Wouldn’t it be great to sit down in a cozy coffee shop and chat with parents that you’d only ever dream of meeting? Well, our new series offers the next best thing! This series features well-known parents sharing lots of great recommendations and tips. Plus, they’re even spilling about their own favorite childhood books.
I have been following Kim and Scott from Yellow Brick Home for some time now and they are simply inspirational. They kindly serve up incredible content for all things home. In this post, I am honored to have them inspire us to snuggle up on our couches and enjoy a few good books with our own young readers.
A Q&A with Kim from Yellow Brick Home
What are your favorite books to read as a family and why?
Lucy is 18 months old, and she’s at the stage where she does her best to repeat everything we say. Books with short words (such as stop, go, cat, dog) are great, because she loves to try the words on her tongue. She also enjoys books that encourage us to make sounds (such as whoosh! or achoo!), and it’s so fun for us to hear her give those a try, too.
What were your favorite books as a child?
I was a reader through and through. When I was very young, my dad gave me the entire series of “Word Bird” books. We would read them together, but then I’d also read them to myself after my dad went to bed. Looking back, I don’t think it was the books themselves as much as it was my fascination with learning words and their meanings. As I got older, I was an R. L. Stine kid, but I was completely hooked by anything from Richie Tankersley Cusick, which has a similar ’teen thriller’ vibe. As an adult that can’t get enough true crime, I guess some things never change.
Do you have a favorite spot to find new books locally?
We probably buy a book monthly from the local shop, Little Peach Fuzz. It’s an all-inclusive kids’ shop that encourages love and acceptance of everyone, and the store owner, Claire, has curated the most ah-ma-zing collection of books. I can barely pick up one of those books without crying; they’re just that special and beautiful. I always encourage our friends with littles to check out the shop!
What tips can you offer other families for finding time to read with their children when life gets busy?
We challenge ourselves to a minimum of 5 minutes a day. Anyone can do 5 minutes, right? Some nights, we’re able to snuggle up on the couch and read Lucy’s 5 favorite books (probably 3 times in a row, haha), whereas other nights we might only have time for the Hungry Caterpillar. But even on the craziest days, we find those 5 minutes, we stop whatever it is that we’re doing, and we dedicate that time towards togetherness.