November 1, 2017

Three Books Every Family Needs

There are many books that I LOVE!  I would love to own every "Pigeon" book by Mo Willems.  I would love to own every "Pete the Cat" book by Eric Litwin!  My kids and I have many laughs over those books!  But these are not the kind of books I'm talking about today.  These three books on my list are books I only pull out at certain times.  These are books that address certain issues our kiddos will face.  (This post contains affiliate links).

BOOK #1:  "Sometimes I'm Bombaloo" by Rachel Vail

This book was recommended to me by a child therapist.  I asked for a book that could help teach my kids about regulating their ANGER.  I was so glad to hear about this book!  It is beautifully written.  There is even a part that make us laugh right out loud.  "Sometimes I'm Bombaloo" talks about a girl who normally feels great and does what she is asked, but sometimes she gets so angry, she feels out of control and has to be sent to her room to calm down.  I don't know about you, but that seems to be a daily occurrence at our house!  In fact, Bombaloo has now been added to our family vocabulary.  "Little Miss, it looks like you are Bombaloo right now.  You'll need to sit in your room until you can be Little Miss again." (said while carrying a kicking and screaming four-year-old to her room)  I'll gladly confess that I take my turn being Bombaloo and sometimes spend some time in my room to calm down.  Anyone else?  

BOOK #2:  NO Trespassing - This Is MY Body! by Pattie Fitzgerald

I first learned about this book after reading a blog post from Time Well Spent.  This mom had an incident where her boys encountered some tricky people who made them feel scared and unsafe.  After telling about the crazy incident, she went on to tell about Pattie Fitzgerald, the author of this book.

I like this book because it is appropriate for my older kids as well as my littles.  This subject can be a little bit uncomfortable to talk about, but it is written in such an age-appropriate way.  It teaches my kids that it's okay if they don't like it when certain people tickle them, and that there are private parts of our body that others shouldn't look at or touch.  In the back there is a Parent's Guide that gives tips on keeping our kids safe, and introduces the concept of tricky people.  Tricky people are people who try to "trick" a child into breaking a safety rule or engage in an activity that would give them a yucky feeling.  This is a book that we read, and re-read. 

BOOK #3:  Good Pictures Bad Pictures: Porn-Proofing Today's Young Kids  by Kristen A Jenson and Gail Poyner

Combating pornography is a topic that has been high on my momma radar for a long time now.  I have attended classes, listened to podcasts, and read many things about how to keep our children safe.  The sad reality is that sooner or later, our kids will encounter pornography.  

I had heard a lot about this book, and when I finally read it, I couldn't believe I had waited so long to check it out.  "Good Pictures Bad Pictures" is a book that I read to my 7 and 9 year-old-boys like a story.  We would only read one or two of the short chapters at a time, and then we would discuss.  Sometimes we would read a chapter the next day, and sometimes we would wait a few days to move on.  It is a book I will read with my daughters when they are a few years older.  It is a book we will continue to revisit.  I love that this book does not just say that pornography is bad, it talks about how bad pictures can hurt our brain and cause problems later in life.  It also provides a plan for keeping our brains safe from bad pictures.  As I write this, I realize it's probably time to do a re-read of this book with my boys.

And there they are. These are probably the books I talk about the most with my friends and family. It's a bummer that we have to discuss hard topics with our kiddos, but I'm grateful for great books to help out!  What books are you reading to discuss hard topics?


  1. OH my gosh! Thanks so much for sharing these. With a 10 year old boy who is just getting into the world of the internet and ipads, I constantly worry about what site he'll come across on accident. I am running out to get the Good pictures book right now! What a great list.

    1. So glad it was helpful for you! Best up luck with the 10-year-old boy thing, I'm right there too, on to new adventures, some good, some a little scary.

  2. You have shared a treasure for parents honestly. I have a nephew whose really short tempered and really flips out, but I guess its not just him. I find this kind of behavior in many kids. However dealing with such tantrums can be very hard. I am actually going to get this for him to read. Thanks for this lovely post :)

    1. Thank you! I hope your nephew enjoys it!

  3. I've only read Good Pictures, Bad Pictures, which I HIGHLY recommend, but the other two books look like worthwhile reads as well. Thanks for the suggestions!

  4. as scary as the world is now, these topics are more important than ever! these are a great conversation starter but a good ice breaker before the important talk happens

  5. These are definitely books every family should have at hand. such important lessons.

    xx Tatyanna