Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Congratulations to our December/January Coloring Contest Winners!

Posted By on Wed, Jan 31, 2018 at 1:39 PM

Kids’ works of art were filled with gliding ice skates and glittering snowflakes this month. Interestingly, some young artists saw the drawing as a bear, while others considered it a cat. Eight-year-old Maya’s teddy danced through the season’s first snowfall under a turquoise sky. Elizah, 12, dressed up a Santa bear in a cherry-red suit, with pasted-on jewels for some extra flair. Five-year-old Blakely’s furry friend skated on blue ice, with a fluttering rainbow scarf trailing behind. Marvelous work, kids. We can’t wait to see your imaginative creations this month!

The winners of annual family memberships to the Fairbanks Museum & Planetarium are…

“Mrs. Paddington Ice Skating!”
Zac Zalewski, 5, Stowe
"Mrs. Paddington Ice Skating!"
  • "Mrs. Paddington Ice Skating!"

“Skating with Teddy”
Naya Vaughan, 8, South Hero
"Skating with Teddy"
  • "Skating with Teddy"

“Ice Skating”
Kelman Pirie, 10, Topsham
"Ice Skating"
  • "Ice Skating"

Find our latest coloring contest in the Just for Kids section of the February issue. The deadline to enter is February 15.

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Congratulations to our December/January Writing Contest Winners!

Posted By on Wed, Jan 31, 2018 at 12:34 PM

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In our December/January Issue, we asked kids to describe what they’d build with an unlimited amount of snow. Below, find the imaginative winning entries. Sophie and Harper each receive a $25 gift certificate to Crow Bookshop in Burlington.

Sophie Freebern, 8

I would build a snow fort, and it would be EPIC! It would have a thick snow ceiling, and a snowflake in the floor like in Elsa’s (from Frozen) ice castle! The walls would be made of ice, so you could see through. It would be two stories, and on the second would be my room and library.

Harper Kring, 9

If I had the ability to use all of the snow in the world to build anything in the world, I would build Hogwarts castle from Harry Potter. It would have rooms with fluffy snow cushions and soft snow bedding. And they would have snow tables to eat their meals at. For classrooms, they would have lots of snow spell books and snow wands to cast spells. There would be snow cakes with hot honey and they would drink melted snow. For fun, they would build snowmen and make snowballs to have a snowball fight. If someone was being mean, then they would go to the snow dungeon and not get to eat a good meal. And now, since you know about what I would build, I will see if I can build it on a snowy day!

Find the latest writing prompt in the Just for Kids section of our February issue. The deadline to enter is February 15. Happy writing!

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Thursday, January 25, 2018

The Latest & Greatest Children's Books from Vermont Authors

Posted By on Thu, Jan 25, 2018 at 5:20 PM

Local children’s book writers had a strong showing on the shelves in 2017. Kids VT asked a few Vermont booksellers to share their top literary picks from area authors. We also preview two titles coming out in 2018.

Kristen Eaton, events and publicity manager at Phoenix Books, suggests naturalist Mary Holland’s Otis The Owl, a photo book that documents the first months in the life of a baby barred owl. It includes a fact-filled 
An image from 'Trains Don't Sleep'
  • An image from 'Trains Don't Sleep'
 ection about these feathery forest dwellers, and it has a Spanish edition. Eaton also  recommends Trains Don’t Sleep by Andria Warmflash Rosenbaum, a picture book that mesmerizes tiny travelers with a rhyming story and lavish illustrations of locomotives by Deirdre Gill.

An image from 'Grand Canyon'
  • An image from 'Grand Canyon'
For middle-grade readers, Eaton suggests Grand Canyon,written and illustrated by Jason Chin (who is married to Gill). This information-packed story follows a father-daughter duo as they explore the desert terrain, its plant and animal life and fossils. Teen fantasy aficionados will delight in Julie C. Dao’s Forest of a Thousand Lanterns, in which 18-year-old protagonist Xifeng, born a peasant, fulfills her noble destiny by facing her inner darkness.
Jane Knight, children’s room manager at Montpelier’s Bear Pond Books, praises acclaimed author Katherine Paterson’s My Brigadista Year, released in October. Paterson’s 13-year-old heroine, Lora, leaves her life in Havana to volunteer for Fidel Castro’s literacy campaign in the poverty-stricken Cuban countryside. Knight also recommends Vermont College of Fine Arts instructor Kekla Magoon’s Reign of Outlaws, the last installment of her middle-grades Robyn Hoodlum Adventure trilogy. In the story, 12-year-old Robyn Loxley must decide whether to sacrifice herself, save her family and friends or support a rebellion against a harsh government. In September, the prolific M. T. Anderson, a National Book Award winner, published Landscape with Invisible Hand, a young adult satire about harnessing creativity to survive in a dystopian world.

Also of note: Tanya Lee Stone’s Girl Rising: Changing the World One Girl at a Time, which chronicles the lives of girls in developing countries, illustrating how education can break the cycle of poverty. And families looking for a bedtime read-aloud might consider Alec Hastings’s self-published Rosie and the Little Folk, featuring four stories about wee people. Hastings teamed up with fellow Randolph resident Barbara Carter, who contributed charming illustrations.

As we head into a new year, Sandy Scott from Hardwick’s Galaxy Bookshop is looking forward to the April 2018 release of Jessie Haas’s Rescue. This coming-of-age tale tells the complicated story of two girls whose friendship is challenged when one of them, an animal rights activist, steals a neighbor’s miniature horses. The other girl must navigate the difficulties of standing up to her friend while trying to maintain the friendship.

In March, Katy Farber’s Salamander Sky lands in bookstores. Illustrated by Meg Sodano, this picture book tells the story of a mother and daughter who brave a stormy night to help some spotted amphibians cross the road to safety, subtly introducing the topic of conservation to young children.

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Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Vermont Kids Can Learn to Ski for $49

Posted By on Wed, Jan 3, 2018 at 1:28 PM

Young snowboarders - SKI VERMONT
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Vermont parents who act fast can get a cool deal for their kids this winter. Thanks to the Vermont Governor's Council on Physical Fitness, 125 Vermonters under age 18 can take advantage of Ski Vermont's Take 3 Beginner Package — three beginner ski or snowboard lessons, lift tickets and rentals — for just $49.

The subsidized package, which normally costs $129, is designed to encourage youth to get outdoors this winter and experience the mountains in their backyard while adopting a healthy and active lifestyle for years to come.

Young skiers and snowboarders can choose to use all three days at the same resort, or travel around the state to some of the 11 participating mountains. The Take 3 package is valid all winter, with the exception of some holiday blackout dates and age restrictions. Find participating resorts and age requirements here.

To receive the deal, parents must fill out an online application form. Once the form is submitted, an email will be sent within 48 hours with the discount code and instructions to purchase the package.

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