what I’m reading: The End of Average

As part of my year of pause, I’m trying to spend less time scrolling social media and more time reading books. So here it is, the first (non-picture) book I finished in 2018: The End of Average by Todd Rose

I made my best progress on this book the night I handed my phone to the lovely folks at the Ginza Apple Store with three full (childless!) hours to burn. I’ll share some of my thoughts on this, as well as the other books I read this year – partially to help me remember them, but mostly because I hope you’ll find it interesting. READ MORE

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our Advent calendars this year (spoiler: they’re picture books and Duplo!)

We always end up with a chocolate calendar, even on the years I swear them off, but this season we’re trying out a few popular Advent trends to see if one of them sticks around and becomes a family tradition.

Our first countdown to Christmas is this basket of children’s books. I had originally thought of wrapping them and putting them under the tree, but then I realized how much paper (and time!) that would take. Instead, I evicted our board book collection from its basket and refilled it with holiday books numbered from 1-24. Tie a red ribbon around it and we’re done! READ MORE

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why we’re loving Not Quite Narwhal by Jessie Sima

We spent over 2 months in the US this summer and found ourselves visiting the local library several times a week. Having access to so many beautiful children’s books (in English) was such a treat for this little Tokyo family and we fell in love with a range of new authors, illustrators, and characters. But out of all those books, the one we *had* to buy as soon as we got home was Not Quite Narwhal. 

The illustrations are adorable, but that’s not the only reason we love it. READ MORE

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a fun new book: Still Stuck by Shinsuke Yoshitake

I stumbled on this book while browsing Amazon and had to buy it because our kiddo gets stuck like this just about every time he gets undressed. As impulse buys go, Still Stuck was a great one!

The little boy in Still Stuck finds himself in the tricky position that toddlers (maybe even all of us?) seem to fear most – discovering that you might actually need to ask for help, even after insisting that you don’t need it. READ MORE

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Halloween books (and our favorite bilingual books for toddlers!)

When I decided to write this post I imagined myself gathering a small stack of Halloween books from our shelves, but quickly realized that we only have two!

Oops. As anticlimactic as that may be, it was a good reminder that I need to finally order the two that have been sitting in my shopping cart: Room on the Broom by Julia Donaldson and Ghosts in the House! by Kazuno Kohara. Are there any others that you would recommend? READ MORE

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