It is such a joy to read with my little monkey. Sure he is often head butting me and trying to rip the pages out but even at two I know my son loves the pictures and will learn, one day, to love the stories.
Daddy, There's A Noise Outside is a great idea for a children's book. Helping dads find good stories for their little ones is pretty fundamental to children learning to love a good story. My dad never read to me as a child but I always loved when my mom would read great mystery and adventure tales. Early books in my life shaped so much of my creativity.
My dad imparted a love of storytelling and I think the Fathers Inc publisher is on to a really lovely idea; getting dads to read more.
I believe this year will be filled with parents trying to explain social issues at younger and younger ages. Whatever your stand on issues, it is a helpful to begin having books that help tell the story of the world to our gummy bears.
Daddy, There's A Noise Outside is good for a little older kido than mine. If your son starts asking about things on the news you'll want a graphic and easy way to discuss protests. I love how this book brings up the process of civil disobedience.
Dads are such a lovely and important part of a child's early learning. Don't let a busy schedule distract you from reading with your little one.
Multicultural Children’s Book Day 2017 (1/27/17) is its fourth year and was founded by Valarie Budayr from Jump Into A Book and Mia Wenjen from PragmaticMom. Our mission is to raise awareness on the ongoing need to include kid’s books that celebrate diversity in home and school bookshelves while also working diligently to get more of these types of books into the hands of young readers, parents and educators.
Despite census data that shows 37% of the US population consists of people of color, only 10% of children’s books published have diversity content. Using the Multicultural Children’s Book Day holiday, the MCBD Team are on a mission to change all of that.
Current Sponsors: MCBD 2017 is honored to have some amazing Sponsors on board. Platinum Sponsors include Scholastic, Barefoot Books and Broccoli. Other Medallion Level Sponsors include heavy-hitters like Author Carole P. Roman, Audrey Press, Candlewick Press, Fathers Incorporated, KidLitTV, Capstone Young Readers, ChildsPlayUsa, Author Gayle Swift, Wisdom Tales Press, Lee& Low Books, The Pack-n-Go Girls, Live Oak Media, Author Charlotte Riggle, Chronicle Books and Pomelo Books
Author Sponsors include: Karen Leggett Abouraya, Veronica Appleton, Susan Bernardo, Kathleen Burkinshaw, Delores Connors, Maria Dismondy, D.G. Driver, Geoff Griffin, Savannah Hendricks, Stephen Hodges, Carmen Bernier-Grand,Vahid Imani, Gwen Jackson, Hena, Kahn, David Kelly, Mariana Llanos, Natasha Moulton-Levy, Teddy O'Malley, Stacy McAnulty, Cerece Murphy, Miranda Paul, Annette Pimentel, Greg Ransom, Sandra Richards, Elsa Takaoka, Graciela Tiscareño-Sato, Sarah Stevenson, Monica Mathis-Stowe SmartChoiceNation, Andrea Y. Wang
We’d like to also give a shout-out to MCBD’s impressive CoHost Team who not only hosts the book review link-up on celebration day, but who also work tirelessly to spread the word of this event.
MCBD Links to remember:
Free Multicultural Books for Teachers
Free Kindness Classroom Kit for Homeschoolers, Organizations, Librarians and Educators
Free Diversity Book Lists and Activities for Teachers and Parents
I love fall in Bellingham, there is an endless stream of crisp-air filled outings to be made. The salmon run around Bellingham is such fun for a little toddler. My son said fishies for the first time while watching them and was ever so happy to sit, breastfeeding and watching the fish jump through the air.
It can be pretty chilly while watching fish splash so bring an extra layer and a warm blanket for covering small legs while in the stroller. One of my favorite ways to see the fish is to forward-face your little one in a baby carrier so they can safely look around while you explain things.
If you go during the afternoon you can bring warm snacks and hot apple cider to tide over small bellies between meal times.
Check online for fun and informative educational talks along the water's edge. Older kids can learn a lot more and you can sound smart when you recite back your newfound knowledge.
Be prepared ahead of time and look up some great facts so you and your little one can bond over conversations and fish.
What is anadromous? Salmon are and it means they're born in fresh water, hang out in the salty ocean as adults and head upstream to freshwater to spawn their babies.
There are about nine species of salmon that you can buy in stores.
Salmon can weigh up to 110 pounds!
You can tell the age of our tasty friends the salmon by counting the number of rings on its ears.
How to get your toddler to love their shoes
Shoes? You must be mad, mother. My son took great pleasure in taking off his shoes and seeing how far he could get until I noticed. Shoes are the natural enemy of little adventurers. After a lot of frustration, dirty feet and patience I found these tips to work so well.
Make wearing shoes into adventure time. I really tried to show my son that when we put on shoes it was because we were going on a little adventure. Having something positive to associate with being forced into shoes really helps little brains process it all.
Slip-ons rock your mom world. For real mamas, shoes that slip on are so much better than velcro or the dreaded lace up shoes.
Anything that your little one can wear that is super fast to get on means less time for them to get upset over the whole shoe wearing treachery.
F#ck laces. No really, they are such a pain to tie while your little wiggles, kicks and cries. Avoid laces until they are at least 2 years old. Even with my 2 year old, who loves, loves his lace up winger boots, it is still a big pain to tie them up.
Don't worry, this too shall pass and you will soon enough have to be reminding them to take their shoes off. I was really overly stressed about my son keeping his shoes on. Looking back on it I think I was being silly but at the time it felt very real and like I was a bad mommy for letting him walk around without shoes. Now I know, it's all good and everything will be okay. Hey, mamas you've got this!
Everyone wants to live a happy life. How can someone overcome frustrations and disappointments to be truly, richly happy? Doing good for yourself and others will enrich your life beyond measure. You'll feel better when you are helping with a positive, gratitude filled mind. The best is that you become happy by doing wonderful things. Act out of gratitude and you'll find that you are grateful for all the wonderful things in your life.
Doing is often the hardest part of changing. We can talk and think all we want but getting out of our shells and 'doing' is hard work. Do some Good for others.
Be Good for yourself; be the type of person you would want to be around. Goodness is not just about trying to help others. This is not a competition to be best queen bee (but if you have some tasty honey send it to your author).
It is funny, how in a world where we are seemly always busy beyond measure that we have such a hard time just being.
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