Celebrating the Earth

I have a Sunday morning ritual that fits perfectly into the theme of this week’s book choices. After coffee and some of my own reading I lace up my sneakers and take my two dogs out for a leisurely walk in the woods. Our property is surrounded by forests, farm land, and trails.  This morning was especially beautiful with the sun shining brightly and a gentle wind whispering. It was the perfect time to reflect on Earth Day.

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April 22nd is the official day to celebrate the Earth and spend time thinking about all we can do to protect it. This is such an important day to teach our children about. We truly need to spend time learning and talking about about all we do and how it impacts the Earth. So this week my recommendations are based on helping teach our kids (and even ourselves) about ways to help this beautiful place we live in.

For the younger readers these are some of my favorites: Why Should I Recycle, It’s Earth Day!, and The Earth Book. Each of these books explains how one person can make a difference and why it is important to think about how we take care of the Earth.

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For a bit more here are some great books that really touched my 9 year old this year.

National Geographic Kids Human Footprint.

This was such a cool book that introduces kids to how they impact the world. It uses pictures to help illustrate the immense number of ways what we do can negatively effect the world. “What is your human footprint? Well, it’s 13,056 pints of milk, 28,433 showers, 12,888 oranges, 14,518 candy bars, and $52,972 worth of clothes, all in one lifetime.” Very eye opening not only to my son but to me as well!

The last one that we looked at this week was Help Your Parents Save the Planet: 50 Simple Ways to Go Green Now!

This book, similar to the Human Footprint explores daily activities and how kids can make small changes that can truly make a world of difference. It was exciting to go through these ideas and be excited that some are already in practice at home and some the kids are looking forward to implementing.

It is amazing how making small little changes in our daily lives can truly add up and make a big difference. So even though officially Earth Day has passed I urge you to take a look at these books and continue to be aware of your own footprint and how to educate our children and raise awareness and intention around protecting the Earth.

Until next time….

Happy Reading!

 

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Autism Awareness

It is amazing how literature can open doors to places you have never personally explored. I especially love how children’s literature can be a foundation for learning and acceptance.

April is Autism awareness month and through my work I support many families that Autism has touched. This isn’t the case with many people. I don’t ever remember knowing about Autism until I was much older, possibly in college. I don’t want my children to grow up with the same unawareness. I want them know people of all abilities and I want them to have an understanding of the challenges many people work to overcome.

 I was so happy to see a shelf dedicated to stories about Autism at one of my local libraries and I wanted to share with you two of my favorite Autism awareness books. First is Lucy’s Amazing Friend. In this story there is a little boy Daniel who isn’t as engaged as the other kids in his class. He has the support of an aide and does some different things in school. He enjoys doing some things that other kids think are strange or weird. There are times when he gets teased for being different.

In this story Lucy, a little girl in Daniel’s class befriends him, not because a teacher asked her to or out of sympathy. She found they had things in common and those outweighed their differences. She not only realizes how great he is but shows their classmates things about him that they weren’t able to see initially.

The second book is called My Brother Charlie.
I LOVED this one and highly recommend checking it out!

This true story is about the journey of a set of twins and how one, Charlie, wasn’t developing the same as his sister. There is an openness in the parents’ and sister’s sadness when he was first diagnosed with Autism. This story is in the voice of the sister (a side we often don’t take the time to look at) and shares how they live their life as a family. There is an emphasis on love and understanding in addition to openness.

My boys go to a school where there isn’t much diversity. I guess that’s what happens in a two room school house in New Hampshire. Through these books we talked about Autism and the strengths and challenges that can occur with the diagnosis. We talked about how everyone is different and brings strengths to this world. We talked about how now matter how different or strange someone can seem that it is important to be open minded and curious and always friendly and kind.

If you’d like more information on Autism and other resources check out the Autism Speaks Website

So no matter if you choose to read books from other countries or about people who experience life differently it is so important to expose our children to diversity.

 

Much love and happy reading!

 

 

Pick of the Week

I visit the library several times a week and my book bag overflows with great choices. It is such a thrill to gander through the librarians selections of notable reads. Often I am drawn to these as they caught someone’s eye so they must be something to check out. This week while visiting our local town library I picked up a fantastic one called I am Yoga.

I recently have been working hard on my goal of becoming more fit and yoga has been one of my favorite practices. Of course I was drawn to this small book with beautiful images.

Not only did my boys and I enjoy the simple beautiful prose we especially loved the glossary of yoga poses.

This was our bedtime story and they were both so excited to jump out of bed and practice each pose. It was a good time to explain how stretching our body can help clear the mind and bring peace.

Throughout the book the author describes how beneficial and all encompassing a yoga practice can be for the soul and the world.

The author opens a door between the mind body through simple sentences utilizing great imagery and simple mantras to incorporate into our lives.

 

This is one book that I would read over and over again, reminding myself and my children the beauty that comes along with intentional practice. I hope you will take the time to look at this beautiful little book!

 

Until next time…

 

-Happy Reading and…