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Let's enjoy a box of chocolate truffles together
Hello! I'm Sri Juneja and this is my children’s book recommendation newsletter. You can subscribe by clicking on this handy little button:
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Well, first of all: Happy New Year!
I hope you enjoyed the holidays and the last few days of 2023. As a parent, I’ve realized that the end-of-year break is a black hole where time (and showering) ceases to exist. It’s probably the reason why most daycares choose to announce fee increases after the break, knowing parents will happily pay.
Despite the whole what-is-time? feeling, I did enjoy my break. It was much needed and allowed me to connect with friends and family and just slow down. Nevertheless, I’m ready to get 2024 started.
In my last post, I ran a giveaway and I’m excited to announce that the winner is Alexis B.! Thanks to everyone who participated. I hope to have more giveaways throughout this year so there will be many more chances to participate.
Plans for RMBC in 2024
Much of my time during the break was mulling over how I wanted to shape this newsletter in 2024. There’s a lot I want to continue doing and some things I’d like to experiment and change up:
Book recommendation lists are always here to stay
Of course, and always. It’s why you’re here; it’s why I’m here.
Increase the number of multicultural and international books I feature.
Why? Because it’s one of the easiest ways to open our minds to the possibility that things are done differently and that’s okay. By exposing kids to other cultures and ways of doing things, they can build curiosity and empathy. And that can be extended to other aspects of life as well.
Focus on diversity/representation/inclusion
It’s a topic I have lots of opinions about and know so many people are affected by. I’ll share more about what I have in mind in future posts.
Submit A Topic
Many of my recommendations are formed on topics you’ve requested and I’d like to make it a permanent conversation. So, if you visit my website, you’ll notice there’s a new button on the menu bar: Suggest A Topic. If there’s a topic I haven’t that you’re interested in, go ahead and hit that button to let me know.
Children’s books read over winter break
Here’s a sampling of the books we read and enjoyed over the winter break. You’ll see them pop up in my lists as the year goes on. In the meantime, here are a few nano-reviews:
In The Night Garden*—the perfect winter and bedtime story with just the most gorgeous illustrations
The Boy Who Loved Maps*—a sweet reminder of how grand adventures can begin in your very own backyard
Room For Everyone*—the funniest, funnest counting read aloud with riotously joyous illustrations
The World And Everything In It*—it’s a Kevin Henkes book so you know it’s good and this one certainly delivers all the fuzzy feelings
*Thank you for using (at no additional cost to you) the affiliate links in this post! :-)
Eating chocolates the French way
During the winter break, I met up with a French friend who gifted us a box of chocolate truffles. As we got to talking about the gift, she explained to me that the French have some specific traditions around chocolate eating that I thought would be fun to share with you. Also, if you’re French, let me know if this is a tradition you follow as well!
Ideally, you have a local chocolatier you enjoy and frequent that you can support with the purchase of your gift. When I mentioned the Godiva and Lindt shops at the mall, she gave me this look:
When gifting, you select chocolate truffles as an expression of yourself and the things you think the recipient would enjoy. (So far, so good.)
To enjoy the chocolates, you open the box after supper and select ONE piece. You pass it around the table so others can select one too. If it’s a multilevel box, you only pick one from the current level. (Interesting...)
You do not stuff the whole piece in your mouth. You take a bite and savor it. If you like it, you’ll want to be able to share it with someone so they can try it too. (This is a problem. I’m a pop ‘em whole in your mouth kind of gal.)
You rarely partake in more than one piece at a time. Me:
It’s so great to be back! I can’t wait to share amazing children’s books with you this year. 💗
Did you enjoy the end-of-year season? Are you ready for 2024?