My college roommate Kacy, otherwise known as "Pooky", is my point person for all things family. Mother to three fantastic children, Kacy's groove just keeps getting better. She operates from the foundation of having an open home, where guests are always welcome, and children are nurtured and respected. In another life, I'd want to come back as one of her kids.
We had a conversation recently about what things (toys/books/tools/philosophies) make the biggest difference in our homes, and came up with many topics to share. Top of the list, as most parents might agree, is reading out loud. The Chinaberry Catalog has been a wonderful influence for Kacy's reading list, and a good starting point is a book called Under the Chinaberry Tree, Books and Inspirations for Mindful Parenting. I've copied the description here:
... a handbook of the joys of parenting, filled with reflections on daily life with children, tips, thoughts, quotes - and reviews of more than two hundred of some of the books that have appeared in the catalog since its beginning. These are the books that have enriched the lives of Patti's and Ann's own families, books that convey unconditional love, spark the imagination, cultivate tolerance and appreciation, celebrate nature, induce giggles, or bring a quiet, reverent close to the day.
Another suggestion that you may have heard about is The Read Aloud Handbook by Jim Trelease. I had an earlier edition (with a different cover) when my kids were born, but it's now in its 6th edition. The opening paragraph pretty much lays it out:
It boils down to a simple, two-part formula:
*The more you read, the better you get at it; the better you get at it, the more you like it; and the more you like it, the more you do it.
*The more you read, the more you know; and the more you know, the smarter you grow.
Thanks Kacy for these great tips! Can't wait to share what's next on the list, and any other recommendations folks have for their favorite read aloud sources and books!