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Kids Books For Your Children To Read This Holiday Break

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By Sabrina Lee

The holiday break is the perfect time to cozy up under the blanket with a good book. If you’re looking for some new books for your kids to read during the holiday break, you’re in luck! We have compiled a list of some of the best books from this year to help your child pass the time. This list includes books for a range of reading levels — from pre-school picture books to middle school chapter books.

We have included a diverse selection of stories — biographies, superheroes, fantasy — and you will undoubtedly find a perfect one for your kiddo! We’re also really loving this year’s reads about diversity and inclusion with important messages for any child, so we made sure to include some of the best on our list. Take a look at our list and find your child’s next favorite book!

Looking for other ways the kids can spend the holiday break? Check out the Best Winter Sports for Kids in 2020!

Books for Kids to Read During the Holiday Break

Magnificent Homespun Brown by Samara Cole Doyon, illustrated by Kaylani Juanita

Early Readers (Grades P-1)

We just love this book of poems that celebrates the identity of young brown girls coupled with beautiful illustrations. Author Samara Cole Doyon gives us an empowering story of a young girl admiring the many different browns in the environment as she embraces the uniqueness of her own identity. The novel is truly a celebration of diversity represented in both the poetry and illustrations.

We Are Water Protectors by Carole Lindstrom, illustrated by Michaela Goade

Early Readers (Grades P-1)

Looking to teach your kids about protecting the environment? This call-to-action narrative inspired by Indigenous-led movements urges the readers to protect the Earth’s water in the face of environmental destruction. The powerful message is paired with detailed watercolor illustrations and has the power to inspire your young reader.

You Matter by Christian Robinson 

Early Readers (Grades P-3)

This New York Times Bestseller brings together many different perspectives of people all over the world and reminds us that everyone matters. The illustrations will captivate any young reader and show them the world in a new way. From astronauts to pets, we are shown many different points-of-view all approached from a place of empathy. This book is a must-read and will definitely bring a smile to your kid’s face!

My Best Friend by Julie Fogliano, illustrated by Jillian Tamaki 

Early Readers (Grades P-3)

My Best Friend is told from a child’s perspective who meets a new friend at a park. This sweet story shares the joy of becoming fast friends with someone as a child. Julie Foliano’s prose is paired with Jillian Tamaki’s soft illustrations. This is a great winter read for younger children that celebrates friendship!

Fauji Singh Keeps Going by Simran Jeet Singh, illustrated by Baljinder Kaur 

Early Readers (Grades P-3)

Fauji Singh broke world records and became the first 100-year-old to run a marathon. This true story shares how Fauji was able to overcome many challenges and obstacles in his journey. At age 81, Fauji decides to run his first marathon and then goes on to break world records. The illustrations bring us into the incredible world of Fauji and reinforce the inspiring message of hard work of determination in Fauji’s true story.

For the full list of kids’ books, visit NewYorkFamily.com.

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Menorah Lighting Ceremonies on Long Island December 2020

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By Brooke Thompson

2020 may have been a crazy year, but it’s good to find comfort in these uncertain times with familiar holiday activities. One of these activities is the traditional Menorah Lighting ceremony. This fun event begins Chanukah for the Jewish community and can be enjoyed either in the comfort of your own home or socially-distanced in the community. The following is a list of where you and your family can watch Menorah Lighting ceremonies on Long Island.

Psst…..Looking for more safe, family-friendly holiday activities? Check out: 13 Spectacular Holiday Light Drive-Thru Attractions in 2020: Your Guide for NYC, Long Island, Upstate New York and New Jersey.

Christmas Tree Lighting and the Lighting of the Menorah Ceremony – In Person – Hempstead

It’s time to light up the Menorah! Come join Mayor Don Ryan and Rabbi Abe (Beth Israel) in the lighting ceremony! The event is free and starts at 4:30 on December 8.

99 James A. Garner Way 11550 Hempstead, New York (Village)

Andrew J. Parise Park’s Menorah Lighting Ceremony – In Person – Cedarhurst

Check out the Menorah Lighting Ceremony at Andrew J. Parise Park. This socially distanced event starts off the first night of Chanukah with the lighting of Menorah with the Chabad of the Five Towns. Donuts and dreidels will be given to the children attending the event. Masks are mandatory for participation. The Menorah Lighting ceremony starts on December 10 at 6 pm.

257 Cedarhurst Ave., Cedarhurst, NY

Grand Menorah Parade – In Person – Commack

If you are looking for another fun, socially distanced event, celebrate the first night of Chanukah with the Car Menorah Parade. Car line-up begins at 5 pm at Chabad of Mid-Suffolk (318 Veterans Memorial Highway, Commack, NY), and leave at 6 pm to go to The Chai Center (501 Vanderbilt Parkway, Dix Hills, NY). The parade ends with the Grand Menorah Lighting that will be held in The Chai Center parking lot at 6:45. Tune your radio to hear the music of the parade while enjoying delicious donuts and latkes.

The first 50 cars to RSVP get a free car Menorah and a flag for the parade while Chanukah Beanies are given to the first 100 participants. If you would like your car to be part of the parade, register your vehicle in advance.

318 Veterans Memorial Highway, Commack, NY

Drive-In Menorah Lighting Ceremony – In Person – Bar Beach

Kick off the first night of Chanukah with the Drive-In Menorah Lighting and Concert. Watch the Menorah lighting on a giant, 20 ft LED screen from the comfort of your car. The event will be hosted by the Master of Ceremonies Len Berman and also features live music and a light show. A pre-packaged kit that contains donuts, latkes, dreidels, chocolate gelt, and a menorah will given to each participating vehicle.

