Picture Book Conversations

We have been amazed at how much good parenting information is in children’s picture books – books that we hope you are reading everyday to the children in your lives – your own, your class, those you take care of.  
We will be pointing these parenting gems out to you so that every time you read one of our featured books to a child you will be reminded of the parent you want to be.

Postings inspired by specific picture books are listed below. They are followed by all 2016 and 2017 postings which are focused, to-the-point postings inspired by many sources.  

The Art Lesson by Tommie dePaola

How Kids Learn a Skill

Back to School Tortoise by Lucy M. George

Lessons Learned about Back-to-School

A Ball for Daisy by Chris Raschka

Children and Loss (of Special People or Special Things)

Because I’m your Dad by Ahmet Zappa

Dad’s Are So Important!

Betty Bunny Loves Chocolate Cake by Michael B. Kaplan

Sneaky or Clever, Which Is It?

Learning to Wait

The Chandeliers by Vincent X. Kirsch

Quality Time

Clever Jack Takes the Cake by Candace Fleming

Birthday Parties, Part 1

Birthday Parties, Part 2

Doctor Ted by Andrea Beaty

Make-Believe and Funny: Two Good Things

The Dream Jar by Lindan Lee Johnson

Getting Kids to Sleep

A Duck So Small by A. H. Benjamin

And Calm Fell Over the Household

Ella by Carmella and Steven D’Amico

Lessons Learned about Back-to-School

Ella Sarah Gets Dressed by Margaret Chodos-Irvine

What it Means When Children Say “No!”

Elmer and the Monster by David McKee

All about Monsters

Emily’s First 100 Days of School by Rosemary Wells

Lessons Learned about Back-to-School

Emma’s Question by Catherine Urdahl

Why Grandparents Are Important

George Upside Down by Meghan McCarthy

Meet Kids Where They Are

Homemade Love  by Bell Hooks

Love with No Strings Attached

How Do Dinosaurs Go to School by Jane Yolen

Lessons Learned about Back-to-School

If I Crossed the Road by Stephen Kroninger

When Are Kids Old Enough?

Iggy Peck, Architect by Andrea Beaty

Your Child’s Special Talents, Part 1

Your Child’s Special Talents, Part 2

Your Child’s Special Talents, Part 3

I’ll Love You No Matter What by J. Rutland

Love Your Kids No Matter What (part 1)

Love Your Kids No Matter What (part 2)

Katie and the Puppy Next Door by John Himelman

Kids and Sharing (part 1)

Kids and Sharing (part 2)

King Arthur’s Very Great Grandson by Kenneth Kraegel

Agression in Kids

Knuffle Bunny by Mo Willems

Decisions Babies Make

Let’s Go, Hugo by Angela Dominguez

Fear is not all Bad

Light Up the Night by Jean Reidy

Being the Center of the Universe

Mom, It’s My First Day of Kindergarten by Hyewon Yum

Lessons Learned about Back-to-School

The Monster Who Lost His Mean by Tiffany Strelitz Haber

Correct; Don’t Criticize (part 1)

Correct; Don’t Criticize (part 2)

Morris the Artist by Lore Segal

The Benefits of Art, Choices, and Discipline: Part III

The Benefits of Art, Choices, and Discipline: Part II

The Benefits of Art, Choices, and Discipline: Part I

Mr. Zinger’s Hat by Cary Fagan

The Importance of Storytelling

My Grandma Lives in Florida by Ed Shankman

Grandparent Greatness

My Very Big Little World by Peter H. Reynolds

Preschoolers – Who Are They? Part 1

Preschoolers – Who Are They? Part 2

Nurse Clementine by Simon James

That Special Gift, part 1

That Special Gift, part 2

Holiday Gift Ideas Revisited

Holiday Traditions Revisited

Oliver and His Alligator by Paul Schmid

First Days of School

Pick a Pup by Marsha Wilson Chall

Kids and Pets: The Basics

Kids and Pets: More about Responsibility, Love, Independence, and Loss

Pete’s a Pizza by William Steig

Summer Fun

Summer Activities List (2015) #1

Summer Activities List (2015) #2

Summer Activities List (2015) #3

Summer Activities List (2015) #4

Phoebe and Digger by Tricia Springstubb

Making Children Feel Safe and Important, Part 1

Making Children Feel Safe and Important, Part 2

Pigsty by Mark Teague

Sticking to the Rules

Plaidypus by Janet Stevens and Susan Stevens Crummel

Kids Keeping Track of Their Things

Princess in Training by Tammi Sauer

Becoming a Lovable and Capable Prince or Princess

Suki & Mirabella by Carmela and Steven D’Amico

Fighting for Attention

Stars by Mary Lyn Ray & Marla Frazee

Your Child is a Star

Stop Thief! by Adam J. B. Lane

Growing Up is Hard to Do (part 1)

