Holiday, Making a Difference, Quick Service Projects, Seasonal

Halloween Candy Switch

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For the past 10 years, my children have traded their Halloween Candy for a $10-$12 toy of their choice.  I know what you are thinking, “You take ALL of their candy, you are so cruel!”  To be clear I don’t TAKE anything, it is a TRADE that they agree to make.  I also allow them to eat some candy on Halloween and save 5 pieces for consumption the week after Halloween.  This has worked well for us and their dentist approves!

The candy the kids trade in is sent to work with my husband.  His employees LOVE the variety and it is usually all gone in 1-2 days!

Last year, while packing Thanksgiving food baskets at our local food bank, I was surprised to see that Halloween candy was one of the items included.  “We like to put in a little fun for the kids,” the organizer told me.  I knew right then that next years Halloween candy would go to the food bank for the Thanksgiving baskets.

There are many great places to donate Halloween Candy, a quick internet search will bring up many options in your area.  I am asking you to consider your local food bank, call them and see if they would like a donation for their Thanksgiving baskets.  Happy Halloween!!

 

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Celebrate May Day

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May Day, celebrated on May 1st, is an ancient holiday that welcomes the change of seasons.  In the Northern Hemisphere it marks the return of spring (it takes awhile for spring to get to the Northern United States) and often involves dances around a maypole, the crowning of a May Queen and the creating of May Baskets.  This holiday is still celebrated around the world but it is mostly forgotten in the US.  It is my hope that this will change.

May Baskets are my favorite part of May Day.  For the past few years, the children and I have left May Day Baskets anonymously on the doorsteps of friends and family.  These simple baskets are made out of construction paper and contain spring treasures that we collect (flowers, rocks, pinecones, shells etc.), homemade cards that say, “Happy May Day” and treats that we bake.   The kids love ringing the doorbell and running away before being seen.

May Day is a fun and simple holiday that is all about KINDNESS and celebrating the beauty of spring.  Check out this post from Skip to My Lou for 10 May Day Basket ideas.  If you want to learn more about the history of May Day Baskets, check out this NPR post.

Do you celebrate May Day?  We’d love to see photos of your celebration.

 

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The Iditarod with Kids

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March is one of my family’s favorite months of the year.  This is because we LOVE to follow the Iditarod.  What is the Iditarod you ask? The Iditarod is a 938 mile, Alaskan sled dog race from Anchorage to Nome.  Mushers take teams of 16 dogs on an 8-15 day race through the Alaskan wilderness.  This race commemorates Balto and the great Serum Race that happened in 1925.  The Great Serum Race involved many mushers and dog teams in a relay to deliver medicine to Nome to battle a diphtheria outbreak.

The Iditarod started in 1973 to keep the sport of sled dog racing alive.  Dogs and mushers  all test their strength and ability during the race and try to be the first to cross through the arch in Nome. Animal safety is of the utmost importance during the Iditarod and all animals are checked carefully at each checkpoint by veterinarians.  Mushers develop such tight bonds with their teams of dogs and most of them treat their dogs like family.

This year over 50 teams will leave on March 2nd for the Ceremonial Start from Anchorage.  This part of the race is broadcast for FREE on the Iditarod website.  The official start happens on March 3rd.  My children and I will be glued to the GPS tracker on the Iditarod website, as we follow our favorite Mushers through the race.

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In honor of the Iditarod, we wanted to share some of our favorite Animal Service Projects (click on the picture above) and our family’s favorite Iditarod books.  Click on the book pictures below to learn more.

Iditarod Books

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This is my FAVORITE Iditarod book of all time.  I have read this book so many times and still cry at the end.  This book is about a teamwork, determination and the love and trust between animals and humans.  This story is sure to have you cheering on Akiak and would be perfect for children ages 3 and up.

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This book was written by Libby Riddles, the first woman to win the Iditarod in 1985.  This book is the true, historic story of that race and includes photographs and beautiful illustrations.  Storm Run is an inspirational story of a determined woman and her beloved dog team, who fought their way to victory.  I would recommend this book for anyone ages 4 and up.

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This is another great Iditarod story that puts you on the trail with the dogs and musher.  This book was written by Shelly Gill, who was the fifth woman to ever complete the Iditarod.  This book is based off of her experience and is filled with the action that these teams face on the trail.  This book would be great for children ages 3 and up.


