You Is Kind, You Is Smart, You Is Important

My name is Katie, and I am an admitted bookaholic.

From the earliest age, I can remember my love for reading, imagining and going to a place in my head that only I can create. I have dealt with some of my biggest obstacles in life by diving into a good novel to give me a laugh, inspire me or take me away for just a little bit. My absolute favorite place to go for me time is ‘Barnes & Noble’, and I kid you not when I say I can be there for hours.

So naturally, when I had a child, I began to instill my love of literature in her. We took Berklee to the bookstore when she was just one week old and I have been reading to her ever since. Now, she is currently at the stage where she likes to hold the book (and turn the pages before I even read 3 words) but that’s okay. We still have the time together, snuggled up under her tee-pee and as she grows older, so will her patience. My goal is for her to find creativity, imagination and magic in stories as she learns the value of right from wrong.

Dr. Seuss said it best “You can find magic, wherever you look. Sit back and relax, all you need is a book.”

Here are some of our current favorite children’s books and a little review on each! Please comment with your favorites! I would love to hear them!

  • I love You as Big as the World – This book by David Van Buren is as heartwarming as it gets. Mama bear attempts to explain to her cub the extent of her love. “From the bottom of the sea to the tip of the highest mountain.” This book has beautiful illustrations and short text on each page, perfect for the mobile toddler!

  • On the Night You Were Born – This book is incredibly special to me, as it was given to us as a gift from the nursing staff at the hospital after our daughter was born. This story by Nancy Tillman talks about the uniqueness of each child and the importance of being you.

  • Vader’s Little Princess– My husband went out the day after we found out we were having a little girl to buy this book. This irresistibly funny story tells the tale of Darth Vader and Princess Leia if they would have had the chance to be a family from the beginning.

  • I Love You Daddy–  Berklee and Austin have a relationship that melts me. I found this book that describes just how much Dads are loved, and I couldn’t resist to buy it.

  • If I Could Keep You Little- This children’s book by Marianne Richmond hits all the triggers in this Mama. It talks about the struggle of motherhood when you want your child to stay little but also love watching them grow and learn. It could not be more accurate, “If I could keep you little, I’d keep you close to me. But then I’d miss you growing into who you’re meant to be.”

  • Room on the Broom– We just bought this book by Julia Donaldson in spirit of Halloween and let me just tell you how stinking adorable it is. It’s truly about being kind to one another and the importance of friendship. A lesson we all could learn!



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  1. Colleen says:

    This MaMaw of Berklee who by the way loves to read, couldn’t be happier to see our little girl thrilled with books.

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