Books, Books and More Books

My mom was an avid reader, so was I and so is my son. See the pattern?

I could mention thousands of articles where you can see how good reading to your child is, but I know you are more than aware. Now what?

First, any book is good. As long as you are reading to him/her that’s the most important part. At this point, reading a shampoo label to your child is better than reading nothing.

When I pick a book I have one golden rule. I have to like the book. Not because I am picky, mostly because I know I am going to read that book ten times a day on average for the first week and about 300 times in its lifetime. Even if you LOVE the book you are going to end up getting tired of it, so let’s give it a good start at least.

I won’t be talking about the awesome Dr. Seuss books, Eric Carl, Boynton or other amazing authors, not because I don’t like them but you probably know all about them already. So I have decided to talk about some of the not-so-well known books worth sharing with our children:

Everybody needs a rock by Byrd Baylor

“Not just any rock. I mean a special rock that you find yourself and keep as long as you can – maybe forever.”

Rocks are some of my son’s favourite friends. I keep finding them every time I do the laundry and all I can do is laugh and think about this book. In this title from the 70’s, a little girl gives you ten rules to find a perfect rock. I find this story, while fun for children, also has a lesson for adults; everyone needs a rock, right? It’s also fun to follow the rules with your children when you go on your exploratory walks together. Remember that you always have to follow the rules, even #3 and #9. Please take a picture of this.

Acorns and Stew, Too by Ruth Orbach

Another book written more than two decades ago, now revised and published by Usborne, the publisher of the “That’s not my…” touch and feel books.

Leonore is a little girl whose friendship with the ducks means so much that she is willing to make an extra effort to keep them with her during the winter. When she realises the ducks will be leaving when the cold arrives, she comes up with ideas and puts them to use. It is a charming, fun book that teaches us about relationships, problem solving, critical thinking and hard work. I will leave it up to you to find out if the ducks stay or not.

The Curious Garden by Peter Brown

The book was written in 2009. It is a book full of meaning, it sends a simple but strong message about the natural beauty growing in the most unexpected of places, a sense of community, caring for the environment and how one child, just one, can make a difference. I believe in this premise and I want my children to believe it as well. The illustrations change from grey-brown to full green through the story and by the end I get this warm feeling that anything is possible. It only takes one person - no matter how little - to see the hidden beauty and make it bloom.

My heart: a book of feelings by Jo Witek

This book is better known and more modern that the ones before, but it is still worth mentioning. It talks about the feelings in our heart and allows children to easily understand and relate to complex emotions. This book even helped me understand that all feelings are equally valuable and that there are no good or bad ones. All of them are important. How does your heart feel today?

Listen, listen by Phillis Gershator

Children love sounds. I can’t remember how many times I have seen myself barking to “Doggies” by Sandra Boynton. This book leads you through the seasons of the year using pictures and sounds. The illustrations are beautiful and it perfectly captures the essence of every season.

Remember that this week, and up to the 12th of March, this last book and other beautiful written/illustrated titles will be on sale at the Barefoot Party hosted by CAMPS by Krista. Join and learn more about these amazing books at Krista's Barefoot Party.

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