Show•Me Adventure Trail Mix
Mix up a batch to take on the road to Grandma's house this Thanksgiving!
1 c. mixed nuts (peanuts, cashew halves, hazelnuts, almonds)
1/4 c. raisins
1/4 c. dried pineapple tidbits
1/4 c. chocolate chips
1/2 c. mini pretzels
Stir together in bowl. Makes about 4 1/4-cup servings (perfect for a snack-size zip bag)
November is National Family Literacy Month. Many libraries and schools across Missouri are observing this with events and learning opportunities. I kicked off the month by attending the St. Louis Indie Book Fair where I met several Missouri-based children’s authors.
It’s important adults encourage children to read every day, not just when a calendar instructs us to do so. And by introducing children to a local author, I think that shows a child the goal of publishing is within reach for those who have a talent and desire to do so. While your child may enjoy reading classic books by Beverly Cleary (now 102 years old), it’s a good chance they will not meet her.
Local authors are not only accessible to libraries and schools, every one of them I’ve met search for opportunities to speak to young readers to share their talents. Yes, authors hope to sell copies of their book, but it is much more than a marketing strategy. Many kidlit authors — myself included — are parents, so they know the importance of encouraging kids to read. Writing also can be a solitary occupation, so getting out into the community is critical for an author to interact with his/her audience; this often provides important feedback for the author, who then might apply that information to the next project.
And, perhaps most importantly, we come back to the original point: Supporting local authors connects children to published writers, thus encouraging creativity within that child.
You’ve (happily) found Show•Me Adventure Kids books, but allow me to do brief introductions to a few Missouri-based children’s authors.
The folks at Keep America Beautiful remind us for #AmericaRecycles Day that we can all do our part to help our planet and reduce the greenhouse gas effect. Visit the America Recycles Day website to learn more.
Next week, we observe America Recycles Day. Did you know Americans create more than four pounds A DAY in trash? That ads up to more than 250 million TONS per year. But it's easy to start a recycling program at your home. Here's a helpful poster with good room-by-room tips and ideas.
In Show Me Adventure Kids: Making Friends at the Zoo, Olivia encouraged her family to start recycling plastic bottles and launched a similar program at her school. Here are resources from St. Louis City and County to help families in the region get started recycling.
For residents of the City of St. Louis, find information at www.stlouis-mo.gov by typing “recycling” in the search field at the top of the page. St. Louis County recycling information is online at www.stlouisco.com. Click on the “health and wellness” tab at the top of the page and then the “environmental services” link. If your family lives in a municipality within St. Louis County, such as Brentwood, contact your local city hall for information about recycling programs offered.
About Show Me Blog
Author Deborah Reinhardt and guests share the best travel ideas and family living tips for Midwestern families.