Snow Day Activities

write a mystery 252 x 300 Snow Day ActivitiesDunkleberger, Amy Write a Mystery in 5 Simple Steps
Gr. 4–6, Middle school  48 pp. Enslow 2012
Lieurance, Suzanne Write a Romance in 5 Simple Steps
Gr. 4–6, Middle school  48 pp. Enslow 2012
Litwin, Laura Baskes Write Horror Fiction in 5 Simple Steps
Gr. 4–6, Middle school  48 pp. Enslow 2012
McKay, Laura Lee  Write Fantasy Fiction in 5 Simple Steps
Gr. 4–6, Middle school  48 pp. Enslow 2012
Peters, Jeffrey Edward Write a Graphic Novel in 5 Simple Steps
Gr. 4–6, Middle school  48 pp. Enslow 2012
Schuman, Michael A. Write Science Fiction in 5 Simple Steps
Gr. 4–6, Middle school  48 pp. Enslow 2012

Creative Writing in 5 Simple Steps series. Most suitable for upper-elementary and middle-school aspiring authors, this series straightforwardly introduces writing in various genres through chapters on inspiration, preparation, organization, composition, and publication; Graphic Novel includes a chapter on illustration. Readers will find practical starting advice, writing techniques, famous examples of the genre, as well as questions and prompts to foster engagement with their own work. Reading list, websites. Glos., ind.
Subjects: General literature; Writing; Creativity; Authors; Mystery and detective stories; Emotions—Love; Supernatural—Horror stories; Fantasy; Graphic novels; Cartoons and comics; Science fiction

Rockin Crafts 230 x 300 Snow Day ActivitiesFisher, Diana Rockin’ Crafts: Everything You Need to Become a Rock-Painting Craft Star!
Gr. 4–6   64 pp. Walter Foster (Black Rabbit Books) 2012
Friday, Megan Green Crafts: Become an Earth-Friendly Craft Star, Step by Easy Step!
Gr. 4–6   64 pp. Walter Foster (Black Rabbit Books) 2012
Friday, Megan Pet Crafts: Everything You Need to Become Your Pet’s Craft Star!
Gr. 4–6   64 pp. Walter Foster (Black Rabbit Books) 2012

Craft Star series. Round, smooth, clean rocks can be painted to look like sleeping dogs, ladybugs, UFOs; pet toys can be made from household items; and tote bags, T-shirts, cans, and jars can be dressed up creatively by middle-grade kids in a few simple, well-illustrated steps. Color photographs accompany the clear instructions. Patterns are included.
Subjects: Handicrafts and Hobbies; Rocks; Painting; Pets; Environment—Recycling

African Art 368 x 300 Snow Day ActivitiesKuskowski, Alex Super Simple African Art: Fun and Easy Art from Around the World
Gr. K–3   32 pp. ABDO 2012
Kuskowski, Alex Super Simple American Art: Fun and Easy Art from Around the World
Gr. K–3   32 pp. ABDO 2012
Kuskowski, Alex Super Simple Chinese Art: Fun and Easy Art from Around the World
Gr. K–3   32 pp. ABDO 2012
Kuskowski, Alex Super Simple Mexican Art: Fun and Easy Art from Around the World
Gr. K–3   32 pp. ABDO 2012

Super Simple Cultural Art series. Simple, attractive crafts that children can make by themselves from ordinary materials in a few steps provide brief introductions to some cultural celebrations and symbols. West African kufi caps, Chinese dragon puppets, Mexican hojalatas, and American L?liberty headbands and torches are among the distinctive crafts presented; the volumes offer respectful ways to identify and enjoy a different world culture. Glos.
Subjects: Handicrafts and Hobbies; Africa; United States; China; Mexico

Apples 366 x 300 Snow Day ActivitiesTuminelly, Nancy Let’s Cook with Apples!: Delicious & Fun Apple Dishes Kids Can Make
Gr. K–3
   32 pp. ABDO 2012
Tuminelly, Nancy Let’s Cook with Cereal!: Delicious & Fun Cereal Dishes Kids Can Make
Gr. K–3  
32 pp. ABDO 2012
Tuminelly, Nancy Let’s Cook with Cheese!: Delicious & Fun Cheese Dishes Kids Can Make
Gr. K–3   32 pp. ABDO 2012
Tuminelly, Nancy Let’s Cook with Eggs!: Delicious & Fun Egg Dishes Kids Can Make
Gr. K–3   32 pp. ABDO 2012

Super Simple Recipes series. Each volume contains eight creative kid-geared recipes preceded by pages introducing the titular base ingredient, cooking tools, measurements, and basic kitchen skills. The recipes are of varying degrees of difficulty, though all are manageable with some adult help. Color photos correspond with the simple step-by-step directions and also show the final scrumptious-looking products. Glos.
Subjects: Cookery and Nutrition; Fruits and vegetables—Apples; Eggs

Cool African Cooking 300 x 300 Snow Day ActivitiesWagner, Lisa Cool African Cooking: Fun and Tasty Recipes for Kids
Gr. 4–6   32 pp. ABDO 2011
Wagner, Lisa Cool Chinese and Japanese Cooking: Fun and Tasty Recipes for Kids
Gr. 4–6   32 pp. ABDO 2011
Wagner, Lisa Cool French Cooking: Fun and Tasty Recipes for Kids
Gr. 4–6   32 pp. ABDO 2011
Wagner, Lisa Cool Italian Cooking: Fun and Tasty Recipes for Kids
Gr. 4–6   32 pp. ABDO 2011

Checkerboard How-To Library: Cool World Cooking series. These appealing books provide recipes for children seeking a general idea of a culture’s special foods while staying with basic, familiar ingredients and simplified preparation routines. Each country is shown on a map and its cuisine characterized briefly before tools, techniques, and safety rules are presented. A pronunciation guide is also included. Bright photographs show the tasty-looking menu items. Glos., ind.
Subjects: Cookery and Nutrition; Africa; Food; China; Japan; France; Italy

From the January 2013 issue of Nonfiction Notes from the Horn Book.

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