One of my truest loves are children’s books. Really good ones, that are beautifully illustrated and filled with purpose. Ones that leave you pondering some of life’s deepest truths and teach important lessons as they leave a trail of morality lingering in your mind.
I was the kid who got lost in stories, asking questions and imagining my own self traveling the journey of the written words. Books were friends, and places, and had a large presence in my life. I have never lost touch with that deep adoration for stories and was delighted to witness that the same love had seemingly manifested in my darlings at what appeared to be from birth.
My first grader is now an independent reader and cannot get her fill fast enough. She struggles in choosing which series to start or read simultaneously all the while distracted by single story books that peak her inquisitive mind. She will often share the reader role with me as we break for story time reading to the younger two (or as it sometimes turns out to ourselves if they’ve wandered off). Regardless of the scenario, we always have books around, and it’s a shared experience which we cherish. Which is why, when we find a new book that excites us we love to spread the word.
Our most recent fantastic find is In My Heart: A Book of Feelings written by Jo Witek and beautifully illustrated by Christine Roussey. This book that we’ve been reading almost every night is a delightful, kid-friendly walk through our varied human emotions. Not only does it permit and validate feeling your feelings, but it promotes expression and connects the emotion to an experience that can be easily understood by little ones. My darlings adore this book and reflect understanding by sharing how their heart feels, which quite frankly, melts mine. As a therapist, I really admire this book for its importance in teaching our littles to stay connected to how they feel, something that many adults struggle to do. As a mom, I’m grateful that books like this are written and published, spreading the positive message that it’s OK to have the feels. Whatever they may be.