‘Mindful ABC’s’ is a beautiful introduction to not only the alphabet but also mindful concepts that inspire and nurture our emotional, spiritual and physical wellbeing. . The watercolour letters and illustrations pair beautifully with the soft, emotive descriptions... I is for Inspiration. Inspiration is when something stirs an inside feeling to do something good. M is for Mindful. Being mindful is listening to all your senses to learn about your mind, body and the world around you. N is for Nature. Nature is the worlds gift to us. The outdoors and all of its beauty. . This truly is one of our favourite mindfulness books at the moment and is perfect for both children and adults alike. And if it speaks to you, @growing.kind also stocks it’s companion, ‘Mindful 123’ 🌿
KITTEN AND THE NIGHT WATCHMAN words by John Sullivan pictures by Taeeun Yoo (@yooillustration) Happy Caturday! 🐱 This dreamy, understated little gem would make SUCH a good bedtime read-aloud. The story follows the night watchman as he does his rounds, checking on various areas of a construction site, pondering the shapes of the vehicles in the dark, and encountering creatures of the night, all the while accompanied by a sweet kitten. The text is poetic and full of onomatopoeic and soporific language, and comfortingly matter-of-fact. The details seem born of actual experience, so it's no surprise to learn that the author was himself a night watchman, and he also did his job with the help of a feline companion. The art, by the always wonderful Taeeun Yoo, is adorable but not cutesy and perfectly matched with the text. A gentle and irresistible book, ideal for preschoolers who love either animals or construction equipment, or both. Highly recommended, and out on Tuesday. #kidlitcaturday
How to Babysit a Grandpa! By Jean Reagan and illustrated by Lee Wildish. This book is a great one to teach procedural writing to kids. - You know, sometimes you don’t wanna feel like you’re being “baby”sat when you’re a kid! So in this hilarious book it gives some tips on how to grandpa-sit! Such as: •how to draw for a grandpa •snacks to feed a grandpa •how to say goodbye to a grandpa - There are also a few other “how to” books in this series.
The Mysterious Howling by Maryrose Wood 🐺👦🏽🐿 first book in the Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place series! — This is my 8 year old, who flies through books like they’re going to disappear from his grasp any minute. The problem with kids like that, is that they are soon reading at a very high level, but their ability to comprehend quickly rises far beyond the content that is relevant and appropriate for their age. So I’m always scrambling to come up with another series that will 1) keep him interested, 2) keep him busy for longer than 30 minutes, and 3) have age appropriate content for early elementary age (10 year old protagonist MAX). — If you are in the same boat as me, or looking for your next young family read aloud, or just like a good book yourself (I read this one too), GO RESERVE THIS ONE ASAP 😜. — This series is about a young lady (16) who has graduated from finishing school early, and quickly becomes employed as the governess/nanny for three young children living in a country manor. Except that she quickly discovers her expectations about the situation are quite wrong (through no fault of her own), and she must delay teaching the children Latin and Greek, so she can teach them English and how to live indoors and eat cooked food. The writing has me highly amused half the time because of the slightly dramatic narration overtones (to be clear, it works very well and I wanted to be best friends with the governess by chapter three). She shows quite a bit of tenacity, forbearance, patience, work ethic, and doesn’t give up when things get hard. The first book sets up a long story arc, including quite a few mysterious as well as life goals for the children (and their governess!) to achieve. — As you can tell, the 8 y/o gives it 5 stars, and asked me three separate times when the next book would arrive on our library hold shelf. Recommended for ages 7-15 (or adult), or as a #readaloud for younger kids down to 5 or 4. Onto The