1. Wonder by RJ Palacio
I have a great love for Eric Carle’s books since the first time I read it to my son. I love the way he teaches and describes important facts of life, through the illustrations, especially the use of vibrant colours.
I am listing my favorite books by Eric Carle and the memories and lessons we learned together as mother and child.
Top 5 picture books for children under 8.
1. The Day the Crayon Quit
Poor Duncan just wants to color. But when he opens his box of crayons, he finds only letters, all saying the same thing: His crayons have had enough! They quit! Beige Crayon is tired of playing second fiddle to Brown Crayon. Black wants to be used for more than just outlining. Blue needs a break from coloring all those bodies of water. And Orange and Yellow are no longer speaking—each believes he is the true color of the sun.
As a mom of two beautiful kids (boy 9 and girl 7), I keep asking myself am I doing enough? Am I a good mother? Am I teaching my kids enough to be successful in life? I find myself stressing homework, reading, math and sports on my kids. Making sure they make their every practice and games. They finish up their homework and study for their tests and quizzes, all so that they can come home with descent report cards. All important and definitely helpful in being successful in life, no doubt. One thing I find I should concentrate more on is character building. Make sure in all this hustle bustle I call life, I am training my children to be “good” “productive” human beings. Lets face it, as soon as kids come home from school, they have homework, projects and tests to study for followed by practice, games or other activities. How much time do we spend with them teaching them how to be good productive human beings? How to react to difficult situations? How to deal with failures and successes? How to always find reasons to be happy, How to find happiness in giving to others rather than receiving. I don’t want to leave it to schools, teachers (even though I have tons of respect for them) or even peers to teach my kids about life. I want to be responsible for their upbringing at home and set examples for them to follow. I would like to see my children shine cause of their character and who they are. If their character is strong and the foundation is laid, no matter what they do (school, work. sports…) they will shine and they will be successful.