Archive for the ‘Moms’ Category

The Best Place to Read by Debbie Bertram & Susan Bloom

November 9, 2012 - 5:44 pm No Comments

Do you have a perfect place to read? Do your kids? I know I usually read on the couch or while my kids are at tae kwon do lessons. Both of my kids do most of their reading in bed or in the car.

The little boy in this book is trying to find the perfect place to read his new book, but he can’t read in his dad’s chair because the ceiling fan is too cool and he can’t read at the kitchen table because the baby’s eating and getting food everywhere. His older sister’s music is too loud, so he can’t read in her room and he can’t read outside because the sprinkler is on. He does, eventually, find the perfect place to read though…on his momma’s lap in a comfortable chair.

Stay Close to Mama by Toni Buzzeo

October 12, 2012 - 1:20 pm No Comments

A curious baby giraffe, Twiga, explores the world around him. Twigga learns that no matter how much mischief he gets into that his momma will always keep him safe. This is a great book for toddler and preschoolers who are exploring their own worlds. Toddlers and preschoolers who love animals will also love this book set in the African savanna.

Piggies in the Kitchen by Michelle Meadows

September 10, 2012 - 10:05 am No Comments

Do your kids love surprises? Then they will love this book! The piggies are trying to whip up a culinary surprise for their mama, but they are making quite a mess. Papa comes to the rescue and helps them turn on the oven and get things cleaned up just in time. I love the rhyming in this book, too…it just adds so much to the book and makes it so much fun to read.

All the Things I Love About You by LeUyen Pham

February 6, 2012 - 4:28 pm No Comments

This book is dedicated to the love a mother has for her son…the way their hair sticks up in the morning and how sweet they look in their jammies…how we love watching them play with their dad and how much we love their hugs. Get out the tissues…if you have a little one growing up WAY faster than you could ever imagine, this book will tug at your heartstrings.

Before You Came by Patricia MacLachlan & Emily MacLachlan Charest

January 25, 2012 - 10:46 am No Comments

This would be a beautiful book to share with a your baby, toddler or preschooler. The mother in the story talks about what her life was like before she has a baby and then moves on to talk about how she now shares all of those things with her child and how she used to think she had everything until she had a child. Yep, you might tear up a little…such a sweet and touching book.

Birds and the Bees Books

March 30, 2011 - 2:42 pm No Comments

Bethany House Publishers recently sent me some books to review here on MommaReads. I was super excited to read them because I was hoping they would be a good stepping stone into “the birds and the bees” talk that is inevitable. What I really like about Jim Burns’ series in that there are different books for different ages. I have God Made Your Body for ages 3-5 and How God Makes Babies for ages 6-9. The first one talks about how everyone is made differently…different hair color, eye color, etc. It also talks about how boys have penises and girls have vaginas and introduces the concept of an egg and sperm and uses the term “making love”. The main message of this book is that each person is unique and special.

The second book talks about everything the first book talks about including safe touching and who should/shouldn’t be allowed to touch our “private parts”. As far as how babies are made, this book discusses how a husband and wife (note: not a man and a woman) make a baby is that the husband puts his penis inside the wife’s vagina. The book also goes on to say that “that might sound icky to you, but that’s okay” and goes on to assure kids that it’s a beautiful thing for married grown-ups.
This book also talks about how babies come out of a mom’s vagina and that babies are a lot of work. It also includes some pictures of cell’s dividing in the early stages of pregnancy and also a sonogram picture.
Both books are very well written.

Have we shared them with our kids yet? No, we haven’t made that leap yet, but I am glad to know that I will have a little help when we are ready.

Just Like You by Jan Fearnley

March 28, 2011 - 2:31 pm No Comments

Little Mouse is a little jealous of the other animals. Daddy Frog can jump really high to bring his little frogs the juiciest bugs and Mama Rabbit can dig deep, deep burrows to keep her babies safe. But what can Mama Mouse do that’s so special? She can do a lot of things, but what she can do best is always love her Little Mouse with all her heart.

Families Have Together by Harriet Ziefert

March 6, 2011 - 8:48 pm No Comments

L.O.V.E. this book!

Mornings have hugs.
Toasters have plugs.
Breakfast has mugs.

Leaves have rakes.
Birthdays have cakes.
Bellies have aches.

But my favorite is the last line…Families have together.

The illustrations in this book are so cute and I love that it rhymes, too.

My Dog is as Smelly as Dirty Socks by Hanoch Piven

March 6, 2011 - 2:32 pm No Comments

This is a great book to talk about similes and metaphors with kids while also discussing how family members are all different, but very important pieces of a family.

“My dad is as stubborn as a knot in a rope.”
“My mom is as soft as the softest fluff.”
“My brother is as strong as a baseball bat.”
“My baby brother is as sweet as candy.”

Of course, the storyteller has some similes to describe herself….”I am as sparkly as a star.”

I Love You the Purplest by Barbara M. Joosse

March 2, 2011 - 12:45 pm No Comments

If you have more than one child I know you wondered as some point during the pregnancy how you could ever love a second child as much as you loved the first. This book explains it perfectly to two little boys who want to know which one of them their mother loves the best.