I can’t quite believe we’re in February already! Although we’re making the most of winter with frosty walks, hot soup, candles at every meal, lots of baking, and generally snuggling up with books or playing slowly with toys at every opportunity, I must say I’m starting to yearn for a bit more sunshine. I enjoyed seeing shoots peeping out in the park this morning!
We’ve started adding a weekly library visit into our family rhythm, as we simply can’t buy enough books at the moment to keep up with Frida’s insatiable appetite for them! Going to the library is such a great activity for toddlers – we walk there (stopping to look at the fire engines in the fire station we pass), select some books to read, pick up those we’ve ordered, order more, return old books and borrow new ones with the self-service machines, and then walk home.
This month, Frida is particularly enjoying:
This lovely book shows children from around the world and describes how they say the word “peace”. It’s a simple but beautiful book, and is a good starting point for conversations about diversity. With the state of politics both at home and abroad, I feel this is an important book to have in our home.
A fun lift-the-flap book offering an introduction to space, rockets, and astronauts, recommended to us by my friend Rachael. I think the concept is still a little complex for Frida at 21 months but I don’t think it’s too early to introduce her to it.
Our current favourite Shirley Hughes is a collection of Olly and Me poems and illustrations (some of which are found in other books), starting in spring and ending in winter. Beautiful and very Montessori-friendly.
The illustrations in this book are very lovely, and the snippets of Vivaldi’s Four Seasons make an interesting conversation prompt about music and weather and the seasons.
A reality-based book about a little girl who goes to the library with her mum every week. As we’ve started going to the library more regularly I thought this would be a sweet book to introduce.
Not one for Montessori purists (as the cat reads a book and the mouse dresses up!) but Frida is loving this library find, requesting it over and over again. It tells the story of a cat who is not very good at catching mice, until a mouse gives him a cunning idea.
We are also still reading Frida’s winter books, though I’m looking forward to putting them away at the end of the month and getting out her spring ones.
And one for the grown ups…
I’m feeling a need for a bit of self-care at the moment as my skin is looking a bit grey and sad as we near the end of winter, so I’m currently reading Pretty Honest by Sally Hughes to get some tips on what I can do about it! Next up is When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi.
What are you reading this February?
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