David is a neighbor and fellow entrepreneur. He is a inspired dad and I was eager to have him contribute to Book Month. Here's what he came up with:
As the father of two little girls, 4½ and 2, stories are a big part of our lives. Here are a few that help me do a better job parenting and have convinced me that I was born too early...
I Am Happy Just The Way I Am! (Can Do Kid)(Luster): Tells the story of 11 school-aged kids who are as different from one another as can be. Their differences, however, are celebrated in a very progressive way and are explained via half-page profiles that detail each child'??s ancestry, parental situation, fears and dreams '?? all of which provides readers an appreciation for why people are different.
When I was growing up, differences were a stumbling block; everyone tried to fit in by not standing out. Nowadays, with books like this one, kids are given the confidence to be different and be happy about it too'?¦
I Live in Brooklyn(Takabayashi): A tale of six year old Michele and her family who live, not surprisingly, in Brooklyn. What I enjoy most is how my own Brooklyn-based girls can relate to this story. They too can hear ships blowing their whistles; they too know what it's like to being late for the bus; they too favor doing drawings during free choice time at school.
Being able to learn about new people and places is great. Being able to learn about your own stomping ground is an invaluable place to start. Perhaps children's book authors and illustrators should create books for every city in the world...
Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale (Mo Willems): Trixie'??s precious bunny is lost at the Laundromat with her father. She'??s a toddler and cannot yet use words but it's clear to all that she is not at all pleased. After several pages of hilarious fits and starts (my favorite is when Trixie launches into a fit of hysterics and goes "boneless") the lost bunny is recovered - and not a moment too soon.
As my daughters have "Till death do us part" dolls, I'm only too familiar with the pain and suffering caused when one goes missing. Now that I think about it, It'??s as if their children were; this explains a lot actually.
And here's a bit about David:
David R. Schoenberger is a Brooklyn-based family game inventor and dad who blogs. His award-winning new game, Family Matters, can be found at www.familymattersgame.com. You can find him on Twitter as "mrfamilymatters".