Where Do You Turn When You’re Afraid?

Happy Memorial Day, everyone! We have been back from California for a week… Time is flying by! By the way, I previously – and erroneously – wrote that we were going to the Sunshine State, which my husband lovingly teased me is Florida. Oops! He is from the Golden State on the opposite coast. Don’t worry, I’ve updated the last blog post already. šŸ™‚

We had a good time with family and were able to attend two weddings at the beginning and end of our trip. Congrats to eachĀ of my brother-in-laws who recently got married!

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Always learning and exploring! Petting sting rays at the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach, CA, with my hubby’s beloved aunt.

You will probably not be surprised to find out that while we were in the Golden State šŸ˜‰ I borrowed my mother-in-law’s library card and took the girls there twice during our two-week stay. We read many lovely books that I don’t have time to share about, but one was particularlyĀ meaningful: Safe in a Storm by Stephen R. Swinburne. This bookĀ has comforting text that will reassure young children that their loved ones are with them, keeping them safe, even when they feel afraid. It ends sweetly and has the most touching dedication, rememberingĀ the lives of the students and teachers lost at Sandy Hook Elementary. (Yes, I always read the dedications of books!)

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ReadingĀ in the beautiful outdoors,Ā just northwest of Malibu, CA.

As we celebrate Memorial Day in the United States, honoring those who have given their lives in service to our country to keep us safe, I think it is appropriate to consider the question: Where do you turn when you’re afraid?Ā Reading aloud SafeĀ in a Storm to my precious girlsĀ reminded me of Jesus, who kept his closest friends safe in a storm, too, and who has often been my refuge in uncertain times. (See Matthew 8:23-27 and Psalm 46.) I truly believe that God’sĀ love is strong and powerful and peaceful, the kind of love that I long to give my children when they feel scared. AndĀ I desire with all my heart that someday they, too, will experience the safety and comfort of GodĀ in their lives.

Safe in a Storm is not a faith-based book, so whatever your family’s beliefs, it is a tender and powerful reminder of the love we desire to show our little ones, a protective and strong andĀ enduringĀ love… A love that all our hearts long for.

Best Ages: pre-k – kindergarten

 

 

Marvelous Books for May

Things have been very busy around the Sunshine Readers home! We are getting ready to fly to the GoldenĀ State tomorrow for an extended visit with my husband’s family and attend two weddings.Ā Since I’m not sure if I’ll be able to post while we’re away, I thought I’d pass along some recommendations for books to read this month. šŸ™‚

Please share a book that you and your children/students are reading in the month of May!

At the Beach by Huy Voun Lee

A boy and his mother practice writing Chinese characters in the sand as they spend the day at the beach. The illustrations are wonderful and provide concrete connections between the forming of the character and the word it represents. This is a fascinating book that can be used for multicultural units or linguistic exposure!

Casey and Derek on the Ice by Marty Sederman

Do you have children or students who love sports? This rhyming text uses lots of sports jargon but the pictures make the plot understandable even for those who are less familiar with hockey. A fun read about teamwork that showcases the fact that we can work to change the outcome of a game (or anything in life) as long as there is time left on the clock!

The Perfect Dog by Kevin O’Malley

This is a book that is so fun to read aloud! If you have an expressive voice, your kids/students will be laughing along with you as a girl tries to determine what exactly makes the perfect dog. My daughters enjoy reading this one aloud to each other.

Police Officers on Patrol by Kersten Hamilton

Many young children aspire to be firefighters and police officers when they are grown-up. What a wonderful aspiration! Here is a sweet narrative story that shows a few of the things that police officers do to help our community. This could be used as part of a community social studies unit for lower grades and it would be great to read near your school’s scheduledĀ Career Day, too.

Do You Know Which Ones Will Grow? by Susan A. Shea

I love this book! (Did you notice it as the image for my post?) Do You Know Which Ones Will Grow? isĀ so fun to read and has creative flaps for older children that will help them to grasp the concept of animate vs. inanimate objects. My kids really likeĀ this book as well.

Little Kids First BIG Book of Animals by Catherine D. Hughes

National Geographic Kids always puts together excellent resources with stunning photographs.Ā Little Kids First BIG Book of Animals is no exception.Ā It highlights 5 regions of the world and gives information for approximately 6 animals in each region. This is an excellent non-fiction book to include in a learning center, use for a geography or animal habitat unit, or simply give to a childĀ who like animals.

My First Book of Hindi Words: An ABC Rhyming Book of Hindi Language and Indian Culture by Rina Singh

ThatĀ lengthy title says it all! Want to introduce your child to other cultures or languages?Ā This book is a perfect choice.Ā My pronunciation may not have always been the best but the words are used in fun ways and includeĀ swing, lunch, journey and even phrases such as topsy-turvy!

Best Ages: pre-k – 1st grade