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Kaimalino’s Bookshelf

  • Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling  and also audio books read by Jim Dale
  • Books of Bayern series, Book of a Thousand Days and Princess Academy by Shannon Hale (Don’t mind the contrived title–“Princess Academy” is highly recommended. And Book of a Thousand Days is brilliant.)
  • The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency series
  • Dragon Slippers series by Jessica Day George
  • When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead
  • The Secret Life of Bees
  • The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie (Hysterical and heartbreaking at the same time.)
  • Dairy Queen, The Off Season, and Front and Center by Catherine Gilbert Murdock
  • How to Talk So Kids Will Listen and Listen so Kids Will Talk (a lovely intro to non-violent communication; if I could have a mental tattoo it would be the contents of this book.)
  • The Five Love Languages for Children by Gary Chapman
  • The Thinking Woman’s Guide to a Better Birth by Henci Goer
  • The Baby Book by William Sears and Martha Sears
  • So That’s What They’re For by Janet Tamaro
  • Hold on to Your Kids by Gordon Neufeld
  • The Read-Aloud Handbook by Jim Trelease (Best baby shower gift ever, along with the Sears’ and Tamaro books.)
  • The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar and Six More by Roald Dahl (and just about everything else he’s ever written. Someday Iwill get to England and visit his museum.)
  • Caddie Woodlawn
  • Believing Christ by Stephen E. Robinson
  • Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!, Knuffle Bunny, Elephant and Piggie series and nearly all others by Mo Willems
  • Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse, A Good Day, Chrysanthemum and Julian, Baby of the World by Kevin Henkes
3 Comments leave one →
  1. March 31, 2010 2:32 am

    oh my land, you’ve read Hold On To Your Kids?!!! that book is so crazy powerful! it changed my life! we must talk.

    have you read Playful Parenting? it’s very much along the same lines and the two go together beautifully.

    sending you adoring vibes. right. now.

    • kaimalino permalink
      April 1, 2010 11:31 am

      I so needed some adoring vibes from someone, since the children are giving me hairy eyeballs because I have re-hidden the Easter candy! Yes, “Hold On to Your Kids” is among the most powerful things I’ve ever read. It, combined with “How to Talk” and also Alfie Kohn’s writing about rewards changed the way I interact with my children for the better. I’ve heard of “Playful Parenting” but have not read it.

  2. April 4, 2010 9:16 pm

    and i’ve heard (so much!) of alfie kohn but only read one little article about not saying “good job” 345983 times a day.

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