Inspired by the book Advice from my 80-year old self, I’m compiling a list of things I tell my kids that I also need to tell myself. I suspect I would have much more peace if I followed my own advice.
Sometimes the best stories are old ones. Here are a few stories from my childhood that we’ve been enjoying lately.
1. Moongame by Frank Asch
One night Moonbear decides to play hide-and-seek with the moon. When it’s Moonbear’s turn to hide, the moon finds him every time. But when the moon ducks behind a cloud and doesn’t come out, Moonbear gets worried. Is the moon lost forever?
2. The Gumby Shop by Joy Cowley
Where can you find a clown in a pancake gown? At the Gumby Shop! Take a trip to the Gumby shop and discover all the quirky things that you can’t get anywhere else!
3. Nobody by Patience Brewster
A girl named Sarah frequently claims “Nobody did it.” Find out what happens when “Nobody” is finally revealed to be somebody.
4. Happy Birthday Moon by Frank Asch
Moonbear discovers that he and the moon share the same birthday. Now Moonbear wants to give his nighttime friend a present. But what do you buy the moon?
Yesterday was election day. Whether you submitted a ballot or not, you still have a chance to vote. How? Every day is voting day. Every day we cast our votes for what we deem important. How we spend our money, where we go, what we watch and who we spend time with are all votes.
How will you vote today?
There are a lot of things I can make today. There are a lot of things I can do. There are a lot of ways I can spend my time. But most important of them all is to make today meaningful.
Here are a few ways I can make today meaningful: hug, laugh, encourage, kiss, smile, give, rest, play, work, nurture, love and listen.
How do you make your days meaningful?
Young kids love animals. They ask for pets and promise they’ll take care of them. But do you know who usually ends up taking care of them? Parents. I can barely take care of a house plant, so books about pets will have to do for now.
1. Larry Gets Lost in Seattle by John Skewes
Larry Gets Lost in Seattle is an interactive, highly visual children’s story about a young boy (Pete) who goes to Seattle with his family and is temporarily separated from his cute little dog, Larry, while sightseeing. In his search for Pete, Larry encounters many Seattle landmarks and cultural attractions before the two are reunited.
2. Hi! Fly Guy by Tedd Arnold
Boy and fly meet and so begins a beautiful friendship. Er, and so begins a very funny friendship. Using hyperbole, puns, slapstick, and silly drawings, bestselling author/illustrator Tedd Arnold creates an easy reader that is full of fun.
3. A Fish Out of Water by P.D. Eastman
What happens when you feed a fish too much? Read this book and find out!
4. This book just ate my dog! by Richard Byrne
When her dog disappears into the gutter of the book, Bella calls for help. But when the helpers disappear too, Bella realizes it will take more than a tug on the leash to put things right. Cleverly using the physicality of the book, This book just ate my dog! is inventive, ingenious, and just pure kid-friendly fun!
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