On the long list of parents’ most hated phrases, “I’m bored” has got to be in the top ten. Usually uttered with a heavy sigh and serious side-eye, there's just nothing more irksome than hearing those words come out of your kid's mouth as they face plant into the couch like a wilted piece of lettuce. But how can you deal with it? Reading your kid picture books about being bored can help to give them a different perspective on having nothing to do (plus, they won't be bored while you're reading to them).
The clever thing about these books is that the authors and illustrators have taken the concept of boredom and upended it so that kids can see the irony and self-fulfilling prophecy of the statement. For instance, in comedian Michael Ian Black’s “I’m Bored,” a little girl is bored until she comes a cross a potato who flips the narrative on her and declares “kids are boring” (forcing her to prove that kids are, in fact, fun). These not-at-all-boring books should put a cork in your kid’s boring mantra, which you're probably getting pretty bored of hearing yourself. So check out the list below, then click over to some of the coolest independent bookstores online (because shopping at the same old places all the time really is boring).
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