Bad Mood!

I just picked up this book thanks to a suggestion from a wise friend (and fellow mom of three):

Big Rabbit's Bad Mood

We all get into bad moods sometimes, kids included. I love Big Rabbit's Bad Mood because it provides a playful, tangible way for children and families to address the topic. It's refreshing to read a book that doesn't try to paint the world as a place where we should all be happy and celebrate everything all of the time. Sometimes we have to try several different strategies to shake a bad mood and this book provided lovely conversational moments for my family about just that. Bonus: each page is more adorable than the last with illustrations rich with fun detail. Admittedly, there could have been more meat in the the ending (I won't spoil it here) but the best aspect of the book lies in the process that Rabbit goes through to think about and address his bad mood and for that, it's a thumbs up for me. 

If you have a chance to stop by your local library or bookstore, check this one out! It's going on my gift-giving list for the year ahead! 

Best Books for Gifts

Certain books have been cornerstones for my family as my kids have gone through various phases. New baby? My oldest daughter loved Julius, Baby of the World by Kevin Henkes. First day of school jitters? My daughter read the Berenstain Bears over and over. Dealing with feeling excluded by friends at school or fighting with siblings? We've recently been reading The Quarreling Book, by Charlotte Zolotow and Why Are You So Mean to Me?, a Sesame Street Book.

In my house, I've been especially interested in watching how each of my kids responds to books that have been beloved or ignored by their siblings. I recently compiled this list of my three favorite books to give as gifts but in truth, it was agonizing to get down to just three. So I figured I'd use this space to throw out some of our other all time favorites: 

  • Yoko, by Rosemary Wells
  • Everyone Poops, by Taro Gomi
  • Roberto, the Insect Architect, by Nina Laden
  • Making Friends is an Art, by Julia Cook
  • Mouse Tales, by Arnold Lobel
  • Mouse Soup, by Arnold Lobel
  • Pete's a Pizza, by William Steig
  • Duck in the Truck, by Jez Alborough
  • Go, Dog, Go, by PD Eastman
  • Some Dogs Do, by Jez Alborough
  • Fantastic Mr. Fox, by Roald Dahl
  • Ramona's World, by Beverly Cleary
  • Sideways Stories from Wayside School, by Louis Sachar

Would love to hear your family favorites!