Lately, I’ve been striking gold in the children’s section of our local library (if you haven’t been to your local library recently, I highly suggest you give it a try!). The following are two heartwarming stories that reinforce the valuable contributions every person has to offer, no matter how young.
Little Wolf’s Song. Anyone who has grown up trying to catch up to older siblings will feel the message in this story. Little Wolf would love to howl like the rest of his family, but he can’t. What’s worse, his siblings taunt him for it. Despite reassurance from his parents, it’s not until Little Wolf gets lost in the snowy woods at night that he finds his howl. This is a story about not giving up and waiting for the right opportunity to find your true talents.
Brewster the Rooster. Something is wrong with the family rooster and he’s creating havoc for the entire family. After little Julie realizes that he needs glasses, everything becomes much clearer! Told in hilarious poetic rhyme, this book combines vivid engaging illustrations with a message that sometimes answers come from the littlest family members and to not give up looking for solutions to a problem!
Jon Acuff recently recommended a couple of children’s books with encouraging messages, which I quickly added to my reading list (though unfortunately, our library doesn’t carry them yet). Coincidentally, I also recently came across some children’s books that stand out from the dozens we plow through monthly.
I often feel overwhelmed when I enter our local library to find new books that the kids will enjoy and that have a positive and meaningful message. Thankfully, our librarians regularly pluck out some of their favorites and place them on top of the low children’s bookshelves. I’ve taken to simply browsing these selections since it has resulted in many gems. Here are three that recently stood out.
moon rabbit (Natalie Russell). If you’ve ever experienced the desire to travel beyond your home, then had the conflicting desire to return to the comforts of home, you’ll appreciate this charming tale. Little Rabbit loves her city life, but longs to find her soul mate. One day she follows the sound of music to the country and finds Brown Rabbit, with whom she becomes fast friends. Hanging out in the countryside enjoying her new friend, Little Rabbit eventually longs for the familiar experiences of the city. The two new friends find a wonderful compromise in the final pages of the book.
Fletcher and the Falling Leaves (Julie Rawlinson). Fletcher is a young fox who loves his favorite tree. But something is terribly wrong as the tree begins to lose its leaves. Fletcher struggles as nature and other animals begin to prepare for Fall, but in the end finds that change isn’t so bad after all! You can hear the entire book read in this video.
You and Me, Little Bear (Martin Waddell). “Mommy, Daddy, play with me!” This is a refrain every parent hears countless times every day. Little Bear is no different and wants to play with his dad. But Big Bear has a busy day of chores that he can’t put off (sound familiar?). The two find out, however, that work and play do not have to be as different as we often make them out to be. Simple watercolor images make this a great anytime story.