Dec 312019

New Year’s Eve is today! Perhaps children would like to say “Happy New Year” in other languages?

Bonne Année – French

Godt Nyt Ar – Norwegian

Ein glückliches neues Jahr – German

Feliz año Nuevo – Spanish

Felice Anno Nuovo – Italian

Blwyddyn Newydd Dda – Welsh

Bonan Novjaron – Esperanto

Szczesliwego Nowego Roku – Polish

честита нова година – Bulgarian

New Year’s Eve is celebrated by many cultures around the world. One good source of information about ways the evening is celebrated is: New Year. Younger children could read The Night Before New Year’s, written by Natasha Wing and illustrated by Amy Wummer.

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Dec 312019

Panama gained possession of the Panama Canal Zone from the United States at noon in 1999. The United States controlled the  Panama Canal Zone as of February 26, 1904. The treaty allowed the United States to own the canal into perpetuity. However, from 1979 to 1999, the canal was controlled by both the United States and Panama. Children can learn more about the canal and its transfer at: Panama Canal.

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Dec 312019

Margery Cuyler (born Princeton, New Jersey, 1948) writes books for children. Her works include That’s Good! That’s Bad! and The Little Dump Truck. Children can visit her website at: Margery Cuyler.

George Catlett Marshall

George Catlett Marshall (born Uniontown, Pennsylvania, 1880; died Washington, DC, October 16, 1959) was chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff during World War II. Following the war, he was the country’s secretary of state. He was the designer of the Marshall Plan, a way to help get war-torn Europe back on its feet. He received the 1953 Nobel Peace Prize for his work in carrying out the Marshall Plan. He was the only United States general to ever win the Nobel Peace Prize.

Henri-Emile-Benoit Matisse (born Le Cateau, Picardy, France, 1869; died Nice, France, November 3, 1954) was an artist. He was a part of the fauve movement. He did not attempt to paint in a realistic style. He used bright colors and bold strokes. Children could visit a website at: They could see some of his work, and they could try to imitate his style.

Cynthia Leitich Smith (born Kansas City, Missouri, 1967) writes books for children. Her writing concentrates on the experiences of Native Americans because she was born into the Muskogee Creek Nation. Her works include Jingle Dancer and Blessed. Children can learn more at: Cynthia Leitich Smith.

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