It's Me by Jeff Kubiak
Category: Middle-Grade Non-Fiction (Ages 8-12), 57 pages
Genre: Children's/Middle Grade, Non-fiction, own voices
Publisher: EduMatch Publishing
Release date: November 14, 2020
Tour dates: Jan 25 to Feb 12, 2021
Content Rating: PG. Although the book reads like a graphic novel, it does contain topics dealing with racism and other social issues.
It's Me is dedicated to every person who has ever felt less about who they are or want to be because of someone else’s opinion, feelings, or prejudice. Let's ditch the prejudiced labeling, and embrace our Human Race for the diversity, inclusivity, equity, and individuality we all deserve.
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BOOK REVIEW By LAWonder10:
It's Me is a very good, simple text book dealing with many types of behavioral or other differences in individuals. It points out their negative and positive differences, seeking understanding and acceptance. It's mission is to aid each reader in becoming more tolerant and accepting of others.
This is non-fiction based on real people.
I do hope these varying types realize they have an obligation to overcome tendencies and and be accepting of others as well. We each need strong support and acceptance. We each have individual feelings.
The watercolor art by Briannah Altpeter is simple but effective.
I offer a Four and a Half Stars rating for this much needed book.
*This book was gifted me with no pressure for a positive review. This is my honest review.
Do you really “See”all people?
It’s Me, a book that will give you a start. It can take an enormous amount of courage for some people to speak up and to really show who they are. Especially if you’ve been put down, teased, bullied, and mistreated before. Black, LGBTQ, Handicapped, Disabled, Muslim, and so many other identities and groups. We have come to a time and place in our world that acceptance can be a cruel, difficult, and even a non existent thing. You see, not only has the world become a difficult place for so many people to live and thrive, we have many who choose to be color blind, and not see anything but a difference they choose not to embrace.
Imagine being a black male educator. Depending on which part of the country you live in, you don’t see many teachers or educators of color. Not only do we need way more men of color in our educational system, we need a path for them that is more equitable and inclusive. Racism, privilege, red tape and barriers to climb. The access for them is not the same. Well, add to it a Bachelor's Degree, Masters Degree, and now, a Ph.D! This would put you in the 1-2% of the world’s population! My friend Dr. Basil Marin, not only crushed these barriers, but his story is a huge part of my book!
As you sift through the pages of the book, you will meet extraordinary people who have been prejudiced, biased, labeled, bullied, and oppressed. The time is now to be brave. Help me take a stand, and empower others that may need a voice. While you may only be one person, together, we can provide a tidal wave of kindness, compassion, empathy, understanding, and love for those who need us most.
I “See” you. Do you “See” all people?
Meet the Author:
Jeff loves children's literature , “One Drop of Kindness” is Jeff's first published children's book. It's Me reads like a fun graphic novel, but it is entirely non fiction. Every character in the book is a real student, or educator.
It is so important for us to give access, equity, inclusion, and compassion to all those we meet. "Seeing" each other and embracing our differences are jewels to life!
Jeff taught for ten years as an elementary school teacher in grades 4, 5, and 6 and has seven years of administrative experience. He's always looked at education from a different lens: from someone who hated and struggled with school. Jeff vows to always do his best to help increase opportunities for all students to feel heard, noticed, celebrated, challenged and safe. Jeff works hard to push back against the old model of “Industrialized Education” and fight compliance. There is not a day that goes by that he is not looking ahead to improve teacher pedagogy, student engagement and digital access for all.
Being a former world class swimmer and coach and looks at education from perspectives that others don’t. Jeff knows what it takes to fail, struggle, win and go through the daily challenges that we all face. Jeff is based in California and can be found at jeffkubiak.com, Twitter at @jeffreykubiak and https://jeffkubiak.blogspot.com/.
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Dear Brave Friend by Leigh Ann Gerk
Category: Middle-Grade Non-Fiction (8 to 12) , 49 pages
Genre: Self-Help - Tour dates: Jan 18 to Feb 5, 2021
Publisher: Golden Harvest Publishers | Release date: August 2019
Content Rating: This non-fiction, self-help book is rated G. Appropriate for all audiences.
This gentle and heartwarming story captures the love between a boy and his dog, and the sadness that follows after his cherished dog passes away.