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The Iditarod race commemorates the Great Serum Race from 1925 where mushers and dog teams set up a relay to get medicine to Nome for a diphtheria outbreak.  The hero of the Great Race is Balto.  You can learn more about his brave story and of the Great Serum Race is in this book.  This book would be great for ages 5 and up.

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Jack and Annie fans will love this tale of Balto, the famous sled dog.  We are BIG Magic Treehouse fans in this house and this book was exciting from start to end.  Magic Treehouse books are fun and engaging ways for children to learn about historic times.  This book and the rest of the series would be great for children ages 5 and up.

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This great book will bring you behind the scenes of the life of an Iditarod sled dog.  You will learn about their training, their care, their determined spirits and the love and trust they share with their human mushers.  These dogs are some of the most athletic animals in the world and this book is filled with dog facts and beautiful photographs.  This book would be great for ages 3 and up.  Younger listeners will enjoy the pictures and a brief summary of the text.

(Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links. This means if you click on the image of the books above you will be taken to Amazon.  20% of all profits made through this site will be donated to our charity of the season.  You can see the current charity on our Book Corner page.  Thank you for supporting our site and a very noble charity.)  

 

 

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Chinese New Year

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Happy New Year: 新年快乐 (xīn nián kuài lè)

This year Chinese New Year (or Lunar New Year) begins on January 25th.  Chinese New Year is the beginning of the Chinese calendar and is also known as the Spring Festival.   2020 is the Year of the Rat and rats symbolize wealth and surplus in China.

This 15 day festival can be a great time for your family to learn about the Chinese culture, the traditions associated with this festival and have a little bit of fun.  Here are some fun things you and your family can do to learn about and celebrate Chinese New Year.

  1.  CLICK Here to find out what your Chinese Zodiac symbol is (we are snakes, a dog and ox over here)
  2. CLICK HERE for ideas for a craft projects for Chinese New Year.  You can make some fun decorations together and plan a Chinese New Year Feast.  Red is the color of Chinese New Year and it is thought to bring luck.
  3. Make Chinese food together or order take-out from your favorite restaurant.  Dumplings are eaten every day during the festival.
  4. Find a local Chinese New Year celebration.  People from all over the world celebrate this festival and there are many events here in the USA.  Check out your local art museum or go to your closest China Town.  We went to a dragon dance a few years ago at our local art museum and it was beautiful.

Books for Chinese New Year

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From the publisher: “When her Chinese grandmother comes to visit, a young Chinese-American girl learns of and participates in the customs and beliefs celebrating an authentic Chinese New Year.”

 

 

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From the publisher: “In this picture book celebrating Chinese New Year, animals from the Chinese zodiac help a little girl deliver a gift to her grandmother.Ruby has a special card to give to her grandmother for Chinese New Year. But who will help her get to grandmother’s house to deliver it? Will it be clever Rat, strong Ox, or cautious Rabbit? Ruby meets each of the twelve zodiac animals on her journey. This picture book includes back matter with a focus on the animals of the Chinese zodiac.”

 

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(Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links. This means if you click on the image of the books above you will be taken to Amazon.  20% of all profits made through this site will be donated to our charity of the season.  You can see the current charity on our Book Corner page.  Thank you for supporting our site and a very noble charity.)  

 

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Candlemas

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Candlemas, February 2nd, is known by many names: Groundhog Day, Imblog and St. Bridgids Day.  Candlemas is a beautiful and long forgotten winter holiday that marks the half way point until spring.  Throughout history people would gather and celebrate light, hope and renewal.

Candlemas-Day Verse

If Candlemas Day be fair and bright
Winter will have another flight.
If Candlemas Day brings cloud and rain,
Winter won’t come again.

Today on February 2nd most people focus on a small furry mammal named Phil, in the little town of Punxsutawney Pennsylvania.  The world holds its breath as the poor little groundhog is removed from his cozy slumber to look for his shadow (if he doesn’t find it that means an early spring).  I admit I am one of those people who LOVE that silly tradition and I watch it live on the internet.  My kids and I also watch Bill Murray’s Groundhog Day movie every February 2nd, we LOVE that ridiculous movie.