To participate in this event, pre-register for the event at Chabadpw.org/Chanukah2020. There is an admission fee of $20 per vehicle. The event starts at 5 pm on December 10.

80 Road, Port Washington, NY

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10 Warm Winter Coats That Kids Will Love

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With winter around the corner, it’ll soon be time for fun cold-weather activities like ice skating, building a snowman and more! With so much to do this season, even in a pandemic, your children need good winter coats and jackets so they can stay warm while enjoying all the holiday fun. If you are looking for some good winter coats for your children to wear, check out these 10 winter coats for kids that will not only complete your child’s winter outfit but also keep them warm and dry when the weather gets frightful.

The Best Winter Coats and Jackets for Kids in 2020

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L.L. Bean – Kids’ Ultralight 650 Down Jacket

Check out L.L. Bean’s Kids’ Ultralight 650 Jacket! It will keep your little one warm in up to -10 degree weather, so it’s perfect for a fun day in the snow or a trek through the city. The jacket is made from recycled, ripstop nylon, which makes the jacket water resistant. The best part about this jacket that if it ever becomes dirty, it is machine washer safe.

The Kid’s Ultralight 650 Jacket comes in a variety of sizes from a youth small (8) to an extra large (18). The jacket comes in five fun colors: black, blue ridge, campfire green, carbon navy, deep sapphire, and magenta haze. In addition to two outside pockets, the jacket has a hidden pocket inside as well. Whenever your child wants to take it off, the jacket stuffs down, making it easy to fit inside a locker or a backpack.

Price: $149

Target’s Boys’ Reversible Puffer Jacket – Cat & Jack™ Black

Are you looking for a more economical winter coat this holiday season? Check out Target’s Boys’ Reversible Puffer Jacket from Cat and Jack. This jacket is made from a light weight material that is perfect for running around outside without being weighed down by a heavy winter coat. It’s soft quilted, sherpa lining will make your child feel cozy and warm on those chilly winter days. The jacket is also water and wind resistant and comes with a hood, which will block out the cold, rain, and snow, and optimize playtime outside.

Price: $27.99

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Target’s Girls’ Puffer Jacket – All in Motion™

Target also has a winter jacket that is perfect for your little girl. The Girls’ Puffer Jacket from All in Motion has many features that make it a great addition to any outfit. The jacket comes in four colors: olive, iridescent maroon, iridescent purple, and multicolored. The coat is made from a water-repellent and wind-resistant fabric that will protect your child from the cold.

The jacket’s fleece lining, tuckable hood, and high collar will shield your child’s face from the elements on those freezing winter days. The extendable sleeves and built-in mittens also provide extra warmth and protection from the elements. The side zip pockets allow your child to keep small items secure and dry. With all these amazing features, this jacket is perfect for a snow day or ice skating.

Price: $32.00

Click here for the full list of winter coats for kids!

-Compiled by Brooke Thompson

This story first appeared on NewYorkFamily.com.

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Top Probiotic Snacks for Kids, Families

The benefits of probiotics have been buzzing over the past years, especially now since health is at the forefront of everyone’s minds.

Probiotics are a combination of live beneficial bacteria and/or yeasts that live in your body and help fight off bad bacteria when you have too much of it. According to Havard Health Publishing, “Self-dosing with bacteria isn’t as outlandish as it might seem. An estimated 100 trillion microorganisms representing more than 500 different species inhabit every normal, healthy bowel. These microorganisms (or microflora) generally don’t make us sick; most are helpful. Gut-dwelling bacteria keep pathogens (harmful microorganisms) in check, aid digestion and nutrient absorption, and contribute to immune function.”

Probiotics are present in many foods, but if you have picky eaters on your hands, these probiotic snacks for kids might be a good alternative. From mango fruit bars to chewy peanut butter chocolate chip bars, these snacks are delicious and packed with probiotics when you are on the go.

Welo Kids Bar

These probiotic bars are perfect if you are on the go or if they need to be packed in a lunch since they don’t require any refrigeration. These yummy bars make it easy for parents to incorporate probiotics into their kid’s diets with likable flavors such as Chocolate Chip, Cocoa Banana, Apple Cinnamon, Double Chocolate, and Mixed Berry. The best part is that the bar’s probiotic cultures survive 10 times more effectively than yogurt cultures.

Apple Cinnamon Probiotic Breakfast Bars by KIND

If you are having a busy morning with remote learning and working, keep these KIND breakfast bars handy. They have 28 grams of 100% whole grains, real apple pieces, a dash of cinnamon, and 500 million CFU probiotic cultures per serving.

That’s it 

Want a quick fruity snack without all the extra sugar? That’s it Probiotic bars come to the rescue with flavors in fig, banana, blueberry, and mango, plus, two billion active cultures to help you regulate your digestion. These bars believe that simple is better, that’s why they only use natural, non-GMO fruit and are free from the top 12 allergen groups. 

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Pro Bar

These bars are chewy, delicious and packed with probiotics. They come in a variety of flavors such as Peanut Butter, Coconut Cashew, Almond Butter, Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip, and have 1B CFUs of live Bacillus coagulans. They also are made with 10 grams of plant protein and have no added sugars which make for a great snack when in a rush.

Siggi’s Probiotic Yogurt

These drinkable yogurts are tiny but mighty with 8 grams of protein and 10 billion probiotics per serving. These little bottles are made with all-natural ingredients and come in three flavors: blueberry, vanilla, and strawberry. 

This story first appeared on newyorkfamily.com

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