There are so many things I come across from day to day that spark an interest, make me smile, or catch my kids attention. I thought I’d devote Fridays to sharing some of those favorite things with you. (No- it ain’t gonna be whiskers on kittens and bright copper kettles, though that is one of my favorite songs for all of eternity.)
Before I share today’s favorite book, I’d like to give a shout out to libraries. Libraries are one of those things that I will never take for granted. Unlimited access to books, music and information. Including kids’ books. For FREE. Hello? It’s like traveling to an alternate universe anytime you want…Where else can you just walk into what is basically a store and take items- as many as you want- and show them your id and say, “Yeah, I’ll bring these back in like a month. Maybe. My kid might tear some pages, but other than that, they’ll be good as new” This system is amazing! Really. Where am I? Have I transported myself into a culture where I say “I’m good for it,” and that’s enough of a social agreement? Is this America? Can we transfer this policy to the real estate market? I almost can’t believe how good it is. It’s the guiding force of my abundance meditations. If libraries exist, there is hope for us all. Now on to the favorite…
Today’s Favorite: My First Day by Steve Jenkins and Robin Page
I love this book. I am a sucker for animal books that aren’t super sappy and this is a good one. You can read a full review here. In a nutshell, it captures different animals’ first day on planet earth and how very, very diverse those experiences are. “On my first day, my mother held me close so I wouldn’t drift out to sea,” says a sea otter. A giraffe says, “On my first day, I was born high above the ground – and I landed in a heap. But I wasn’t hurt, and before long I was taking my first steps.” For me, it shows the vast differences between species: different worlds, one planet. I’m hoping that will come ’round to validate for my kid that it’s ok for his experiences to feel unique to him. He likes it too.
National Geographic Little Kids First Big Book of Dinosaurs
By Catherine D. Hughes, Illustrated by Franco Tempesta
Cars and trucks. Trucks and cars. These have been the two main interests for my kids for the past 3 years. So, let me tell you, after years of trucks and cars, I am openly thrilled that we now are exploring the world of dinosaurs. I had never really paid much attention to them, to be quite honest. But as a newly initiated mom, let me just say: dinosaurs are so. cool.
What I love about this book is that it works for my 5 year old but is also pretty darn interesting for me too. There are 4 chapters: Small, Big, Giant, and Gigantic. (Gigantic! So. Cool.) The illustrations of the dinosaurs are wonderfully real and fill out the pages. My favorite feature is the snapshot of how big each dinosaur is compared to a human being. It’s hard to believe the size of these beasties.
My son wanted to start at the beginning of the book and read it start to finish, but I had to interrupt a few minutes in to at least just get a glimpse of a Gigantic dinosaur (Brachiosaurus! Awesome!) This book would easily take an hour for an adult to read aloud word-for-word. There are basic facts about each dinosaur including what it ate and when it lived. My son enjoyed the map that includes which continent each dinosaur’s fossils have been found on. So. cool.
Winter is Coming
-By Tony Johnston, Illustrated by Jim LaMarche
If you love nature, if you love the changing of the seasons, if you love bringing your kids into the woods or prairie or ocean…. If taking a deep breath of fresh air makes you feel connected to yourself and looser, softer and stronger. Like you are a part of something comforting, powerful, easier and bigger than you can imagine….then this book is for you.
A girl sits in her favorite perch up in a tree and observes the natural world. She documents in her notebook what she sees and hears- about the chipmunks, the fox, the rabbits, the geese. She watches, she sees, she hears, she draws. The simplicity of being a part of the world and not trying to make something happen is profoundly relaxing. This book is all about it. It’s calming to read.
Though infused with deep, great love for the natural world, it’s not gushy or sappy about it. I loved sharing this book with my kiddos. We are outside for hours at a time every day- it is where we are most relaxed. I loved reading this because I felt the little girl was saying, “Yes, me too.”