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There’s a nice 2013 New Yorker profile of Najmieh Batmanglij, a cookbook writer who also happens to be the mother of Zal Batmanglij, a filmmaker, and Rostam Batmangali, one of the members of the band Vampire Weekend.
Her parenting tips are pretty solid, especially this one:
Model creativity by being creative yourself, and in so doing, give your kids a realistic sense of how much work is involved.
Here’s Rostam, remembering what albums she’d listen to while cooking:
Rostam’s experience suggests a possible benefit to working at home where your kids can see some of what you do and how you do it. In his case, he eked out an extra creative bonus. His mom was sometimes so caught up in her cooking that she neglected to switch out the two CDs she had in her kitchen for years, and that Rostam remembers playing on repeat: Paul Simon’s “Rhythm of the Saints” and the soundtrack of the movie “The Big Night” (lots of bouncy Louis Prima and Claudio Villa). “When you get to the point where you know something in-and-out like that,” Rostam said, “it starts to sink in and affect who you are.”
Which makes perfect sense, if you’ve listened to Vampire Weekend.
Filed under: parenting
I probably spent more hours this year reading with my son (he’s 14 months now) than reading by myself. Here are 10 books that we both enjoyed reading a lot. (There are a handful of books he adores that I cannot stand, and a handful that I love but he could care less about.) If you need a gift for a newborn or a toddler, I highly recommend all of these.
Zin! Zin! Zin! A Violin by Lloyd Moss and Marjorie Priceman
This one has it all: bright, beautiful illustrations, great rhyming verses, and a great narrative: each instrument comes onstage to make a new musical combo, ending with an orchestra. Love this book.
Amazing Machines: Truckload of Fun Box Set by Tony Mitton and Ant Parker
A set of 10 books about how various kinds of machines operate. (I actually didn’t know how a submarine worked until I read the submarine book.) My son is obsessed by anything with wheels, so I’ve read Cool Cars about a bazillion times, and when we’re not reading the book, he’s pushing the truck box around making truck noises. At $18, this set is a steal.
Little Blue Truck by Alice Schertle and Jill McElmurry
Speaking of wheels, this book is probably my son’s favorite. It rhymes, there are animal noises, and occasionally you’ll see a little blue truck out in the wild. Excellent.
Harry The Dirty Dog by Gene Zion and Margaret Bloy Graham
A classic for a reason. Love Bloy Graham’s illustrations. And we have a dog who looks a lot like Harry.
Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak
Believe it or not, I didn’t grow up with this book. At first I thought it might be too intense or scary for Owen, but he loves it, mainly, I think, because the pictures are so textured and gorgeous. Another classic for a reason.
Madeline by Ludwig Bemelmans
The rhyming scheme is a little wonky, but the illustrations are so great.
Hop On Pop by Dr. Seuss
My copy doesn’t have the tagline “the simplest Seuss for toddlers’ use,” but that’s actually a great description. Plus, it contains the truest spread in American literature.
Jungle Animals/Animales de la selva by Mike Lowery
Various jungle animals captioned with their names in English and Spanish. I love Lowery’s style.
Andy Warhol’s Colors by Susan Goldman Rubin
Super simple short book that matches some of Warhol’s animal drawings with little cute captions. Was really surprised how much Owen liked this. Because it’s so small, we can throw it in the diaper bag, which saved us at many restaurants and airports over the year.
Iggy Peck, Architect by Andrea Beaty and David Roberts
This is a brand new addition to our library, but it’s been an instant hit. (Plus, my wife is a PhD in architecture, so…)
Filed under: my reading year, 2013