Today is National Read Across America Day. What better way to celebrate with your child than a new book and activity?
As I was picking out books for the day, Mila’s Little Bookish Wardrobe box came in. I thought it fit perfectly in the NEA’s theme this month: cultivating compassion.
The Unbudgeable Curmudgeon by Matthew Burgess is a book all about feelings and helping someone out who’s in a bad mood. We all get in bad moods, but this book helps cultivate compassion by thinking what will help your child’s sibling, parent, or friend in a nice way.
Mila loved the images in the book and it was a great way to talk about emotions. It also opened us up to talking about what makes her mad. Honestly, hearing her talk about being angry was a learning moment.
When we normalize feelings and having different ones, we can learn so much about our kids and selves.
In the box, we always received a red wig (that Mila is wearing in the first picture), a rainbow sweater, and a slippers activity. Every thing in the box goes right along with the story. It’s always fun to explore.
This months activity was drawing on slippers. In the book, they paint to feel better and the Curmudgeon has big, furry feet. They sort of look like slippers.
So, Mila drew her different colored lines on the slippers. She’s so proud of them.
I think it might be a good learning tool for when she’s mad or having big emotions. It might be something she wears if she’s feeling overwhelmed. It’ll let me know there’s something going on if she can’t express it.
Two other books that we have that cultivate diversity that I think you guys would love are these.
Love Makes a Family by Sophie Beer
I absolutely love this book. It talks about a wide range of diverse families. There’s families of all backgrounds and sexualities. For us, it talks about single parenthood too. All in a compassionate way!
The Sloth Who Slowed Us Down by Margaret Wild
Another great story that promoted compassion is this little story. It’s literally about the title. It’s such a cute story that talks about family time and slowing down for each other.
No matter what you read today or anytime with your child, you’re giving them a gift they’ll always be thankful for.
Even if you put them in a red wig.
Check out these other bloggers who are celebrating Read Across America Day too!
- Mami Thinks’s Read-A-Thon (SUCH a cute idea)
- Mom Buns & Mayhem (Bookmark Printable)