Everyone needs to read a good children's book from time to time. They remind us of the basics -- stuff like telling the truth, being kind to others and the importance of friendship. They're not just about bunnies and birthday parties. Pay attention when you read these 12 Children's Books Everyone Will Love.
My youngest has a concussion and has been in lockdown at home for the past few days. My friend Sarah's boy had a much more serious accident, however. I mention this today because of all the things that crossed my desk this week, the impact this accident had on all of us at Savvy HQ made everything else seem trivial -- or marginal at best.
Summer's here and moms and kids alike are on a quest to find a great summer read. So with that in mind, our editors, writers and savvy storytellers have shared the novels they love, and the books their kids adore. Here's a taste of what they chose.
Even if the political underpinnings of the Yertle and Thomas books are way over my son's head -- not hard, as he's only about three feet tall -- they still impart moral lessons. One reinforces class divisions and imperiousness while the other promotes equality and compassion. But apparently equality and compassion aren't appropriate for B.C. classrooms.
A report published Monday finds that fewer Ontario children are reading for pleasure. The report, published by research group
For me, there is no topic tougher to talk to kids about than death. We are told to use direct and simple language and to speak in a way to ensure that the message is clear... no ambiguity. While anyone faced with this situation should seek the advice of a grief counsellor, I also tend to turn to books written for children.
There's a video going around of a baby who's using the hand gestures you'd use on an iPad when leafing through a magazine. This video kind of pissed me off. The baby doesn't understand how pages work because her parents have never showed her a book before.
Anxiety and back to school jitters are normal and even healthy to a certain degree. How can we as parents ease our children through this transition? As a writer and book reviewer, it should come as no surprise that when I needed help easing my children into a new school year, I turned to books.
Reading summertime-themed books is a great way to allow our children to enjoy summer in a bit of a different way. A picture book about power outages, a summer heat wave occurrence, can shed some positive light for us and our kids on the brighter side of a blackout.