Inspiring Children’s Books
Inspiring Children’s Books
Children are made readers on the laps of their parents. -Emilie Buchwald
As a new mommy, reading to my baby has been an important part in his growth and development. I began reading to my baby in the womb to support his brain development. Even before getting pregnant, I have valued the importance of reading books to children at an early age, especially zero to age five. These are the most important years in the brain development of children. Before baby Mateo was born, one of the first items I purchased were books. I purchased books from bookstores, thrift shops, and online. I began building my baby’s library even before I found out I was having a baby boy. Now that I gave birth to Mateo, I appreciate books even more because they not only expose him to a plethora of words, but reading time is also a special time to cuddle and hold my baby close to me. Books and reading have become important part of our daily routine. I want to expose my son to as many words as possible and immerse him into diverse and interesting stories. We celebrate every month with new books to add to his collection of books. I want him to dream big. Books are way in which I can expose him early on to new ideas, new vocabulary, new adventures, and most importantly diverse ways of thinking and viewing life. I actively seek books that offer connect him to his Mexican culture and heritage, introduce him to new ideas and concepts, and inspire messages and acceptance of different cultures, people, and ways of living. Books are precious investments to inspire my son to dream big. Below is a list of recommended books for infants, toddlers, and young children:
One of the first books that we purchased for our son was the collection of Baby University books to expose him to scientific ideas such as Quantum Physics, Rocket Science, General Relativity, and Newtonian Physics. Complex scientific ideas are introduced and presented in simple and understandable ways. These books are good sources to introduce him to STEM. Similarly, the Baby University series of Mathematics, Science, and Physics provide different levels that are useful as children grow. My son is especially fond of the book, Hello, World! Solar System because it provides colorful images of the different plants.
Exposing my soon to Spanish and English is important to me. Bilingual books have allowed me to expose him to Spanish and English words. I have enjoyed reading bilingual books such as Arrorró, Mi Niño, Arroz on Leche: Popular Songs and Phymes from Latin America, and the series of Lil’Libros books that expose him to words in Spanish and English. These books not only introduce him to words in Spanish and English, but also exposes him to Latin American culture. As a Mexican immigrant mommy, I aspire to raise a bilingual child to be proud of speaking both languages and to nourish his love for reading bilingual books and enrich his connection to stories and characters that look like him. My wish is for my son, Mateo, to be multilingual and learn as many languages as possible. Being bilingual or multilingual opens so many doors and opportunities to be successful in school and in life.
Classic and Bestseller Children’s Books
I seek to introduce different types of books to my son. There are times where I search for bestseller books that are inspiring and often become classic children’s books that different generations can enjoy. Some of the classic and bestseller books I have enjoyed reading to my son include The Wonderful Things You Will Be, Love You Forever, and we have specially loved reading the classic book, Where the Wild Things Are . I enjoy reading at least 20 minutes every day with my son. This not only helps his brain development and expand his vocabulary, but also serves as a bonding time to connect with my son.
Thrift stores are great resources to buy children’s books. The important thing is to expose young children to as many vocabulary and diverse stories as possible. I hope this list of books helps mommies build their children’s own library and inspire them to read to their children at least 10 to 20 minutes each day. In the words of Dr. Seuss, “ The more you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you will go.”
Themes of Cultural Diversity and Inclusivity
It is important for me to teach my son the importance of empathy, diversity and inclusivity. Some of the children’s books that speak to these important themes and concepts include Children Around the World, Whoever You are, Same, Same But Different, and, My Granny Went to Market, All the Colors of the Earth. These books illustrate the importance of diversity, and different children and cultures around the world. It is imperative that young children learn the meaning of empathy, acceptance, and diversity at an early age.