Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Gingerbread Friends Cookie Party at The Bookstore

Kids Had A “Sweet” Time
At the Gingerbread Cookie Party at The Bookstore
On Sunday, November 9th

The Bookstore kicked off its holiday season with a Gingerbread Cookie Decorating Party for children ages 3-6 on November 9, 2008. The party was inspired by Jan Brett’s beautifully illustrated books, Gingerbread Baby (hardcover, $16.99; board book, $7.99) and the newly released Gingerbread Friends (hardcover only, $17.99).

As the children listened to a reading of Gingerbread Friends, they played a contest offered by Jan Brett’s fun and fabulous website, Jan Brett is offering to donate one of her new books (1,000 in total) to the library of your choice when you enter the “hedgehog spotting contest.” The children wiggled with excitement every time they spotted one of the four hedgehog illustrations. We sent our answers in through Jan Brett’s website, and chose the Glen Ellyn Public Library to be our hopeful recipient of one of the free books. Winners will be selected on November 20, 2008. I promised the kids I would let them know if our very own local library will be one of the lucky 1,000 winners! In the meantime, check out Jan’s website with your child – it’s an amazing resource filled with alphabet coloring sheets, bookmarks, recipes, crafts and games. You can even print out beautifully illustrated animal masks! It might be the great place to get ideas for a holiday or birthday party.

As exciting as the hedgehog contest might have been, there was no doubt the kids’ favorite part of the party was when they got to decorate their very own gingerbread cookie (fresh out of the oven!) with frosting, peppermints, m&m’s and raisins. It was fun to see how the frosting worked like glue!

Please check our website or our most recent newsletter for more details on upcoming children’s parties at The Bookstore, including a “Fancy Nancy Holiday Party” on Sunday, December 14, 2008. To sign up, call us at (630) 469-2891. In addition, The Bookstore offers free drop-in story times for preschoolers at 10:30am every Tuesday and Friday. It’s a great way to teach your child how much fun books can be!

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