About the Holiday
While National Popcorn Day is often celebrated in January, some people believe that Superbowl Sunday is the perfect day to celebrate this tasty treat. I say why not celebrate it on both days! The history of popcorn goes back to the Aztecs and beyond. Early explorers of the 1500s wrote about native peoples roasting corn until it popped and described it as looking like a “white flower.” The natives ate it and strung it to use for decoration.
Most people now eat popcorn with salt and butter, but can you imagine having it with milk? Way before Corn Flakes and Cheerios came on the scene people ate it as cereal! And popcorn really became popular during the Great Depression, when it was one of the only inexpensive treats people could afford. Why not pop up a batch and snuggle in to read today’s reviewed picture book. For more interesting Popcorn Facts visit www.popcorn.org.
The Popcorn Astronauts and Other Biteable Rhymes
Written by Deborah Ruddell | Illustrated by Joan Rankin
Deborah Ruddell’s rollicking poems celebrate the delicacies each season offers, and they are as fresh and surprising as that first luscious taste of strawberries after a cold winter. For National Popcorn Day, and Ruddell and Rankin offer a unique take on those fluffy nuggets which, like floating astronauts, are as light as air.
In these rhymes that are as fun to say as they are to hear, kids will meet a strawberry queen, a picky ogre, and peaches with “flannelpajamaty” skin. They will also learn the ingredients for an impromptu picnic and wonder what ingredient creates that indescribable taste of the smoothie supreme. And if you’d like to know how a poet orders a milkshake or if Dracula ever gets tired of his nightly routine, you’ll find the clever answers here.
Joan Rankin’s vivid illustrations enhance each poem with plenty of action, humor, and expressive characters to keep kids giggling and lingering over each page.
Ages 4 – 8
Simon & Schuster, New York, 2015 | ISBN 978-1442465558
Popcorn Day Activity
Popcorn Blast-Off Game
The popcorn is flying! Can you catch it? This is a fun game to celebrate this most delicious day! And if you keep the popcorn socks, it will make a great quick activity for those times when you want to get up and move but just don’t know what to do.
- 6 pairs of girls socks – white
- A large bag of cotton balls
- Towel or small blanket
- Stuff the socks with a large handful of cotton balls (about 25)
- Knot the sock as you would a balloon and fold down the remaining sock
- Squish the sock to move the cotton balls until your sock looks like a piece of popcorn
- Players hold each end of the towel or side of the blanket so it sags
- Place popcorn in the middle of the towel or blanket
- On the count of 3, players pull tight on the towel or blanket
- Try to catch as many flying popcorn pieces in the towel or blanket as you can