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Macaroni and Cheese in the Bathtub

"Peace is being different, feeling good about yourself, and helping others. The world is a better place because of YOU! Love, Todd"
        I was talking with my husband the other day about how excited I was to team up with Todd Parr for some giveaways and general appreciation of this published works. Then, mid-sentence, my husband stops me and says "wait, like...macaroni and cheese in the bathtub Todd?!" Not only did I appreciate his enthusiasm, I also really appreciated the fact that we have read Todd's books so many times with our children (and for me, with my students) that "macaroni and cheese in the bathtub" makes complete sense to both of us.

       Before becoming a stay at home mom (by day) I was a full time elementary school teacher. My first two years of teaching I taught first grade, and then went on to teach both second and fifth grades. Todd Parr's The Peace Book is one of my all time favorite books as a teacher and now as a parent too…

Challenging Gender Norms

Over the past couple weeks my daughter and I have come across a couple of books that really caught our attention. Mary Wears What She Wants is a beautiful book outlining the life of Mary Walker and her courage as she was one of the first women known to wear pants in a time when that was forbidden. People said women are supposed to wear dresses, that's just how it is. But logically, Mary said she should be allowed to wear whatever she wants, they aren't "boy" clothes, they are her clothes and she is more comfortable and can run faster in pants. It was when I heard my daughter say "That's silly, girls can wear pants or whatever they want" that I hesitated. I realized that to say that this concept was long forgotten once Mary Walker decided to wear pants would be an outright lie, because...let's take a look at the flip side.


Moving to a modern day book entitled "Felix's New Skirt" about a child who wants to wear a skirt to school. His pa…

Acceptance and Friendship

There's nothing better than a book that reminds you of all the good that is still in this world. A book that opens the doors to essential conversations about accepting others and showing kindness. I love hearing my 4 year old's perspectives on these books and concepts when we read. She says these powerful things like "why are they being so mean? they don't even know her!" or "I don't like him, but I know that the only way to teach someone bad to be good, is to be nice to them" It's a pleasant reminder that although our lives and situations can become "complicated" - when it comes to human to human interactions it really is that simple. Be Kind.

Below is a list of our current favorites that in one way or another touch on issues of acceptance and friendship.

The Boy and the Giant (pictured above) is a beautiful story about learning the importance of taking the time to welcome and accept others. In this book the boy does not believe h…