It was a stress-filled day. Guests coming; comments becoming sarcastic.
I knew a few quiet, intentional minutes would be a great reset--a reset and a relationship builder.
And, we could go to LONDON! The text and illustrations of A Walk In London by Salvatore Rubbino would take us there.
I asked a learner to go to the library bucket and find the London book. Once retrieved we sat on the living room floor, backs positioned against the couch. I read the title and author from the cover and opened the book. The illustrations immediately caught the attention of my ten-year-old. Her excitement was quickly caught by my five year old. I began to read and we were immediately transported to the streets of London, each page highlighting a landmark or introducing a bit of history. We talked about words we didn't know; ah-ha'ed over new facts.
For twenty minutes we listened and learned together--learners from five to thirteen.
When I closed the book, stress had been replaced with calm and we had enjoyed our minutes together.
This book was our ticket to visit a country, but it was also an opportunity to reset attitudes and deepen our relationships.
For the past 27 years, books--fiction and non-fiction--have provided us with tickets to travel. Some of our favorites include
- What We Wear: Dressing Up Around the World, Maya Ajmera
- Counting Chickens, Polly Alakija
- Over in Australia: Amazing Animals Down Under, Marianne Berkes
- Over in the Arctic: Where the Cold Winds Blow, Marianne Berkes
- The Five Chinese Brothers, Claire Huchet Bishop
- The Littlest Matryoshka, Corinne Demas Bliss
- The Three Snow Bears, Jan Brett
- Italy ABCs: A Book about the People and Places of Italy, Sharon Katz Cooper
- The Story of Ping, Marjorie Flack
- Germany ABCs: A Book about the People and Places of Germany, Sarah Heiman
- Kenya ABCs: A Book about the People and Places of Kenya, Sarah Heiman
- Paddle to the Sea, Holling C. Holling
- If You Lived Here: Houses of the World, Giles Laroche
- The Boy Who Held Back the Sea, Thomas Locker
- The Story of the Statue of Liberty, Betsy Maestro
- The Silk Route: 7,000 Miles of History, John S. Major
- Bread, Bread, Bread, Ann Morris
- Houses and Homes, Ann Morris
- A is for Africa, Ifeoma Onyefulu
- How to Make an Apple Pie and See the World, Marjorie Priceman
- Marguerite Makes a Book, Bruce Robertson
- This is Venice, Miroslav Sasek
- D is for Down Under: An Australia Alphabet, Devin Scillian
- C is for China, Sungwan So
- The Bravest Dog Ever: The True Story of Balto, Natalie Standiford
- Round is a Tortilla, Roseanne Thong
- E is for Eiffel Tower, Helen L. Wilbur
Chapter Books for Older, Independent Readers or Family Read-Aloud
- The Family Under the Bridge, Natalie Savage Carlson
- The Wheel on the School, Meindert DeJong
- Hans Brinkner, or The Silver Skates, Mary Mapes Dodge
- A Cricket in Times Square, George Selden
If you enjoyed A Walk in London, check out A Walk in Paris and A Walk in New York also written by Salvatore Rubbino.
Books can also bring comfort in difficult times. If your family is walking through a challenging season, snuggling up together to read might be one way to invite calm to the moments of your day. Check out this post, Light-Hearted Reads for Difficult Moments.