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Sewing School

Sewing school: 21 sewing projects kids will love to make by Amie Petronis Plumley & Andria Lisle; photography by Justin Fox Burks — This book is a perfect place for any kid to start to learn to sew. For that matter, it's so easy to follow and well-designed, it's a great start for a sewing novice of any age. Covering hand-stitching and basic sewing machine techniques, you can learn to make a pincushion, a pillow, and a stuffed animal just to start with.

Free Books for Kids

United Way for Southeastern Michigan is creating successful adults, by kindergarten. Imagination Library provides free books for children from birth to age five. Benefits include:

  • One free book each month mailed to the home, up to age 5
  • A graduation book on the fifth birthday to help the transition into kindergarten
  • Free newsletter, website and other learning material for parents

For more information, or to register your child, visit the Dolly Parton's Imagination Library website.

Living Book: Craig Perdue

Craig Perdue, Naturalist and Primitive Technologist, shows us how Glory, the gregarious Harris Hawk, and Jasper, the Great Horned Owl, get trained to follow using behavioral psychology. Mr. Perdue also tells us about his lifetime love of nature and the skills to survive and thrive in it. Check out Mr. Perdue as a Living Book at Canton Public Library!

Lots of Snow… Thaw Your Creativity

Well, we may have gotten buckets of snow dumped on us but that doesn't mean our creative juices have to be frozen up too. Instead, let your creativity thaw out and have fun creating snow poems, cut out and decorate snowflakes, or build a snowman (or a snowcat) in your front yard. The possiblities are endless. Have fun!

Little Black Crow

Little Black Crow follows a young boy as he watches a bird fly through skies that alternate from stormy to sunny, cold to warm. He wonders, "Little black crow, where do you go?" This question is followed by other questions about family, friends, love, and fear. Will Boy and Crow be friends? Check it out to find out. You can always check out some other bird adventures too!

Lunch Box Cookery

Bored with the same old brown-bag lunches? Can't take the thought of another plain PBJ or tuna-fish sandwich? Grab some lunch box cookbooks to help you out. Find something new for those weekday lunches at school, or some fresh ideas for lunchtime at home. Check out some of these books listed below for inspiration.

Brown bag success: making healthy lunches your kids won't trade by Sandra K. Nissenberg and Barbara N. Pearl

Paula Deen's cookbook for the lunch-box set by Paula Deen with Martha Nesbit; illustrated by Susan Mitchell

Walk-around tacos: and other likeable lunches by Nick Fauchald; illustrated by Rick Peterson

Fairy tale lunches: a cookbook for young readers and eaters by Jane Yolen, Heidi E.Y. Stemple, Philippe Béha.

Drives of a Lifetime by National Geographic

Drives of a lifetime: 500 of the world's most spectacular trips — This lavishly illustrated, hardcover travel planner gives you every bit of information you'll need to navigate 400 amazing driving routes in some of the world's most fascinating locales. This practical travel planner provides specific, in-depth descriptions of the sights each drive offers. A clear, detailed, easy-to-read map of each route. Useful information on the best time to travel. And insider tips to help you get the most out of every fabulous trip. Abundant sidebars call your attention to standout sights along the drive or entertaining background information on the region and its culture. While handy indeed as a planner, Drives of a Lifetime doubles as a full-color gift book with more than 200 dazzling, large-format photos and crisp, evocative text that will enchant armchair travelers.

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