We just wrapped up Avery’s second Christmas and although it was a world wind of traveling, visiting family and friends and jumping from crib to crib we had the most amazing time! We got to watch as Avery opened presents and really enjoyed the process as opposed to last year when she was too young to really understand. And even though she was gifted every kind of toy, doll and clothing item you can imagine, she naturally gravitated to her favorite, books. I still have a vision in my head of her surrounded by a baby Minnie Mouse quad (yep she loves it!), blocks, trinkets and all sorts of kiddo goodies and she was just sitting there engrossed in one of her books. One of my favorite things about our daughter is her love of reading as this was a favorite past time of my father’s and mine.
I have been reading to her since she was an infant and she has fallen in love with it which makes me so incredibly proud. One thing I have tried to do recently since she is into more big kid books is to find books that relay strong messages to her about who she is and what she is capable of.
My wishes for her are to be strong, confident, love herself and to know that she can do whatever she puts her mind to and below are some of our favorite books that do just that! These books each have such special stories about how to love yourself, dream big and never give up. Enjoy!
Dream Big Little Pig! Written by Kristi Yamaguchi
This adorable book is written by Kristi Yamaguchi the Olympic figure skater. Kristi started her Always Dream Foundation in 2012 to promote childhood literacy because of her love of reading. This book sends such loving and encouraging messages to keep trying activities and you will find what is right for you. The words and the illustrations are beautiful, and Avery loves this book (especially because she loves pigs) This book is one of many in this series with different characters and inspiring messages.
Rosie Revere, Engineer Written by Andrea Beaty
Now this one is a favorite in our house because my husband is a civil engineer and I will be honest Adam and Avery are two peas in a pod, so I can see her wheels turning when it comes to putting things together and building. Rosie is a young girl who loves to create and invent. Although she is discouraged by teasing and taunting, she perseveres and does what she loves! It is such a fun and vibrant book that encourages imagination and gets little ones to start thinking about creating and sends a message to be who you are with no apologies!
Dear Girl, Written By Amy Krouse Rosenthal and Paris Rosenthal
Now this one is my all time favorite and I am so happy that Avery likes to read it repeatedly (I am talking like 10 times in a row!) As a young girl I had such insecurities and I wish there had been a book like this to remind me what is important and how to love myself. The message this book sends is to love all of yourself, freckles and red hair and birthmarks and all! It inspires the reader to believe in themselves, be silly and to always enjoy every moment of life. It is such a care free book that sends a strong message that girls should trust their own inner voices and that their emotions and feelings are not weaknesses but strengths.
Julia, Child Written by Kyo Maclear
This book is such a good read and not just for kiddos! When I read this to Avery it makes me feel like a kid again and reminds me to relax and not be so serious about life. It is a book about two friends who are in no rush to grow up and through cooking they stay young and carefree. Such a sweet read!
Little People, Big Dreams Amelia Earhart Written by Ma Isabel Sanchez Vegara
One of many in this series, Amelia Earhart is one of our go to books during story time. Avery is obsessed with the sky and anything in it. She loves books about rockets and space and flying so this is a perfect fit because it also teaches her history and that no dream is too big. Plus, the pictures are so pretty! This series also has books about Coco Chanel, Rosa Parks, Ella Fitzgerald, and so many more amazing women in history.
Hope you and your little ones enjoy these books as much as we do!
Chat soon Lovelies!