is there a parent who hasn't dreamt of a peaceful night's sleep?

Or worried about how a child will cope with an unkind friend, a new teacher, a move to a new home?

The New Yorker cartoons

The New Yorker cartoons

At WTBA we collect thoughts, ideas, research and of course books that address those universal concerns and the dreams that go with them. Things like sleep and emotional resilience as well as embracing diversity, healthy lifestyles, coping with anger and more: the sorts of things that occupy the head space of parents, grandparents, educators and, hopefully, policy makers.

Our great hope is that this will be a place to share wisdom. We hope you’ll share your tips as well as your questions - perhaps you have found a way to soothe an angry child that works every time, or perhaps you’re hoping someone else has. There’s a comments link at the end of each of our posts, and of course you can always email us or connect via facebook or instagram. (We’re on pinterest too, but not doing much on twitter for the time being.

Please have a look around – we’d love to hear from you in any comments at all. xx

new year, new thoughts: thanks for your wisdom, Maya Angelou

 
 

Are there some books that your kids just LOVE but that you really don’t?

A few in that category have made their way onto our shelves (who knows how that happened, it’s a mischief!) and my kids keep asking me to read them over and over again. I hold my nose and do it, but I truly feel like I’m wasting my breath and my time, and can’t see how I’m doing any good to anyone.

Well, this week, I read a quote by Maya Angelou that made me think. She said:

Any book that helps a child to form a habit of reading, to make reading one of his deep and continuing needs, is good for him.
— Maya Angelou

Thank you Ms Angelou, for sharing your wonderfulness and wisdom. I’m taking it on board and I’ve resolved to stop trying to smuggle those books out of the house and cringing as I read them for the 10th time in the one day (!).

Instead, I will embrace the joy of children who want me to read to them and be grateful, immensely grateful, that they are forming a habit of and a passion for reading.

Do you have a quote that has inspired you and helped with the everyday? I’d really love to hear about it.

love dinosaurs? love books? love cuddly blankets? here you go ...

 

I’m so in love with this adorable Book Dinosaurs throw blanket from Society 6. It’s absolutely adorable and I’ve had my eye on it for a while, but it was a bit hard to justify.

Thankfully ‘little baby boots’ (the kids’ current nickname for our baby boy due in Feb ’19) is the perfect excuse. Every baby needs a new blanket, right?

If there’s a new baby on your horizon or a current babe, toddler or child who loves dinosaurs, books and cuddles, you might like to check it out.

P.S. At the time of writing, it’s on sale.

"the book was better"—you hear that a lot after a movie :)

 
 

They tell me I say it every time. So yes, I’d love this tote bag!

Unfortunately it doesn’t ship to Australia, but for our north American readers, what a great gift for yourself or a reading friend.

It would be perfect for shopping (for books or anything at all) or an everyday handbag (for carrying books or anything at all).

it's hard to choose from these 4 seriously gorgeous bookends!

it's hard to choose from these 4 seriously gorgeous bookends!

Mostly, bookshelves at our house are premium real estate and packed tightly from end to end. But every so often I try to lighten up the look a bit—and then I need something to hold everything upright. So I’ve taken to searching online for great bookends, just in case.

Here are four that I’m thinking about, plus one set that I’m really not contemplating. (But it's seriously beautiful!)

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where people read: libraries without borders

where people read: libraries without borders

Have you come across Libraries Without Borders? They’re a non-profit group that seeks to provide access to libraries to people who have been impacted by conflict, humanitarian or natural disasters. When basic needs such as food, water and shelter are so pressing and overwhelming, the very human needs for culture, intellectual stimulation, comfort and information can easily be overlooked. That’s where LWB (or BSF, the French acronym) comes in.

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