The goal is to have books and stories that kids of every age love to read and want to have near their bodies, so they can pick up the book and say or gesture 'read?!' and a parent or caregiver will comply with joy.
All over the world, young children are exposed to classic fairy tales, myths and other stories. Most kids love hearing stories, but in addition to being a fun activity, storytelling is also thought of as an educational tool that can promote moral reasoning and honesty.
She started crying. The contradiction was overwhelming, and my explanation just made things worse. I tried to cheer her up, adding, "Then there were dinosaurs! Apes turned into people!" Full. Mental. Meltdown.
As Black History Month comes to a close, I thought I would share some resources for talking to kids about racism, in terms of both the historical context of our country and the present-day issues of prejudice.
There's something magical about going into a bookshop or library with a child who's just learning to read by herself. The sense of wonder is infectious, and you can almost see new ideas popping up as children excitedly survey the shelves and reach out to the books that call to them.
It's hard to tell which recently published books will stand the test of time, but in my decades of experience as a nanny, I've learned what to look for: Books that are designed to be read with children, not to them. Here are some of my recent favorites.
No matter how much planning you do ahead of time, shopping for holiday gifts can feel overwhelming. Check out these hand-selected highlights from our Feel-Good Gift Guide to inspire, educate and entertain kids of all ages and stages.