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Lola Dutch French Brunch

As book-themed parties go, this one was as fancy, fun, and feminine as you can imagine. We were thrilled to create a beautiful French brunch party centered around the Lola Dutch book character. And we put together the ideas, recipes, and resources you need to create your own party! MENU Quiche Lorraine Crepes au Citron Sucre Fleurs des Concombres Fromage de Brie Brochette des Fruits Yaourt à la Framboise Macarons Gateau d'Anniversaire   RECIPES Quiche Lorraine (Ham & Cheese Quiche) 8 oz. ham, cut in small cubes 4 oz. Swiss cheese, grated 3 green onions, sliced (optional - I usually leave them out if serving children) 4 eggs 2 c. milk 1 c. Bisquick 1/2 t. salt 1/8 t. pepper   Grease muffin...

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Birthday Books

Most families have a treasured collection of Christmas books. But do you have a shelf of books to celebrate the special birthdays in your family? Pull out some of these books in anticipation of your child's birthday and your child will be thrilled!   The Perfect Birthday Recipe This brand new book is the perfect addition to your birthday shelf. When you order this month's Read & Play box, you'll receive the hardback book and two fabulous birthday cake-themed activities! In this excellent book, Beaver has designed the perfect cake for his upcoming birthday. When his friends offer to help, they just ruin everything. So Beaver stays up all night to start from scratch. His cake turns out perfectly -...

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Homemade Butterbeer

Reading Rewards Let's talk reading rewards for a minute. I believe the greatest reward for reading is in the story itself. That's why it's so important to find books with which our children identify!  The second best reward is one that reinforces reading. Offering an experience related to a book is a spectacular way to reinforce reading! Maybe it's making corn husk dolls after reading Little House on the Prairie. Maybe it's visiting a farm after reading Charlotte's Web. Maybe it's making homemade Butterbeer after reading Harry Potter.  This summer, we wanted our 11-year old son, who is a very reluctant reader, to venture into the Harry Potter series. (True confession: I've actually never read the series. I'm not much...

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Celebrating America's Birthday!

Happy 4th of July! I love Independence Day. I love my freedoms. I love holiday traditions. I love festive food. I love summer nights. What could be better than the 4th of July? Here are some of my favorite books that celebrate our country. Two of them are specific to the 4th of July, but the others are patriotic "anytime" books.   Blue Sky, White Stars This gorgeous book, BLUE SKY WHITE STARS, is a perfect celebration of American ideals. The text is simple, but oh-so-mindful and pairs perfectly with the pictures. For example: "Sew together, won nation" (with a picture of a woman sewing an early flag) is shown alongside "So together, one nation" (with a picture showing a beautiful melting...

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