Tag: Children’s

It’s Brave to Be Kind

It’s Brave to Be Kind: A Kindness Story and Activity Book for Children
Author: Natasha Daniels
Illustrator: Ela Smietanka
Published: July 7, 2020
50 Pages

Reviewed By: Jessica
Date Read: August 9, 2020
Jessica’s Rating: 4 stars     

Book Description:

Discover the value of kindness—a story and activity book for kids

Show kids that being kind is awesome! It’s Brave to Be Kind goes beyond other kindness books for children, combining the effectiveness of a storybook with the fun of play to teach kids ages 5 to 7 how to be amazingly kind people.

All kindness books for children should be this inspiring! Not only will kids learn how important niceness is through an engaging—and adorably illustrated—story, but they’ll also be able to practice being kinder every day with simple and fun activities you won’t find in other kindness books for children. Whether it’s taking care of themselves when they’re sad or helping out around the house, help young readers find out how fun being kind can be.

This standout among kindness books for children includes:

  • A story of kindness for kids—Give kids a supportive role model in Alex—a young girl who meets someone different and finds out how she can be kind, even when others aren’t.
  • Practice being nice—This top choice among kindness books for children encourages them to try out fun challenges that provide ways to grow their kindness and share it with the people around them.
  • Advice for parents and caregivers—Get tips for using both the story and activities to effectively teach kindness and empathy to kids.

When it comes to kindness books for children, you won’t find a more complete package than It’s Brave to Be Kind.

Jessica’s Review:

This children’s book is aimed for ages 5-7 and it delivers spot on with that age group.  The illustrations are colorful and help to completely convey the story presented.  The illustrations also show diversity among the children. 

Alex is our main character and she loves being a different sort of kid ( all the way to the way she styles her hair!), but she is also kind which includes being accepting  of others, being caring and brave. When new student Jon joins that class, he is also different: He is from another country and does not speak English. The other kids treat him differently.  Alex feels bad about the way jon is being treated and she befriends him. Over the course of the story, she shows the others kids that despite their differences that they can all become friends. 

This book is also meant to be an activity book. There is an introduction to parents/caregivers and teachers telling that this short book is meant to be the start of deeper conversations with your young child. This is more than a ‘read to your kid’ book.  There are also ‘kindness challenges’ at the end for kids to put what they learn into practice.  Examples of different type of kindness are given.  There are also websites given to help parents/ caregivers/ educators have more resources for help with teaching children all about kindness.

I received a copy from the publisher via Amazon Vine.

Purchase Links:
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Why Do I Feel So Sad? A Grief Book for Children

Why Do I Feel So Sad? A Grief Book for Children
Author:
Tracey Lambert- Prater, LPC
Illustrator: Elena Napoli

Published: July 14, 2020
50 Pages

Reviewed By: Jessica
Date Read: August 9, 2020
Jessica’s Rating: 5 stars

Book Description:

Why Do I Feel So Sad? is an inclusive, age-appropriate, illustrated kid’s book designed to help young children understand their own grief. The examples and beautiful illustrations are rooted in real life, exploring the truth of loss and change, while remaining comforting and hopeful.

Broad enough to encompass many forms of grief, this book reassures kids that they are not alone in their feelings and even suggests simple things they can do to feel better, like drawing, dancing, and talking to friends and family.

Why Do I Feel So Sad? is:

  • Practical and compassionate—Written for early childhood-aged kids, this book touches on common sources of grief—everything from death to divorce or changing schools.
  • Different for everyone—This book normalizes the confusing thoughts and physical symptoms that come with grief, so kids know there’s no one right way to feel or heal.
  • Tips for grownups—Find expert advice and simple strategies for supporting grieving kids in your life.

Children don’t have to go through grief alone; this book provides the tools to help them.

Jessica’s Review:

This children’s picture book is THE resource aimed for children ages 5-7.  It is beautifully and brightly illustrated that enhances each sentence on the page.  This is one book I could see a parent reading with a child and also discussing the pictures.  Fortunately, this is also another picture book that shows a variety of diversity in the people shown on the pages. 

The sentences are simple and also bring about full understanding for the aimed age group.  This book shows that children, and yes, also adults can experience grief for a variety of reasons: From death, to the loss of a pet, a move, and possible changes in life such as divorce.  The book also shows children that they may feel a variety of different ways with their grief and that is ok. 

Throughout the book there are even questions posed to the child that they can answer, which in turn may help the adult they are reading the story with know how to help. It also shows how children can deal with their grief in a positive way. At the end there are resources given for both kids and adults to help with the grieving process.

This is a very well done children’s book that will help all children as they will at some point in life experience some kind of grief. 

I received a copy from the publisher via Amazon Vine.

Purchase Links:
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Making A Difference: Using Your Talents and Passions to Change the World

Making A Difference: Using Your Talents and Passions to Change the World
Author: Melissa Seymour
Illustrator: Stevie Lewis
To Be Published: August 24, 2020
96 Pages

Reviewed By: Jessica
Dates Read: August 6-7, 2020
Jessica’s Rating: 4 stars     

Book Description:

Girls have the power to make a difference, whether that’s in their own lives, their community, or even the world! But it can be confusing to know where to start. From protecting our planet to helping animals to saying hello to someone who seems lonely, this book offers young readers lots of ideas — big and small — on how to spark change. The quizzes, tips, and inspiration from other girls will help her identify her talents, skills, and the causes she cares about most. Then she can find ways to take action and become a change-maker!

Jessica’s Review:

According to Amazon, this colorful picture book is aimed for girls ages 8-12, though I would say just a little older for ages 10-12.  This book is helpful to girls as they begin to discover who they are and what they are passionate about.  This is a short picture book that keeps full attention at 96 pages that at times is also an activity book (there are quizzes and it just leaves the reader thinking).

Making a Difference shows how just one girl can make a huge difference by explaining the ripple effect and giving some real life examples of regular girls and what they did to change things.  Specific female ‘celebrities’ are also mentioned.  The book gives a variety of ideas of what girls can and will do to make a difference.

I really liked how the illustrations showed such diversity from race, disabilities, religion, and even a little bit of LQBTQ+. The LGBTQ+ reference comes about asking someone what pronoun they use. Younger children may need explanation as to the meaning of this. 

Overall, this is a well-done book that put together may help young girls realize their potential and may in fact one day change the community they live in.

Many thanks to the publisher American Girl for granting me a copy via Amazon Vine.

Pre-order Links:
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