yiddish. They name it Dreidel and it becomes part… Read more »

The Boy Who Fell Off the Mayflower or John Howland’s Good Fortune

The Boy Who Fell Off the Mayflower or John Howland’s Good Fortune by P.J. Lynch Just in time for Thanksgiving, this is an  illustrated account of the life of John Howland, the young servant who was indentured to Pilgrim John Carver. The author  describes how Howland  embarked on the Mayflower and survived a fall off the ship before helping his ill shipmates… Read more »

Read Something Scary!

Ready for Halloween? Try one of these scary books! Cabinet of Curiosities: 36 Tales Brief and Sinister by Stefan Bachmann Thirty-six eerie short tales relate to an imaginary museum of creepy artifacts and are arranged into such thematic “drawers” as love, luck, song, and fairy tales.       Took: a Ghost Story by Mary Downing Hahn A witch called Old Auntie… Read more »