November Books for Children

One of my favorite parts of working with children is being able to read to them. I love reading, and always have. I enjoy novels written for adults, but will always love books written with children in mind. I have a great number of favorites, and I will share them here. 

  • Leaf Man
    • This book is superb for introducing nature art to children, and uses materials readily available this time of year.
  • Barn Dance! 
    • This book has great lyrical cadence and children will be ready to get up and dance themselves by the end! 
  • We Gather Together- Celebrating the Harvest Season
    • This book takes a look at how different animals prepare for winter, as well as how humans of different cultures celebrate the season and prepare for their winters. It shows how all different cultures give thanks, and includes a recipe and some activitites along with a lesson plan. This is meant to be shared during the time of the fall equinox, but I feel it is just as appropriate in November. I really enjoy the full series- four books in the different seasons. I'll be sharing those later!
  • Sharing the Bread- An Old-Fashioned Thanksgiving Story
    • This is a book on Thanksgiving that I actually enjoy. It can be hard to find a book without mention of Pilgrims and Native Americans (or the crazy history re-writes that often accompany those stories.) This is delightfully "old fashioned" but sticks just to one family and their preparations for thanksgiving. The rhythm and cadence is just beautiful and it is written in language that younger children will enjoy. 
  • In November
    • I can't possibly discuss children's books for this time of year and forget this one. It may be older, but it is a fantastic book. It talks about and shows all the different things animals and humans do in order to get ready for winter, and uses very imaginative language. 
  • Fletcher and the Falling Leaves
    • An old friend of mine gave me this book years ago. I loved it then and I love it now! Fletcher the fox is worried when he sees the changing leaves on the tree, even trying to re-attach the leaves! At the end of the book is a beautiful surprise, and Fletcher learns to love the changing of the seasons. I would recommend reading this book frequently from the dropping of the last leaves until that first glittery snow- and then to go take a walk and find a tree that is sparkly and shiny with the snow and ice, just like Fletcher's. 

Let me know if you read any of these, and what you think! I love books so dearly this will be a regular feature. Enjoy reading these!

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We took a detour.

A few weekends ago we drove out of town to attend the most delightful brunch with a few new friends from Minnefabulous Vintage Lovers, a Minnesota group of vintage admirers and enthusiasts. This brunch wasn't an ordinary sit-down brunch- it was on a train! The Minnesota Transportation Museum owns and operates a train in Osceola that takes a number of trips a year- they do brunch, lunch, dinner, dinner theater, pumpkin rides, and I'm pretty sure a few with Santa too. Here's a link for more info on the train excursions. We had a lovely time riding the Empire Builder, drinking champagne, and going out to the back of the train to watch the miles of track disappear behind us. The fall colors were at their peak, and it was so gorgeous we forgot to take a single photo! 

On our way back to Minneapolis, we took a detour through Stillwater. We love ducking into the many antique shops, sometimes looking, sometimes buying. Either before or after, we go have a bite to eat and a drink at The Wedge & Wheel- arguably one of my favorite places. 

Today we stopped for cheese, charcuterie, and wine first. It was as delicious as it looked.

On this day we scored a few great finds: a green pair of bakelite earrings for me and a brown vintage purse (purses are hard to buy for me, as I have a severe latex allergy and must always carry epi-pens with me- they don't often fit into vintage handbags!) We also found a 1950's red sportcoat for my husband that fit him perfectly for only twenty six dollars. Today was one of our "just looking, not buying" days. We had a budget meeting that night. Ha!

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My Favorite Fall Traditions

Fall is easily, hands down, without a doubt my favorite season. I eagerly anticipate it for weeks, and when it finally hits I have some ritualistic traditions that occur every year. 

1. My First Day of Fall- I wear this dress and drink a pumpkin spice latte.

 I wear this dress for the first day of fall- and I've been wearing it since high school!

I wear this dress for the first day of fall- and I've been wearing it since high school!

2. Walk down Summit Avenue in St. Paul.. 

 Two years ago we even did our engagement photos on Summit Avenue in the fall, we love it so much! Photo by Kelsey Sagen Photography

Two years ago we even did our engagement photos on Summit Avenue in the fall, we love it so much! Photo by Kelsey Sagen Photography

3. Go hiking 

 A friend introduced me to Westwood Hills Nature Center this past year, and it is now my favorite place to be outside! http://westwoodhillsnaturecenter.org/

A friend introduced me to Westwood Hills Nature Center this past year, and it is now my favorite place to be outside! http://westwoodhillsnaturecenter.org/

 

4. Make soup. 

 This one is an Italian vegetable soup, but keep an eye out for my favorite soup recipe- I'll be posting it in a few weeks!

This one is an Italian vegetable soup, but keep an eye out for my favorite soup recipe- I'll be posting it in a few weeks!

5. Listen to Billie Holiday

 Billie's voice seems to perfectly match the season for me. Here's a  great collection  if you are unfamiliar. With thirty one songs for eight dollars you just can't go wrong. Photo by Amanda Faith Photography

Billie's voice seems to perfectly match the season for me. Here's a great collection if you are unfamiliar. With thirty one songs for eight dollars you just can't go wrong. Photo by Amanda Faith Photography

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