April 26, 2018

The Advocate's Toolbox

Gender Identity, Making Veggies Fun, & Other Parenting Titles

A range of parenting titles, from cookbooks to guides to child-rearing “in the age of Trump.”

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Ella’s Kitchen: The Easy Family Cookbook | SLJ Review

In this British import, Ella’s Kitchen founder Paul Lindley (aka “Ella’s Dad”) delivers 100 recipes for the eager muncher.

Achtung Baby by Sara Zaske | SLJ Review

Channeling readers of Pamela ­Druckerman’s Bringing Up Bébé and Alison Gopnik’s The Gardener and the Carpenter, Zaske’s work describes how the author moved from Oregon to Berlin after the birth of her son and, in the midst of the transition, found herself expecting her second child.

Becoming an Ally to the Gender-Expansive Child by Anna Bianchi | SLJ Review

When author Bianchi’s grandson Ruben was only four years old, his “clarity about his own gender path was apparent to anyone who knew him.”

Talking Baby: Helping Your Child Discover Language by Margaret MacLagan & Anne Buckley | SLJ Review

MACLAGAN, Margaret & Anne Buckley. Talking Baby: Helping Your Child Discover Language. 192p. Finch. Nov. 2016. pap. $18.95. ISBN 9781925048605.

In this puddle-jumper from down under, child language development lecturer ­Maclagan and speech-language therapist Buckley set forth a just-technical-enough look at how children acquire language and how to best support its development. Beginning with infancy, the authors encourage parents to talk, talk, talk about anything and to leave time for “response” (anything the baby does is her “turn” in […]

Baby Talk, Physical Play, and More | Parenting Reviews

Seeking new materials to bolster parenting collections? Look no further.

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#MHYALit: Anxiety Disorder, My Son, and Me

There are lots of things my son Callum and I have in common. We both like Converse. We love Harry Potter. We both wear glasses. And we both have anxiety disorder. While I often really, really hate my own anxiety, it has been extremely useful to have first-hand experience when it comes to needing to parent, support, […]

Relearning reluctant readers

As a librarian, I’ve always tried to champion the reluctant readers. I’ve strived to provide a wide variety of reading material in my collection development ranges – everything from high interest low level books, to compelling nonfiction, to fiction told by and about diverse voices, to comics, image heavy browsing books, and more. When parents […]

Parenting 101 | SLJ Spotlight

Three great titles on the diverse aspects of parenting.

Making the Parent Connection | On Common Core

As the mom of a now-first-grader, my parenting world is colliding with my professional world. Last year, I eagerly brought my daughter to kindergarten geared not to be one of “those” meddling parents, micromanaging the teachers and hovering over projects. However, I soon realized it was going to be very difficult to keep my professional experiences and opinions to myself when it came to the Common Core. Then again, should I?