One of my biggest projects this year is to try and expose my kids, as well as myself to new books and stories. One of the benefits of our visit to the Story Shop was giving me a chance to see a broad selection of new and classic books and come up with a list for my kids. This month the books I’ve been reading for me have mostly been more educational in nature. I’m hoping to find some good fiction to try as well. (If you have a favorite book or author, feel free to share in the comments below!)
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What We’re Reading with the Kids
Llama Llama Time To Share by Anna Dewdney. Llama Llama is making friends with Nelly Gnu, the new girl that has moved into the neighborhood. But is he going to be able to share his toys and have fun with her? This story has been great for helping our preschooler talk about why sharing is important, and how he feels when he doesn’t want to share. We’ve been able to have some good conversations about building a better and friendlier attitude.
A Place to Read by Leigh Hodgkinson. Follow a little boy and his friends as they try to find the perfect place to settle down and enjoy a book together. This book is a wonderful opportunity to practice adjectives with your child, and you talk about all the places our protagonist travels around looking for the perfect spot.
The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats. This Caldecott Medal winning picture book tells the story of Peter who puts on his red snowsuit and goes out to explore in the snow. With its beautiful illustrations, this beloved classic shows how much fun and wonder is waiting just outside your door.
What I’m Reading
Parenting Your Powerful Child by Dr. Kevin Leman. This book was recommended and lent to me by a friend, although I’m already planning on purchasing a copy to keep in our library at home. It’s an excellent book to help you recognize your child’s difficult behaviors, and find good techniques to address it, and help both you and them thrive.
For Better or for Kids by Patrick and Ruth Schwenk. I have been reading this book in a book study group for mothers in our church. I’ve found it so helpful, that I’ve talked my husband into reading it as well, and we’re using it to give our marriage a check-up. This is a wonderful book on combating the pitfall of having a child centered marriage, and instead focusing on building a healthy Christian Marriage, and how prioritizing your marriage improves both your relationship and your parenting.
What are some of the books which you’ve found helpful this month? Feel Free to leave a comment below with suggestions. (I’m always looking for something new to read.)
Love reading e-books? If you have a library card, you may be able to use it to borrow both e-books and audiobooks through the library system with Overdrive. There is no extra charge to you, it’s a great way to get new books to read as a family. When a bad seasonal bug went through our house, it was a lifesaver!