The Holiday Handbook: 700+ Storytime Activities from Arbor Day to Yom Kippur…from Diwali to Kwanzaa to Ramadan

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Are you tired of the same old activities for Halloween, St. Patrick's Day, Christmas, Thanksgiving and Valentine's Day? Do you have trouble finding activities for Grandparent's Day, May Day, Earth Day, Rosh Hashanah, Diwali, or Ramadan? Here, you get countless activities for 33 holidays, saving you from scouring through hundreds of books and activities trying to find appropriate material.

Each chapter contains a small history of the holiday, an annotated collection of the perfect books, poems, and activities (such as coloring pages, cut-and-tell pages, draw-and-tell stories, flannel board stories, and games). Loads of finger plays included in each chapter make this book more than a guide to finding storytimes. Songs and crafts will bring life and variation to your holiday programming.

This one-stop compilation is easy to use and very inclusive. But the best part is the amazing amount of resources! You get over 700 activities, and at least 2 crafts and 2 cut-out drawings for each chapter. If you want story time to be amazing, this compendium has everything you need to serve your users instead of reinventing the wheel every year.


Preface Acknowledgments 

 April Fools' DayArbor Day, Earth Day, and Tu B'Shevat Birthdays Chinese New Year Christmas Cinco de Mayo Columbus Day Diwali/Divali Easter Father's Day and Mother's Day Fourth of July/Independence Day and Flag Day Grandparents Day Groundhog Day Halloween Hanukkah Kwanzaa Martin Luther King Day May Day New Year's Day Passover Presidents' Day Purim Ramadan Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur Saint Patrick's Day Thanksgiving Valentine's Day Veterans Day and Memorial Day  

Appendix A: Craft, Equipment, and Supply List Appendix B: Barbara's Gallery of Holiday Storytime Crafts Index About the Author

Barbara A. Scott

Barbara A. Scott has been Children's Librarian at the Bucyrus Public Library in Bucyrus, Ohio for 26 years. During that time, she has been responsible for creating preschool storytimes, as well as administering the state summer reading program and ordering materials for the Children's Department. In addition, she has been active over the years in the Ohio Library Council, serving on various committees. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Rio Grande, where she double-majored in Library Science and English.