Now you already know that I am a great fan of all of you reading books so that you can learn so much more. Remember that in the pages of a book you can be anyone you want to be. You can be an astronaut, a princess, a king, a nurse or doctor. Why you can even be a deep sea diver or an animal trainer!
There’s another great advantage to reading books. You get to meet other kids and people from around the world. I wonder what a child about 9 years old living in South Africa or Japan does first thing in the morning when it’s time to get ready for school. Are their schools like our schools? Do they eat fun snacks and go to the movies like some of us here do? Does a teenager in other lands have graduation ceremonies like our graduating teens do? How do they dress and why do they dress the way that they do? I’m sure that kids from other places around the world ask the same questions about us.
You know how to get your answers? Sure you do! Read a book from the library about other cultures. Cultures, that an interesting word. What does it mean? Well, I looked it up in a book called the dictionary. A dictionary has thousands of words in it with their different meanings.
Cultures in short means: “the customs, social institutions and achievements of a particular nation.”
So, when you pick up a book about people in Haiti or Egypt, you read about what they do and why they do as they do. It’s great to read a book guys! Let’s continue to enjoy our Summer with trips, fun activities, picnics, swimming, and more. But please remember there’s more fun in the pages of a book than most anywhere else. Check out about other kids around the world before the Summer ends. You’ll love it.
Can you see my friend Jen, above. She’s reading a book and has two more books to read. She loves to read. Even though she has already been on a summer vacation with her family, and went to the amusement park with her friends, she hasn’t forgotten to read during this Summer.
I am sending all of you this short reminder to be sure that you visit your local library or favorite book store and get some books to read. The books don’t have to been hundreds of pages long for you to read, unless you want that kind of book. Wow! That’s a great idea. Go to the library and ask the librarian for a good long book that’s age appropriate for you and determine to read 20 minutes a day until school starts again. If you finish that book before school begins, great! If not, just keep on reading until you do. Guess what? You’ll have read so much that when the new text books are given out and assignments on your tablet are downloaded, you’ll already be in good reading practice and will ace any of your assignments!
So, until next time, let’s get our minds sharpened and our eyes roving over those pages in our favorite books. Keep having good fun this Summer.
I almost forgot. I have two new books coming out later this year. One is called “Junior Rabbit Travels to New York,” and the other is “Junior Rabbit Travels Home.” I’ll let you know when they come out so you can add them to your collection of children’s books. One more thing, when you get to the library, watch out for falling books!
Memorial Day is coming up. I never thought of this question until now. What is the place where Memorial Day began. It’s a good question. I found an answer to it below:
Official Birthplace Declared In 1966, Congress and President Lyndon Johnson declared Waterloo, N.Y., the “birthplace” of Memorial Day. There, a ceremony on May 5, 1866, honored local veterans who had fought in the Civil War. Businesses closed and residents flew flags at half-staff. Supporters of Waterloo’s claim say earlier observances in other places were either informal, not community-wide or one-time events.
By the end of the 19th century, Memorial Day ceremonies were being held on May 30 throughout the nation. State legislatures passed proclamations designating the day, and the Army and Navy adopted regulations for proper observance at their facilities.
It was not until after World War I, however, that the day was expanded to honor those who have died in all American wars. In 1971, Memorial Day was declared a national holiday by an act of Congress, though it is still often called Decoration Day. It was then also placed on the last Monday in May.
Wow! May is almost over and it’s been a good month so far. However, I don’t want to leave May without first talking about Cinco de Mayo day, which we observe every year on May 5th.
Have you ever wondered why Cinco de Mayo day is celebrated here in the United States? That’s a good questions.
Cinco de Mayo, or the fifth of May, is a holiday that celebrates the date of the Mexican army’s 1862 victory over France at the Battle of Puebla during the Franco-Mexican War. The day, which falls on Sunday, May 5 in 2019, is also known as Battle of Puebla Day. While it is a relatively minor holiday in Mexico, in the United States, Cinco de Mayo has evolved into a commemoration of Mexican culture and heritage, particularly in areas with large Mexican-American populations.
It is reading month this whole month! I am so excited!
Here’s the challenge: Let’s all read 15 to 20 minutes each day. Ready, set, read. Also, if you need something to read to your little brothers, little sisters, and nieces and nephews, ask Mom and Dad to get my books in the Junior Rabbit Series. You can order them on Amazon.com. Try reading and enjoying my book entitled “Junior Rabbit Goes to Pennsylvania. He’s on a great adventure.
Well, I have to go now, but remember this, reading opens up the world to you.
In the pages of a book you can be whoever you want to be. Let’s get reading!!
I’ve been so busy writing my books, which is good; but I missed saying Happy New Year to you all.
I am so excited for what the new year will bring for all of us. One thing I want it to bring is more reading fun! I’ve got two new books just waiting to be published. I already have one that was published late last year called Junior Rabbit Travels to Pennsylvania. He’s on the adventure of his life. I sure hope that all of you purchase it on Amazon.com.
Well, until next time, remember Reading Rocks in 2019, too!
I have had such fun finding out about the month of November. Read below what I found out. Then you go online or go to your local library and see what more you can find out about November.
DID YOU KNOW THAT…
November’s name comes from novem, Latin for “nine.”
In the United States and Canada, November is also known as National Beard Month or No Shave Month (also known as “No-Shave November“) as a way to raise cancer awareness.
All Saints Day is a Christian festival held on November 1 that celebrates the lives of all saints, known and unknown.
Veteran’s Day, when we honor those who have served in the United States Armed Forces, falls annually on November 11. It also coincides with Armistice Day and Remembrance Day, which mark the end of World War I.
Thanksgiving, perhaps the most popular of all American holidays after Christmas, is celebrated each year on the third Thursday of November.
We also get to enjoy a rare four-day weekend (with the Friday afterward, known as Black Friday, marking the traditional start of the Christmas shopping season).
That’s just a few fun facts. Send me some more. Thanks.
I love the Thanksgiving season, because it helps me to look over my life and see that I am blessed a whole lot. I know that if I have a house to live in and it’s got a bed and some food and I have clothes to wear and shoes to put on then I am blessed. In the winter when it’s coldest, I have heat in my house and warm pajamas to put on, and a nice cup of hot chocolate to drink while I read my favorite story on my phone or tablet or I have a real book in my hands, then I am thankful. Very thankful.
So, as this Thanksgiving season begins don’t forget to show thankfulness and thank God for all your blessings. Also, pray that God will bless other families who don’t have what you have. Happy Thanksgiving to all of you!
Here’s a history of Thanksgiving:
Thanksgiving Day is a national holiday in the United States, and Thanksgiving 2018 occurs on Thursday, November 22. In 1621, the Plymouth colonists and Wampanoag Indians shared an autumn harvest feast that is acknowledged today as one of the first Thanksgiving celebrations in the colonies. For more than two centuries, days of thanksgiving were celebrated by individual colonies and states. It wasn’t until 1863, in the midst of the Civil War, that President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed a national Thanksgiving Day to be held each November.