I am absolutely thrilled to invite Moms to talk about their Families Favourite books to read aloud! And today in the first of hopefully many many such posts, I feature Shweta Kalyanasundaram, whom I met on Instagram a while ago when we hosted our very first #BookishMomsandBeyond Challenge! I loved her book choices and her little reviews.
I recently came to know that she doesn’t blog [yet] and pestered her enough times to talk about her favorite books to read aloud as a family! I can say her little Munchkin is so blessed to have a Mom who gives LOT of care when selecting books for her. Gender equality, and self – acceptance are the themes that sing out to me! I love her recommendations and I hope you find your next favorite book here 🙂 So over to @BerrySwirl21 [ aka Shweta’s Insta Handle] who writes short reviews for each of her
1. I Like Myself by Karen Beaumont
The book is bright and colorful and has quirky illustrations. The rhymes and words are funny enough to keep them engaged. We love the message that the books leaves – the book tells them to accept themselves the way they are, no matter what others might think. The book has several layers that go beyond bullying and self-acceptance. Self-esteem doesn’t come easy with Lil A. This book comforts her and reiterates to her that she is not alone.
“I like myself, I’m glad I’m me – there’s no else I’d rather be” – is our daily mantra. Self-esteem is a warm empowering book that is a part of our morning ritual.
2. Dear Girl by Amy Krouse Rosenthal
Lil A needs constant reassurances. And this book is perfect! This book tells her that it’s okay to be who she is. The premise of this book is to be yourself, to try new things, to ask questions and to match to the best of their leavedrum. Every page is a reminder that she’s special and loved
And the warm fuzzy hugs and kitty kisses that follow soon after the book is read always kicks off our day to a lovely start. Buy Dear Girl
3. My Princess Boy by Cheryl Kilodavis
When my daughter turned four, she entered a phase where she thought certain things and
My Princess Boy is a lovely book on compassion and acceptance. It encourages empathy. Lil A has a lovely friend who is a princess boy. And this book helped us a lot, I included. This book is a must for those wanting to raise an open-minded, well-grounded kid. Buy My Princess Boy!
4. Pink and Blue by Ritu Vaishnav
This beautiful book uses everyday situations to gently put across the, the ridiculousness of gender stereotyping. This book leaves a lot of scope for discussion. Buy Pink and Blue!
Why Why Girl by Mahasweta Devi
This book focuses on the importance of questioning and intellectual curiosity. This book suggests that asking questions and seeking knowledge can liberate us all.
6. The Big Book of Why (published by TIP)
This book focuses on the importance of questioning and intellectual curiosity. This book
7. Maya Angelou (Little People Big Dreams)
Maya Angelou – a warrior for equality, tolerance and peace – rose to become a woman whose life and words touched, challenged and inspired countless people, me included. What stands out is how she loved her life. She moved the world with unshakable calm, confidence and a fierce grace. Maya owned every aspect of her life and I’m hoping that someday Lil A does.
8. Lachmi’s War by Geeta Dharmarajan
This book narrates the story of an evil demon who wants to rule the world.
In the process, he poisons the minds of the villagers to keep their girls home and not educate them, lest they take over the world. In comes Lachmi who invoked the idea of women’s education, and their liberation. The intent of this book is inevitably to promote equality.
The book ends with some thoughtful open-ended questions and a “Think. Ask. Discuss.” section and I am waiting for Lil A to grow up so that I can engage her in a conversation about the theme of this book. This book is one of the five feminist picture books from Katha and these books encourage girls to grow up self-reliant and confident.
Buy Lachmi’s War
9. Housework is Everyone’s Work by Kamla Bhasin
This is a book of rhymes that
10. Blueberry Girl by Neil Gaiman
Our day ends with this lovely prayer/ lullaby about a Self-esteem baby who grows into a brave, adventurous young woman. The text is empowering but not cliched. The artwork is absolutely beautiful. NG has a way with words and they spell magic. He has written down what I could never hope to articulate on my own – my hopes and dreams for Lil A. I hope someday Lil A passed this book down to her own. Thank you, NG for this wonderful gem! BUY Blueberry Girl by Neil Gaiman
About Shweta –
Shwetha, a full-time
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