We have so many wonderful children's books in our house, but
these books stand out because they are picked so frequently and
because of their deep and touching message. These books
encourage meaningful discussion in our family and they teach
lessons that go beyond childhood.
Little Bit Scary People - by Emily Jenkins
The little girl in this book notices "scary" people throughout
her day, but also realizes that they are more than what she
sees. They have lives, loves and interests just like
her. This book can open conversations about people who look a
little different or act a little different, and it demonstrates
that people are not one dimensional.
Favorite quote, "The girl in my science class eats bits of
her pencil and mutters to herself as if no one was listening.
She's a little bit scary. But I bet she is learning to ride a
bike after school and her mom runs beside her in case she loses her
Incredible You and Unstoppable Me - by Wayne
Both of these books offer easy to understand and beautifully
illustrated examples of Dr. Dyer's positive message and life
lessons. The books remind children that they are exactly who
they are supposed to be and that they have the ability to deal with
any situation. They remind parents, too.
Favorite quote - "Rely on yourself and be true to who you
are. What's unique about you is what will take you far.
Don't look to others to say you're okay. You know it - so
believe it! Show your own self the way."
is Best - by Kathy Stinson
Kelly loves red because it makes her feel good. She is not
worried about what matches or what other people think, she loves
red because of the way it makes her feel. I think about Kelly
whenever my daughters insist on an outfit that doesn't match or
plead for a specific bowl or cup. It can be frustrating, but
the book reminds me that they are chasing a feeling.
Favorite quote - "I like my red barrettes the best. My
mom says you wear pink barrettes with a pink dress. But my
red barrettes make my hair laugh. I like my red barrettes the
Ferdinand - by Munro Leaf
Ferdinand doesn't want to be like the other bulls and
fight. He would rather sit under the tree and enjoy the smell
of the flowers. Ferdinand knows who he is and finds joy in
the simple pleasures. And his wise mother steps back, loves,
Favorite quote - "Ferdinand's mother saw that he was not
lonesome, and because she was an understanding mother, she let him
just sit there and be happy."
Little Baby - by Sylvia Long
Different than the original song, this book is not about mama
buying baby things, it's about showing baby all
the beautiful things in the world. She teaches baby that
everything we need is already in nature, inside of us, or within a
loving relationship. My husband knows this one by heart -
it's a common request before bedtime.
Favorite quote - "….mama's going to search for a shooting
star, and if that star should drop from view, mama's going to read
a book with you, and if that story has been read, mama's going to
bring your warm bedspread…."
Click here to find these books (and many others) on the
recommended reading page of my website.
Do you have a favorite children's book with a great
message? Feel free to comment.
Cathy Adams is a certified parenting coach, yoga instructor and mother to three girls.
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