Monday, July 29, 2013

Parenting Pointers: Kids Books as Teaching Tools

Disclosure: I received complimentary products to facilitate this post. All opinions are my own.

Books can be wonderful tools with kids. Literacy is an important skill, and illustrations keep the attention of little ones before they can read. They can also help with parenting dilemmas, by bringing up issues in a non-threatening manner or jump-starting discussions with kids. Two books I got to read recently that help with this are Princess Cupcake Jones and the Missing Tutu, in which a little girl can't find her tutu because her room is too messy; and Sam and Coodles: The Room at the End of the Hall, which follows a little boy exploring his fear of moving to a new room with a new baby on the way.

I liked both books. They're great for little kids, and my daughters picked up on the lesson behind Princess Cupcake Jones story right away. Sam and Coodles didn't really fit our situation, but they still liked reading about how Sam realized his new room was pretty cool at the end. Both stories are planned to be first books in series featuring the characters, and I look forward to what issues the authors explore next. The websites for both books are worth a visit, too, with activities, tips, and information.

What books have you used as teaching tools for your kids?

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