Each month we bring to you books we think you and your children will enjoy. This month, we have a small but mighty roundup including two new children’s books and one new DIY book that will provide fun for the whole family.
I CAN Believe in Myself
by Jack Canfield and Miriam Laundry, Illustrated by Eva Morales
Chicken Soup for the Soul creator Jack Canfield and best-selling children’s book author Miriam Laundry teach children how to turn “I can’t” into “I can” with the power of positive thinking. Through delightful illustrations by Eva Morales, “I CAN Believe in Myself” tells the story of a young girl named Molly who realizes her own insecurities when she notices the people around her have their own versions of “I can’t.” She gets an idea to inspire her friends and teacher to shift their perspective and try the things they thought they couldn’t do. This book offers more than a simple mantra, but rather real tools to change the way we think and increase our confidence from the inside out.
Wiggles, Stomps, and Sneezes Calm My Jitters Down
by Lindsey Rowe Parker, Illustrated by Rebecca Burgess
Through books we can step into someone else’s shoes and gain a deeper understanding of their experience, or we can feel validated because their experience is so much like our own. Author Lindsey Rowe Parker’s new picture book about sensory differences does both. Parker knows from experience what it’s like to be neurodiverse. She was recently diagnosed with PTSD, anxiety and ADHD, while advocating for her young daughter who is autistic. In her debut book Parker not only validates the sensory experience of autistic people, like her daughter, but also shows those who are new to the neurodiverse world what it’s like to experience the world with sensory differences. With the help of Rebecca Burgess’s vibrant illustrations that jump off the page, “Wiggles, Stomps, and Sneezes Calm My Jitters Down,” gives readers a beautiful and honest look into the unique and sometimes intense sensory experiences of a child.
Crafty Family Ideas
by Kristin Gambaccini
Blogger and family craft expert, Krstin Gambaccini, provides plenty of DIY inspiration from sidewalk popsicle chalk to homemade bug spray in her new craft book, “Crafty Family Ideas: Projects to Make, Things to Bake, and Lots of Homemade(ish) Fun.” If you’re running out of ideas to keep you and your family entertained at home, this is the perfect book to ignite your DIY spirit. All of her projects are fun and accessible for even the most DIY-adverse parents. As someone who has little patience for baking, a personal favorite is Gambaccini’s No Bake Energy Balls, which look as delicious as they are easy to make. The projects are also seasonal, so if you’re looking for summer specific inspiration as the days start to heat up, check out her Ice Cream Cone Garland or Sunflower Wreath.