12 Christmas picture books for the 12 days of Christmas

I had so much fun scouring library shelves and stores for the best Christmas picture books. I went to my friend Julie Bristow, who has a knack for finding the best traditional Christmas books, to add to my list of new favorites. Here are our top 12 picks! We love the idea of wrapping these up and opening one a day with your family for the 12 days of Christmas. Merry Christmas and happy reading!

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10 picture books that cultivate gratitude

According to research, cultivating gratitude is one of the simplest but most powerful paths to a happier, more fulfilled life. Gratitude dispels entitlement and indifference, selfishness and hopelessness. That’s why it’s so important for me to teach my children to have grateful mindsets. One of my favorite ways to teach the value of gratitude is to cuddle up with and read a fun book with them. I teamed up with Miranda Rosbach to share 10 picture books for cultivating grateful mindset.

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16 picture books that teach love and acceptance

There have been so many acts of violence happening close to home and across oceans, and I’ve been thinking of the people who caused those tragic events.

Where was their sense of self-love and reverence for life?

How can I teach my children to deeply love and accept themselves and others, despite our weaknesses and differences?

I started looking for picture books that displayed these messages beautifully and in a way that reaches kids’ hearts and minds.

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13 Picture books for Halloween

Ali Middleton

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!

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Top 10 book recommendations for moms

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:

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