I get majority of my parenting book recommendations from my friend Cat, and they are always excellent. My November book is Raising Lifelong Learners, and I like it so much that I decided to share it with my readers before I finished reading it. One thing that I like about it is written in a conversational manner and doesn’t look like one long lecture. The author Lucy Calkins is a “teachers’ teacher”, but she is also a mother of two boys, and some of her ideas will probably be even more interesting for parents who are raising boys. I found some good tips and tricks in every section, but I was very interested in her views on writing. She is very passionate about encouraging writing just as we encourage talking – recognizing every scribble and every shaky letter as a major achievement and not rushing the process. I had a lot of questions of “but what about spelling?” in my head, and she answered them in a way I could agree with. I also really liked her ideas about play and about fostering work ethic through play. In other words, this book has been informative and inspiring at the same time. I also took away a lot of book recommendations and author recommendations. The book is written more than 10 years ago, but some things never get old.
How about you – have you read any good books lately?