Family Favorites

by Aashumi Shah January 31, 2018 0 Comments

Family Favorites

I think we started reading to our son from the first day of his life. Of course we were following Baby Center's advise on early reading and diligently incorporating a book into his bedtime routine with hope of a good night's rest. But it was also one of our favorite things to do with our baby. 

reading in plank
(Hanging out in plank pose with a book. Summer 2015)

I had forgotten the beauty and art in children's books. The colours, illustrations, the medium itself from acrylics to water colours, pen and ink to mix medium collages. They were thought out and planned to make visual sense and appeal to the young mind. But the simple and important messages in many of these books stayed on in my grown up self.

reading brown bear by Eric Carle
(With his all time favorite Brown Bear Brown Bear)

Take Penguin Problems by Jory John as an example. It was so much easier to read about being content and appreciative from a Walrus than from my husband or anyone else. Mortimer's (the protagonist penguin) problems so real and honest brought perspective to all my complaining from the lack of sleep or sheer exhaustion from the day; while the wise Walrus brought a reminder of all the good in my day and life. Deep sigh out. 

akira reading
(In "costume" for Halloween 2016 )

It's been a fun journey to watch my son read to himself, coming full circle with his very first book Brown Bear Brown Bear What Do You See by Eric Carle amongst many others. Reading still continues to be one of the ways we connect, rest, play and share our day together. 

playing max from where the wild things are
(Pretending to be Max from "Where The Wild Things Are" June 2017)

Here are a few family favorites:

  • Penguin Problem by Jory John, illustrated by Lane Smith
  • Ten Little Fingers & Ten Little Toes by Mem Fox & Helen Oxenbury
  • The Very Quiet Cricket by Eric Carle
  • Will You Share My Ice Cream by Mo Willems (and ALL his elephant & piggie books)
  • Who Needs Donuts by Mark Alan Stamaty
  • This Is Not My Hat by Jon Klassen
  • I Dissent Ruth Brader Ginsberg Makes Her Mark by Debbie Levy and Elizabeth Baddeley
  • And of course Brown Bear Brown Bear What Do You See? in English & Spanish :)

    Reading in his very own  Kids Library at 4 yrs. January 2018





    Aashumi Shah
    Aashumi Shah


    I'm a textile designer and the founder of mirasa design. I love day dreaming, standing on my head, reading and of course my glass of Malbec. Married to a public defender and mom to a terrific kiddo. We are the Ecua-Indians of Washington D.C.

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