I’ve always loved a good children’s book. Now that I have kids, my bookshelves are rapidly filling with books about nature, kindness, and faith that I hope will inspire their imaginations and nurture their hearts.
As my oldest reaches the age where all her emotions are big ones, and she’s trying to figure out more “big girl” kid stuff, I’ve been trying to find books that talk about gratitude, sharing, and kindness to help her have ideas and connections to pull from as she thinks about how she’s going to react in various situations. She is such a loving, spirited little girl and I don’t ever want her to lose either of those things! I also want her to learn that helping others and contributing to the happiness of others is one of the best things about life. That’s hard when you are five and still feel like everything should go your way all the time!
The Gift That I Can Give is not only delightfully illustrated (you know how much weight that holds with me!) with a little ginger child that she relates to, but it shows that we don’t have to wait to be bigger, stronger, better or smarter to make a big difference in our own little corner of the world. It talks about all the ways that a child might be able to do to help others. In the end, giving and sharing our unique blend of love and joy are the best gifts we can give! Each item is relatable and engaging. The pictures are bright and imaginative. Everything about it endears it to both the parent and the child, and we are delighted with it!