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Best Books: Harry Potter Set

We are a few days late, but we wanted to wish Harry Potter a very happy birthday. What better way to wish him a better birthday than to talk up those amazing books that follow him on his incredible adventure with his two best friends Ron and Hermione?

I discovered the Harry Potter books when I was a teenager. When I was a senior in high school, I thought, these books were for kids. I was so wrong. A friend of my mother’s bought me the Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone for Christmas. She knew I loved to read and had heard the books were really popular. I smiled graciously and accepted the sweet gift. Little did I know that she had just purchased me a book that would truly make me feel every emotion, and take me on an adventure that lasted nearly 20 years for me.

Now as a mom of a new reader I take great joy in sharing my Harry Potter collection. However, I want my kids to have something of their own. I have begun purchasing the illustrated editions for my younger kiddos, but older kiddos will love this boxed set as well. Both sets are beautiful and will take you on an amazing adventure from beginning to end. We promise!

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Books That Teach: Toddlers and Manners

Toddlers learn by example. There is a reason that the saying, “monkey see, monkey do!” is so popular amongst parents of toddlers. They literally watch everything we do, all day long. Every day we show them how to act in public. When you thank the barista at the drive-thru window when you interact with the cashier at the supermarket. It is all one big lesson in manners. Recently I was trying to load groceries in to my cart at the store. There was no bagger, and halfway through the bagging/loading process a young teenage boy showed up. He very kindly began bagging and loading my cart for me. I was distracted. My 5 month old was crying in my arms, the cashier was asking for me to press ok, and my 4 year old was in the cart watching everything. Suddenly I heard, “Thank you for helping my mommy.” I stopped. My daughter has noticed the boy helping, and thanked him. Without being prompted, without me even noticing.  As a Mom, I was proud, dumbfounded, and relieved. I hadn’t even noticed him, but my daughter did, and knew exactly what to say to him.

I make sure to take the time to show her this behavior when I remember to. But I admit, there are days I am so busy it doesn’t always happen. I credit my good behavior on most interactions, and the books I read with her.

Books like:

The Thank You Book (An Elephant and Piggie Book). We read this series occasionally at bedtime. I never stopped to think how important they were. She thinks they are cute little books. It stars a pig and an elephant, it just drips cuteness. But it truly models the interactions we want our kids to use, and it does so in a cute, slightly cheesy, but understandable way. I love this book. It is helping me to achieve one of my most coveted goals; polite children.

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