My name is Erin. I’m a toddler mom and a pup mom. I had my son in May of 2016. Becoming a mom was the scariest thing I’ve ever done, and I have loved every moment of it. I am a stay at home writing mom. I write everyday after my son goes to bed. My partner occasionally works away from home. When he’s home, we spend as much family time together as possible, and when he’s gone, I practice my Solo Mom Life. Life isn’t always easy, but I try to be as grateful as I can. My son helps with that. You can find my blog at thewritingmomma.ca or follow me on Instagram and Facebook at thewritingmommalife
I love reading, and I love introducing my son to new books. I’m cheating a little bit because instead of just five favourite books, I’m doing five favourite authors. That way I can talk about more books! I highly recommend all of these books.
1. Nancy Tillman: I have two books that I love by her, but there are so many more. On the Night You Were Born is a wonderful book for kids, and it makes me happy every time I read it. It is all about how the world rejoices when baby is born. It can be read to include your own child’s name. We also have I’d Know You Anywhere, My Love. It is by far my favourite. It’s one of the most beautiful books I’ve read to my son. It’s also a fun one. Both these books have interactive parts to go with the wonderful sappiness.
2. Andrea Beck: She wrote Good Morning, Canada and Goodnight, Canada. Both these books are wonderful. I’m a fan of anything that introduces the provinces and territories to kids. It was especially great for us because when my partner was working away we could point to the province he was working in. They’re fun books. Goodnight, Canada names all the provinces and territories. Good Morning, Canada says good morning to items specific to Canada (like the loonie and toonie).
3. Alice Kuipers: Violet and Victor write the Best-Ever Bookworm Book. My copy is signed by Alice because she lives in Saskatchewan. It is illustrated by Bethanie Deeney Murguia. The story and the illustrations are wonderful. I loved this story. It’s perfect for the blooming bookworm. It’s perfect for kids that like to tell stories. It’s perfect. It’s one I’ll be able to read to him for many more years to come.
4. Erica Pellerin and Jennifer Plesa. I Love My Motter. My Motter Loves Me (The title is written with hearts on the cover.) This is also written by two Saskatchewan mommas. I love it. It is a wonderful book about how much love there is for mom and kid, but it’s written about Otters! It’s just a beautiful story written from the point of view of a baby otter and Momma otter.
5. Steve Wolfson: Monster Cheese: This book was mine from when I was a child. I have two books that I’ve kept, and this is one of my favourites to read to my son. The writer was from Saskatchewan, and the illustrator (Bill Johnson) was born in Alberta and living in Nova Scotia. I’m not sure where they live now. This book is literally about a monster cheese. That’s probably why I loved it so much because I love cheese. This book starts in Alberta, and the monster cheese travels from Alberta to Winnipeg (narrowly missing Saskatoon). I love how close to home it is. Cheese and the prairies. You can’t get better than that!
I am throwing one more in. 5 and one more! Margy Reid wrote a book called Alfred Dinglewiggle. She’s also from Saskatchewan, and this is another signed copy. This book is adorable, and all about a boy who figures out that if he stops trying to not listen, and do the opposite of what people want him to do, he may have a bit of fun. It’s great to learn from.
Those are my top five plus one more. I hope you give all these books a chance because they are fantastic!