10 Books to Teach Your Kids All.The.Things.

Like many families, we enjoy reading together. Since my children are still young (age 2 & 4), I rarely sit down and "teach" through formal lessons. Instead, I read them books they love and rely on incidental learning to convey the fundamentals.

When it comes to kid's books, we keep it simple. I have minimized our books and chosen to re-home books that my kids have outgrown. I also keep the books organized in a way that strives to teach my children how to care for them and the value of literature.

What does all that mean?

We keep it simple. I don't have thousands of books available for my kids all the time. I ensure they have access to several and then I rotate them. Here are 10 books on a variety of subjects that my kids are LOVING right now.

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ABCs

The Alphabet: how Pine Cone and Pepper Pot (with the help of Tiptoes Lightly and Farmer John) learned Tom Nutcracker and June Berry their letters by Reg Down

123s

Anno's Counting Book by Mitsumasa Anno

 

The Seasons

The Story Orchestra: Four Seasons in One Day by Jessica Courtney-Tickle

Geography

Me on the Map by Joan Sweeney

History

The Story of Life: A First Book about Evolution (IF evolution is your thing...)

Science/Nature

How The Trees Got Their Voices by Susan Lion

Decision-Making

What Should Danny Do?

Friendship

Frog and Toad by Arnold Lobel

Confidence

What Do You Do With an Idea? by Kobi Yamada

Innovation

And Then, Story Starters by M.H. Clark

What are the favorites in your home right now?

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Denaye Barahona

Dr. Denaye Barahona is a loving wife and mama of two. She partners with families to tackle the challenges of raising children. Denaye is a minimalist who claims to be a decluttering expert (don't let her near your closet). She loves to travel, talk health-and-wellness, and give unsolicited advice. She has been featured on the likes of The Today Show, The Wall Street Journal, The Huffington Post, The Minimalists, Motherly, Becoming Minimalist, and numerous other media outlets. Denaye holds a Ph.D. in Child Development and is a Clinical Social Worker with a specialty in child and family practice.