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August Book List

Photo by Glean and Co. Photography           Let's face it, searching for books can be hard! The library is a fun place to go, and ideally a great family outing. But what if you went to the library in search of books on a specific topic or theme for an upcoming month and now the kiddos are just not having it. Your trip to the library is rapidly dissolving into tears, requests for snacks, and chasing a baby around in circles... Well, I like to always have some books on hold that I know I'm excited to read, so even if all of that happens (and more!) I know we are walking out with at least one good book. So, here's my attempt to help you all (and me!) focus our library trips and at the same time, make sure we never miss out on a topic or holiday coming up. Photo by Glean and Co. Photography Each month here on the blog you will get access to a list of books you may want to read that month. The list will include books about the seasons, themes for that time of

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

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.