|The Panic Virus: A True Story of Medicine, Science and Fear by Seth Mnookin|
Let's get this out of the way: like most parents, Brian and I vaccinate Nina. On schedule, per CDC guidelines, since birth. Period, end of story.
Getting into an internet fight over vaccination is not an interest of mine. I know that parents who don't vaccinate or choose to selectively vaccinate their children dearly love their children and are doing what they think is best. Love is not in question. I do, however, respectfully disagree with that decision and The Panic Virus is a thorough examination into why I think the way I do on this issue.
This is the book to read if you've ever wondered about the history surrounding vaccination fears and the psychology behind why some people are making vaccination decisions based on feelings rather than logic (by the way, we all do this as parents because parenting children is primarily about relationships and that's about feelings). It is immensely well-written, balanced (while totally pro-vaccination, author Seth Mnookin doesn't sugarcoat some of the mistakes vaccine manufacturers and public health officials have made) and thoroughly researched. I am tearing through this book.
|The Original 1982 by Lori Carson|
This novel about music and motherhood authored by actual musician, Lori Carson sounded interesting when I added it to my online library holds list but it is languishing unread on my nightstand because I am engrossed in The Panic Virus and I need to sleep at some point. Maybe you can read it?
|Nina's latest library loot|
|Christmas Cookies: Bite-Size Holiday Lessons by Amy Krouse Rosenthal, illustrated by Jane Dyer|
Before I became a mom, I was a big fan of Amy Krouse Rosenthal's books about motherhood, especially Encyclopedia of an Ordinary Life. She's written several children's books, too and Christmas Cookies is the first one Nina and I have read together. We really enjoyed this while listening to some Christmas music before bed last night.
|I Don't Want a Posh Dog by Emma Dodd|
I Don't Want a Posh Dog is another book I added to my online library holds list after seeing it mentioned elsewhere online. I judge books by their covers and isn't this a ridiculously cute one? It's gorgeously illustrated, it rhymes and it is quick, which I am all about at this age where Nina will eat the book if the pages don't turn fast enough (someone please make baby books out of food). It's all about a little girl who doesn't "want a posh dog," just a "silly dog/a sweet willy-nilly dog." I think Nina's got one of those.
|Bear Says Thanks and Bear's Loose Tooth by Karma Wilson and Jane Chapman|
As I mentioned in the first Library Loot entry, we love these Bear books and these two did not disappoint. Bear's Loose Tooth has a pretty hysterical ending.
|Look Look Outside by Peter Linenthal|
Eat by Elizabeth Verdick and Marjorie Lisovskis
Olivia Counts by Ian Falconer
NINE books to entertain mama and baby, all for free? Why aren't you at the library right this second?
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