August is the time of year when children are returning to school, and also when many others will be attending school, kindergarten or Pre-K for the first time. I Am So Brave! is a delightful board book about overcoming fears and the perfect book to calm anxieties that children around this time can develop as they prepare to enter that new stage in their lives called school.
I Am So Brave! begins with a little boy expressing his fear of large dogs, and ends with the child conquering his fear of saying goodbye to his mother to go to daycare. The book also addresses other common childhood fears such as the fear of swimming, loud noises and the all too familiar fear of the dark at bedtime. The genius of the book is in its approach to helping overcome fear; instead of insisting that there is nothing to be afraid of, which often just makes children feel misunderstood, the book shows children positive, beneficial and even exciting outcomes that result from overcoming each fear.
For example, the little boy, while initially afraid of the dark, turns his attention to the beauty of the star-lit sky at night and discovers that the night is not something to be feared, but rather something filled with mystery and wonder.
With simple but effective examples in rhyme, I Am So Brave! teaches children that it is not necessary to fear things that are new, and that new things in life can actually be fun and enriching. It also teaches children that while something may look or sound terrible at first, when viewed objectively can actually end up being something we grow to like or even love, rather than hating or fearing. And with all the different and sometimes difficult stages that children go through in their lifetime, it’s a valuable lesson to learn, and one that can be incredibly helpful when learned at a young age.
I Am So Brave!
Written by: Stephen Krensky
Illustrated by: Sara Gillingham
Are you looking for a fun and educational activity book for children aged 5-9? If so, the combination picture, color and sticker book “Monsters 2000 Stickers: Goofy, Toothy and Fun” is the book you’ve been looking for!
This silly book is as educational as it is fun and includes maze activities, simple math problems, hand-and-eye coordination and memory exercises. Among the more than 10 activities in the book are: pages where children can strategically place stickers provided in the book to help monsters build sand castles on the beach; or they can hunt for a pet through a maze; create and draw crazy concoctions and experiments in the mad scientist monster lab; and identify the odd monster that doesn’t match on the monster dance page.
“Monsters 2000 Stickers: Goofy, Toothy and Fun” is a book that can be enjoyed by both boys and girls that are tickled by funny songs and sayings. And with the exception of the first two pages that show monsters yelling “sneaky monsters … only come out at night” the book features non-threatening monsters who are very playful that can also teach your child not to be afraid of what they conceive as monsters while inviting them to do fun activities that improve skill and brain function at many levels.
Daniel Finds a Poem is a delightful new picture book that highlights discovery, appreciation of nature and beautifully illustrates a child’s sense of wonder.
One day while in the park, Daniel sees a flyer about a poetry event taking place in the park. Not knowing what the word poetry is, he takes a walk around the park and talks to some of the animals – a spider, a turtle, a cricket and more to ask them what poetry is to them. Just when Daniel thinks he knows everything there is to know about the park, he learns all about interesting animal habits and living environments and creates a poem of his own to participate in the park event.
Daniel Finds a Poem teaches children to not only appreciate nature, but it encourages using one’s imagination to see the beauty of things and that you can learn by watching and paying attention to your surroundings.It is written by Micha Archer who is also the illustrator. Ms. Archer’s collage illustrations are so beautiful they almost outdo the story itself. It is rare that a children’s book is able tell the beauty of nature through the eyes and thoughts of a child, but that is exactly what Micha Archer does in Daniel Finds a Poem. Encourage a child’s sense of wonder and buy this book for one today!
Kenya’s Art is a picture book about a little girl who finds a creative way to complete a school project. Kenya loves her old toy airplane, even though it only has one wing. Her mother wants Kenya to throw away the broken toy, but Kenya finds a way to keep the toy and in the process learns the meaning of “Reuse, Recycle.”
When Kenya realizes that she’s done nothing interesting during Spring vacation that she can tell her class for her Spring project, she asks her dad to take her to the park so that she to find something to create. Kenya runs into classmates at the park who tell her all about the fun things they did on their vacation – one even took trumpet lessons! Worried that she won’t have anything to present for her assignment, Kenya asks to go to vacation school; her dad has a better idea and decides to take Kenya to a local museum.
It is at the museum where Kenya views a beautiful patchwork quilt made out of old clothes, and learns how art can be made from recycled materials like plastic bottles. After her museum visit, Kenya goes back home and together with her family, create funny and unique art that she takes back to school and presents to her classmates.
Kenya’s Art is a great book for introducing recycling to young children. It is written by Linda Trice, former Queens, New York elementary school teacher. Learn more about Linda Trice and other books that she has written at LindaTrice.com
Did you know that it’s the female, not the male mosquito that gives us those pesky, uncomfortable bites during the summer months? You will find this fact in the delightful bilingual picture book, Mr. Mosquito. As pesky as mosquitoes can be, there is more to the them than most of us know. And for those children who love to learn about bugs, this is the perfect book.
Mr. Mosquito is short and humorous, written in both English and French, in type that is large and simple enough that a child at middle reading level could easily read on his or her own. It is a wonderful way to introduce children to the French language as the sentences in the book are very fun and include familiar words like “squish” and “bite” among others . The book also gives adults the opportunity to educate children on unfamiliar words including “misunderstood” and “agile” that would not normally may not be found it children’s books, but clearly illustrated so that it’s meaning is understood.
Whether your little one likes bugs or not, Mr. Mosquito is a fun, silly book that allows children to explore a different language while giving them a giggle.
Did you know that it is National Safety Month? In recognition, I am reviewing My Doctor and Me ABC , an adorable picture book that takes the fear out of going to the doctor and the importance of cleanliness, such as washing your hands. It’s a great educational book also as it educates children about parts of their bodies and many of the tools doctors use in an exam.
It encourages good hygiene and healthy living by telling kids they can stay healthy through exercise, dance or just playing outside. Also explains how to keep germs away. For example, the letter “C” represents “cough”and says to “always turn your head and your mouth, remember to cover!” With the letter “Q,” kids are encouraged to ask questions.
My Doctor and Me ABC is the perfect book for very young children who might dread going to the doctor; the book explains the reasons for vaccinations, how your heart and joints work as well as how your kidneys filter out the bad stuff, and why it is important to have regular checkups so that your body will run the way it is supposed to.
Written by a medical doctor, My Doctor and Me ABC is a must-have for parents who want to make going to the doctor both educational and fear-free.
Loving v. Virginia was a Supreme Court case many are still not aware of. What’s unique about Loving v. Virginia is that it had no political motivation, it was motivated by love. Two people wanted to be married, they just happened to be different races. The Case for Loving: The Fight for Interracial Marriage is a children’s picture book that tells their story in a way that is endearing, so much so that even the littlest one would understand.
June 12 is the 49th anniversary of the Loving v. Virginia Supreme Court decision, and there is no better time to introduce a child to and celebrate love, unity and tolerance – and reading The Case for Loving is a great way to do it. This book has it all: a great story, emotive illustrations and best of all, a great moral lesson. It is also a great way to introduce children to the law, as well as how standing up for your rights can end in victory.
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