Hooray, it’s Independence Day!

Fourth-of-JulyToday is a day to celebrate our great country and the wonderfully unique heritage and history that makes up the United States.

Many of us will celebrate with picnics and fireworks, outdoor games, festivals and other celebrations, but it is also a great day to learn a little more about the country you live in…so here is a fun little activity to learn more about the states and their symbols.

Fill in the blanks with either the state name or the plant or animal. Helpful hint: Visit Arbordalepublishing.com to find the animals in each of the books listed.

It took a magpie to help Maine’s state animal (___________)  to learn to tell jokes in Moose and Magpie.

Ohio’s state bird the _______________ fills the apple tree planted by Nicholas and Grandpa Santos in Christmas Even Blizzard.

12-t Felina is Florida’s state animal and when she meets Felix; this ____________ learns that she is very special and rare.

In North Carolina the state flower___________________ may attract a bear just like in The Tree that Bear Climbed.

Mandy __________ (Washington’s state land mammal) joins Peter Pika to find the Mountain Monarch in The Glaicers are Melting!.

New York’s state animal, the _____________, won’t be found watching fireworks from the empire state building, but you can read about their incredible building ability in The Beaver’s Busy Year.

If you visit Texas, be sure to try the state snack ___________________. You can even get a recipe to make your1-t own from Burro’s Tortillas.

In Prairie Storms, Kansas’s state animal the _____________ stands strong in the cold wind and snow.

Maggie’s sandbox was not the ideal spot for Maryland’s state the ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­______________________ to lay her eggs in Turtles in my Sandbox.

If a Dolphin were a Fish star Delfina would swim over to this state (_____________), that has named the bottlenose dolphin as their state marine mammal.

If you visit Alabama be sure to try the state fruit, blackberries all of the animals in this book _____________________ love them too!

If you are in Minnesota, follow Hope’s lead and raise this state insect ________________ in your own garden.

The national bird and a symbol of liberty, ____________; this bird tries to help Marcel find food in Whistling Wings.

fireworkWe hope you enjoyed this fun Fourth of July activity and learned a little too! For more information on state symbols we did our research at State Symbols USA. Or learn more about the books mentioned here at Arbordale Publishing.

Summer is here!!

School is almost out and the fun begins, but before you dive into the pool for the season here are a few days to celebrate and help the environment as well.

First up, June is the National Zoo and Aquarium month. The perfect way to see animals from all over the world and meet the keepers that take care of these animals is to visit. Go to the Association of Zoos and Aquariums to find a zoo or aquarium near you. If you can’t visit, read Animal Helpers: Zoos or Animal Helpers: Aquariums to learn about those that care for wild animals every day.
Find a zoo or aquarium at www.aza.org

World Oceans Day is June 8th and a great day to recognize how important the world’s largest body of water is to our survival and the animals that live there. Events are happening around the country as well as online. Take a “Selfie for the Sea” or enter the photo contest to support conservation of the ocean. Learn more at www.worldoceansday.org

Meteor Watch Day is June 30th and a perfect night to go outside and watch the sky. Take this day to learn about meteors and other objects in the sky. Download a sky map app and look at star formation or a perfect way to prep for meteor day is to read Pieces of Another World, check it out here.
Learn more about meteors http://solarsystem.nasa.gov/planets/profile.cfm?Object=Meteors

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You don’t have to have a national day to celebrate the earth, nature or the environment. Summer is the perfect season to take a hike and identify plants and animals. Share your outdoor ideas with us and you may win a book for summer reading!