On June 11, 2014, my third child joined our family. While I couldn’t be more excited, as a realist, I know that there are going to be a couple (several?) months where I have very limited time to update this website. Therefore, here’s what you should know: I’m a nerd, a stay-at-home mom, and a part-time rocket scientist. Also, I love to read. While in the long-term I’m hoping to make this site be a well-rounded resource on a wide variety of topics related to raising children, my main goal is to make it easier for parents to help their children become enthusiastic readers. I sincerely believe that the world would be a much better place if more kids discovered the happiness and freedom that come with learning to enjoy a good book.
My starting point for achieving this goal is that I’ve tried to compile lists of the best books for kids divided into different age groups based on published, authoritative guides written by people much more knowledgeable than me. I was a prolific reader as a child and even I’ve only read about half the books on these lists. I’m looking forward to enjoying the remainder of them as my kids grow. When I first started this site, I’d cross-referenced the opinions of 5 different authoritative guides. Since then I’ve added 3 more. While the downloadable documents you’ll find for each age group reflect the most up-to-date lists, I’ve not yet added all the new books to the website or updated the old books to reflect the correct number of recommending sources. Since this is a simple process, my plan during my post-partum period is simply to focus on my original plan for this site and make my “best books for kids” book lists as complete and thorough as possible. I also have a few other resources I’ve been meaning to add and I’m always on the look out for more, but this will likely have to wait.
While these book lists are the main purpose of this site, if you’re not interested in an authoritative guide, you may also like my own children’s personal favorites. If you’re looking for a good book on parenting, I’ve read and reviewed several in a wide range of categories.
Right now my kids are pretty young (2 and 4 years), so my experience is limited, but I’ve documented some of what I have learned so far about caring for a baby. While I don’t like labels, and feel every parent strives to have a strong attachment with their kids, I think it’s fair to say I’ve become an “attachment parent,” specifically in the areas of breastfeeding, co-sleeping, and babywearing. Additionally, I learned a lot from cloth diapering my children and I’m a strong advocate of signing with your baby. I’ve also included a list of my personal recommendations for baby shower gifts (with a strong emphasis on books, of course).
I’ve recently started documenting aspects of life with kids now that my own are getting older. Here you can find my personal recommendations on the best gifts for kids at each age based on my own experience. As time goes on, I hope to add to this documentation. Until then, I hope this website is of some use to you and the ones you love.
P.S. Please note that this website uses a number of Amazon affiliate links. If you don’t have any intention of buying anything through Amazon, this doesn’t matter to you at all. However, if you are going to purchase something recommended off this site and use the “Click for Amazon Price” link before adding it to your cart, I will get a small commission, which would be much appreciated.