Good Reads: Extra Yarn by Mac Barnett

The following post is by editor Kara Fleck.

It is no secret that my kids and I love to read, and I hope the same is true for you and your families.  I”m a former bookseller and I”m a lifelong book lover, as is my husband.   It is one of the traits I”m happiest has passed on to my children.

Reading to my children is one of my favorite ways to spend time with them, especially if the book is clever and fun.

We talk about our favorite reads here on Simple Kids from time to time, and I”m excited to bring you a monthly series on Simple Kids dedicated just to book reviews. 

Be on the lookout for book review features from the other Simple Living Media sites, as well. 

I look forward to highlighting some of my favorite reads and sharing our new discoveries with you.

Extra Yarn

This month I wanted to share with you a book that is a new one on our bookshelf: Extra Yarn by Mac Barnett.

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Written and Illustrated: Making Books With Your Children

The following post is by contributor Robin Zipporah of The Not-Ever-Still Life.
Every so often my oldest child, almost six, will flip through a pile of papers on the lower shelf of my bedside table. “What bedtime story did you read last night?” she’ll ask.

Those papers are all books that she or her sister have made, and it stands to reason, doesn’t it? that if she chooses a few books from her bedside table to read every night, so do I. I love when she asks that question. I love how integrally we’ve made reading part of the rhythm of our home.

With their innate curiosity and creative problem-solving, children are natural storytellers. In our house, we’ve been capturing our kids’ stories and making books from them for several years. They needn’t be fancy; most of the time our tools are just some paper and crayons. And this is a project you can complete with kids of any age:

For toddlers and preschoolers

Even our earliest talkers have big ideas. When my daughters were very young, I’d interview them with a series of two-choice questions and a few open-ended ones, like this: “do you want to make a story about a princess or a monster? Okay, a monster. A girl monster or boy monster or something else? A boy monster! Does he have one head or more heads? More! How many?” And so on.

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Family Traditions: Create a Signature Family Recipe (plus our secret Purple Flurple Smoothie recipe)

The following post is by editor Kara Fleck.

In 2012 one of the things I want to do with this space is to share more of my family’s traditions with you.  I thought I would start with a very simple, but fun tradition:  creating signature family recipes.

My whole family loves to play with our food! We spend quite a bit of time together in the kitchen, creating recipes, cooking together, and enjoying eating our experiments. From a young age, we involve our kids in the food preparation for the family, and we do our best to made it a fun experience.

We’ve developed a family tradition over the years of putting a signature spin on certain dishes, really making them our own according to our personal tastes and preferences.

Because you are so special to me, dear readers, and I’ve come to think of you like family, I am going to share with you our family’s top secret Purple Flurple recipeWhat in the world is a Purple Flurple, you ask?  A taste sensation!

Read on and see …

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Weekend Links

“… reminding us that there was and will be no greater prosperity than the warm and well-fed child.” – Sallyann J. Murphey, Bean Blossom Dreams

Meet the 2012 Simple Kids Contributors

Simple living is a very personal thing. I know I don’t have to tell you that parenting is, as well. What life looks like at my house probably doesn’t look exactly like life at your house. There is no one-size fits all.

For that reason, I feel that an important part of my job as editor of Simple Kids is to hand-pick contributors for the site who can expand the base of life experience and information that is offered here.

I’m honored to work with writers from a variety of backgrounds and with a range of experiences, expertise, and perspectives that I believe blend together to form a well-rounded blog.

The writers and I are united in the belief that childhood should be uncomplicated and that play and learning are important priorities, for kids as well as parents.

It is my honor to work with these contributors and I”m so thankful for the time that they give to this blog and Simple Kids readers.

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