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.
Purple, Green and Yellow by Robert Munsch
I couldn't possibly have a book list without highlighting some of our favorites by Robert Munsch. Purple, Green and Yellow is perfectly silly and totally relatable for parents and kids alike. My kids eyes were wide listening as she drew all over her body with "Super-indelible-never-come-off-until-your-dead-or-maybe-even-later Coloring Markers" and the end is just as much a hoot!
|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 Full is Your Bucket for Kids
In my opinion, this book should be on the bookshelves of every home with a kid living in it, and I don't say that lightly. Teaching empathy for yourself and those around you, this book grows with the reader and teaches lessons in a unique way. I noticed quickly how my children's attitude changed towards themselves, one another, those around them and even me, dear old mom. A great tool for your child in social situations and aid in our main goal as parents; to raise good humans.
Not Quite Narwhal by Jessie Sima
The message of this sweet, light and humorous read: we can be whoever we choose to be, we just have to follow what is within our heart and find our place in the world. Living with narwhals proves to be difficult for the main character who is clearly a unicorn but is unaware of it. This book shows acceptance, love, kindness and growth in a way children can relate to and understand. Just lovely.
|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 .
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