I love books, and although I haven’t been reading as much as I’d like to, one of the goals this year is to spend more time reading, I’ve got my eye on a few new releases that I’ll share with you in another post.
Growing up, my father always promoted reading, and it is him that truly fostered my love for books.
In elementary school, our teachers would organize field trips to book fairs, and I remember being filled with excitement at the very thought of getting my hands on new literature!
And while most students in my class cringed at the thought of Shakespeare, I on the other hand could not wait to uncover the mysteries of Othello and Desdemona.
I read somewhere that children are made readers on the lap of their parents, and I find that to be true. Hubby and I introduced books to our girls from birth and they love to “read”.
Neriah will have most folks think that she can read. She can, to some extent, but she’s four years old, so most of her “reading” is her having memorized her favorite books. But the latter displays the power of reading!
It stimulates the mind. improves memory, improves focus just to name a few and those are undoubtedly qualities I want to instill in my little ones.
Which brings us to today’s post.
I wanted to share 6 books that are a huge hit in our home and sure to be in yours too.
I LOVE MY HAIR – the bestseller that encourages young black children to not only feel good about their special hair but to also feel proud of their heritage.
HAPPY – Pharrell Williams brings his beloved song to the youngest of readers in photographs of children across cultures celebrating what it means to be happy.
GOOD GOOD FATHER – Grammy Award-winning music artist, Chris Tomlin, and Pat Barrett (Housefires), team up to tell the story of a little bear named Tucker whose life and townspeople are forever changed when they learn just how great the King’s love is for them.
PETE THE CAT AND THE BED TIME BLUES – Pete the Cat and his friends are having so much fun playing and surfing in the sun, they don’t want the day to end. Pete has an idea—how about a sleepover? Groovy! As the night gets later, it’s time for bed. This cool cat needs to catch some ZZZs, but Pete’s friends aren’t ready to go to sleep just yet.
THE DAY THE BABIES CRAWLED AWAY – What a lovely day at the fair. Children lining up for pony rides . . . moms and dads in a pie-eating contest . . . babies chasing butterflies . . . babies heading for the trees . . . I SAY! Where are those babies GOING? Only a small boy sees them leaving and follows as the babies chase butterflies in trees, frogs in a bog, even bats in a cave, ignoring pleas to come back. But not to worry, our hero saves the day, making sure that all the babies get home safely from their appealing adventures.
JAKE MAKES A WORLD – Jake Makes a World follows the creative adventures of the young Jacob Lawrence as he finds inspiration in the vibrant colors and characters of his community in Harlem. From his mother’s apartment, where he is surrounded by brightly colored walls with intricate patterns; to the streets full of familiar and not-so-familiar faces, sounds, rhythms, and smells; to the art studio where he goes each day after school to transform his everyday world on an epic scale, Jake takes readers on an enchanting journey through the bustling sights and sounds of his neighborhood.
Care to share some of your little one(s) faves?
Until next time!
photo credit : Chuck Olu – Alabi
” Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.”
- Proverbs 22:6