What is By Bethany Kids?

By Bethany Kids is a non-profit run by a long-time web marketer named Shauna Conway.  She lives in Bethany, Oklahoma and is passionate about her work and about instilling 21st-century job and life skills in kids in creative ways using technology, and fun project-based learning.  Some of the areas we work in are: 3D printing, Laser Engraving, digital art and comic/graphic novel creation, making Bluetooth enabled typewriters and repurposing Nerf guns as “steampunk” guns.  The most important thing, beyond the projects, is to teach children lifelong good habits.  Helping kids to see that they must earn to survive, but can find work that they love and then to develop healthy money sense.  We love to support ‘kidpreneurs’ that have business ideas of their own.

12 Cats of Christmas

I love this (rather large – I think it’s closer to 8.5 x 11) board book.  Each page has a photo oof a cat, and also a tactile touch and feel element.  For example, the stocking is fuzzy and the Christmas ornaments are sparkly and grainy,  Great for your young ones that love cats!!

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The Mitten

This beautiful winter story is perfect for 0 – 5 year olds.  This is the board book version too which is perfect for tiny hands.  This is truly a classic.  Not Christmas par-sey but certainly in the spirit of the season.

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Twelve Days of Christmas Pop Up Book

Not only is this a great book to read with your own children, it’s also a great gift for someone.  Give it as a secret Santa gift or a gift for the host or hostess of a holiday party.

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Gingerbread Baby

Fun book to read aloud to kindergated through third grade students.  Enhance the experience by making gingerbread “babies” before and eat them after the book.

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Charlie Brown Christmas with Sound

I love this book because it tells the Charlie Brown Christmas story and also lets you hear the kids sing.  Love the interactivity.  Great for pre-reading.  Why not watch the movie after reading the book aloud with your toddler/pre-schooler, and then let them retell the story with the sounds…?

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The Brick Bible – The Christmas Story

Leave it to someone to come up with a new twist on telling the Christmas Story using Lego minifigs as the characters in a book.  This is a great way to show your Lego-builder the real reason for Christmas.

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The Polar Express

“The Polar Express” is a classic.  My children read, and then watch it every year.  One year we even went on a seasonal train ride called the “Polar Express” that even had a little “Northpole” set up where the kids could sit on Santa’s lap.  You might check your area to see if this is available ...

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Gift of the Maji

This is an illustrated, unabridged version of the classic short story in which a young husband and wife each, unbeknownst to the other, gives up a most treasured possession to buy the other a wonderful gift. Such a timeless tale that reminds us of the true meaning of Christmas.  I love the illustrations here because ...

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This is a great “picture book” for older kids.  Since “The Nightmare Before Christmas” is kinda meant for an older audience, it’s entertaining to tweens and maybe even teenagers.  This story really has a cult following and this book is a great collector’s item for those that love the story.

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Junie B Christmas

My first grader LOVES Junie B. – she’s just so feisty and fun.  This is a great Christmas-time story with a great moral to the story.  There’s even a live production of this book.  We were lucky last year to catch the play in our hometown, just after finishing the book.

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