Written in the form of a letter from the dog to the boy, the letter shares relatable, real life examples of how the boy (and therefore anybody who has lost a dear pet) may be feeling and suggestions on what he can do to help himself get through this most difficult time. The letter also touches on simple acts of kindness that can follow the reader throughout his or her lifetime.
The message in this story is applicable to young and old, girl or boy, and to any family pet that has stolen your heart. Story starters, drawing pages, and a place to add pictures of your own beloved pet are also included in the back of the book.
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REVIEW By LAWonder10:
Dear Brave Friend is a letter to a child from a pet who has died. It is also a wonderful "letter" for any child or young adult facing bereavement of any kind.
The well-written easily read book entertains the belief that lives lives on after passing away from this one. I, personally, cannot comprehend any other condition. It is comforting, regardless of one's belief. It is a short, sweet, thoughtful rendition for one to mull over.
The pages are pleasantly, professionally, illustrated by Trish Murtha, with soft colors, water color illustrations. At the end of a story, a few pages are left to journal one's feelings, memories, and places to draw and add pictures. It is a wonderful keepsake and would make a thoughtful gift for a child at the loss of a beloved pet or loved one.
I offer a Five Stars rating for this chronicle.
*This book was gifted me, with no pressure to post a positive review. This is my honest review.
Talking with Your Child About Pet Loss
Many years ago, I was a little farm girl who loved and lost many of the farm animals,
I considered my best friends. Later, as an adult practicing Pet Loss Therapy, I have worked with children who don’t understand what they are feeling when they lose their best friend. As a pet loss grief counselor, I’ve worked with many families while they grieve the loss of their beloved pet.
Losing a cherished pet is often the first significant loss a child will experience. Parents wonder how to know if their child is grieving, since it can be awfully difficult to recognize what your child may be feeling. As adults, we expect our children to cry and verbally share their feelings of loss and confusion. We may believe that if our child is not demonstrating these behaviors, they are not grieving. But this is not true.
Grief is the internal response and mourning is the external response. Depending on your child’s age and level of understanding, grief can be expressed in different ways. Children may not show grief on the outside, though they are actually overwhelmed with sadness and crying on the inside. One child may act out and another may become withdrawn and silent. One minute your child may be happily coloring and the next minute he’s acting out and throwing his crayons. Also, children tend to grieve in “bursts” because they cannot tolerate grief for long periods of time. If your child or teen does not verbalize their feelings, it’s so important to remember that this does not mean they aren’t missing their beloved pet.
Our job as parents includes teaching our children how to grieve. None of us can protect our child from death or loss; they are going to experience these difficult circumstances at some point. As adults, we might think it would be better not to talk about the recently departed pet in front of our children; we think that hiding their toys and food bowls is appropriate. But this actually undermines the life we shared with our treasured pet. Please don’t pretend the death didn’t happen. If it brings your family comfort to leave your pet’s things out, then by all means leave them out.
Never force a conversation, but you can encourage and provide opportunities for meaningful exchanges and answer your child’s questions, even the difficult ones. Send a clear message encouraging your children to talk about their feelings. Say your pet’s name out loud and share lots of stories. Be truthful with your children.
Of course, as parents, you know your child better than anyone, so please be mindful of that and choose your words based on age appropriateness. Wording is especially important when talking about pet loss with children .
For example, if you tell your child that “Lucy” is going “to be put to sleep,” then your child is going to associate going to sleep with dying. Sometimes, again in an attempt to protect, parents may tell their child that their pet ran away rather than dying. Now the child is worried about their pet; are they cold, hungry, does a bad man have him, etc. A child’s imagination of what happened is often much bigger and scarier than the truth.
If you must have your pet euthanized, it is best to give your child a choice if they want to be present or not. Being present allows your child to see a peaceful ending to their pet’s life vs. what they might imagine. This is also an opportunity for them to see what their family does when faced with such sadness. Don’t hold back the tears.
Cry in front of your children if you need to – this teaches them that mommies and daddies get sad too, and it is okay to cry. There are no tried-and-true rules on grief; everyone grieves differently. Do what works for you and your family.
Meet the Author:
Leigh Ann Gerk MA, LPC has been in the counseling field for over eleven years. She is certified in Pet Loss & Grief Companionship and the founder and owner of Mourning to Light Pet Loss, providing individual and family counseling for anyone grieving the loss of a pet.
