honouring the simple, unconditional (sometimes intense!) childhood love of fabric-friends

honouring the simple, unconditional (sometimes intense!) childhood love of fabric-friends

ages 2 to 6 years
When Ivy was a newborn, some ladies from Church gave her a cuddly pink bunny blanket with her name on it. She was never the best sleeper, so ‘bunny’ became a wonderful tool for comforting/settling—we couldn't (wouldn’t) go anywhere without her.

Ivy is now 4-years-old, but bunny still means the world to her. She doesn’t need her for comfort now, but the friend who helped her through so many difficult times still holds immense value. I think that’s why she loves Guff

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an ode to dads and the value of a simple childhood

an ode to dads and the value of a simple childhood

ages 2 to 8 years—and dads!
Sam introduces us to his whole family, Mum, brother Leon, and Dad, and tells us about the things he does with his Dad. They’re simple things—the stuff of a blessedly ordinary childhood.... As he shares his life, we see the love and admiration Sam has for Dad but even more, we see the love Dad has for his family.

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delighting in the extraordinary brings confidence and happiness

delighting in the extraordinary brings confidence and happiness

ages 2 to 8 years
his is a must-read must-own - it speaks to the anxiety of being separated from family, the strangeness of new worlds, reconciliation with those new worlds, a return to family..... few books speak to family love as strongly as Stellaluna. 
 

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the power and beauty of a birth surrounded by home, hearth and love

the power and beauty of a birth surrounded by home, hearth and love

ages birth to 10 years
There’s an unforgettable beauty to birth—the kind of beauty that links generations. And I can’t imagine a more tender and gentle tribute to mothers and the wonder of birth than Hello Baby. I still get goosebumps every time I read it.
 

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a good lead-in to talking about body image

a good lead-in to talking about body image

When an elephant worries about being fat, it's a sure sign that something is wrong with her body image. This is a funny book that will ring true for many children - it's great for pointing out the absurdity of dieting.
ages 2 to 8 years / funny

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a real-life story about the value of work and philanthropy

a real-life story about the value of work and philanthropy

Set in Ghana. Years ago, when Max was eight, we had a conversation that went something like this:
Max:  So Mum what is the solution to the people in Africa who only have one bag of grain a month to eat. One Hen goes a long way towards answering that question.
ages 4 to 12 years

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an ode to childhood, long days and the wonders of the commonplace

an ode to childhood, long days and the wonders of the commonplace

ages newborn to 7 and then again for grownups
Is there a more fondly held wish for a parent than that their child will have a perfect day? A day of simple, stretching pleasures … the kind of day that goes unnoticed but shapes the child in lasting and important ways? Perfect is the story of that kind of day.

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about exemplary women and men

about exemplary women and men

ages 4 to 12 years
I confess that I'm not a big fan of the whole hero culture that we seem to have going. Too often the ‘heroes’ aren’t heroic and are anything but role model material. But Peaceful Heroes is a collection of super-short biographies of people who have impacted the world positively and peacefully. 
 

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celebrating home as a place, reassuring and stretching, rich with detail

celebrating home as a place, reassuring and stretching, rich with detail

ages 2 to 8 years
Home as any place, as a reflection of who we are, as something that binds us to our community, as something unique and special—all of this is reflected in Ellis’ charming illustrations and simple words. The beauty of one's home as a place to be nurtured and to grow is poignantly on show throughout.

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rollicking farmyard fun when a pig goes swimming!

rollicking farmyard fun when a pig goes swimming!

ages baby to 6 years
Great for a birthday present!  A tremendously fun book about a hot pig who looks longingly at a pond. The ducks and the geese are happy and cool, but …’pigs don’t swim’. Finally, it all gets the better of her. She throws convention to the wind and dives in. It's not always to our advantage to follow the rules!
 

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