Because picture books and reading aloud are already a part of our family culture, including discussions about a wide variety of holidays and religious practices fits really naturally into storytime. While there are great non-fiction books to help parents and kids learn together, we also love finding compelling stories with beautiful illustrations that center around celebrations different from the ones we observe.
Grab your favorite beverage and cozy up for a catch-all catch-up with Meagan and Sarah! We talk about the season, the weather, our recent travels, and some fun updates from the business! Then Sarah is joined by our resident Books Talk contributor Katie Addiss to talk about holiday books, what we’ve been reading lately, and how we read while traveling–both to ourselves and to our kids.
Mom-friends are a true gift–but they’re just one type of female friendship we’ve benefitted from over the years. Today we’re talking about building relationships with women we admire – mentors, colleagues, fellow entrepreneurs, and just generally awesome ladies. From where we find them and how we initiate a first friend-date to what kinds of friendships we like to have in our professional circles, we’re unpacking all the benefits to surrounding yourself with women you admire. PLUS Katie Addiss joins Sarah for another Books Talk segment, where you’ll hear our list of picture books we’re never giving away – these are the keepers on our shelves that have been loved for years, and for good reason.
Listening to audiobooks is a year-round activity in our homes, but something about the cooling temperatures and return to school makes listening to a classic story read aloud seem that much cozier. Audiobooks are great for mixed-age listening, too–put one on and watch as older kids drift in and out, listening, while littles snuggle up to you and (magic!) cease their chatter for a few minutes so they can hear the story play out.
Our love of picture books continues as we reach into our vast collections, pull out a few of our favorites, and share the features that brings us back time and time again. While all of them may not be the titles our kids grab first, they’re the ones that we look forward to the most and those we plan to hang onto for years to come.
Encouraging literacy and reading aloud to kids is something we all know we “should” do, and most of us do our best. But depending on your stage of motherhood and the age of your kids, this is easier said than done. In this special episode of The Mom Hour, Meagan and Sarah offer specific been-there-done-that tips for incorporating reading and literacy into home life for moms of kids at specific ages, including addressing specific challenges that come up during motherhood’s many seasons.
We talk about making time for reading when you have a new baby and a toddler, dealing with little kids who don’t like to sit still for a story, tips for the managing bedtime reading with kids of different ages, encouraging reluctant readers, keeping up with voracious readers’ book consumption, and how family culture around literacy changes as kids grow up.