Though I’ve had a growing booklist for Black History Month and have a few books about Martin Luther King, Jr. on that list, I had never made a list of books specifically about Martin Luther King, Jr. until a follower asked me for one. Fortunately for us all, many picture books have been written about Dr. King, but the flip side of that is that it can be hard to weed through them all and find the really engaging, interesting, and thoughtful Dr. King biographies for young children.
Never fear, though, because I did some weeding and came up with seven marvelous picture books about Dr. King for you to share with your children and students, whether you read them for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (which is coming up on Monday, January 18, 2021!) or other times throughout the year. Read on to see which titles made the final cut!
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Fans of Frog and Toad, Elephant and Piggie, Leonardo and Sam, and so many more, rejoice! Elliott Kalan and Andrea Tsurumi (author/illustrator of one of my all-time favorites, Accident) have teamed up to bring us Sharko and Hippo… And I think you’re going to love them!
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When we began talking about growth mindset as a family last year, we quickly realized we wanted a concrete way to bring the concept of growth and fixed mindsets to life for the girls. We decided that we’d each set a goal of something we wanted to learn in 2020 and check in with and encourage each other throughout the year as we worked towards those goals. That set-up brought us lots of success, so we decided to revisit it this year (albeit a little more loosely, dropping the “learn” and just making this a goal).
We kicked off our January Family Focus of growth mindset this weekend. Read on to see what books we read to launch these discussions, as well as what our 2021 goals are!
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How do you ring in the New Year? Do you have a big celebration on New Year’s Eve? Maybe you and your family work together to set resolutions. Perhaps you have a traditional meal on New Year’s Day. Do you (usually) spend that day watching parades and football? Or does your family celebrate the New Year at a time other than December 31/January 1?
Regardless of your family’s traditions, I think these four New Year’s books have you covered! From New Year’s foods to family traditions to resolutions to celebrations around the world, you can find it below!
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Do you all remember when I reviewed Little Mole Finds Hope back in February? If not, be sure to scroll back in my feed and check that post out! And if so, get excited, because Little Mole is back for a Christmas adventure, and I’ve got a copy of this delightful new book to give to one of you! Read on to see a little about the book and how to enter the giveaway.
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A few months ago, I raved in an Instagram story about how much I got out of reading The Self-Driven Child: The Science and Sense of Giving Your Kids More Control Over Their Lives by William Stixrud and Ned Johnson, and you all asked for a full review. So, here you go — my thoughts on The Self-Driven Child! Read them, and be sure to scroll down to see a few of my favorite quotes (though it was definitely hard to choose just a few!).
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Meet Kate, an average girls who feels her life is incredibly dull and uninteresting and yearns for adventure. On her 11th birthday, that adventure comes in the form of a real, full-sized train engine, gifted to her by her eccentric Uncle Herbert. Not knowing what to expect, but moving with open minds and excitement, Kate and her younger brother Tom board and head off on the adventure of a lifetime in The Silver Arrow, written by Lev Grossman.
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Whether you celebrate Hanukkah in your house or are simply looking to educate your children about a holiday some of their friends or family might celebrate, I think the list I’ve gathered below will give you a great place to start! You might laugh, you might cry, you might be wowed… You also might learn a little something along the way about the Maccabees, the Festival of Lights, and Hanukkah traditions such as making latkes and playing with dreidels. Keep reading to see Hanukkah titles we love, as well as a little info about each.
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Given that we live in a climate so mild that our girls talk about “going to winter” rather than winter being an actual season they experience at home, we tend to wait till after the holiday season to bust out winter books. It’s not like we need to read snow books while we celebrate the first snow or anything like that… But, we had a very cold weekend (cold for us, at least…) and I know many of you around the world have had your first snowfalls already, so I figured I’d share my updated list of winter books we’re loving with you all right now.
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Ah, the holiday season. It’s definitely my favorite time of year! I love the lights and the music, the family time and special events, the Christmas movies by the fire, the birth of Jesus, the baked goods… I could go on and on. But, even though we’re pretty strict on the “No Christmas until after Thanksgiving” rule in our house, our girls have been talking for months about what they hope to get for Christmas this year. They’ve even each already written a few version of letters to Santa! While I love the giving and receiving of gifts that happens this time of year, we do try hard to help our girls focus *almost* as much on what gifts they want to and can give to others as they do on what gifts they want to receive. To that end, when we made our list of Family Focus Traits for 2020 last December (it’s hard to believe it’s been a whole year since we mapped out this project!), we knew we wanted generosity to be the focus during the holidays.
Up today, I’ve got a fantastic list of picture books with a focus on generosity. None of these are holiday-specific, so they’re perfect to read year-round if your bookshelves are already stuffed with holiday books. And, if your bookshelves are already stuffed with holiday books, be sure to check out my Christmas picture booklists (you can find them here, here, and here), as many of those are wonderful holiday-specific titles that also have a focus on giving).
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