Ah, October… The start of the marathon of holidays and celebrations and themes that takes us to the new year. While I posted our favorite titles about gratitude/thankfulness and the Thanksgiving holiday last week, they actually still haven’t made it onto our front-facing shelves yet. Instead, we’re taking the first half of November to focus on reading about Native Americans, in recognition of Native American Heritage Month, which takes place in November.
According to the National Congress of American Indians, Native American Heritage Month is
“A time to celebrate rich and diverse cultures, traditions, and histories and to acknowledge the important contributions of Native people. Heritage Month is also an opportune time to educate the general public about tribes, to raise a general awareness about the unique challenges Native people have faced both historically and in the present, and the ways in which tribal citizens have worked to conquer these challenges.” (from the NCAI website)
To that end, here are the books we’ve been reading this month! Continue reading “Our Book Choices for Native American Heritage Month”
Though we try to avoid all things Christmas until after Thanksgiving in our house, our girls are definitely already feeling the Christmas fever… They’ve even already written letters to Santa Claus! I feel like no matter how hard parents might try to keep the focus of the holiday season on the holidays themselves and on kindness and giving to others, children work really hard to divert that focus towards the gifts they’re hoping to receive. So, I was thrilled to receive The Gift Inside the Box by Adam Grant and Allison Sweet Grant, illustrated by Diana Schoenbrun, from Dial Books for Young Readers (Penguin Random House). Because it’s not a Christmas book, we’ve been reading it already, and I’m loving the emphasis on giving and thinking of others. Continue reading “The Gift Inside the Box by Adam Grant and Allison Sweet Grant”
How do you feel about birthday party favors for kids? This may be an unpopular opinion, but I was very anti party favors for a bit… Until I realized how truly excited children get about them. That said, I still had a hard time justifying buying something small and affordable (i.e. cheap) for every child who might come to a birthday party that we had, knowing that in our own house, those favors often go almost directly into the Goodwill bag. And then I had one of the more brilliant ideas I’ve had lately, if I do say so myself… Continue reading “Books as Party Favors!”
So, I need to start this review by saying that I’ve never read Marie Kondo’s The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up. But, I am a pretty frequent purger around our house, which allows me to keep things *fairly* clutter- and mess-free… My children, however… not so much! We’ve got one who is just plain messy, and another who is a collector. So, I’m excited to read her Kiki and Jax: The Life-Changing Magic of Friendship, co-written and illustrated by Salina Yoon, with them (I’m sure we’ll revisit it a few times over the years) as I work to teach them about cleaning, tidying, and purging. It’ll be a long process, I know, but I’m always glad to have a book to go with something I’m attempting to teach! Continue reading “Kiki & Jax: The Life-Changing Magic of Friendship by Marie Kondo and Salina Yoon”
So, you know I love a good themed bookshelf… But I love even more books that can be used for one theme, but might also be used for another theme or read throughout the year, regardless of season, holiday, or lesson. A Hat for Mrs. Goldman by Michelle Edwards, illustrated by G. Brian Karas, is one of those books! Read on to see why this book is so wonderful and applicable for many themes and seasons. Continue reading “A Hat for Mrs. Goldman by Michelle Edwards”
Every year, I hear from many of you that you feel like you’ve got TONS of wonderful Halloween and Christmas books, but your Thanksgiving collections leave much to be desired… So, here goes— my huge list of Thanksgiving recommendations (specific to the Thanksgiving holiday — be sure to check out yesterday’s post for wonderful books about gratitude and thankfulness that can be read year-round). You’ll find it broken down by general category, and age recommendations are given as well, so hopefully you can find something to read with your children this month! Continue reading “Our Favorite Thanksgiving Books”
It’s Thanksgiving month here in the United States, which means many of us are spending time with our loved ones, reflecting on what we are thankful for and recognizing our gratitude. As you follow me more, you’ll learn quickly that I LOVE a good themed bookshelf, whether for a holiday or something we have going on in our lives (when we get ready for a week at the beach we read beach stories, and when we realized my oldest was terrified of dinosaurs we spent some time with dino books!).
I usually check out books for our themed shelves from the library, because I prefer to spend my money on books that we can enjoy year-round, not just for specific holidays. If you’re like me, and you want Thanksgiving books that can be read year-round, then this is the post for you, as it’s full of wonderful books on gratitude and being thankful that can be read any time of year! Continue reading “Books to Foster Thankfulness and Gratitude Year-Round”