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Baby and toddler favs:

On Mother's Lap


This book has such sweet soft illustrations…about a little boy an his snuggles on Mother’s lap. It is about an inuit family, and how there’s always room on mother’s lap -even for baby sisters! I like that Michael has a doll as well.

Daddy, Papa, and Me

This is a sweet book that Sapphrie brings to me again and again. It portrays two dads raising a child without explanations -it is just another normal family.  Since Sapphire’s favorite word is “Dada” she points and whispers “Dada” as we read. It’s the first book that really grabbed her attention about about 7 months old.

I Am a Bunny

This was a Chirstmas gift from Haley’s aunt and is adorable. Nicholas the bunny journeys through each season with beautiful not-too-cartoony illustrations

Grandad's Prayers of the Earth

This is actually a bit old for the baby quail in our house, and I got it as a childcare worker from Wilderness Awareness School while attending their Art of Mentoring Program several years ago. It is a soulful journey through the forest with Granddad and looks into the connection between all things great and small.

The Secret of Saying Thanks

I also got this book at Wilderness Awareness School for the children’s program I was running at the time. It is simpler than the other book and the paintings that illustrate it are, again gorgeous. Sapphire mostly likes to note where the puppy is on each page 🙂

Goodnight Moon An Ed 60th

This is a classic. A great bedtime story…I love how the pages get slightly darker and the moon moves across the window…little bunny also gets sleepier as he says goodnight to everything in his world.

Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?: 25th Anniversary Edition

Another classic children’s book. This is still the most loved book and the first book quail really loved.

Winter Board Book

Winter has no words, but I like the simplicity. Spring, Summer, and Fall are all on order, the first of our seasonal collection.

Adult schtuff:

The Natural Pregnancy Book: Herbs, Nutrition, and Other Holistic Choices

If you read only one book your whole pregnancy this one is my favorite as a doula and a pregnant mama. I love the herbal information in the back and feel the rest is so balanced and empowering to expectant mamas.

Spiritual Midwifery        Ina May's Guide to Childbirth


Both of these are gems and anyone wanting a spiritual and natural birth would do well to give them a go. I read Spiritual miwifery at 17 and it shook my world and helped form my idea that motherhood and pregnancy and birth could be an empowering, spiritual, beautiful journey.

Wise Woman Herbal for the Childbearing Year

I referr to this again and again for all my pregnant friends, clients and myself. I am taking this course from Susun Weed currently as well.

Heaven on Earth: A Handbook for Parents of Young Children

This is a beautiful and gentle introduction into Waldorf-style parenting and family living. I have lent it out several times already and had great reviews. I really enjoyed all the ideas yet the gentle approach the author takes to beginning your journey to creating a wholesome, rhythm-filled home life for your child. I have read it three times  already!

Nourishing Traditions: The Cookbook that Challenges Politically Correct Nutrition and the Diet Dictocrats

I was vegetarian until reading this book. I am not saying vegetarianism is wrong, there are many health benefits, this book was just reaffirming to what I was already feeling in my body and it is definitely food for thought. Many good ideas for all styles of eating.

Mothering Your Nursing Toddler

as the mom of an almost-toddler this book is reassuring and surprisingly gentle.

You Can Heal Your Life


I reference this book a lot -especially for the diseases dictionary. It definitely sparks me thinking about potentional enegetic/emotional connections with my illnesses. Great source of affirmations.


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