Sarah's Picks: A Children's Book Guide
| I Am Peace|
I consider this book to be a tool to help calm my kids while helping them feel grounded and more in tune to what is happening around them. I Am Peace is a beautiful exploration of mindfulness for children of all ages as well as busy parents who could use a little quiet time themselves. I read this book in a calm voice as a sort of meditation for all of us, and encourage my kids to take deep breaths, comment and talk about how the book makes them feel as we read. An absolute gift to parents and kids alike from this wonderful author.
Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site
Another favorite of ours by Sherri Duskey and Tom Lichtenheld, this one is near and dear to my husbands heart as it created bonding time for him and our son. This book is another one kids can grow with and highlights different construction vehicles as they wind down from a day of hard work on the construction site. If you have a child who loves heavy equipment vehicles as much as ours, this would make a lovely gift to enjoy and cherish for a long time.
|Steam Train Dream Train |
A great book to read in bed as they fall asleep, Steam Train Dream Train is beautifully written in a soothing way, but what I think the kids will enjoy most is the dark, night-like, illustrations full of cute details and fun themes. The last sentence of the book is like magic and I have often watched my kids eyes close as I make the hissing sound to say the train has come to a stop. Just brilliant.
|Swamp Water by Robert Munsch|
Swamp Water?? What could that be? Don't worry this one isn't too rude for the littles. It's perfectly hilarious and highlights a young girl who doesn't understand why her favorite burger take-out place isn't fancy enough for her Grandmother's birthday lunch. Her interactions with the restaurant staff will have the kids giggling and wanting a tall glass of "swamp water". A flock of ducks shows up too, so I mean, what more could you possibly want as a child?!
|How to Catch a Star by Oliver Jeffers|
Simple and Indulgent. This book allows children to live in their imagination and think, how do you catch a star? The sky is the limit, we can have fun and play and pretend. This book feels like a dream land and reads as a bedtime story for littles.
|Stella Star of the Sea by Marie-Louise Gay|
Maybe you have seen Stella and Sam on their cute tv show, but you will love them even more in these cute stories as they explore nature together. We are big fans of these fun brother and sister characters that share fun views of everyday things. You might also love Stella Princess of the Sky or my daughters favorite Stella Fairy of the Forest .