Whilst reading Robert his bedtime stories tonight, I chanced across a new book which we’d not read before. As Sara often gets books out from our local library, we try to mix the newly-lent books in with our more regular favourites – if for no other reason than to avoid the tedium!
Tonight’s book was one called “The Littlest Dinosaur and the Naughty Rock“, and – if you haven’t figured it out from the title – it concerns a little dinosaur who gets sent to the dinosaur equivalent of the naughty step. I won’t spoil the ending for you all, but needless to say he learns a valuable lesson while there…
It’s actually the second book we’ve read which concerns discipline – the other is “We are wearing out the naughty step“, and I have to be honest and say it’s not as good as tonight’s read.
All this comparing lead me to the idea of this evening’s post. As you will all doubtless know, there are books for every lesson or moral going – dozens for each in fact. Whilst it’s great that there are so many books out there to help you deal with tricky issues, it’s also clear that they’re not all as good as each other. For instance, we thought “Pirate Pete’s Potty” was absolutely excellent during the potty training stage, and easily beat several other books we tried at the time. But it would have been nice if I could have saved us some time by finding the best one in the first place…
So, what I want to do is compile a list of books – as chosen by other parents – for a number of different occasions and issues. I could probably have a crack at doing it by myself, but this is the age of social media and crowd sourcing, so I want to go one better!
I’ve compiled a list of lessons/occasions that I’d ideally like to recommend some books for, so I’d like you, dear readers, to suggest any books you know of and like which would be suitable for each category. You can do it in a number of ways:
- Leave me a note in the comments below this post
- Tweet me via my Twitter account, or through Facebook
- Drop me an email with your suggestions, to henweb at gmail dot com
Feel free to also suggest any categories I’ve missed at the same time. Here’s the ones I’ve got so far:
Potty training time
The arrival of a new baby in the house
Cleaning teeth / hygiene
Starting school or pre-school
Divorce or parents splitting
Death of a loved-one or pet
Being picked on by other children
Going on holiday or travelling somewhere
Going to the doctors / hospital etc
Safety when out and about / on the road
The basics of ‘right’ and ‘wrong’
Discipline / Respecting authority
Healthy eating / exercise
Dealing with fear (darkness, monsters etc)
So there’s the list as it current stands – now it’s your turn…!