Happy birthday to Samuel Langhorne Clemens or better known by his pen name, Mark Twain. Twain was born on this day in 1835 in Florida, Missouri.
Mark Twain was an American writer, humorist, entrepreneur, publisher, and lecturer. His novels include classics The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. Twain also wrote The Prince and the Pauper and Life on the Mississippi.
Huckleberry Finn went on to be translated into over 75 languages. In 1935, Ernest Hemingway said, “All modern American literature comes from one book by Mark Twain called ‘Huckleberry Finn.'”
“Good friends, good books, and a sleepy conscience: this is the ideal life.”~ Mark Twain
To celebrate his birthday, spend time with some good friends and a good book.
Happy birthday to Madeleine L’Engle born on this day in 1918 in New York.
Madeleine L’Engle was an American writer of fiction, non-fiction, and poetry including such great works as A Wrinkle in Time.
Did you know that publishers rejected A Wrinkle in Time at least 26 times for being “too different” and for “dealing with the problem of evil”? It’s hard imagine this unique book not being published! To celebrate her birthday, read of her great pieces of work.
“You have to write the book that wants to be written. And if the book will be too difficult for grown-ups, then you write it for children.” ~ Madeleine L’Engle
Happy birthday also to my better half today also celebrating this day! 😉
National parks visitor numbers continue to rise as more people discover our nation’s treasures. As the season of gift-giving starts, national parks can provide some unique gifts for all the fans in your lives. With many options out there, it can be hard deciding on the perfect gift.
I have searched and rounded up these unique ideas for your friends and families who love the national parks suited for a variety of ages and at reasonable prices:
In this new children’s book, siblings Reese and Dean’s wild adventure at Erutuf National Park is sure to expand the reader’s imagination and, likely, a curiosity about animals and the world through a magical national park.
The United Nations Climate Change Conference recently took place in Glasgow. According to the U.N., “The Earth is now about 1.1°C warmer than it was in the 1800s. We are not on track to meet the Paris Agreement target to keep global temperature from exceeding 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels. That is considered the upper limit to avoid the worst fallout from climate change.”
These national headlines and statistics often make children feel helpless. Yet, children can make a difference today. My children’s novel provides an adventure that will help build children’s curiosity about animals and the world around them.
Here are 5 tips for helping children make a difference with climate change today:
Walk or bike to school. Find a classmate in the neighborhood to make it more fun.
Reuse returned homework and school paperwork as wrapping paper or letters for family. Grandparents, aunts, or uncles can see your old math homework wrapping up their gifts.
Avoid taking plastic bottled drinks and use the fountains or reusable containers.
Turn off the lights every time you leave the room. Turn it into a game or contest about family members keeping lights off.
Find rocks out in nature and decorate them as gifts for loved ones. Family loves homemade gifts especially for the holidays.
Children can take on these simple actions and feel a part of the community and that they’re making a difference. In the end, we all want to make a difference, even children.
World Kindness Day is a global day that promotes the importance of being kind to each other, to yourself, and to the world. The purpose of this day is to help everyone understand that compassion for others is what binds us all together.
To celebrate this day of kindness, I recommend this children’s picture book written and illustrated by my friend, Jesse Bennett. Her book, Lift, shares the sweet message of kindness, inclusion, and lifting our words and our actions throughout the beautiful pages.
This sweet and colorful book also shares a great meditation, affirmations, and journal questions at the end to help guide discussions with children. I love all her drawings and all the color used throughout this book!
It’s a great book to pick up to celebrate World Kindness Day!
Support local and shop at Bookshop.org this weekend. Spend $60 or more on book purchases this weekend and earn a $10 digital gift card. With supply chain issues for books this season, get your books now and get a bonus $10! Offer ends Sunday night.
Click here to start shopping! And check out that new Turtle Tube: An Erutuf National Park Novel too! 😉