Today is Friday – I have a children’s book review to add to the Perfect Picture Book resource list that author Susanna Leonard Hill is building on her blog. For more wonderful reviews from authors, educators and others who contributed today, please go here.
We’ve been so busy with our move, the fact that it is National Bullying Prevention Month almost got past me. We read tragic stories in the media about kids who suffer from bullying so much, they can think of no other option but to take their own lives. The campaign to prevent bullying starts with each one of us. What will you do to help?
One of the things I do is to encourage parents to help their young children develop strong positive self-esteem. Kids who believe they are valuable and worthwhile are much less likely to be bullied. Spending time with your children, whether you are reading, crafting, cooking or simply having a conversation with them, is an important way. Please check out my award-winning parent/teacher resource for quick and easy activities that are fun for the entire family.
Another important element in building self-esteem is feeling loved and accepted. One of the stories on my grandson’s bookshelf is all about this.
THE KISS BOX
Written by Bonnie Verburg
Illustrated by Henry Cole
Publisher: Orchard Books (2011)
Ages: 3 and up
Separation anxiety, feeling loved
“Mama Bear was always home, and that’s how Little Bear liked it. But sooner or later, all mama bears need to go away, even if it’s just for a little while.”
From Amazon: “In this soothing love story between mother and child, Mama Bear offers various vessels to contain their love while they are apart–but none seem right. It’s not until Little Bear suggests that they make each other a Kiss Box–filled with a hundred kisses–that they are able to stay connected–no matter where they are.
Whether it be an errand to the grocery store, a business trip, or the first day of school, this is a tender reminder that we are always together where it matters most: in our hearts.”
Why I like this book:
- Great read-aloud for young children
- Wonderful message about how to stay connected with those we love
- Helps young children realize that mom and/or dad will return for them
- Charming illustrations
How a parent can use this book:
- Great read-aloud
- Fun easy reader
- Opportunity for discussion about how we feel when parent has to go away
Make a kiss box with your child. You will need: small cardboard or wooden box, construction paper, markers, glue, scissors. You can find detailed instructions at the FaveCrafts link above.
NEW AND EXCITING BLOG SERIES COMING TOMORROW!!!!
WILL WRITE FOR COOKIES
Tomorrow, Saturday, October 17, award-winning children’s author Iza Trapani will lead off this exciting and educational series on Picture Books Help Kids Soar!
I’m thrilled to share Iza’s wonderful answers to the five questions I asked her. And you will be excited to try the yummy recipe she contributed.
Here is the line up of picture book authors and illustrators so far:
October: Iza Trapani
November: Susanna Leonard Hill
December: Susanne Gervay
January: David Seow
February: Emily Lim
I hope you will all stop by and then share the links so others can enjoy the interviews as well.
The blog project will become a book containing a baker’s dozen of these interviews and recipes. If you are an author and/or illustrator of picture books and you would like to participate, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- October Is National Bullying Prevention Month – Here Are Some Useful Resources (larryferlazzo.edublogs.org)
- National Bullying Prevention Month (giveacareindy.org)
- LAPD Kicks Off National Bullying Prevention Month In Hollywood (losangeles.cbslocal.com)
- PPBF: Mr.Tiger Goes Wild and a GIVEAWAY! (julierowanzoch.wordpress.com)
- October Is National Bullying Prevention Month: PACER And Green Giant Partner To End Bullying (anempoweredspirit.com)