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October is Family History Month!
The following roundup is not only some excellent Kidlit Books Celebrating Family History Month but crafts, activities, and resources for discovering more of our family’s stories and legacies.
Kidlit Books Celebrating Family History Month
Sharing Family Memories with Nanna’s Button Tin -(Plus some super-cute button jar activities from Babies2Bookworms)
Easter is a not far off, so this delightful book from author Riggle is perfect for celebrating the preciousness of family traditions formed around sacred holidays.
It’s Pascha, and Catherine is determined to stay awake all night. Can she do it? Will she remember how to say “Christ is risen!” in Russian? Will her best friend Elizabeth remember how to say it in Greek? Will their parents let them play with burning candles, smash hard-boiled eggs, and eat sweets until the sun rises on Pascha?
Special Aunties: Five Fabulous Books About….Aunts! from SavvyAuntie.com. There are lots of children’s books about moms, dads, and even grandparents, but what about aunties? What better way to celebrate Family Month that to shine the spotlight on some really sweet books about children and their aunts.
Grandpa’s Favorite by Erin Dealey ~ Illustrated by Luciana Navarro Powell
There’s nothing more magical than spending time with grandpa. Grandpa’s Favorite celebrates grandpa’s –and their grand-kids– around the world! No matter where, no matter what – a grandpa’s favorite is sharing what he loves with his grandchild. Check out Dealey companion book, Grandma’s Favorite as well!
Tashi loves listening to Popola, her grandpa, sing Tibetan chants to the click, click of his prayer beads. She also loves hearing Popola’s stories about the village in Tibet where he grew up. But recently Popola has been sick, and Tashi is worried.
One of the stories Tashi remembers told how people in Popola’s village use flowers to help themselves recover from illnesses. Will this healing tradition work in the United States, so far from Popola’s village? Determined to help Popola get better, Tashi recruits family, friends, and neighbors in a grand effort to find out.
Lyrically told and illustrated with impressionistic paintings, Tashi and the Tibetan Flower Cure shines a tender light on the universal bond between grandchild and grandparent. Readers of all ages are sure to be inspired by the gentle power of this story and its spirit of compassion and community.
From doting Grandmas to inappropriate aunts, PlanetJixonatron has a great booklist about families that will make you SMILE:
What books about family do YOU recommend?
Something To Do
Don’t forget to check out Babies2Bookworms wonderful button crafts for kids HERE!
Using Old Family Cookbooks to learn more about Family Geneology
Not only is October Family History Month, but it’s also National Cookbook Month! Family cookbooks that have been passed on from generation to generation can also be a treasure trove of information when it comes to learning about family history. What did they like to eat? What types of ingredients were common years ago? Are there any notes or thoughts written on the pages?
The matriarchs and patriarchs of families are a wealth of information and family history. Schedule some one-on-one time interviews with your family members with this wonderful and free Life History Question printable from MomItForward. The printable will help you find out fun new information about the person you are interviewing and help them start their personal history.
One More Thing..,
Does your heart long to roam? Discover more about your family history?
Evans Bowen’s new book, Pilgrimage: A Modern Seeker’s Guide, speaks to those who crave spiritual travel and soul-seeking adventures.
“A pilgrimage creates a sacred space where your physical body and heart can meet and meld into one. As the sacred space opens more light shines in and new vistas, ideas, languages, and experiences bring you to a new place in your life you could never imagine before.”
A tradition of all religions, Pilgrimage is a journey to sacred sites as an act of devotion and dedication. It is time to expand the definition of Pilgrimage to inform modern life. Taking time to visit a place near home or around the globe, to open the mind and heart to the Divine, brings healing and new meaning to life. Pilgrimage is both an external journey to a place longed for and an internal journey to the center of our most authentic self.
Each part of the journey, from the first desire to visit a holy place, to the return home to integrate the experience, becomes the pilgrimage to expand our world, both body and soul. Combining practical steps for the physical journey and 40 days of inspiration for the spirit, this guidebook gives this time-honored journey to the Divine to inform the whole person in our increasingly fragmented world.
Click here to view deeper details on this beautiful new book.