There are two particularly meaningful books that I have come across lately that specifically address the relationship between parents with their children. Both are rather unique in their approach to assuring children that their parents/caregivers love them. Both books are by Boyds Mill Press.
The first book is called Red Sledand it is by Patricia Thomas. This is an early reader book (4-6 words per page spread) about a young boy who wants to go out and play in the snow. He has a red sled that is just sitting out there begging to be used. The dad in this book notices his young son’s desire to go out and play and suggests that they do so. The father-son duo run out and frolic and play in the snow. They have a wonderful time together and the book concludes with the words: “Glad lad. Glad dad. Red sled.” This is a fantastic book for daddies to read to their little boys after playing in the snow with them. This is just a great cozy read, perfect for ages 1-4.
The second book, Dear Child, is more neutral when it comes to defining parents. It is essentially a letter written by the parents to their child. In this book the child is told how much more wonderful life on this planet earth has become for the parent upon their arrival. It is a book that affirms the worth of each and every child who is loved by someone who is caring for them. The way this book is illustrated makes this a good fit for adopted families, especially, as races and cultures are blended throughout the book. Dear Child by John Farrell is a perfect “Welcome to the World” or “Welcome to our family” gift. I was very impressed by the taste of the book and also affirmation for the child. Think “I’ll Love You Forever” but with a more multicultural feel to it.
Lastly I came across discussing the differences between siblings in My Brother and I, published by All About Kids publishing. This is the story of two brothers who are as different and unique as individuals can be. One is artsy and one enjoys climbing trees. They might not always like to do the same things and they might not always get along, but when a bully stands between them they understand that even though they are different, they love each other very much. I can see this being a great book to use for siblings who need a gentle reminder to love one another. Illustrated by Phyllis Harris, this book is very heart warming.
All three books promote family in uniquely different ways and are worth taking a peek at, in my opinion. Enjoy!
Carrie comes by her book obsession honestly, having descended from a long line of bibliophiles. She blogs about books regularly at Reading to Know.