I’m not very good at home decor (understatement). However, there is a blog I have followed for years that is all about decorating. I started following Nesting Place because a friend/sister-in-law who knows what she’s talking about told me The Nester’s style is perfect. Well, yes, it is. And heaven knows, I need someone to tell me what looks good when it comes to my home. Still, what sticks with me the most from reading years of the amazing insight The Nester shares has touched more than just my home (though I do have to give her credit for helping me realize I love the colors white, blue, and grey). What sticks with me about The Nester is her motto:
It doesn’t have to be perfect to be beautiful.
I say that to myself all the time these days.
The Nester is one of my favorite bloggers, so I am thrilled to join in on her 31 days series this October. For 31 days, a bunch of blogs will pick one topic (any topic, doesn’t have to be about decorating) to focus on and blog about every day. Since I can’t tell you anything about color palettes, or how to unpack from a move a little each day, or how to save up for a European vacation, I’m sticking to something I can talk about to infinity and beyond: picture books.
I cherish the time I spend reading to my children. I treasure the memories of being read to as a child. When I see my parents reading to my children, there is a throb of rightness inside of me. I don’t know why reading to a child or being read to as a child is so significant, but I know it has always been part of my love language. Picture books tie me to my childhood like no other object. The pages of certain fairy tales make me feel as if I’m looking into a room that I’ve lived and breathed in. Yes, I had (have) an overactive imagination. But, as Meg Ryan says in You’ve Got Mail, “When you read a book as a child, it becomes part of your identity in a way no other reading in your whole life does.” Yes, it’s just a quote in a movie. But I think it’s true.
31 Days of Picture Books starts tomorrow. I am looking forward to sharing some of the books that shaped my childhood and the books that are favorites of my own children. My goal is to feature books that aren’t so popular, ones that you maybe haven’t heard of. This won’t be an attempt to create a list of the best children’s books of all time. My choices will be based on those books whose words, beauty, whimsy, imagination, or awesome-fun story have grabbed my family and stuck with us. I hope you’ll enjoy diving into the world of picture books with me for this month. If you’re not into children’s books, don’t abandon me for the month of October entirely — I’ll still be posting some adult book reviews, too.
The 31 Days of Picture Books series is under way. Check out the posts so far, and feel free to tell me about the books that transport you back to your childhood, whether you read them as a child or are reading them to your children now. I’m embracing the child that has grown but is still in me. Here’s your invitation to do the same.
All the 31 days Posts:
Day 1: Little Books, Lasting Memories
Day 2: Books for Little Ballerinas
Day 3: Bing Bong Bang and Fiddle Dee Dee: A Wise Book
Day 4: Our Friends Lily and Milo
Day 5: Saturday Picture Book Reading
Day 6: A Book to Banish My Sunday Pity Parties
Day 7: Grab Your Winter Coat Books
Day 8: Introducing Young Children to Art Through Picture Books
Day 9: Rags
Day 10: Finding Balance in the Fairy Tale Frenzy
Day 11: Pilgrims or Indians?
Day 12: Saturday Cooking: Picture Book Edition
Day 13: Brain Fry
Day 14: Apple Picking and Books for Other Major Life Events
Day 15: Permanent Marker for the Brain, Or Poetry for Children
Day 16: My Favorite Children’s Books
Day 17: Surrounding Children with Books on a Budget
Day 18: Longer Books for Little Brains
Day 19: Must Love Dog Books
Day 20: Tootle, Choo Choo and Other Literary Trains
Day 21: Monday Quote
Day 22: A New Favorite Author – Barbara McClintock
Day 23: On Letting Children Choose Booksy
Day 24: Little Ones and Sick Days
Day 25: Pinkalicious or Pinkayuckious?
Day 26: On the 26th Day…
Day 27: Your Favorite Children’s Books
Day 28: The Crazy Cat Lady
Day 29: Books For Your Tiny Ones
Day 30: Because You Said So…
Day 31: Stretching 31 Days Into Forever
Books for Little Boys
Your Kids Have A Crush On You
The Library Is For Everyone