I have known since I was in second grade that I wanted to be a teacher. There has never been a doubt in my mind that this is what I was created for. Well, OK, there was my freshman year of college when I had an identity crisis and changed my major eleven times, but besides that. 😉
There’s just something about classrooms and children and books that gets me all fired up and giddy with excitement. I have a certain profound love for children’s literature. In fact, I had so many books in my classroom my first year of teaching that I had to hire a U-haul to move them when the time came. Most husbands worry about their wives spending too much money at the mall, mine has to worry about the Scholastic book club. I’m pretty sure I single-handedly kept them in business for many years. 😉
The thing that’s great about children’s literature is it opens the mind up to new adventures. Just yesterday my sons and I attended a birthday party for bears, rode along with Arthur as he got lost on the bus, and played peek-a-boo with jungle animals. A well-written book with engaging pictures and rich vocabulary can make even the most reluctant reader want to dig in. Kids particularly attach to characters that they can relate to. When we became a real food/natural living family, I realized with great sadness that many of the characters in the books became unrelatable to my children. Of course I don’t mean ALL kid’s books, but most that talk about food in one way or another.
We still read those books because, like real life, it’s unavoidable and I don’t want to throw out the baby with the bath water. But every now and then I find a book we can relate to. Like this:
Farmer’s Market Day
(This is my affiliate link, if you feel the overwhelming urge to buy this book and use this link then I will receive a small commission. However, if you are on a budget like me, you can check it out for free at your local library. 🙂 )
My children can definitely relate to going to the Farmer’s market! I got so excited when we found this book at the library. It is written in rhyming stanzas with bright, colorful pictures. It catches the excitement of a little kid experiencing all a Farmer’s Market has to offer. We love going to our local Farmer’s Markets and I knew right away my kids would love to read this book.
I hope to find more children’s books for our ‘real food’ kiddos, and when I do I’ll be sure to share them all with you.
Do you have an obsession with children’s literature? What books do your kids love to read?
(P.S. This is not a sponsored post, I just want to share the real food children’s literature love!)