Labor Day state of mind

"Labor Day differs in every essential way from the other holidays of the year in any country. All other holidays are in a more or less degree connected with conflicts and battles of man's prowess over man, of strife and discord for greed and power, of glories achieved by one nation over another. Labor Day...is devoted to no man, living or dead, to no sect, race, or nation."  --Samuel Gompers, founder and president of the American Federation of Labor

I LOVE Richard Scarry.
And I love that he has a character called
"Stitches the Tailor."
"Labor Day, the first Monday in September, is a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country." -- U.S. Consulate For Kids website

So, in celebration of hard work here are a few books to share with the kiddos this holiday weekend:

Richard Scarry's What Do People Do All Day

Clifford Gets a Job

Work

Mommies at Work

Guess Who

Art from the Heart

Steady Hands: Poems About Work

Labor Day (Rookie Reader series)

Labor Day (First Step Nonfiction)

As for me, I will be trying to finish the ultimate Labor Day read:
The Grapes of Wrath.

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