Books (in series) to read aloud to small children:

The “How Do Dinosaurs … ” Series is an adorable set of books showing large dinosaurs whose human parents (nice racial diversity, I might add) exert far less pressure than I find is required to get my kids to:

Just brush your m-f- teeth.
  • … Clean their Rooms?
  • Say Goodnight?

Missing from the line up is the one every parent is waiting for:

  • Brush Their Teeth, Because You Are Taking Forever?

Early Childhood Spirituality

I am much enamored of the comic juxtaposition, here. Moving on. Children develop a concept of God by the age of 5, regardless of whether parents talk to them about God. My personal belief is that it takes a loooong time for a child to conceive of anything greater than their parents. Therefore, the way we treat children becomes what they think of God.

Introducing God should be child-driven. At some point, they will ask complex questions. I believe in offering an open-minded concept rather than doctrine. Children will have enough time for doctrine. I can’t see any of these books conflicting with the mainstream practice of most religions:

  • What Does God Look Like? “God doesn’t look like anything because nothing looks like God.”
  • What is God’s Name? Animals and people discover that all their names for God are the same. “And God was happy.”
  • Where is God? “God is in the beginning .. God is in the end: in the last bite of birthday cake and the last years of life.”
  • Naamah, Noah’s Wife: the story of the animals and the ark with a female protagonist.

Bonus: these small wonders are taken from similar books for older children (Because Nothing Looks Like God). There is something magical about the board books, with their tender sentences.

World Snack Books

Food from various cultures presented in loopy rhyme, with intriguing graphics. Again with the Top Ten:

  • Yum Yum Dim Sum
  • First Book of Sushi
  • Let’s Nosh

This here’s a link to the first half of this diatribe. G-Rated.