I invite you and your family to take some time to pause on February 2nd and reflect upon your own hopes and dreams for the year.  Maybe you light some candles to mark the fact that we are half way to the spring equinox or try one of the other ideas below.

Happy Candlemas!

Here are some ideas to celebrate Candlemas:

  1. Make candles as a family (this kit is a favorite of ours)
  2. Have a candlelit dinner and talk about everyone’s hopes and dreams
  3. Call someone who may be lonely and provide a little light in their lives
  4. Plant a seed or bulb and watch it grow as the days get closer to spring
  5. Make Valentine’s Day cards to send out to the older folks in your life.  They will love a little handwritten note from you.

Here are some of our favorite books to read on February 2nd.

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A fun book about a groundhog who has trouble hibernating.  He wakes up for all of the fall/winter holidays (Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas) and sees what he has been missing all these years.  This is such a cute book and is great for ages 3 and up.

 

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This book is not only funny but filled with lots of facts about weather, the history of Groundhog Day and other groundhogs around the world.  My kids and I read this book every year and it still makes us laugh.   This book is great for kids 5 and up.

 

 

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This is an ancient Irish story that celebrates St. Brigid.  In this beautiful story you hear about how Brigid’s got her famous blue cloak and the first of the miracles that it performed.  St. Brigid is a patron saint of Ireland and a wonderful role model for kindness.  She set up convents all over Ireland that catered to the poor and hungry.  This book would be great for children ages 5 and up.

 

(Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links. This means if you click on the image of the books above you will be taken to Amazon.  20% of all profits made through this site will be donated to our charity of the season.  You can see the current charity on our Book Corner page.  Thank you for supporting our site and a very noble charity.)  

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7 Days of Kindness


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Kids in Service will be leading a 7 days of Kindness challenge on social media (Instagram and Facebook) from February 8th-February 14th.  We are asking everyone in our community to try to do a kind deed every day for one week.  Share the kind deed that you or someone you love did on either our Facebook page or Instagram Page each day.  Each kind deed that you share will be an entry into our prize drawing.  If you post a kind deed EVERY DAY for 7 days, you will get an extra 5 entries into the drawing.

You must “LIKE” our Kids in Service Facebook page and/or FOLLOW us on Instagram to be entered in the drawing.  

If you are not on social media, you can still enter the contest by emailing us and telling us about your kind deed.  Please email communityserviceforkids@gmail.com.  If you email all 5 days, you will receive an extra 5 entries.

We have 3 prizes to choose from (lunch box notes and two books) and we will have 3 winners!!  The first person drawn will get to choose their prize of the three prizes available, the second person drawn will then get to choose their prize out of the two prizes left and the 3rd person drawn will be given the remaining prize.

We hope you will join us for this week of Kindness!  See you over on social media.

Here are the prizes:

One Box of Lunch Box Notes by Bloom Daily Planners

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Pay it Forward by Catherine Ryan Hyde (Paperback edition)

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The Berenstain Bears Lend a Helping Hand by Stan and Jan Berenstain (Paperback)

This post contains Amazon Affiliate Links.  If you click on one of the pictures of the books and choose to purchase a book through this site, 20% of all proceeds will be donated to the Kids in Service charity of the season.  This season the charity is Love Does.  You can learn more about Love Does HERE.

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Hygge All Year Long

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I live in the northern hemisphere and slowly but surely the days are getting longer and on February 2nd, we will be half way to spring.  Hygge is often thought of as a winter concept but the truth is the Danish people take the coziness and togetherness of hygge and make it last all year long.  Here are some fun family ideas to plan for when the weather gets warmer.

Hygge Ideas for the Warmer Weather

  1. Pizza on the beach at sunset
  2. Outdoor concert
  3. Ice cream cones on a hot day
  4. Reading in a Hammock
  5. Catching Fireflies in a Jar
  6. Outdoor BBQ with Friends
  7. Cloud watching

All Year Long Hygge Activities

  1. Stargazing
  2. Campfire
  3. Family game night
  4. Family read aloud time
  5. Potluck Dinner
  6. Family Hike

This is the last hygge post for this season.  We hope you have enjoyed this month of focusing on family self-care and hygge.  We at Kids in Service believe that you must take care of yourself if you plan to serve others.

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Kindness Jar

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This is the Kindness Jar that sits near our dining table.  My children made it with our kids community service group last winter and it is always out as a constant reminder to think of others and BE KIND.  The Jar is filled with slips of paper that contain ideas for kind deeds.

