On a Beam of Light: A Story of Albert Einstein– I love picture books. I love books for kids about science. I love books that make me cry. This beautiful book, by Jennifer Berne, is all three. Whit gave this his seal of approval, and it’s now my go-to book for gifting. Watch out godson and other friends with sons in this age range. This book is inspiring, reassuring, and gorgeous all at once. I love it.
Bringing a Daughter Back From the Brink With Poems – I adore this story of a mother putting poems in her troubled daughter’s shoes. This strikes me as brilliant parenting and I love the confirmation that poems can change live and touch into the deepest reaches of our souls. Reminds me of the marvelous Williams line that “it is difficult to get the news from poems, yet men die miserably every day for lack of what is found there.”
It Goes So Fast (Not a Parenting Essay) – Every word of my friend Allison Slater Tate‘s essay resonated with me. I read it with tears streaming down my face. We talk a lot about how fast it’s flown by with regards to the years with our children but that’s also true when it comes to myself. I’m so thankful that Allison put this into words. I’m grateful every day to be going through life in lock step with her (we were both a month apart, our first children were born months apart, etc).
Brightly – I am smitten with (and reading every page of) this marvelous site whose goal is to help parents develop lifelong readers. There are articles about series and specific titles, more general reflections on reading as a parent and for children, and thoughtful content broken down by age of child. This site is an inspiration. (Thanks to my friend Stacey Loscalzo who pointed me to Brightly)
I write these Things I Love posts approximately monthly. You can see all the others here.
What’s on your mind, your bedside table, your tablet, and your ipod?