Category | Children's Books

Reading Aloud

Reading together is always a favorite time at our house.  Some of the best bonding that I have with my kids is reading aloud to them at bedtime.  Of course we all read to our kids when they are little, but there is something so special about enjoying longer books together as they get older.  These books sometimes take weeks to read.  Some of the timeless choices that we have read are Tumtum and Nutmeg for younger kids, the Hank Zipzer series for kids 1st-3rd grade, The Secret Garden for kids 3rd and 4th grade, and Harry Potter for older kids.

I am not big on grand traditions as a mom because the thought of that pressure is a little daunting.  But our reading routines have somehow become become a tradition that isn’t stress filled at all.  Reading our book together is something that we look forward to, make time for, and both cherish.  My youngest daughter makes sure that we have built in enough “reading time” when she is getting ready for bed and she is so disappointed on the nights that life gets in the way.   This week I started reading The Secret Garden to my youngest child.  This is the 3rd time aloud for me, but it is so special and so new because the little ears that are hearing it are hearing it for the first time, with such curiosity about what will happen next.

It’s hard with the hectic schedules that we all have to make room for the quiet times.  It, however, is so important for us all.  And we, as parents, get as much out of it as our kids.  Do you have any favorite books to share that you have enjoyed with your kids?

Common Sense


I don’t know about you, but I am always struggling in my attempts to decide what is age appropriate for my kids.  Always searching for a barometer to help me make decisions.  Do I say “yes” or “no”?  My “go to” website has become Common Sense Media.  Whether it is a tv show that my 8 yr old wants to watch or a movie for a teenager, Common Sense Media gives a recommended age and criteria for its decision.  They even give ratings for books!  It is immensely helpful in maneuvering the world of entertainment and books for my kids.  There is also space for comments from other parents with their feedback about the particular show or movie.  I always check Common Sense Media before any slumber party to make sure that my decision for a movie is appropriate and also so I can see if there are any plot lines that I will need to watch for and explain.  In this world of so much information, it is comforting that there is a website specific to the needs of parents who want to make sure that are kids aren’t exposed to things that they shouldn’t be.  Check it out and breathe easier!





We had so much fun last week donating belts to a local Head Start called Cornerstone Center For Early Learning.  We gave away almost 100 belts to excited preschoolers!!  Cornerstone is a wonderful daycare and preschool serving those in the community and providing children with the education and self-worth necessary for success.  Myself Belts’ purpose of promoting independence and thereby boosting self-esteem fits perfectly with the philosophy of Cornerstone.  We were so excited to help the kids choose their favorite belts and then to fit them properly on them!  Remember our program on our website that if you buy a book on our site, we will donate a belt to a Head Start child.  Thank you to all of our customers for the role that you played in this exciting partnership!

Check out James in his new Navy Stripe Belt!


Photo Shoot

Hi Everyone,

We had a great photo shoot a few weeks ago with Heidi Drexler of  It was a beautiful spring day and it was so fun to see all of the kids running around in their Myself Belts.  I love waiting for the images and then seeing what the photographer captured- so fun!!  Heidi got some great shots that you will soon see on our redesigned website that will launch in May.  We are really excited about the look of our new site!  It will have many new pages and features.  One of our favorites is a page dedicated to pictures of customers wearing their belts.  People will be able to send in pics of their kids wearing their Myself Belts and we will post them onto the website.  Overall the website will have a clean new look and will have improved navigation, more pictures of our belt styles, and informative content about promoting independence in our children.

Stay tuned!!

Talia and Danielle

Head Start

Hi everyone,

We thought we’d share this great picture with you, of kids at Head Start receiving their Myself Belts. We donate a Myself Belt to kids at Head Start for every book purchase we receive. Buying a book from Myself Belts is a great way to get your own kids reading and to make a useful donation to a child in Head Start.

Head Start is a nationwide program that provides comprehensive education, health, nutrition, and parent involvement services to low-income children and their families. Nearly 25 million pre-school aged children have benefited from Head Start. Our belt donations go to the St. Louis chapter of Head Start of Missouri.

Click Here to find out more about Head Start!

Click Here to purchase a book from Myself Belts!

-Danielle and Talia