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4 Books You Should Be Reading With Your Children

Updated: Mar 28, 2019

Books are a big thing in our house. Our 4-year-old, Juliette has been a book worm for as long as I can remember. At one point I was curating her little library before she was born. Like most parents Lucas and I hoped to share our own favorite childhood books with our children. It has been so amazing to read those old books and get to experience so many new children's books as an adult.

Reading books with our children is an opportunity to not only snuggle and encourage a love for reading later on but also a time where we as parents get to pick and choose books that impart meaningful messages and lessons. I have found that Juliette really listens to the stories we read to her. She takes in the story one day and will bring up parts of different stories days or weeks later. It is truly fantastic how words and little snippets of information can have such a big impact and really stick with you. I wanted to share four books that have started many conversations in our house.

1. Fantastically Great Women Who Changed The World by Kate Pankhurst is a wonderful book about some amazing women in history. Juliette loves this book and was especially drawn to the story about Marie Curie, as she hopes to one day become a doctor or scientist. I cannot wait to read this book with Fletcher when he is a little bit older! The pages are nicely illustrated with pictures that help tell some of each woman's story.

2. Good Night Stories For Rebel Girls by Elena Favilli and Francesca Cavallo is perhaps Juliette's favorite book of all time. She has learned about so many different outstanding women. Each page gives a mini history and an illustration of the woman it is highlighting. I have to say that this is a tricky book to read just before bed as there are always a million questions about each woman, often leading to extra research online. Some of Juliette's well loved pages are about Anne Frank, Malala Yousafzai and ancient Egyptian pharaoh Hatshepsut. Our research into different topics has ranged from what the Nobel Peace Prize is to what the paintings of Frida Kahlo look like. I should note that we have also had to talk about more sensitive topics, for example what a Nazi is or who the Taliban are. We have made the decision not to skip over these questions but have given careful yet informative answers. These stories are really great and are worth reading for both girls and boys!

3. Good People Everywhere by Lynea Gillen is a sweet book with a message that simple acts of kindness count in the bigger picture. It shows us that all around the world there are ordinary people working together helping each other. No act of goodness is too small, a lovely message that we could be reminded of once in a while.

4. A book by Mo Willems called Should I Share My Ice Cream? This is a fun book about, well, sharing. It doesn't have a lot of text which is good as the pictures are very descriptive and can hold a toddlers attention. It talks about sharing in a relatable way, which is why we have even used this book as a tool at home.

What are your favorite books to read with your children?

“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” – Dr. Seuss

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xx Asha

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