Growing Up is Hard to Do (part 2)

The Things I Can Do by Jeff Mack

Kids Need to DO Things, Part 1

Kids Need to DO Things, Part 2

Tia Isa Wants a Car by Meg Medina

Teaching Kids to Wait (part 1)

Teaching Kids to Wait (part 2)

That Makes Me Mad! by Steven Kroll

What You Need to Know about an Angry Child, Part 1

What You Need to Know about an Angry Child, Part 2

Vera’s New School by Vera Rosenberry

Lessons Learned about Back-to-School

A Violin for Elva by Mary Lyn Ray

One Way Kids Grow Up: Exploration

Willow Finds a Way by Lana Button


2017 Postings

Natural Consequences

Standing Your Ground When Your Children Say “No”

Thinking for Yourself

Be Angry or Give In When Your Child Says “No”

What Is Good about Saying “No”

Four Things to Do When a Child Says “No”

1o Rules for Shopping with Your Child

How to Give Children Choices

The Artist’s Chore

“Staying in the Lines”

April Fools Day

Art and Determination

Art and Concentration

Art and Decision-Making

All Children Love Art

Blended Families

Giving Your Children Undivided Attention

Power and Parenting #3

Power and Parenting #2

Power and Parenting #1

2016 Postings  

Two More Holiday Gift Ideas

Holiday Traditions

Holiday Gift Ideas

Six Things to Do Before Shopping with Your Child

Six Things You Can Do When Your Child Says “No!”

Stand-In Grandparents

How Art Helps Kids

Love Is Not a Competition

Stepparents Are Important


Thinking about Stuff

The Circle of Love

How Grandparents (and Others) Can Be Special in a Child’s Life

Your Child Can Be a Designer

Art Appreciation

“Acting” Out

Why Grandparents (and Others) Are So Special

Training Your Pet


No Lunch


Special Play Places

Laugh Time


Ice Cream Time

Your Child’s Special Game

Make-Believe Art

Let Kids Hunt for Treasure

Children Doing for Themselves

Showing-Off Can Be a Good Thing

Taking Care of Yourself Is Important

Pictures Become Memories

Parades Can Be Fun

Create an Art Gallery

Teaching Your Child Empathy

Moviemaking for Children

Geography Can Be Fun

Handmade Gifts Are Extra Special

Sail Along with Your Child

“No Rules” Can Be Fun

Gardens Can Teach Responsibility

Rhymes Are Fun

Asking for Help Is a Powerful Thing to Do

Celebrate Grandparents

July 4th Celebrations

Summer Activities (List #4)

Summer Activities (List #3)

Summer Activities (List #2)

Summer Activities (List #1)

Four Ways Children Benefit from Learning to Think for Themselves

Three Ways Children Learn to Think for Themselves

Happy Father’s Day

Suggestion From a Parent: “Tax” Your Child’s Money

One Way to Teach Your Child about Money

Three Things to Know about Your Kids and Your Family Money

When Children Say “No”

Five Positive Things about Children Saying “No”

Three Things to Know about Children Saying “No”

Happy Mother’s Day

Growing Up Can Be Hard for Both Children and Adults

Three Things to Know about Making Amends

Explaining “Mess Ups” to Children

Four Ways to Make Your Child Feel Like a Star

Five Things about Making Your Child a Star

Four Ways to Stay on Track with Discipline

Four Things That Make Discipline Work

Six Things You Should Know about Logical Consequences for Bad Behavior

Five Things You Should Know about Natural Consequences for Bad Behavior

Four Things to Say to Your Children

What Messages Are in Your Child’s Head?

Give a Double Valentine This Year

What Would Life Be Like If …

Five Important Things about Babies

Four Things Your Children Should Know

Three Things Not to Do As a Parent

Does Your Child Have High Self-Esteem?


























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