Valentine’s Day Books for Kids

I love traditions around holidays. Kristin and I grew up with many traditions, and now I am carrying on traditions in my own family, and making some new ones of my own.

One tradition that I love is reading themed books for holidays. It’s so fun to have a pile of different books to get you excited for whatever holiday is coming up.

Valentine’s Day is next week, and here is what’s on our list! Psst, ‘Somebody Loves You Mr. Hatch’ is my favorite. Makes me cry in a good way ha! I suggest it even if you don’t have kids.

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1. Somebody Loves You Mr. Hatch- Eileen Spinelli, Paul Yalowitz

2. Plant a Kiss-Amy Krouse Rosenthal, Peter H. Reynolds

3. Love From the Crayons- Drew Daywalt, Oliver Jeffers

4. If You’ll be my Valentine- Cynthia Rylant, Fumi Kosaka

5. Arthur’s Valentine- Marc Brown

6. A Hug is for Holding Me-Lisa Wheeler, Lisk Fang

Happy reading!

-Rachael

Read * Watch * Listen

Happy Saturday! We love to get up early on Saturdays to get work done, so then we can relax and enjoy some leisure time in the afternoons. Here is a quick roundup of what we have been loving to read, watch and listen to on Saturdays (or any day we can snag a few minutes ;). There is so much out there to choose from, but these are a few items of media that we feel are worth your time and attention.

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  1. Crazy Rich Asians. Read the book before the movie comes out! It is a fun, light book, with plenty of silly drama.
  2. Educated. A fascinating and moving memoir about author Tara Westover’s experience growing up in an extremist household without formal education or healthcare, and how she went on to better her life in extraordinary ways.
  3. Sonnets from the Portuguese.  Elizabeth Barret Browning’s sonnets are something to escape with. Her writings of love are magnificently written.
  4. Traveling Home. You of course already follow The Bucket List Family. Well, this is their new show that came out July 1st (on YouTube-Home Love Network), about collecting inspiration for their new home, from all around the world. We really enjoy the down to earth, adventurous, and sweet nature of the Gee Family, and the Home Love Network does a great job at sharing the process of designing their new home in Hawaii. New episodes every Sunday.
  5. Won’t You Be My Neighbor? 10/10 would recommend this documentary. It is a salient and heartfelt look at Fred Roger’s life and vision for the show ‘Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood’, and how he calmly used his skills to reach children (and adults) in a way no other show on television did. This documentary is not “in your face” with its lessons, but they are powerful. Bring tissues.
  6. Queer Eye. Season 2. Enough said. (But seriously, if you haven’t already watched season 1, please evaluate your life, and then go watch it all).
  7. I Put a Spell on You, Album by Nina Simone.  The sweet, soulful sounds of Nina Simone are a go-to in our house. This album is the perfect one to start with if you’re new to Nina. Put it on and chill out this Sunday afternoon.
  8. Downtown, by Allie X.  This was a recommendation from a friend who I always trust with music advice. Allie X has a great, airy sound, and her music is creative and new. Start with the song Downtown.
  9. Judge John Hodgeman. I am a huge podcast geek, and Judge John Hodgeman is one I put on when I need something witty, quick, goofy, that makes me laugh. Everyone needs something lighter in their podcast roundup and this one’s perfect in its ability to be funny and smart.

 

What are you reading, watching or listening to these days? We love recommendations!