A new blogging adventure

When I was a kid, I dreamt of becoming a writer. Obviously, this meant sitting at a desk penning novels, like Beverly Cleary or Ann M. Martin (the height of literary achievement in my 9 year old world). Little did I know that being a writer can take many forms. Rachel Carson once said that she always wanted to be a writer and when she discovered science, she found what she wanted to write about. Now I am no Rachel Carson for sure, but I have discovered two topics that I am passionate enough about to write: books and babies. So I’ll be expanding this blog to include occasional posts about life with new babies and postpartum parenting.

Also, as of this month, I am blogging at Seacoast Moms. In fact, my first article is now there. It’s a topic near and dear to my heart: supporting new parents postpartum.

I remember every kind thing someone did for me when I was postpartum. I remember my mom basically moving in with us for months to help with the twins. I remember the friend who brought us Christmas dinner, the one who brought a huge pack of diapers and a whole cooler full of food and the one who gave us burritos to put in the freezer for later. I smile every time I think of the generous ones who held the babies so we could catch a nap and the dear one who travelled across the country and kept me company for all my overnight feedings one weekend. We were pretty hungry and tired at the beginning. Twins will do that to you. We also felt pretty isolated given the logistics of taking two babies out and about during a long, cold New Hampshire winter.

Our need for support lessened as the weeks, month and years went by, but it didn’t disappear. I recently cried real tears of gratitude when a neighbor donned a mask and took my kids for a walk. Having a whole hour of quiet was rejuvenating.

Covid has taken a toll on all parents. Especially new parents. Isolation is more intense, support harder to find and anxiety is heightened. Which is why my article for Seacoast Moms offers tips and tricks to people who want to tangibly show their love and help out new parents during global pandemic. I hope you’ll read it. And then go find a parent to help!

A new blogging adventure

Sample Preschool Package

Three and four years old are bursting with energy and enthusiasm for learning about the world around them. It’s a great time to engage them in books about their burgeoning interests. Whether’s it’s dinosaurs, dragons, ocean life, animals, mermaids, or robots, you can give a child you love with twelve books that will help them continue to grow in their love of reading, stories and learning.

This sample pack includes a wide array of global, STEAM, singalong and social-emotional learning books. At $100 for twelve books, buying this as A Year of Books package would save almost $25 over purchasing the titles individually.

Your bundle will contain a different mix of books based on the input you provide. This is truly personalized service! To get started, please fill out this form.

December: Let’s Celebrate

From India to Japan to Russia to Nigeria, preschoolers will love learning how children around the world celebrate 13 special holidays.

January: Skip through the Seasons

This charmingly illustrated seek-and-find book will take children through the months of the year and visually remind them how nature changes with the passing of the year.

February: The Story Tree: Tales to Read Aloud

Seven folk tales from around the world in one volume. From the humorous “Monkey See Monkey Do” to the charming “Magic Porridge Pot” these tales will be often requested as read alouds.

March: The Animal Boogie

Shake, swing and boogie through the jungle with leopards, monkeys, elephants and a diverse cast of kids. A popular Barefoot singalong, this comes with an animated CD to listen or watch along. Singalongs are great for building literacy skills and for getting kids moving.

April: A Gift for Amma

A young girl explores a vibrant rainbow of sights in an Indian market as she searches for the perfect present for her amma. The illustrations in this book are a real knock-out.

May: Herb the Vegetarian Dragon

“You can’t be different in the dragon world and survive.” That’s what other dragons tell Herb, the only dragon in forest who doesn’t eat meat. But Herb is determined to stay true to himself. A favorite!

June: I Could Be, You Could Be

Launch your child’s pretend play into overdrive with this story of imaginative play.

July: Out of the Blue

Wordless picture books build visual literacy, start family conversations and help your child become a storyteller. The beautiful art in this picture book is an enchanting depiction of exploring the seashore after a storm.

August: Home for a Penguin, Home for a Whale

After exploring the seashore last month, it’s time to take your child under the sea to meet 23 marine animals and learn about their habitats.

September: Ruby’s School Walk

Getting nervous on the first day of school is a universal childhood experience. Like Ruby’s mom, this book will help your child navigate their anxiety as they prepare for school.

October: My Panda Sweater

When her favorite sweater with panda bear ears no longer fits, a young girl decides to donate it. But the sweater and the young girl will meet again when a new classmate comes to school

November: Dinosaur Rap

Round out the year with another singalong. Get kiddos dancing and stomping with some fun dino friends.

Sample Preschool Package

Sample Baby Bundle

Building a baby or toddler’s library is a uniquely special gift. The twelve books in a baby bundle are sturdy and have beautiful illustrations. They are perfect for read aloud, bedtime or for baby to browse on their own. These can also stand up to plenty of time in baby’s mouth and being pulled off the bookshelf over and over.

At $75 for twelve books, buying this sample as A Year of Books package would save almost $55 over purchasing the titles individually.

Your bundle will contain a different mix of books based on the input you provide. This is truly personalized service! To get started, please fill out this form.

December: The Twelve Days of Christmas

The beautiful fabric illustrations in this board book version of the classic song make this a keepsake to treasure.

January: Listen, Listen

Breathtaking illustrations make the seasons of the year come to life.

February: The Chilly Penguin

A cozy, sweet read about friendship and a penguin trying to warm up.

March: Mindful Tots: Tummy Ride

Little ones have big feelings. The super simple breathing exercise in this engaging book is the perfect tool to help them learn to control them.

April: Bear in a Square

Bear is a beloved Barefoot Book tradition and this book will introduce kiddos to shapes and bear at the same time!

May: Bear’s Birthday

That lovable bear is ready to celebrate his birthday.

June: Ship Shapes

Celebrate the return of warm weather with this journey along the seaside.

July: Who’s in the Garden?

This sturdy peek-a-boo book is a delightful tour of the garden to see the animals who are visiting the flowers and veggies.

August: Who’s in the Farmyard?

More peek-a-boo fun in the farmyard. Who wakes up in the morning to a cockle-doodle-doo? All our favorite friends!

September: Who’s in the Forest?

These three together offer playful romps to meet animals in their common habitats. Surefire favorites that will be requested many times.

October: The Sounds Around Town

As the weather gets chilly, mom snap, snap, snaps up her little one’s jacket and takes him for a walk in his stroller. The sights and sounds of home and town accompany this kiddo through his day. Interactive fun.

November: Clare Beaton’s Nursery Rhymes

Finish off a memorable year with another book that will be treasured and turned to over and over. Clare Beaton’s wonderful fabric art brings seven classic, must-know rhymes to life. A staple for a family library.

Sample Baby Bundle