Reading is a hobby of mine. OK, only if we count spending half of your waking time on something you’re addicted to as a hobby. Continue reading
- Buy the Book. The Central Arkansas Library System’s Used Book Sale is this weekend, March 8-10 at the Main Library. Stock up on some good reads for Spring Break. Paperbacks are 50 cents and hardbacks are $1. Call (501) 918-3000 for details or click here.
- Catch a Trout. On Saturday, March 9, the Witt Stephens Jr. Central Arkansas Nature Center hosts its monthly Lil’ Wild Ones program. This month is Chasing Rainbows: Catch a Trout. The event is recommended for kids age 4 to 8 and features nature stories and hands-on activities. And, it’s free! For details, call (501) 907-0636 or click here.
- Clean Up. Join neighborhood associations, volunteer groups and Keep Little Rock Beautiful in organizing a citywide cleanup effort on Saturday, March 9, from 8 a.m. to noon in your local neighborhood. For details, call (501) 765-3503 or email email@example.com. Click here for a list of locations.
- Discover Archaeological Treasures. March is Archaeology Month. On Saturday March 9, spend the day discovering archeological treasures, including Native American pictographs, at Petite Jean Mountain. Admission is free. Contact the park at (501) 727-5441 or click here for details.
- Eat Pancakes. On March 9-10, enjoy a pancake breakfast with maple syrup and pork sausage at Overlook Farm at Heifer International, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The event includes a tour of the farm and a lesson on maple sugaring. Cost: $12, adults; $6, ages 3-10; free, age 2 and under. Reservations are required. Call (508) 886-2221.
- Get the Royal Treatment. The Princess and The Pea opens at the Arkansas Arts Center’s Children’s Theatre on Friday, March 8, and runs through March 24. Tickets are $12. Shows are Fridays at 7 p.m., Saturdays at 3 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m., and Spring Break matinees are at 2 p.m. March 19-22. And, look for Savvy Kids’ review of the show in the next couple of days!
It’s time for another installment in our occasional series, the “Weekly Read.” If you have little ones at home that a.) love dump trucks, excavators, and cranes and b.) don’t particularly enjoy bedtime, then Goodnight, Goodnight Construction Site is made just for you. Continue reading
Thanksgiving is only a week away!
Most likely you’re busy planning for company, traveling, and feasting. For adults this time of year can begin to feel overwhelming. Sometimes you just need to take a break. Continue reading
Volunteering with Reach Out and Read lets 17-year-old Natalie DeLone combine her love of children with her love of books. Continue reading
Fall is here, which means cooler temperatures and earlier sunsets. One great way to make use of the shorter daylight hours is to spend a little more time reading together as a family.
We’ve put together a short list of some great fall reading that will educate, inform, and inspire the entire family. You can head over to the public library to check them out or buy your own copy at a local bookstore or online!
What’s your favorite fall book?
Corn is Maize: The Gift of the Indians – Written and illustrated by Aliki, this book tells the story of all things corn—popcorn, corn on the cob, cornbread, tacos, tamales, and tortillas—and how Native American farmers originally found and nourished this wild plant and shared it with the European settlers.
The Pumpkin Patch – Do your children love picking out pumpkins? This is an excellent resource for helping children understand life and growth cycles of this beloved autumn plant. Written by Elizabeth King, the book contains wonderful photographs of the pumpkin in all stages of development.
Giving Thanks – In this book a father takes his son on a fall hike, reminding him to be thankful for all creation. Written by Jonathan London and Gregory Manchess, this book is an excellent read for parents as well.
The October Book of the Month picks from Savvy Kids!
It’s the 30th Anniversary of Banned Books Week, an annual event celebrating the freedom to read. These national events highlighting books that have been challenged, says the ALA, “draws national attention to the harms of censorship.”
Everywhere you turn, we’re reminded that U.S. students are notoriously bad at math. Not all of them, of course. Your child may be a math whiz. But as a nation, we struggle with math. Continue reading
Today’s book, The Goat Woman of Smackover, by Ramona Smith, is an Arkansas original. The author’s wonderful and quirky illustrations tell the story of Salome Millar Myers, an ex-Barnum and Bailey circus performer who made her home in Smackover where she lived with her husband in a circus carriage and raised goats. Her eccentric ways charmed both children and adults alike.
You can order the book online via Amazon or find it in several Arkansas book stores.
Tell us about your favorite Arkansas-themed children’s books!