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Do you ever pick up a book, and sigh? Just the feel of it, the beauty of the pictures, the care with which it was created -- these things speak to you before you even start to read the story.
As you are easing into this summer, and wanting to spend some cozy moments with small people, here is a list of gentle, beautiful picture books -- including a perfect first chapter book! -- and five super fun fairy and folk tales for threes and fours!
1. I Took the Moon for a Walk -- This was a book I saw once on someone's website, in a photo of her child reading. I am so happy I noticed it -- I had this one memorized once. Rhymes without being sing-song, evocative language, perfect for bedtime.
2. We're Going on a Bear Hunt -- Best sound effects ever in this summer camp rhyme-turned picture book.
3. A Lot of Otters Oh. This book. Otters who save the moon's child and rub fallen stars into their fur to make enough "commotion of light" to let Mother Moon know where her little one has gone. Magic.
4. The Snowy Day -- Remember this one? How Peter goes out in the snow, and brings some home in his pocket? Cool off with this classic. Still wonderful.
5. The Poppy Seed Cakes I bless the day I found a vintage copy of this one in an antique shop. Andrushek's Auntie Katushka brings a lot of poppy seeds from the Old Country just so she can make poppy seed cakes. Erminka loves the red boots her uncle sent to her little brother that are too big for him. We love these stories.
Folk tales to find and tell
Now, if you want to make an even deeper connection, and let the little one or ones with you make their own pictures in their heads, and maybe make them laugh and ask you again and again to tell them one more time, these folk tales will be just the thing for you! You can find them in many fairy tale and folktale books. These are five of my favorites to tell with young children.
1. The Mitten (Jan Brett made a lovely picture book of this old story).
2. The Gingerbread Man/The Johnnycake/The Pancake/The Bun -- everyone loves runaway baked goods! So many different versions to choose from -- they are all fun!
3. Sweet Porridge Only the little girl can make the magic porridge pot stop cooking!
4. The Turnip Repetition and rhythm delight the three- and four-year-old like nothing else.
5. Masha and the Bear an audio version of this charming Russian version of Goldilocks is yours free for signing up for my mailing list! Just click here!
Have a beautiful summer!
Sometimes, you just post something, because posting should happen, and it's one of those nights, where the air outside is like breathing some kind of champagne, and the heat and stickiness of the day are melting away, and not even the mosquitoes can get me down.
I've been loving this post by Carry Contey, and the accompanying video. She is the real deal, folks. Have a listen?
School is out. Kids are home for the summer, or perhaps they are always home, but now the windows are open and you can hear the door slamming, slamming, slamming as they run in and out. There is more time. Bedtime creeps later and later in the evening as the days lengthen. And there is so much time. . . at least until August when the days will be just as hot, but the summer will feel too short.
As you settle into the new rhythm of summertime life, check back every so often to see what I've got for you. Stories, strategies, tips, tools -- ideas to help you love this season, and some to help you plan ahead for the next one.
I'll be squeezing these in, 15 minutes here, 20 there, 5 when I can. You don't have to spend weeks at a far-away lake or beach cottage or mountain cabin to enjoy your summer, though you certainly can enjoy summer in any of those places. Let's string the moments together, adding one after another.
Ambition gets in my way sometimes with Summer Plans, writ large. Somewhere around June 27 it all falls apart, and I let it all go. That's okay, too.
In the meantime, maybe you'd like to take a few minutes to check in with your story? I have slots available this month to journey with you down the forest paths to castles and caves. Taking even just a few minutes a day to look at where you are with your story, and where you are in the fairytale of your life, can make living that much happier ever after. Want to try it out?
Sara is a storyteller, writer, artist, teacher, wife, mother, and singer living in Minnesota. I write about storytelling, and about living a life with stories.