I am a sucker for children’s books. They’re short, quick, often colorful, easy reads that typically hold some value we can all benefit from. I made it a goal this year to read ten children’s books, which isn’t a lofty goal, but one I hoped would inspire some creativity. Whenever I pop into Barnes & Noble or Target, I head to the children’s section to see what’s new and what’s popular. I have a dream that one day a book I’ll write will end up on those shelves, but for now, I’ll appreciate the ones that are already published. For more of my favorite children’s books, head here.
Don’t Touch My Hair by Sharee Miller. A vibrant book that teaches about respecting personal space. I think this book is beneficial for anyone, especially those who reach out to touch a stranger’s pregnant belly or grab a guy’s buff bicep without getting the okay. Always ask permission first and respect the answer you get.
We Are the Gardeners by Joanna Gaines. If you have never watched HGTV’s Fixer Upper, you might not have grown to appreciate Chip and Jo’s dynamic of a go-getter and someone who’s more shy, respectively. As someone who loves gardening, I loved this book. As someone who admires both Chip and Joanna, I enjoyed the lesson of restarting after setbacks or failures, whether you’re attempting something new or not.
The Good Egg by Jory John. A great reminder that you can’t control everyone else and trying to live perfectly will only cause stress and “cracking”. It’s okay to relax, let loose, and not be so hard on yourself or those around you.
The Bad Seed by Jory John. As my mom would say, “You can always make a U-turn,” and this book demonstrates that well. It’s never too late to make a change and work towards being a better person.
She’s Got This by Laurie Hernandez. Written by the silver medal recipient for balance beam at the 2016 Rio Olympics, it’s a sweet little story about not giving up after you fall down. I did gymnastics for 3 years and I remember falling off the balance beam several times and having to hop back up even when it hurt or you were scared.
Sweety by Andrea Zuilli. An adorable story of a naked mole rat who doesn’t quite fit in. I feel most people can relate to Sweety in some way and I challenge you to not fall in love with her by the end of it.
Be Kind by Pat Zietlow Miller. Perhaps it was my hormones at the time of reading it, but the very last page of this book made me tear up. It’s a beautiful book about doing what you can to, well, be kind, especially to those who really need it.
Remarkably You by Pat Zietlow Miller. I’m sure most people can relate to having several sides of them that don’t quite seem like they go. It makes me think of Walt Whitman’s, “Do I contradict myself? Very well then, I contradict myself. I am large, I contain multitudes.” This book addresses that and shows that you can be a wide array of things.
Because by Mo Willems. Not necessarily one that will make it on my bookshelf, but I can see that others would like it. It follows a positive string of events of cause and effect. Because this happened, that happened, and so on. I do love the meaning behind it and think it’s worth checking out.
Red: A Crayon’s Story by Michael Hall. This story reminds me a bit of Howard Gardner’s Theory of Multiple Intelligences. For more on that, click here. There’s a high chance of feeling like a failure if we’re being held to others expectations or labels placed on us. Once we tap into our true abilities and are measured accordingly, we are more likely to excel.