Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Five fantastic books to teach your child resilience

A while ago I went to a presentation about teaching your children to be resilient. It was a good presentation but the best thing about it was the suggested book list at the end. I went straight out and bought them all and each one is fantastic. My kids love them and I love them too.

"Zagazoo" is an absolute must for every new parent - The story is brilliant and the pictures just lovely! One of my favourite children's books of all time

My kids get really sad when Gerald is teased, but you can feel their exhilaration at the end, when he finds his own way in "Giraffes Can't Dance."

My husband was given this book ("Oh the Places You'll Go") by his boss when he started as a financial advisor and its inspiring for children and adults. My favourite line is "With your head full of brains and your shoes full of feet, you're too smart to go down any not-so-good street... Out there things can happen and frequently do to people as brainy and footsy as you."

"Possum Magic" is an australian classic (happy Australia Day for tomorrow!). Mem Fox is a master storyteller.

And talking about master storytellers, here's another one by Dr Seuss.  "I'll watch out for trouble in front and back sections By aiming my eyeballs in different directions." Good advice!

We have tonnes of books bulging from our bookshelves, but these have been great additions. Although I must say, my kid's favourite is their dad's made up stories - can't beat them (my dad used to tell us made up stories and we loved them too.)

Do you have a favourite storybook?


  1. Gemma is 25 and Lucas is 22 and they loved Possum Magic.

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  2. We love 'Oh The Places You'll Go' in this house, it was a Christmas addition to our collection! Although two of our favourites kids books are 'The Gruffalo' and 'The Gruffalo's Child' - I'm sure your kids would love them too!

  3. The Velveteen Rabbit is a must read in this house!

  4. oh i love love love talking books! I put Zagazoo on hold at my local library...looking forward to a new one to read. We got Giraffe's Can't Dance from the kids were both in NICU for a time and they have an annual party for 'graduates' from the NICU each year...and i must confess...I don't like Dr. Seuss. There I said it. I know Im in the minority....and I just love nearly everything Mem Fox has even thought to write!
    some of my favorites...since you asked. :)

    Brave Irene by William Steig
    all the Berenstain Bears
    Roxaboxen by Alice McLerran
    Boxes for Katje by Candace Fleming
    The Incredible Book Eating Boy by Oliver Jeffers
    Its a Book by Lane Smith
    Seven Silly Eaters by Mary Ann Hoberman
    The Library by Sarah Stewart

    oh my gosh, i better stop...but I have been keeping a list of my favorites because Im about to have them quilted into a baby quilt!! I hope it turns out 1/2 as cook as it is in my imagination!!

  5. Resilience- just what today's children need! Great list! A great children's book I love it "Guess How Much I Love You" about the Nutbrown Hare! Beautiful!

  6. We already have a couple of the books but will be looking out for the Dr Seuss ones. My son loves The big ginormous (have no idea how to spell it) book of Tashi. Its a huge book but he loves us reading it to him every night. I am sure he will be reading it by himself very soon. It has wonderful adventures in it. It is full of imagination.

  7. Hey Katie :) Just put in an order with the book depository right now :) cant wait to read them to Noah, do you think they would be too young for Ella??

  8. for christmas this year, my kids all got their own copy of one of their favorite childhood stories - "me first" by helen lester - it's about pinkerton...a pig who is pink, plump and pushy! they had me read it to them christmas morning after all the presents were opened! it's a fun little read!

  9. oh... and "the giving tree" by shel silverstein is a must.

  10. Young and old alike around here love Rudyard Kipling's 'Just So' stories. I agree with Sharry about Shel Silverstein, too.


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