We have done a lot of reading this month. The titles included here are only a select few. We didn’t want to overwhelm you with too many choices but trust that this summer our monthly bookshelf posts are ones that you do not want to miss. Whether you read these posts to add to your personal library or to get ideas on what to borrow from your local library we want you to know that we choose the titles to share with lots of care.
We want to be intentional going forward so I will no longer be sharing more than seven titles in my monthly bookshelf posts. It was difficult to put a cap on how many to share. The thing is that I know when I include more, you don’t always make it through all of the titles and I want to make sure that you don’t miss something that would be amazing for your family. Without further ado, here are our selected seven for this month’s shelf.
The National Menagerie of Art – This book belongs in any art lover’s home. It takes familiar classics and paints them in a new light. Haha, you know I love a good pun. This book takes well know masterpieces and turns them into animal versions. It also includes information on the originals making it a masterful way of introducing art in an entertaining and comical way to kids.
Sarah Rising – Many of us struggle with how to explain the world to our littles. We want to protect them from the cruelty but also know we must prepare them for reality. This book gives us the opportunity to discuss racism and police brutality without necessarily sharing the rawness of the issues. It does a wonderful job of weaving Sarah’s world of protest with her dad with non-fictional accounts. We as parents can decide how far we want the discussion to go while using Sarah’s story as a starting point.
National Geographic Little Kids First Board Book Insects – A lot of people are afraid of insects because they’re never formally introduced to them. Adding books like this one to your shelf makes insects a lot less scary. As your little gets bigger, you can continue introducing them to the insects found here in ways that keep them curious and safe.
National Geographic Kids In The Pond – If you’re raising a city kid like I am, it is important to add books to our library that allows them to see things beyond their immediate neighborhood. In the Pond is a great pre-reader book to introduce what a pond is and what can be found in it. I love the vocabulary tree which gives adults the opportunity to go over new words before diving into the book.
National Geographic Kids A seed is the start – Sometimes it is hard to look at a tree or a flower and imagine that it was once a seed. This book reminds us and teaches our littles what that process looks like. We get to see how seeds fly, and how they float. We get to learn about different types of plants and the conditions they grow in.
National Geographic Little Kids First Big Book of Baby Animals – I really can just look at these photos for hours! They are the absolute cutest, sweetest animal photos ever. If you have an animal-loving little at home then you definitely want to add this to your library. The fun facts are wonderful ways to get your littles interested in learning more.
Vampire Vacation Fang is not your everyday vampire. When it comes time for his family’s vacation, he has some new ideas that his parents just don’t seem to be ready for. This is a really fun book that also can help you talk to your littles about standing up for what they believe in and how it is okay not to always go with the flow.