children's books

Last Day of Summer

white nectarine, red pear, egg and Applegate organic turkey bacon

white nectarine, red pear, egg and Applegate organic turkey bacon

My kiddos start school tomorrow, so today, I'm basking in the relaxation of a non-school day morning and at the same time, dreading the whole 'getting back into a routine' thing. I guess we all have back-to-school jitters. When you have kids in different schools with different start and end times and a third who doesn't go to school but takes a midday 2 hour nap, figuring out a new schedule with all of the moving parts is dizzying. I still don't know how it's all going to work. The kids have put in their breakfast and lunch requests for the first two days of school so that's not part of the problem. I guess it'll be one day at a time and eventually (aka, in April or May) I'll figure out a routine. 

In the meantime, we had a Sunday breakfast on this sunny Wednesday morning and leisurely read some of our favorite books (many of them school-related) at the table. 

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!