Found this book at the library and it is really hitting home for me right now. Sam and Avery seem okay with me reading it too. But for me it is top of my must read right now list!
Now It Is Winter by Eileen Spinelli
Some excerpts to help you understand why this is touching my heart right now.
"Will Spring ever come? Will I roll down steep grassy hills giggling towards the bottom? Ever again? Yes, spring will come and grass and giggles too. But now it is winter. Now you can sail downhill on your sled lifted on snowy laughter. What fun"
"Will Spring ever come? Will the night sky grow pink and the night breeze whisper....Hush, child. Hush. Spring will come all pink sky and breezes. But now...now it is winter. Now you are cozy in your flannel pajamas. And warm in your bed."
"Now is good-- as in goodnight--and sweet--- as in sweet dreams. Now is the blessing. Now is the blessings. Now is the time to love. Now is the time to be."
The questions are being asked by a young mouse and answered by his mother as they go about their day. The pictures are very pretty but the word are really what make this book. It is a great reminder to try and enjoy the moment, the season that we are in and find the joy of the NOW!
And here are a few other books to check out...
This book is a great little board book that helps to explain why we do some of the green things we do; like picking up liter, recycling, conserve water, feed the birds, plant flowers, etc. Sometimes adults just assume their kids understand the why, but in reality some of these ideas can be quite difficult to understand for little minds. I thought this book did a great job of explaining them.
Green Start books is a company that I would LOVE to learn more about. I have seen several of their books lately that look interesting. Plus all of their products are printed on and made from 98% post-consumer recycled materials and use only eco-friendly inks. So fabulous! Sounds like my kind of company.
Is your little lady as into princesses as mine is? I found this book and knew Sam would like it!
Do Princesses Really Kiss Frogs, by Carmeal LaVigna Coyle
This is an adorable book full of a little girl's desire to be a princess but also to hike and be outside with her dad. The questions that she asks are adorable and the pictures are cute too. It combines Sam's two favorite things so I knew it would be a hit at our house.
The Nitty Gritty!
I joined my daughter's preschool Board of Directors and at the last meeting we talked a lot about how we could adjust their outdoor space to give them more freedom and incorporate more natural elements. While doing some research into Natural Playscapes I came across this site. Green Hearts. Their Parent's Guide is really great. I love the three rules to nature play and all the ideas they have about how to increase the nature play that is possible in your own backyard. I am hoping we will be making a lot of changes to our backyard this spring/summer and many are ideas that you can find here. Take a look.
You can also find Green Hearts on Facebook!