It is common to find educators and parents in search of good books for children. What makes a book good? What is a worthwhile read? What kinds of books do we want children to read? Why? I have discovered a resource for thinking about and finding children’s books and am excited to share it with you.
Helen Antoniades, founder and operator of Butterfly Books, has embarked on a most inspiring journey in search of great books for children.
A front line social worker in Toronto, Ontario Canada, Helen has spent her adult life counselling children and adults from all walks of life. The last 4 years of her practice was at the Hospital for Sick Children. After 17 years of social work Helen, feeling burned out, decided to start something new and explore her passion for healing others in an alternative way. Always passionate about books, she chose to share her knowledge of and experience with using books to help children understand and deal with issues in their lives.
Helen began her search by asking a lot of social worker colleagues for their go to books. Then she began asking friends in related fields. This interest grew into the blog, where she alternated “regular” pictures books with therapeutic books as suggested readings for children. As her journey continued Helen began exploring the “regular” books she was coming across and has broadened her scope to quality books that are reflective of diversity. You can find Helen’s website at:
Butterfly Book’s mission statement: