My fellow bookworm friend, Ali Middleton, is a children’s book guru, a homeschooler, and one of those rare, wholehearted moms whose amazingness never leaves you feeling worse about yourself—only inspired to be better and live more mindfully. She’s also a gifted photographer with a magic touch for capturing those one-of-a-kind moments you never want to forget. Ali ALWAYS has the best book recommendations, so I was smiling ear-to-ear when she agreed to put together a list of her favorite Halloween picture books for you guys. Enjoy!
I’ve been learning about a growth versus a fixed mindset, and it’s revolutionizing the way I think about myself and my children.
In a nutshell, a growth mindset means you believe you can change and improve.
Sometimes it can be hard to get a busybody boy to sit still long enough to enjoy a book. These are some tried and tested favorites around here. My little guy asks for these ones again and again. Bonus: Most of these are around five bucks.
One of my favorite questions my mom-friends ask me is “What should I read?”
We all know how challenging and sometimes isolating motherhood can be. Reading a great book can be such an uplift and needed escape amidst the diaper changes, tantrums and other non-glamorous parts of young motherhood.
Here are some favorite books (both fiction and non-fiction) I find myself telling fellow mamas they have to read:
Each of these Springy picture books has exceptional illustrations and fun storylines that all three of my kids and I loved reading. Enjoy!
Reading to your child and teaching him or her to love reading at an early age will:
- Improve his or her vocabulary and communication skills
- Boost his or her self-esteem
- Prime your child to succeed in school
- Prepare your child to more easily learn a second language
- Strengthen family bonds (as you read together)
Unfortunately, bookworming doesn’t come naturally to every child, and forcing it too much can backfire. In this video, I share a few things you can do to gently encourage your child to love reading:
With 130,000,000 books in the world, how do you find the one that will capture your interest?
I’m a sucker for romantic novels. In lieu of Valentine’s Day, here is a pile I’ve added to my favorites list over the years. I’d love to know yours!
At the top of the list are some classic regency novels, because when it comes to romance, nothing beats those in my romantic-in-the-wrong-century opinion.
I love a book that makes me want to curl up with it by the fire and watch the snow fall outside my window. Here are a few of my cozy Christmas favorites with wintry scenes.
Here are 10 YA books (in no particular order) for guys. I got these recommendations from my fellow book nerd friend, Hikari Loftus. If you haven’t seen her beautiful bookstagram feed, Folded Pages Distillery, you’re gonna wanna check that out. Like, yesterday. (Did I just say gonna wanna? My writing skills astound me sometimes.)