Tuesday Children’s Book Reviews for December 16, 2014

December is a LOT of things! It is the beginning of winter, and the end of the year. Many, many holidays, observations, and commemorations take place in December. The weather is – usually – changing, and it’s – usually – time to bring out the warm sweaters, scarves and gloves, and – hopefully!!! – the umbrellas, raincoats and rain boots.

December is a month for family, food, and fun!

It’s great to GET things, but it can be even better to GIVE – to your family, your friends – and to people you have never met. You and your family can donate to a food bank; you can have fun picking out new clothes and toys for the U.S. Marine Corps TOYS FOR TOTS program. Have more time than money? Practice some holiday songs, then go visit a convalescent hospital and sing!

Be thankful for the things and people you have in your life.

Want to try your hand at making gifts this year? The Library can help!

Cool Knitting for Kids: A Fun and Creative Introduction to Fiber Art by Alex Kuskowski

“Provides step-by-step, illustrated instructions for knitting projects, including mitts, scarf, and bag.”   [J746.432 KUSKOWSKI]

Knits to Give: 30 Knitted Gifts Made With Love by Debbie Bliss

“Provides thirty patterns for both beginning and expert knitters to create hand-knitted gifts for a variety of occasions.”     [746.43204 BLISS]

Crafts for Styling Your Wardrobe by Susannah Blake

“A variety of crafts for kids to make their clothes their own. Includes upcycling old clothes and basic sewing stitches”                  [J646.2 BLAKE]

Earth-Friendly Wood Crafts in Five Easy Steps by Anna Llimos

“Provides step-by-step instructions on how to create fourteen simple crafts using wood and cork”                      [J684.08 LLIMOS PLOMER]

Gifts by Ruth Owen

“Readers learn to use recycled materials to make gifts for family, friends, and even their dog.
Contents: Giving green gifts — Juice Carton Bird Restaurant — Seed-Covered Napkin Rings — Newspaper Desk Organizer — Recycled Glass Vase — Make A Pet Place Mat — Recycled Plastic Holiday Door Wreath”                       [J745.5 OWEN]

Make Your Own Gifts, edited by Margaret Parrish

“Make Your Own Gifts has more than 50 fantastic projects to make great handmade gifts that will be more memorable than their store-bought counterparts. From photo frames to handmade soap, this fun guide to arts and crafts includes awesome gift ideas for all occasions. Simple step-by-step instructions alongside detailed photographs make these gifts easy and accessible for children to make. With projects that range from fun trinkets made with materials found around the house to tasty baked treats made from scratch, this entertaining gift guide also includes instructions on how to make unique wrapping paper and gift tags to make any handmade present priceless.”          [J745.5 MAKE]

Have a wonderful December!

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