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#AmReading So Many Children's Books

These Easter treats are as good for the bunny as they are for the little chick!

Like many other writers, I'm deeply affected by the style and quality of whatever I'm reading. And these days, I'm reading a lot more children's books than adult books--and reading them over and over and over. So I've made it an Easter (and Christmas and birthday, etc.) tradition to restock my daughter's bookshelves and refresh my Mommy brain!

Last year, I made the mistake of buying books that were a little too much what I wanted to read, not what a preschooler would enjoy. Hey, biographies of famous historical women! Oh, a book about scientific advancements! Maybe the nonfiction will go over better toward 5th grade, but right now my daughter's tastes run more along the lines of Dr. Seuss and any book that has glitter on the cover. Plus Harry Potter, thank the witchy goddesses.

This year, the DaddyMan and I did better at hitting the right note with brightly colored pictures, fantasy adventures, and lyrical texts.

I used A Mighty Girl to identify some classic, empowering fantasy books for girls--and bonus, they all feature heroines of color! Nux Gallica's favorite of the bunch is Raising Dragons by Jerdine Nolen. She is also excited about starting a couple of chapter books, The Night Fairy and Where the Mountain Meets the Moon.

Elena's Serenade is the perfect book for kids who like Skippyjon Jones and whose parents have, shall we say, un poquito more respect for real Mexican culture and Spanish language.

The Boy with Pink Hair is a great substitute for that Pinkalicious crap. I won't say it's great literature, having been written by the illustrious Perez Hilton, but it's better than any other children's book on the subject of pinkness as far as I can tell.

And yeah, that's a movie tucked in the back there. It's Song of the Sea, a movie about the last of the selkies, and it's a lot like The Secret of Kells by the same company, beautifully animated, with lovely Irish music, for the parents who want to set their child's Hello Kitty DVDs on fire and need a spellbinding diversion.

What great stories are you reading to your kids these days? Leave your recommendations in the comments!


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