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Rebecca P.

Perfect Schmerfect, Part 4: Princess-Style

For whatever reason, our culture has become princess-obsessed when it comes to little girls.  Parents with the best intentions to raise their girls as strong, competent, independent members of society, must struggle through the princess years, with inhibiting, frilly clothing, simpering ideals, and pink everywhere.  Read More..

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Perfect Schmerfect, Part 3: Trust Yourself, Find Your Tribe

As a follow up to my previous post on Weird, a book about building confidence and being true to yourself, filled with parental support, I’d like to present 10,000 Dresses by Marcus Ewert (for ages 5-10), a book filled with confidence in spite of a great lack of parent support. Read More..

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Perfect Schmerfect, Part 2: To Thine Own Self Be True

As I continue my vendetta against perfectionism, I remember a friend recently told me that her 4-year-old refuses to wear certain clothes to preschool because she “doesn’t get any compliments when she wears that outfit.”  I was dismayed that someone so young could be worried about what other people think about how she looks.  So, Read More..

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Perfect Schmerfect, Part 1: The Perfect Book

I have a personal vendetta against perfectionism.  I’ve struggled with it my whole life.  As I battle my own perfectionism, I’ve decided to preach a little in hopes the newest generation will realize early on that perfect doesn’t exist (so don’t waste your time).  Here’s the first in a series of posts highlighting books that help us let go of unrealistic expectations, so we can get on with our lives.  Read More..

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Chill Out in the Blue Cubby

So you’ve tried out the green cubby and the purple cubby, but you’ve been waiting for our list before you sample the blue cubby, right?  Wait no longer.

Dexter Bexley and the Big Blue Beastie by Joel Stewart, The Big Blue Spot by Peter Holwitz, What Bluebirds Do by Pamela Kirby, In a Blue Room by Jim Averbeck, The Bog Baby by Jeanne Willis, and Water Sings Blue by Kate Coombs.Blue cubby

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Curl Up in the Purple Cubby

Previously we celebrated the new colored cubbies in the Children’s Room with a list of books perfect for getting cozy in the green cubby.  This time, we present some purple options for the purple cubby! Mr Pine’s Purple House by Leonard Kessler, Isabella, Star of the Story by Jennifer Fosberry, Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse by Kevin Henkes, Harold and the Purple Crayon and Harold’s Fairy Tale by Crockett Johnson.

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Get Cozy in the Green Cubby

One of the joys of the new children’s room is the colored cubbies to curl up in.  Grab a book, pick your favorite color, and settle down to read in style.  Here are some perfect books for the green cubby.

Grandpa Green by Lane Smith, Meet Mr. and Mrs. Green by Keith Baker, Read More..

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Try Your Hand at Silly Poetry

We recently featured nonsense poet Edward Lear on the blog.  If you and your child loved the sound of Lear, try your own hand at writing a limerick, a fairly easy form of rhyming poem that he popularized.  A limerick is five lines long; the first, second, and fifth lines rhyme and the third and fourth lines rhyme, but are usually shorter.  It is rhythmic and often funny or naughty.  Read More..

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Edward Lear, We Hold You Dear

My Dad’s favorite poet was not Shakespeare, Shelley, or Stevenson, not Blake, Byron, or Browning.  He was not after the sublime in his poetry, but rather the silly.  And that silliness was provided by master of nonsense Edward Lear.  You may be familiar with Lear’s The Owl and the Pussycat.  Check it and his other poems out in the following books: Read More..

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Nursery Rhymes Around the World

Reading nursery rhymes with your little one is a great way to start their journey with poetry and language.  We recently shared our favorite books of Mother Goose, but that’s only the beginning.  There is so much more out there than the old classics that we’re all familiar with.  If you want to refresh your reading routine, Read More..

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