Archive for March, 2020

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No matter what age you are, a good children’s book can provide a profound sense of comfort, especially as many of us are weathering the COVID-19 storm at home. From beautiful illustrations and engaging stories to simple life lessons that hit home, these books can help adults center themselves while engaging and enjoying time with the children in their lives.

In honor of National Reading Month, we asked Goddard Systems, Inc. (GSI) employees to share their favorite books to read with their children. Here are their recommendations.

Books Everyone Can Enjoy

GSI’s director of organizational change management, Ashley Betzendahl, says her daughter Dillion, who is almost two, has lots of favorite books. As Ashley points out, children and their parents often have vastly different tastes in reading material. However, Ashley says that she and Dillion can always agree on I Know a Rhino by Charles Fuge, Giraffe’s Can’t Dance by Giles Andreae and The Big Orange Splot by D. Manus Pinkwater.

Image of Baby Beluga book by Raffi

Books About Animals

GSI’s program development manager, Laura Mellor-Bachman says she has two clear favorite animal books to read to her 21-month-old daughter, Juliana, who prefers any story that can be sung.

“One of Juliana’s favorites from before she even began to talk is Baby Beluga, by Raffi,” Laura says. “She loves the melody and the fun pictures of the baby beluga playing with friends. We emphasize some parts with body motions and some parts we sing soft and loud. It is always fun, whether it is during bath time, sitting on the couch or even in the car. There are three copies of it in our house!”

Image of Baby Beluga book by Raffi

Laura says that she and Juliana also love to read Click Clack Moo; Cows That Type by Doreen Cronin.

“One of the first phrases Juliana ever said was, ‘No milk today!’” Laura says. “She loves to flip the pages and repeat the phrase over and over. It is the most entertaining story for different voices for both parents and children.”

Laurie Harvey with favorite preschool book

 A Book About a Friendship

Laurie Harvey, GSI’s interactive media manager, says her favorite book to read to her baby daughter, Hailey, is Your Best Friend is Coming by Nikki Hogue.

“A good friend and fellow dog lover gave us this book,” says Laurie. “We fell in love with the story, which is told by the dog’s perspective. Reading it to Hailey fills our hearts with so much love in anticipation of the friendship that she and our dog, Dexter, will form.”

Image of The Giving Tree book by Shel Silverstein

A Classic for Children and Adults

Denise Hilbert, GSI’s education support specialist, knows that you can’t get any better than a classic. She loves to share the story of The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein with her grandchildren.

Danielle King with favorite preschool book

Sharing an Important Life Lesson

For Danielle King, GSI’s communications writer, teaching her three-year-old son, Vinny, to find value in himself is paramount. She loves the book, I Like Myself by Karen Beaumont, because the message is so simple, yet so important.

“Many of us struggle with liking ourselves, myself included, so I purchased I Like Myself to read to my son to help him learn to love himself no matter what, even if he has ‘knobby knees or hippo hips or purple polka-dotted lips,’” says Danielle. “I also want to expose him to different protagonists who don’t look like him to drive the message home further that everyone is beautiful because none of us look the same, and all people deserve to love themselves, no matter what.”

Danielle King with favorite preschool book