The following post is by Simple Kids editor Kara Fleck.
This summer I’ve been sharing with you some of the children’s books that my kids are reading as part of the iVillage PBS Kids Community Summer Reading Challenge. I have really liked hearing what books you are enjoying with your kids, too.
I’ve mentioned to you before that I feel like one of the best gifts we can give our children to encourage their literacy is to let them see the adults in their life reading and enjoying books. Today, I thought I would share with you the books that you would have been able to catch me reading so far this summer.
Meditations During Pregnancy
When my son was born, someone gave me a copy of Meditations for Mothers and it was the perfect size, easily fitting into a diaper bag. I was able to read a quick page here and there as I got a chance during life with a newborn. I found quite a bit of encouragement and comfort, and even some humor, in the pages.
When I found out I was pregnant again, I decided to treat myself to this book, Meditations During Pregnancy, by the same author, Beth Wilson Saavedra.
This is a small book with short entries that cover everything from mood swings, anticipating childbirth, and body image during pregnancy. Some entries are funny, some are informative, and some just give you some mental food for thought to take with you during your day.
The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding
I am re-reading The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding to give myself a little refresher course on nursing before the new baby is born. This one will probably take up residence on my nightstand to use as a reference, as well. It is nice to have it to thumb through, especially during the early days of breastfeeding, both for reassurance and for information. My copy is an older copy that I’ve been using for close to ten years now, so it is like an old friend.
This is another book that I am re-reading. As we prepare for the new baby, I find myself looking at our home environment and evaluating it with a slightly more critical eye than I perhaps normally do. I’ve also been thinking quite a bit about our normal rhythms and routines and how they will be impacted by adding another member to our family.
Simplicity Parenting has given me some guidance and some gentle reminders about home and family life. It is interesting to me things that are standing out to me differently than they have on previous readings.
100 Questions from My Child
I won a copy of 100 Questions from My Child by Mallika Chopra earlier in the summer and I’ve been reading a few pages from it here and there since it arrived. It has been a neat reminder about kids perspectives and the way that they think about life. I am enjoying the author’s responses to her kids. Childhood is such a magical, precious time and this book is a sweet reminder to protect it and keep it sacred.
Pride and Prejudice
I was craving a little reading just for me that has nothing to do with kids, parenting, pregnancy, or motherhood. My copy of Pride and Prejudice is my mom’s copy from college and I enjoy reading her notes and thoughts in the margins as I wind my way through the tale of Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy.
Color, by Victoria Finlay, was my vacation reading last May. Part history book, part travel guide, it is a really interesting look at the history of color and dye and the significant impact of color on our world. I really enjoyed it and it was perfect beach and airplane reading.
Someone told me that because I enjoyed Color so much, I would really like Spice by Jack Turner, which has a similar premise regarding the world of spices and their place in history. I have added the book to my wish list. Have any of you read it?
Do you have any other recommendations for me?
I’d love to know: what are you reading for YOU right now?