SPF 199: Good Books, Reading Aloud, and Teaching Virtue with Guest Nina from Strawberry Mountain Books

Good conversation, increased vocabulary, imagination, and wisdom – these are just a few reasons why reading aloud to our kids is important. But how do we incorporate a Christian worldview and how do we choose a good book to read to our kids? Today I have a special guest, Nina with Strawberry Mountain Books, to share some wisdom and tips when it comes to reading to our children.

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Strawberry Mountain Books

Today I talk with my friend, Nina, from Strawberry Mountain Books. She uses books to help her children grow in their Christian worldview and grow closer to them as their mother.

She sells gently used and beloved books on her Instagram page.

Follow her on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/strawberrymountainbooks/

Here’s a little more about Nina:

“I am wife to my very own Mr. Darcy, boy-mom to giant almost-Irish twins, Charlotte Mason homeschooler, and home librarian. I grew up LDS, was saved in high school, joined a theologically-erroneous missions org after college, and as rumor has it, married Mr. Darcy to escape.

I like Bing Crosby and edgy Christian music, plain sparkling water and extra-dark chocolate. My favorite book of the Bible is Job. My favorite not book of the Bible is Stepping Heavenward. If I had to pick a life verse, this one sums it up nicely: ‘It is a trustworthy statement, deserving of full acceptance, that Jesus Christ came into the world to save sinners, among whom I am foremost of all.’”

𝗝𝗼𝗹𝗮𝗯𝗼𝗸𝗮𝗳𝗹𝗼𝗱 – A New Christmas Tradition

Nina introduced me to a new Christmas tradition surrounded around giving good books on Christmas Eve! She is offering Jolabokaflod gifts with books and extra goodies on her Instagram!

Favorite Take-Aways

  • Reading aloud to our children gives us great conversations, increases vocabulary and imagination, and helps children gain wisdom and learn virtue.

  • “It’s easy to rationalize what we WANT to do.” We can be rationalizers when it comes to our own sins and wants and books help us see characters rationalize wrongs and we can learn from that.

  • Tips

    • Exposure to good books breads taste for our kids.

    • Classic books published before 1959 usually have Christian themes intact.

    • Make reading aloud an anchor in your day so your kids expect it.

    • Read at meal times, while your kids are busy but are listening.

    • Don’t judge their attentiveness by sitting still and quiet.

    • Lamplighter is a great, trustworthy book source.

Life Hack

  • Disguise medicine in a homemade Popsicle or smoothie!

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