When we go to the jar for ideas for kind deeds we pull out three slips of paper.  We then decide which deed is the best one for us to do right now.  Some of the kind deeds are more time consuming or may need a trip to the store and if we have a lot going on we may have to save them for another day.

You can easily make your own Kindness Jar with materials you have in the house.

  1. First find an empty, clean jar and have the kids decorate it with paint (we used paint pens), stickers, sharpies….anything!
  2. Next CLICK HERE for a FREE PRINTABLE with slips with many kind deed ideas and blank slips for you to come up with your own ideas.  Print these out and go through each one and decide as a family if you will add them to your jar or not.  Then work together to brainstorm some other kind deeds that you could do and place those in the jar.
  3. Cut these slips of paper and put them in your jar.
  4. When you are ready to do a kind deed, pick a few slips of paper and decided as a family which deed you will do that day (some of the deeds take more prep time than others).
  5. If you would like, you can keep track of your kind deeds by replacing the slips of paper with a cotton ball or marble and watch the jar fill up or keep a KINDNESS CHAIN like we did.

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Hygge Books

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Winter is a time for snuggling up together on the couch with a good book.  Family read aloud time should happen all year but our family does a lot more of it during the winter months.  We spend one hygge evening each week listening to an audio book while we each draw in our sketch pads or color in adult coloring books.  The library, Audible, Sparkle Stories and Scribd are great places to find quality audio books and stories for the whole family.

There is lots of research about how important Family Read Aloud time is for teens (here is a great podcast about this).  Reading aloud books with teens allows everyone to slow down and for the teens to experience difficult topics without leaving the comfort of their home.  This can then lead to rich family discussions about the challenges brought up in the stories.

Here are some of our favorite stories to read aloud during the winter time. We also have read aloud suggestions for older children and have included some adult selections about the topic of hygge. Happy Reading!  

Click HERE for a Kids in Service Reading List for the library or bookstore.

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This book does a beautiful job demonstrating the theme of kindness for young children (ages 3 and up).  The Hedgehog’s nest blows away in a storm and he bundles up to go to Badgers house.  Along the way he meets friends who are very cold and one by one gives them pieces of his own warm clothing. This book looks like it is no longer in print but see if your local library has it or find a used copy.  It is a sweet story of friendship and kindness!

From the Publisher: “When a fierce windstorm blows away Little Hedgehog’s nest, he puts on his winter clothes and sets off for Badger’s warm house. On his way, Hedgehog meets his friends, all shivering in the wind and snow. One by one, Hedgehog gives away his cozy mittens, hat, and scarf. But will Little Hedgehog make it through the storm to safety without his warm clothes? A delightful story about sharing with others, with soft flocking wherever Little Hedgehog’s mittens, hat and scarf appear.”

 

This is our ABSOLUTE favorite winter book.  In this beautiful story, a little girl finally gets her chance to go owling with her father.  This book is about patience, adventure and quality time together. I would recommend this book for ages 3 and up.

From the publisher: “Distinguished author Jane Yolen has created a gentle, poetic story that lovingly depicts the special companionship of a young child and her father as well as humankind’s close relationship to the natural world. Wonderfully complemented by John Schoenherr’s soft, exquisite watercolor illustrations, this is a verbal and visual treasure, perfect for reading around and sharing at bedtime.”

 

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This beautiful book of photographs might just inspire a kindness project for the animals near your home.  I would recommend this book for children 3 and up.

From the publisher: “Forest animals, awakened by the birds’ warning that there is a stranger in the woods, set out to discover if there is danger and find, instead, a wonderful surprise.”

 

 

Extra Yarn by Mac Barnett is the story of a young girl named Annabelle and her magical box of yarn.  This story starts with dull, mono chrome illustrations and a melancholy community.  As Annabelle knits sweaters for the people and critters in her town, the colors start to become more vivid and the mood becomes more positive.  When a duke tries to steal the magical box of yarn, a wonderous thing happens.  This book is about joy, kindness and the spirit of giving.

