December 2009

by Sandra Koehler Lee

Did you know that woodchucks hibernate or that many bats fly south for the winter? These are just some of the factual tidbits you and your child will learn in Animals in Winter, by Henrietta Bancroft and Richard G. Van Gelder. The book is just what it sounds like: a narrative about what different animals do once the weather gets colder instead of a “story.” However, it is a nicely written explanation for preschoolers and elementary-school children and includes a section of how they can help wildlife during the winter.

In this installment of The Writer’s Journey, member Jennifer Troulis interviews children’s author Steven Kroll
Jungle Bullies, by Steven KrollSteven KrollThe Boston Tea Party, by Steven Kroll

Hello, Steven, and Welcome to The Writer’s Journey!


Snow Flake ArtMember Sandra Koehler Lee reviews terrific children’s books for Christmas, Hanukkah and Kwanzaa

December is a month full of holidays. The sparkling lights and inflatable Santas are reminders of Christmas but Hanukkah and Kwanzaa also are observed this month. Books are a great way to introduce the traditions of these holidays whether you regularly celebrate or just want to teach your children about other customs.

“Gardens are not made by singing 'Oh, how beautiful,' and sitting in the shade.”
— Rudyard Kipling