Wow, sick days. They really throw a wrench into things, don’t they? We’ve had more than a few of them this winter and we’re eagerly looking forward to a less germy spring. Books (and movies) have helped us suffer through them, a modicum of self-respect maintained. Here’s some of what we’ve been reading lately, on sick days and snow days and all days in between.
+ DISAPPEARING ACTS: A search-and-find Book of Endangered Animals by Isabella Bunnell
A beautiful book with takeaways for younger and older kiddos. It offers a solid introduction to the effects of humankind on animals we share the planet with. Colorful full-spread illustrations of different ecosystems hide endangered animals that Silas is eager to point out, and the Faye can learn about in more detail in the back of the book.
+ FIREBIRD by Misty Copeland, pictures by Christopher Myers
Collage illustrations, Black ballerinas, Brooklyn—this book satisfies a little one interested in ballet, while celebrating a richness and diversity not always central in kid’s lit on the subject.
+ FLORETTE by Anna Walker
As the parent of nature-loving city dwellers, I admit that I had a tiny chip on my shoulder the first time or two I read this book. You should see my kids’ nature treasures, I wanted to holler back at a book that bemoaned a lack of greenery in city life. But I’ve come to like it. Cities can always use a bit more greenery, after all.
+ ISH by Peter H. Reynolds
Faye recently started describing some of her drawings as “scribble scrabble.” I’m not sure where the turn of phrase came from, but it’s clear enough it’s not considered a good thing. We’ve found ourselves returning to this book and its message of jubilant art making, free of judgement or restriction.
+ HIDDEN FIGURES: The True Story of Four Black Women and the Space Race by Margot Lee Shetterly, illustrations by Laura Freeman
Any book that gets my kid excited about being good at math feels worthy of a mention. This book is too long for Silas to sit through, but Faye loves it.
+ TIGER DAYS by M.H. Clark, pictures by Anna Hurley
Officially out just this week, we’ve been enjoying an advanced copy of this helpful volume courtesy of the publisher. M.H. Clark is already a family favorite (see also) and this latest book helps normalize and give voice to emotions big and small. Helpful for parents of young children the world over.
+ THE DAY YOU BEGIN by Jaqueline Woodson, pictures by Rafael Lopez
I love this book. It’s such an encouraging read for any little one learning to find their way in the world, especially as that world broadens with school and new friends and the first ability to articulate the differences inherent in the human experience. In Pre-K, Faye is currently working on a class-wide “about me” project and this book has been a perfect at-home complement.
+ UNDER MY HIJAB by Hena Kahn, illustrations by Aaliya Jaleel
A cheerful volume that demystifies and celebrates the hijab. Equally helpful for kids looking for representation of their own culture, and for kids eager to understand and learn more about experiences and practices outside of their own. Faye also loves Mommy’s Khimar, on the same subject.
What about you guys? New favorites on your lists?
More book recommendations in case you need them!
PS. We borrow many of our books from our public library, but when we buy new books, we love to always support our local bookstores—Stories Bookshop, Books Are Magic, Greenlight Bookstore, and Community Bookstore, to name a few. I’ve provided links above to where you can find these titles from independent bookstores near you.
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