best books for kids

Carmela Full Of Wishes

I have been focusing on how to best help children navigate anger, so when my daughter came home with this book last Friday, the timing couldn’t have been more perfect! ⠀

Carmela Full Of Wishes by Matt de la Pena is a wonderful picture book on many levels. Set in an immigrant community, the reader experiences Carmela’s day as she sets out to help her older brother. ⠀

What my four and six-year-old have been most curious about in this story is Carmela’s relationship with her brother. ⠀

In the beginning of the story, Carmela’s brother is annoyed with her (and Carmela isn’t shy in giving him a glare in return). ⠀

It has been incredible to listen to my children talk about why they think Carmela’s brother is angry and what solutions the siblings in the story could come up with. ⠀

This is a great picture book to help facilitate a conversation about anger/solutions to anger with your little ones. Plus, the story lends itself to many other fruitful discussions!!! ⠀

Thank you, Matt de la Pena for another amazing book! ⠀

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10 Great Chapter Books for Kinder - Second Grade

Reading with our son is one of the things that I cherish the most. Every night we devote 15 minutes to reading with him and it is my favorite time of the day.

Not only is reading aloud to your children a way to expand their vocabulary and set them up for reading success in the future, but it is a wonderful way to incorporate calm into your evening.

Here is a list of my favorite chapter books that we have read (not ranked in order of favorites … we love them all!). I hope you and your children enjoy them as much as we do!

1. Nate the Great by Marjorie Weinman Sharmat

2. Olivia Sharp by Marjorie Weinman Sharmat

3. My Father’s Dragon by Ruth Stiles Gannett

4. Magic Tree House Series by Mary Pope Osborne

5. Mr. Popper’s Penguins by Richard and Florence Atwater

6. Stuart Little by E.B. White

7. Mercy Watson Series by Kate DiCamillo

8. The Frog and Toad Collection by Arnold Lobel

9. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl

10. Zoey and Sassafras Series by Asia Citro