Many library trips with R have gone like this: I slowly walk around, scouring the many shelves, looking for beautiful books with wonderful themes about the outdoors, growing food, etc. I hold three books in my hand when I meet up with R. Meanwhile, R runs up to one shelf, literally grabs 15 books of equal parts Barbie and the modern, fluorescent rendition of Strawberry Shortcake. She drops the stack down near the checkout, demanding to take them all home. A dreaded feeling comes over me.
Do I love that R enjoys books? Of course! Do I want to fill our peaceful afternoons reading in the garden with Barbie and her pals? No… Now, I’m not interested in discussing the merits and perils of parent censorship of children books. I simply want to increase awareness of some of the children’s books that our family has discovered that align better with our lifestyle as we garden, raise animals, create beauty, and spend time in the magic of the outdoors.
On that note, I introduce to you, my new weekly feature: