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Latest Book Review:
Here I review some books that are great to read to your kids. Check it out at your local library!

Best Books to Read to Your Kids by Parenting

Bobby Bramble Loses His Brain by Dave Keane. Know of a boy who just doesn't listen, who is a risk-taker, and takes that opportunity the moment you leave him alone? This story is about that boy and it's hilarious. My son talks about Bobby Bramble all the time.

Little Chick by Amy Hest. A story about a chick and her auntie is so touching you will enjoy to reread with your child every evening. Little Chick is just a small child who is learning, curious and impatient. Old Auntie soothes her with the just the right words and gestures. Something any parent can take a note of for themselves.

Bird, Butterfly, Eel by James Prosek. Lovely illustrations and the story itself is such a unique approach to teaching children about the seasons and how it effects animals.

Duck! Rabbit! by Amy Krouse Rosenthal
Is it a duck or a rabbit? This is a great book to show your child that there are two perspectives to almost everything and they are not necessarily wrong.

Bee-Wigged by Cece Bell. A bee finds a wig and uses it to fit in in order to make friends. A book about just being who you are is the best thing you can do.

Love, Splat! by Rob Scotton. This is so funny and cute. Splat so much wants to get Kitten's attention but another naughty cat wants to spoil his plans.

Skippyjon Jones series
I love this little Siamese cat who wants to be a sword fighting Chihuahua! I laugh when I read this to my son. Judy Schachner is a genius! She uses the same play with words as Dr. Seuss but in a Spanish slang context. So much fun!!

The Very Hungry Caterpillar
This is the easiest book to create a thematic instruction/lesson plan. You can cover science, math, art, writing, besides reading and more! How? Simple.
Math- counting what the caterpillar ate and how many of each.
Calendar- Learning the days of a week.
Science- Metamorphosis; talk about the difference between healthy and junk food.
Writing- making up what else could the caterpillar have eaten. Write it down.
Art- using different colored tissue paper, cut up and glue, to learn shapes and colors (triangle for pizza, circle for orange, red for strawberries, etc.).
I can go on and on...

A Bad Case of Stripes by David Shannon- This is a great story about a little girl trying to fit in with her friends at school but then something terrible happens to her.

Mr. Pusskins and Little Whiskers: Another Love Story by Sam
- This book is so funny. Mr. Pusskins has a new family member who is very naughty. This book teaches how to take blame for your actions.
Azerfin and the Crystal Gate- This is my nephew's first published book. He's 13 and since he was very small, his head was full of ideas. Maybe you have a writer too and didn't know it. Check it out!
Environmental-    These books are great in helping your kids become more socially conscious of our environment and what happens if we don't. 

The Chimpanzees of Happytown
Dr. Seuss' The Lorax

Zen lessons- These books are great (for parents too) about life lessons and how we should deal with them.

Zen Shorts

Zen Ties

Adult books-

Home Game: An Accidental Guide to Fatherhood by Michael Lewis. A view from a father's perspective of raising kids. You will laugh out loud reading this book!

For Everything a Season by Philip Gulley. Mr. Gulley is a Quaker pastor in Indiana who writes beautifully about small town life. The book is so refreshing with a positive tone even when there are disappointments.

Raising Unselfish Children in a Self-Absorbed World by Jill Rigby. This is a Christian faith book, but if you are not religious, it has some really good examples on what to do to teach your kids to think of others rather than themselves. For example, making Valentine's cards and giving one to each neighbor.

Slummy Mummy by Fiona Neill- Another funny story about a mom who just can't get her act together....ever!
The Bridget Jones' Diary for moms. It's just hysterical.