Hello and welcome to Book Birdie, a children’s literature blog and resource for anyone with children in their life.
This blog was birthed by my cousin and fellow book mama, Tara Jordan. It was later adopted by me, Sarah Jordan, a life-long bookworm and mother to two young children.
As a shy introvert, my love for reading has allowed me to experience adventure, excitement, and emotions that I otherwise may have found too overwhelming and intimidating.
Reading was a critical part to the loooong days I spent with my son, as a stay at home mom to a newborn. We both enjoyed the routine and peacefulness it brought to our lives. Additionally, I couldn’t help but hope that if I just read Brown Bear Brown Bear What Do You See, one more time, that my tiny baby would learn to love reading as much as I do.
However, I began using books as parenting tools with my son when he was having trouble adjusting to preschool. On our pediatrician’s recommendation I gathered every children’s book that my library had on the subjects of “starting school”, “parents come back”, and “change is scary but exciting.” We read those books TEN THOUSAND TIMES and you know what? It worked! He eventually stopped crying at drop-off and now goes off to school with a wave and a smile. I’ll never know if it was the books that helped the two of us with that difficult transition, but I don’t need to know. Just having the books gave us a way to focus on moving forward and making progress with one of life’s challenges, while cuddled together on the couch.
A couple years and a baby girl later, we are a family obsessed with using books to help us transition and grow. We use them for the tough times, such as learning about death and moving, and we use them for fun times, such as losing baby teeth and flying kites.
Thank you for joining us here. I hope Book Birdie will help to keep you inspired to engage in the harmonious act of reading to children.
I’d love to hear from you. You can contact me via email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Read on!