Roald Dahl

My two boys ages 7 and 9 are huge fans of audio books. After I read them their bedtime story they always request an audio book on their CD players. Lately I was browsing the audio book section at the local library when I ran into a friend. We chatted for a while and in his hands he had Matilda. I quickly gravitated towards other Dahl books. A few years ago I read Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and The Glass Elevator but had not realized how many more there were to choose from. So in our house we have been going through all the others the library has to offer. Thus far the favorite in our house is The BFG. (Thank you Jason for the recommendation).

Some other great ones include The Twits, Fantastic Mr. Fox, The Giraffe and the Pelly and Me, and (my personal favorite) The Witches. Do you have a favorite Roald Dahl book?

While I was poking around the net to find out what else we were missing out in our Dahl journey I found this awesome website with activities, recipes, and fun quizzes.



Eye Contact

Recently at work I’ve been providing consultation and training to families of two year olds who have a diagnosis of Autism. Quite often with this diagnosis there comes challenges around maintaining eye contact and looking at people’s faces.

Working along side an incredible Speech and Language Pathologist we have been working on building these skills in many ways, one specifically is board books. There are so many great simple board books out there that focus on feelings and emotions. When you’are looking at them I suggest choosing a book that uses real photographs rather than line drawings or cartoons. This provides the child a more realistic sense of faces. I love that some books even have mirrors in them so the child can see themselves as well.

Here are a few that I really like and would recommend:



The Buddha’s Apprentice at Bedtime


Here one of my favorite books! I came across this fantastic book of short tales of kindness when I was searching for a way to teach my two boys (ages 6 and 8 at the time) about compassion. It took me a while to find just the right book and here it is!

The Buddha’s Apprentice at Bedtime has 18 magical stories that really speak to children’s senses with such descriptive settings and characters.  The book begins with a few short sections for the adult reader explaining about the principles of Buddhism, meditation, and storytelling.

I like how each story begins with “Relax, close your eyes and imagine…” It helps bring the child into the space of listening and truly taking in the meaning of the story. Each one also has a small morale that encourages discussion. This is the one from my son’s favorite story Tim and Grandpa Joe “It’s easy to blow problems out of proportion when we only focus on our feelings. When we take care of others, as well as ourselves, everyone benefits and problems become opportunities.”

At the end of the book it provides you with some simple guided meditations. This can be a fun introduction to intentionally pausing during your busy day and spending and relaxing with your child.