Category Archives: Children’s Literature

Knitting and Crochet Projects for Harry Potter Fans

Harry Potter Wearing House ScarfThere are many sites with knitting projects for fans of Harry Potter. If you’re as eager as I am to see the new film, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, then you might want to mark the occasion by creating a memento or something to wear. I’ve scoured several sites and have selected the projects I like best.

Knitting:

Crochet:

Related post: Harry Potter’s Magically Knitted Scarf

Classic Literature for Young People

This will be my second post pointing you to useful information provided by the National Endowment for the Humanities. My discovery of the information in this post and the one just prior to it is a result of research I’m doing for a report.

Though the list of classic literature for young people is a summertime reading list, you and I both know that books don’t need to be seasonally classified. A book can be enjoyed inside on a rainy spring day, outside on a colorful fall day, near a fire on a brisk winter day, and on the beach on a hot summer day. I have a book with me at all times. I would be lost without something to read when I find myself in the position of waiting or relaxing.

This NEH recommended book list includes suggestions for children K-3 to 12th grade. I have many favorites on this list. Some books I discovered when selecting readers for my child, some I read when I was a child, and some I have read recently.

Please enjoy!

Marshmallows

Marshmallow and OliverI was browsing one of my favorite websites today when I ran across this recipe for homemade marshmallows. I’ve never had homemade marshmallows, but I understand they are very yummy.

While reading through the recipe, I wondered if there were any characters in literature with the name of Marshmallow. I rushed to Google and searched. Results led me to a wonderful little book by Clare Turlay Newberry called, yes you guessed it, Marshmallow. Marshmallow is a rabbit who believes Oliver, the cat, is his mother. Since I’m the curious sort and wanted to know more, I did another search and found this article, one you’ll truly appreciate if you love both cats and rabbits, which I do.

I’m quite a fan of children’s literature. I read as much of it as I do adult fiction. A well-written story with skillfully rendered illustrations can always be appreciated. Today, I’ve found another book I must add to my collection. Someday, I hope to share a variety of stories with a grandchild. For now stories like Marshmallow will have to be personal pleasures.