The happy-pilgrims-and-Indians narrative common in preschool Thanksgiving books really bothers me, for a lot of reasons—here’s a start on some of them. I don’t want to hand this myth down to my kids. But if you celebrate Thanksgiving, books about the people we love, the bounty in our lives, and our gratitude for what’s going right are a joy to share with children. Here are some board books that might suit the occasion…
My baby is now a whole year old. She loves song and wordplay, texture and motion, turning the pages herself, and when she’s done the book is over. So in celebration of an intense little person, here are the books that get dropped in my lap with an “Eeee! Eeee! Eeeee!” ... and what happens next, transliterated into words for easier perusal.
This isn't directly related to the selection of books for little people, but when a natural disaster sits on your city, it's hard for that not to permeate everything in the immediate aftermath. This is a story about deciding how to approach a necessary, moral call to community engagement with a business that is neither established nor terribly relevant to immediate needs. Since Behowl the Moon was launched by (virtual) community support, I want to share my thinking when it comes to passing that on to others. Be warned, this is a very long post, and I've organized it by topics so you can skip to what you care about.
This isn't my regularly scheduled programming, but I thought I would share my frantic brainstorming of ideas for entertaining small, active children when you might be stuck indoors for days on end.
This is my master list of books that hit my sweet spot of great illustration, words I don't mind memorizing, and tried-and-tested kid appeal. It's a really short list. It's so short I published a book to put on it. If you know of more, please, for the love of llamas, tell me about them.
I've done a pretty good amount of traveling with a little one in tow, and surprise, surprise--when we're spending a lot of time in transit and away from home, bringing the right selection of books can make things easier. I look for small size, durability, and plenty of ways to play with the same pages. Here are a couple of our frequent flyers:
Is it too early to worry about your kid getting enough science, technology, engineering, and math education? Yup. Uh-huh. Definitely. But these board books are fun, and it's never too early for that. Check out my article at Lucie's List for the starter set--new recommendations as of June 2017 below!
The first baby books you get from someone else aren't likely to be the first books your baby will like. Tiny babies six months and younger are just learning about the world and what's in it. Pediatricians recommend reading to them right from birth. But reading what? (Besides Shakespeare, of course.)
Reading to babies is one of those things that everyone seems to know we are supposed to do, but the reasons are hazy. When I decided to publish a baby Shakespeare book, I needed to find out the specifics.