From the publisher: “From bestselling and award-winning author Mac Barnett and illustrator Jon Klassen comes Extra Yarn, a Caldecott Honor Book, Boston Globe-Horn Book Award winner, and a New York Times bestseller.
A young girl and her box of magical yarn transform a community in this stunning picture book. With spare, gently humorous illustrations and a palette that moves from black-and-white to a range of color, this modern fairy tale has the feel of a new classic.”

 

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From the publisher: “No book has captured the magic and sense of possibility of the first snowfall better than The Snowy Day. Universal in its appeal, the story has become a favorite of millions, as it reveals a child’s wonder at a new world, and the hope of capturing and keeping that wonder forever. The adventures of a little boy in the city on a very snowy day.”

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This is a sweet story about the power of a kind deed and how some good deeds are better done anonymously.  I would recommend this book to children ages 3 and up.

From the publisher: “One snowy day an elderly woman, Sarah, watches children gathering at the bus stop. While they never seem to notice her, she notices them, especially one little boy who has no mittens. That night, Sarah knits the boy a pair of cozy mittens and places them on the blue spruce tree for him to discover. It soon becomes a game, with the children looking for new mittens on the mysterious tree every morning, and Sarah joyfully knitting new ones each night. With its touching message and delightful illustrations, adults and children will enjoy this intergenerational tale for years to come.”

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This is a great non-fiction book to give children a glimpse of who is sleeping and moving underneath that layer of winter snow.  This book would be great for children ages 3 and up.

From the publisher: “Over the snow, the world is hushed and white. But under the snow lies a secret world of squirrels and snow hares, bears and bullfrogs, and many other animals making their winter home under the snow. This beloved nonfiction picture book exploring the subnivean zone reveals the tunnels and caves formed beneath the snow but over the ground, where many kinds of animals live through the winter, safe and warm, awake and busy, but hidden beneath the snow.”

 

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This sweet book would be nice for children 4 and up.  Jojo learns all about friendship from her magical snowman, Puddles.  This is a Kindle Unlimited book and can be read for free with a subscription.

From the publisher: “Jojo looks around and everyone seems to have friends but her. She feels sad and lonely. Then, Jojo meets Puddles, the snowman made with magic friendship snow.  Jojo will reassure children that friendship can be learned. Discover how Jojo makes a forever friend by reading this book.”

 

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This is such a sweet story and another family favorite.  It is a holiday story but we feel it can be read anytime.  I would recommend this story for ages 3 and up.

From the publisher: “Charles wants to find a wish tree. His brother and sister don’t believe there is such a thing, but his trusty companion Boggan is ready to join Charles on a journey to find out. And along the way, they discover that wishes can come true in the most unexpected ways.
The poetic text and heartwarming illustrations evoke the true essence of the holiday season and will inspire wishers everywhere. This gem of a book deserves center stage year round.”

 

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I know my kids are hoping for Big Snow right now and this is one of their favorite books.  Johnathan Bean is a wonderful author/illustrator and the pictures in this book are wonderful.  I’d recommend this book for all ages.

From the publisher: “While “helping” his mother with holiday housecleaning, a boy keeps a watchful eye on the progress of a winter storm. He’s hoping for a big snow. A really big snow. Inside, he is underfoot, turning sheet-changing and tub-scrubbing into imaginary whiteouts. Outside, flakes are flying. But over the course of a long day (for Mom) the clouds seem slow on delivering a serious snowfall. Then comes a dreamy naptime adventure, marking just the beginning of high hopes coming true in this irresistible seasonal story.”

 

Our Favorite Read Aloud Books for Older Kids 

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We have listened to each of these stories on audio and we ALL LOVED them.  The narrators are all great if you listen to them on audio book.  My children are now 9 and 12 but many of these stories can be enjoyed as a family with younger and older children.   We have a subscription to both Audible and Scribd but also use our local library.  I only included stories that I loved as much (or more) than my children.  I find a good story is loved by people of all ages.  Please share your favorite read aloud books below.

