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it is my greatest desire to teach sophie + hazel how to live an authentic life. a life full of love, loss, success and yes … even failure. i want them to know that how they live their life matters and in that perfect balance between the simple + struggle is where true living happens.

recently, we have been ending our days by reading – heroes for my daughter – and have become spellbound by these quick 2-page stories featuring everyday people who made a huge impact on their world. this inspiring collection has impacted my girls and helped them to understand that a true hero is humble, loves others well, refuses to take “no” for an answer and fights long + hard for what they believe in.

some of their favorite stories include:
marie curie {scientist . researcher . nobel prize winner}
joan ganz cooney {helped create sesame street}
alex scott {founder of alex’s lemonade stand}
dolly parton {legendary singer-songwriter . business woman}
lucille ball {actor . trailblazer}

“no matter what stage of life you’re in, when you want something – no matter how impossible it seems – you need to fight for it. when you believe in something, fight for it. and when you see injustice, fight harder than you’ve ever fought before. no one is born a hero. every person featured in {heroes for my daughter} had moments when they were scared and terrified. like you. like me. so how did they achieve what they achieved? because whatever their dreams were, big or small – for their country, for their family, or even for themselves – they never stopped fighting for what they loved”
– brad meltzer {author of heroes for my daughter}

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one of the {many} great things about living in such an iconic city is that there is an abundance of stories centered around the neighborhood in which we call our home. i began collecting books based on new york city when prepping sophie + hazel for the {big} move.

sophie {now half-way through kindergarten … oh my goodness!} is becoming quite a good reader and i am finding that she is drawn to the books about her neighborhood + city due to the familiarity and sense of belonging that these books offer. this is new york, i live in brooklyn, natalie + naughtily and the super adventures of sophie in the city: all in a days work are full of wonder and imagination, bringing the magic of this city right to her fingertips.

below are samplings of these fine reads! if you have any other suggestions for my girls please let me know!!

this is new york
the charm and uniqueness of new york city was never more beautifully and whimsically created for children than in m. sasek’s this is new york. first published in 1960, his vision of new york nearly forty years ago still remains fresh: the hustle and bustle of times square, the ethnic neighborhoods, the awe-inspiring architecture. sasek captured the essences of new york that delight children and parents, many of whom will remember the book from their childhood.

i live in brooklyn
from days on the stoop, playing hopscotch and watching fireworks from the rooftops, to school field trips into the city, where zoos and museums await, michelle introduces readers to her favorite places and things to do. mari takabayashi’s diminutive scenes, busy and cheerful detail, bring the beauty and bustle of new york city to life for children all around the world.

natalie and naughtily
natalie and naughtily nopps live in a house on top of a big department store. natalie loves visiting every floor from top to bottom! naughtily? from bottom to top! one day the girls receive a note from their parents asking them not to play in the store that day! “today we shall go to the store to help!” they agree. evening gowns are on two, perfume and hats on three, coats on four … and on every floor there are customers galore. but will the girls really be any help? vincent x kirsch has created a splendid world for natalie and naughtily, in which every vividly detailed floor in the store has its own magnificent hue. readers will be enchanted by these two impish sisters, their very good intentions, and most of all by the hijinks and adventures they effortlessly conjure up in on one very busy day!

the super adventures of sophie and the city
come explore new york city with sophie as she travels to different worlds in her daddy’s office building with her trusty elevator! learn about fashion, design, weddings, and the glamorous life inside magazine publishing. even though sophie enjoys her time discovering new and magical worlds on each floor, she realizes it is more fun to share amazing experiences with the ones you love, your family. see new york city through the eyes of a curious, adventurous, and imaginative little girl!

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