A GOOD PLACE TO START SERIES returns with Last Stop on Market Street, written by Matt De La Peña, illustrated by Christian Robinson. This vibrant story chronicles a (Sun)day in the life of CJ and his Nana. We follow them from church, to their bus ride with old friends, and new friends, to volunteering at a soup kitchen. All along the way CJ asks questions to which his Nana gives real, honest, good humored answers. All too often parents/caregivers are too rushed or stressed to see children’s questions as an opportunity for conversations. Nana does NOT miss an opportunity to offer insight and imagination to her grandson. I love that, y’all.
Today’s book is another from the Little People Big Dreams collection. This one chronicles the life, and work, of Martin Luther King Jr. written by Maria Isabel Sanchez Vegara & illustrated by Mai Ly Degnan . Read the rest of this entry »
Our next book’s author received the Nobel Peace Prize! Archbishop Desmond Tutu is a champion of justice, equality, and peace. His book, God’s Dream, is a spiritual reminder of celebrating our differences, including race and religion, and letting our common bonds be love and forgiveness. Read the rest of this entry »
Our list continues with Dream Animals, by Emily Winfield Martin. Martin’s imaginative story and whimsical artwork include a diverse cast of characters, all spending their dozing hours with magical creatures in their dreams. Martin’s illustrations continue to be mindful, with visual representation of all races. This is important because when it comes to babies and toddlers, who they see is key! Read the rest of this entry »
Our third pick is from the Little People, Big Dreams series, Rosa Parks. My kiddo has many of the books in this collection. All are wonderful little biographies about visionaries of history. Read the rest of this entry »
Today’s recommended reading is an illustrated, by Paul Rogers, story of Bob Dylan’s “Forever Young” song. Dylan has long been an ally and champion of civil rights, singing out against wrongful incarceration of black people, espousing anti-racism, and expressing concern for our planet and ALL of its people. Read the rest of this entry »
It’s never too early to start reading and talking to your kiddo about anti-racism and inclusion. Black Lives Matter(!!!), and as a white person I want to be and raise allies. Anti-racism is the goal, and inclusion is a good starting place for babies & toddlers. I consider Strictly No Elephants, written by Lisa Mantchev & illustrated by Taeeun Yoo, to be a new classic, and an excellent example in dealing with topics such as ignorance, prejudice, inclusion, support, and forgiveness, and includes an ethnically diverse cast of characters. The story follows a little boy and his pet who are not allowed at Pet Club Day because of an arbitrary “STRICTLY NO ELEPHANTS” rule. Read the rest of this entry »
A shiny pearl of wisdom directly from The Danish Way of Parenting, “reframing” is the order of the day. Whether you’re housebound by illness, shelter-in-place, or weather itself, changing the way we think and speak about our present situation can create a new, more pleasant one. Reframing, defined by Jessica Joelle Alexander & Iben Dissing Sandahl as, “using language to create a perception shift,” is the practice, and eventual skill of shining positivity on seemingly negative spaces. Philosophical, surely, but practical too. Y’all don’t have to be Pollyanna to engage meaningfully in reframing! Simple tweaks to your approach to situations, and especially how you explain them to kiddos is what reframing is all about. In my nannying days, this was incredibly relevant, and I found that reframing came naturally to me, because I always wanted to set an optimistic atmosphere for my charges. Now, as a mama I want it to be a quality I pass on to my child. Read the rest of this entry »