Saturday, January 1, 2011

Happy New Year! Books I love as a parent...

Happy new year to you, from us!
The holidays are winding down, school vacation is about to end, and life will go back to the routines we had a few weeks ago (which seems like ages to me).  For the most part.  I signed up for swimming lessons with my two year old.  Why did I think that would be a good idea?   Getting into a swimsuit, drying off adequately to go out in the frozen tundra afterwards, getting into a swimsuit.  EEK.  Not to mention I have to find swim diapers in January.  Oh well.  That's what mommy hood is all about.

Speaking of mommy-hood.  I have been on the search for GOOD children's books as of late.  I found a few and wanted to share them with you.  My kids are 6, 4, and 2.  I've mainly been looking for books that build and teach character and virtue.   The older two are moving beyond the necessity to have a huge illustrations on each page.
Here are some books I've found that I really like.
1.  The Childrens Book of Virtues by William J Bennett.

This book is packed with stories, long and short, that teach kids different virtues, from courage and compassion, to friendship and self discipline.  My kids love the stories in this book.  I've had it for years and am so happy that they're enjoying it now.

2.  God's Wisdom for Little Girls and God's Wisdom for Little Boys by Jim and Elizabeth George.
Here is the quote from amazon.  Couldn't have said it better myself so I'm using it!  
"These books draws from the wisdom of the book of Proverbs to encourage young girls and boys to apply the positive traits and qualities illustrated in each verse."
Great illustrations on each page.  The kids love these books.

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The Little Big Book for Moms is a huge collection (350 pages!)of many different classic songs, stories, poetry, recipes, etc.
I think that this would make a wonderful gift for an expectant mother.  I got it from the library last week and I love it.  Ella does, too.  We went through it today and sang all of the 20 or so songs scattered throughout.   Just counted.  There are 14 songs to be exact.
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The Lamb (written by John Cross) is a book that was recommended to me by a friend last year.  It's an amazing book that shares the important lessons of the Bible in a way that kids can understand.  It's beautifully written and illustrated.  It comes with a CD where the author and a woman the story.  The readers on the CD are not great but the kids love to listen to this in the car.
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One thing I do when looking for books is go to amazon.  Search for a book that you already love and the page will give you a decent list of other books that people have purchased that have also purchased your fave.  I usually check these books out at the library and then decide if they're great enough to add to our permanent library.

So there you have it.  Do you have any that you love for your kids?  I'd love to hear about them.   Please leave us a comment with your top pics!

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