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A baby’s first book can make all the difference in the world in terms of cognitive development and emotional growth.
I remember when the Llama Mama book series by Anna Dewdney came out. I especially remember the first book: Llama Llama Red Pajama. Read on for my thoughts on this book and how you can give back to a child in Need with First Book.
The story is simple: a baby llama can’t fall asleep and wants attention from his mother, who is busy doing chores and making a phone call. The book demonstrates in a sensitive way, the mind-set of a baby, who is old enough to understand his mother is busy but not yet old enough to realize that although she can’t come to his needs immediately she is still always there.
This book was ground-breaking to me because it enables kids to see things from their mother’s perspective, all without being preachy. It also enables me, as the mother, to see things from a child’s perspective: the baby llama is bored in bed and wants company or a little cuddle and that’s exactly how it is oftentimes with babies: sometimes when they cry and you know they are fed and their diaper is dry and they are perfectly warm and comfortable – sometimes they just want a cuddle or a little attention.
Which is perfectly normal and healthy.
Give Back to a Child in Need with First Book
As parents we want to be able to give them that attention – physical and/or emotional, but we have to be realistic – it’s just not going to happen all the time. There are chores and commitments and honestly, sometimes a parent just wants to have a relaxing phone conversation with a friend. What the book does is validate both the baby’s needs as well as the mom’s needs.
I also love the other books in the series, such as Mama Llama Mad at Mama. The story is about a shopping excursion where the baby llama has a meltdown in the store and learns with his mother to calm down and clean up his mess. Mama Llama Misses Mama is about a toddler’s first experience being left alone in daycare. He realizes he can have fun at daycare without his mother and also with his mother; Mama Llama Home with Mama is a story where both baby and mama are sick and the baby llama shows sympathy towards Mama and understands that moms can get sick, too.
Those and other books in the series (which occasionally features other animals as well) are perfect introductions to babies’ and toddlers’ first emotions, first experiences and also first stories about others.
The books in the series all rhyme and are the perfect length for kids ages 2 and up. The illustrations are adorable and make the books perfect as a gift.
So why am I sharing this post- How You Can Give Back to a Child in Need with First Book ?It’s an award-winning and nationally- recognized nonprofit dedicated to creating equal access to quality education for kids in need. Since its founding in 1992, First Book has distributed more than 185 million books and educational resources, with an estimated value of more than $1.5 billion.
The organization will launch its first-ever ‘GIVE A MILLION’ campaign on Giving Tuesday (December 3, 2019); the campaign aims to raise $1 million to get 1 million new, high-quality books to kids in need this holiday season.
Did you know that anyone can give a book to a child by donating $1 on http://bit.ly/firstbook1M. Books will fill the shelves of First Book’s network of 450,000 educators, representing all 50 states, who exclusively serve kids in under-resourced, low-income communities.
Educators will be able to choose the books that best suit their students’ needs from the new, high-quality inventory of books donated in bulk quantities by top publishers. Available titles include Mo Willems’ Elephant & Piggy, The Mortal Instruments, Divergent, The Space Between Us, Margaret Atwood’s Alias Grace, Polar Express, and selections from Marvel and Star Wars.
Click HERE to donate any amount you choose, from $1 on up. $100 will support a classroom, $500 will support a grade level, $1,000 will support a school, and $5,000 will support a community!
Kyle Zimmer, president, CEO, and co-founder of First Book says, “Bringing new books to kids in need has an immeasurable impact, and for many kids, it will be the first book they have ever owned, or the only gift they will receive during the holidays. The sense of self-esteem that comes with that is worth far more than $1 million, and the fact that it also furthers their academic possibilities makes the gift of a book invaluable. This is an easy ask—grant a wish and give a child a future of possibility.”
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