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  • Green Ember Series (ages 9 and up)-This series is jam-packed with adventure!  It can be a bit dark at times but my sensitive 9-year-old is just fine with it.  She even named her pet bunny after one of the lead characters.
  • The Land of Stories Series (ages 8 and up)-This series of stories was an ABSOLUTE family favorite.  We devoured these stories and loved the way the fairytale world and our world collided.  These creative stories are read by the author and so much fun to listen to aloud.
  • The Penderwick Series (ages 8 and up)-This is my daughter (and maybe my) favorite series of all time. She has listened to these books DOZENS of times.  My son also enjoyed them and has listened to them more than once.  The four main characters are girls but there are lots of male characters to even out the stories.  They are about family, friendship and the trials and joys of growing up.
  • The Tuesdays at the Castle Series (ages 8 and up)-This fantasy series is about a royal family who lives in a magical castle and the many challenges they face.  This book is filled with adventure, magic and friendship and each book will leave you running to the next to see what happens.  We truly loved this series and hope that there will be a few more in the series.

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  • The How to Train Your Dragon Series (ages 8 and up)This series is very different from the movie (we like the books better) and read by the amazing David Tennant.  My son and I devoured this series but it was too much for my daughter who was 7 and 8 at the time.
  • The Saturday’s Series (ages 6 and up)-This series is about a single father raising his four children.  The first book starts out in NYC and the kids pool their money together so that they can take turns spending a Saturday doing what they would like to do.  This is such a fun series, set in simpler times with LOVABLE characters.  It is sure to be a family favorite.
  • Snicker of Magic and The Key to Extraordinary by Natalie Lloyd (ages 8 and up)–Natilie Lloyds book are pure magic.  She is a fantastic story-teller and both books contain lovable characters, beautiful imagery and a twist that you won’t see coming.  We all LOVED these two books in our house.
  • Fablehaven (ages 10 and up, was too scary for my 9-year-old)–This is an imaginative series that brings a brother and sister duo to their grandparents nature preserve for mythical creatures.  This series was way too scary for my sensitive 9 year old but my 12-year-old LOVED it.

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  • The Very Nearly Honorable League of Pirates Series (ages 6 and up)-This book series is so much fun! The main character is the young daughter of the admiral and her dream is to sail the seas as a PIRATE.  Her companion is a magical gargoyle and their adventures will keep you laughing and saying, “ARGH”.  This is such a fun series.
  • Mr. Lemoncello’s Library Series by Chris Grabenstein (ages 8 and up)–If you like to read, then you will love this series.  It is filled with puzzles, references to great children’s literature and adventure.  These books are NOTHING like the movie, in fact we did not like the movie at all.  If you are looking for a fun literary adventure as a family, we recommend these books.
  • The Peter Nimble Series by Jonathan Auxier (ages 9 and up)–The Peter Nimble books will keep you guessing until the end.  Jonathan Auxier is a gifted story-teller and his characters are like no others.  These stories are filled with humor, adventure and will leave you on the edge of your couch.

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Hygge Books for Adults

I have read all of the books below except for the bottom one (that is on my Read Next List) .  I have found that many of the books contain similar messages and you really only need to read one book (or do some internet research) to gain a better understanding of what hygge is all about.

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This beautiful little book is one that I have given away as gifts many times.  It has beautiful photographs to SHOW you what a hygge lifestyle is all about and how to implement it into your life.  This book is pretty enough to leave out in your home to inspire others to hygge.

 

 

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If you want some stats and graphs about how important hygge is, then this is the book for you.  This book not only explains the concept of hygge, it also gives you statistics that will convince you that hygge is something that should be incorporated in your life.

From the publisher:“Embrace Hygge (pronounced hoo-ga) and become happier with this definitive guide to the Danish philosophy of comfort, togetherness, and well-being. From picking the right lighting to organizing a Hygge get-together to dressing hygge, Wiking shows you how to experience more joy and contentment the Danish way.”

 

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I own this book and refer to it often.  It is simple and so easy to read and will give you plenty of ideas of how to incorporate hygge into your daily life.

From the publisher: “This was the first book ever written about hygge in the world. A classic treasure that feels like an old book from times forgotten, with cream coloured pages and hand drawn illustrations. Not only is this book about Hygge, it ‘feels’ Hygge. This is the original and first published book about Hygge that started it all…”

 

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This is the book on my list to read this year.  It is a memoir from a journalist who moved to Denmark for a year.  She spent that year investigating the secrets to why the Danish are such a happy group.  I am looking forward to reading this one!

 

 

 

(Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links. This means if you click on the image of the books above you will be taken to Amazon.  20% of all profits made through this site will be donated to our charity of the season.  You can see the current charity on our Book Corner page.  Thank you for supporting our site and a very noble charity.)  

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