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Thursday, January 3, 2019

Book Review: When Sadness Is at Your Door

Author/Illustrator: Eva Eland

From the Book Jacket: Sadness can be confusing and overwhelming at any age. When Sadness Is at Your Door provides a sensitive look at a very familiar feeling. 

This simple yet important book portrays Sadness as an unwelcome guest but one that can be managed with a face and a shape, Sadness can be seen as a part of one's true self. Providing practical ways to address this emotion - such as sitting quietly, doing an activity you love, or taking a walk.

Why It's On My Bookshelf: This book has ACTUAL strategies and ideas at the end of the book that are realistic and might also invite the reader to create their own list. I love how it ends with a reminder that tomorrow is a new day. Sadness does not have to be a forever feeling. I've had quite a few parents seek advice from me lately on how to help their children with a fixed mindset - often times they comment on the sadness their child feels. I will be recommending this book as a helpful resource. It's a good one. 

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Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Book Review: Try a Little Kindness

Author/Illustrator: Henry Cole

From the Book Jacket: In this funny picture book, bestselling illustrator Henry Cole shows kids different ways to be kind with his hysterical cartoon animal characters.

Each page features a different way to be a good person, like using proper manners, telling someone they are special, or sharing a treat! The text is accompanied by two or three related vignettes of different animals giving examples of ways to be good. And in one illustration out of each set, one animal (like a cat peering into a fishbowl!) may not be doing the best job of being kind!

The animal characters and simple text will help readers learn the importance of kindness in a fun way with lots of kid appeal. 

Why It's On My Bookshelf: We talk about kindness a TON at our school as I'm sure you do too! So when I find an AWESOME book resource on this subject I get so excited - especially if it's a good one. This does not disappoint. It has concrete examples of ways to be kind and was a great introduction on helping students brainstorm ideas of ways we can make our school a kinder more positive place. Excellent! 

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Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Book Review: Harrison P. Spader Personal Space Invader

Author: Christianne Jones
Illustrator: Cale Atkinson

From the Book Jacket: Harrison P. Spader sat a little too close. Shook hands a little too long. High-fived a little too hard. And hugged a little too much. Harrison P. Spader was a personal space invader. But that all changes when he learns the Space Saver rhyme: Arms out front, then out real wide. Now place your arms back by your sides. Author Christianne Jones uses humor and relatable situations to teach early learners about self awareness. This entertaining picture book in the Little Boost series will tackle a much-needed topic for teachers, parents, and librarians. 

Why It's On My Bookshelf: This book has been an absolute life saver this school year. We have had to do so many extra social skills lessons on personal space with our kindergarten kiddos. This was definitely a favorite and has such great concrete examples. We really wanted to teach students about their "space bubbles" so this book helped set up that lesson. And we are also now able to remind kids to not be "space invaders" thanks to the language in the story. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS ONE!

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