November is that time of year when I spend a lot of time on gratitude. I’ll be honest with you and share that gratitude is something I lean on just about every day but during the month of November with the trees going bare and the temperatures dropping, I need something good to hold onto. I look for the blessings that might get overlooked when I’m enjoying time outside being kissed by the sun. Today, I am counting books as blessings. They give us so many amazing things. They provide us with wisdom, satisfy our curiosities, find ways to connect us, and so much more. Here are a few books that we are grateful for this month.
Rhoda The Alligator – Let me start by saying how beautiful the illustrations in this book are. I can simply look at the pictures all day long. The story is just as beautiful. It is about learning to love yourself and others for our differences. It is about trusting your parents with your struggles. It is about standing up for your self and admitting when you are wrong.
You Should Be Writing – A Journal of Inspiration & Instruction to Keep Your Pen Moving – This book is reminding me that I love writing. Yup, somewhere between self-publishing my first book and becoming a full-time blogger I forgot the joy that bringing words to life gave me. This journal is a pathway back to that joy. It can help me find my why. There are quotes on every page that can be thought of as inspiration, a prompt, or even a challenge.
Mother Daughter Activity Journal – Getting JustaBXgirl to write is one of my struggles. I have to be creative. She loves reading stories and making them up but she rarely wants to write things down. Since we are homeschooling, I cannot let writing slip away. I want her to be prepared in the future and feel confident in her writing voice. This activity journal allows me to give her that confidence while also bonding and connecting with her. I plan to do these types of activities throughout her life to keep our communication open as well as keep our bonds strong. These are also great ways for adult children to connect to their moms.
Minute Earth Explains How Did Whales Get So Big? – This book is awesome. You know how littles love to ask why? Some of those questions are answered right here in these pages. The book does a great job of explaining the why and the how in ways that littles can understand. We keep this book in our homeschool box for when JustaBXgirl needs something to wonder about. A few minutes of reading here can lead her to hours exploring a certain topic.
Bee Scared – We are huge fans and friends of bees. This book is a wonderful way to introduce the current plight of bees (and in turn humans) to children. Bees are disappearing at alarming rates and this book shares that in a non-scary way.
Miss Olive Finds Her Furever Home – This is a sweet series based on a real dog that found her furever home. In the first book, we meet Miss Olive when she is dreaming of finding a family to love her furever. Spoiler: she finds one. That leads us to the next two books in the series, Miss Olive Finds Her Furever Friends and Miss Olive Finds Her Furever Winter Wonderland. This would be the perfect storytime for any puppy lovers. The messages are full of family, gratitude, and kindness. Head over to my IG account to enter for your chance to win a set.