Oct 302017
 

Halloween 3Halloween is tomorrow! Are the pumpkin seeds toasted? Are the masks ready? Children could read The Night Before Halloween, written by Natasha Wing and illustrated by Cynthia Fisher. They might want to explore: http://www.nick.com/games/halloween-games/.

Children can answer this riddle: What do witches put on their hair? Check back tomorrow for the answer!

The answer to yesterday’s riddle: What do you call a skeleton who will not work? A lazy bones!

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Oct 302017
 
National Candy Corn Day

National Candy Corn Day

National Candy Corn Day is today! George Renninger of the Wunderlee Candy Company invented the treat in the late 1800’s. Candy corn is made from corn syrup, sugar, confectioner’s wax, and food coloring. About twenty million pounds of candy corn are sold each year. Today the top two manufacturers of candy corn are Brach’s and Jelly Belly.

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Oct 302017
 
Ball Point Pens

Ball Point Pens

Ballpoint pen was patented in 1888 by J. H. Loud of Weymouth, Massachusetts. He received patent number 392,046. A tanner, he developed the instrument so that he could write on his leather products. Fountain pens, then the most used type of pen, could not write on leather. Children can view the patent at: Ballpoint Pen Patent.

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Oct 302017
 

Orson Welles presented a radio broadcast of H. G. Wells’s War of the Worlds in 1938. Many people had not tuned in at the beginning, so they believed there was a real Martian invasion. Children can listen to the radio broadcast (55 minutes) at: Youtube War of the Worlds

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Oct 302017
 

Bosphorus Bridge was opened in 1973. The bridge spans the Bosphorus Strait and connects Asia and Europe. Almost a mile long, the suspension bridge was the scene of a brief tennis match between Venus Williams and Ipeko, a Turkish tennis player.

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Oct 302017
 
John Adams

John Adams

John Adams (born Braintree, Massachusetts, 1735; died Quincy, Massachusetts, July 4, 1826) was the second president (1797-1801) of the United States. He was a direct descendant of a Mayflower voyager. Before the Revolutionary War, he helped establish the Sons of Liberty. He was Washington’s vice president, but he felt the position was useless. Children could visit a website at: John Adams.

Louise Borden (born Cincinnati, Ohio, 1949) writes books for children. Her works include The Journey That Saved Curious George and Touching the Sky: The Flying Adventures of Wilbur and Orville Wright. Children can visit her website at: Louise Borden.

Bruce Hale (born Los Angeles, California, 1957) has written and illustrated over 25 books for children. His works include the Chet Gecko series and Snoring Beauty. Children can visit his website at: Bruce Hale

Eric A. Kimmel (born Brooklyn, New York, 1946) has written more than 50 books for children. Trina Schart Hyman earned a 1990 Caldecott Honor Award for her illustrations in his book Herschel and the Hanukkah Goblins. He received Sydney Taylor Book Awards for The Chanukah Guest (1990) and Gershon’s Monster (2000). Children can visit his website at: Eric A. Kimmel.

Emily Price Post (born Baltimore, Maryland, 1872; died New York, New York, September 25, 1960) was a writer. She wrote several books on proper etiquette. For a time she wrote a syndicated column that appeared daily in about two hundred newspapers.

Henry Winkler (born New York, New York, 1945) is an actor, director, and author of seventeen books for children. He collaborates with Lin Oliver on the Hank Zipzer books. Children can visit the Zipzer site at: Hank Zipzer.

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