She currently offers 3 free pet loss support groups in Northern Colorado and is excited to branch out and offer more.
Having grown up on a farm, Leigh Ann's childhood playmates included baby calves, horses, bunnies, dogs, and 32 cats that set up house in a boxcar that also served as her playhouse. This upbringing introduced her, at a very young age, to the human-animal bond and instilled in her a deep understanding of, and love for, this extraordinary relationship.
Leigh Ann and her husband, Andy, live in Loveland, Colorado, and are the proud parents of identical twin daughters, Heather and Heidi. Their family is made complete by their first grandchild and their cherished therapy dog, Gracie. Visit Leigh Ann online at MourningToLightPetLoss.com.
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Dream it & Do It by Holly Sharp
Category: Children's Non-Fiction (Ages 3-7), 216 pages
Genre: Children's Non-Fiction
Publisher: Dream It & Do It LLC
Release date: Nov 2020
Format available for review: print (USA), pdf
Tour dates: Jan 6 to Jan 22, 2021
Content Rating: G for everyone.
Dream It & Do It introduces children to a wide range of career possibilities at a young age. Readers will explore 100 stories featuring 100 role models, each one showcasing a different career choice. Dream It & Do It was recently awarded a coveted Readers’ Favorite 5-Star Review from the largest fully-accredited book review platform, 1st place for short stories (Royal Dragonfly Book Award) and a Gold Mom’s Choice Award.
“Dream It & Do It by Holly Sharp is a perfect book for young kids who want to find their place in this world and what they’d like to be when they are older.” (Readers’ Favorite).
Readers will continued to be inspired through the coordinating Activity Book wherein 100+ activities teach your child about today’s career paths. Book can be purchased as a full collection or in 3 individual volumes. Find the paperback version on Amazon.com and hardcover on dreamitandoit.com.
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REVIEW By LAWonder10:
Dream It, Do It is a wonderful, "easy reading" book for Elementary and Middle Grade aged children but YA and adults may find it very interesting to. It contains a lot of useful information and ideas. It is a great resource for group/family discussions.
This book contains little known facts about Dr. Seuss, some information on the Sherman Brothers who created the song for many of Disney's movies, such as what inspired the lyrics for 'Let's Go Fly a Kite' from Mary Poppins. It, also, highlights many other writers, performers, sports men and women, professional business people and those who serve and uplift.. This book doesn't stop there... Many other successful people of various occupations are highlighted in very short stories, 100 of them!
There are many helpful tips intermingled within the ten sections. Encouragement and inspiration is in every part of this book. It urges young children and older youth to "Dream" and ways to approach fulfilling those dreams.
The author has been very thorough in creating this book, yet the scenarios are short and motivating.
I offer a Five Stars rating for this book.
*This book was gifted me with no pressure to post a positive review. This is my honest review.
Holly A. Sharp uses short stories to help parents inspire their kids during Covid-19.
I am a new mother who was unemployed in the third trimester of my pregnancy. This gave me time to think a lot about the things I wanted for my new baby. Books were one of those things. I tried to find a book about career choices for kids and came up a bit empty handed.
Dream It & Do it is a collection of 100 short stories about modern day role models. Each story features a different career path. These two-paged stories make for easy “reading recesses” and activities that kids can do at home. This idea of “reading recess” helps kids take needed breaks that fuel more focused learning.
According to a 2016 study out of Carnegie Melon, small, but frequent breaks actually make it easier for elementary school kids to focus on the task at hand. Parents with kids who are distance learning have been asking for ways to help their kids take these short breaks from screen time or to have something for them to do if they are a “fast finisher”. Two paged short stories are a great way to do both.
In addition to “reading recess, “there are a lot of ways that parents can use this book to support at-home learning.
Activities that fuel interests: Each story ends with a suggested activity that kids can do to learn more about that specific career.
Discussions at Dinnertime: If kids are using the short stories during the day as a way to take quick breaks or when they finish before other students, use the book as a discussion starter over dinner. Who did they learn about today? What did they like about the job they learned about? Could they ever see themselves doing this job?
Learning Supplements: Discuss what topics they are learning and read stories together at bedtime that relates back to the subjects that kids are studying. Help them to see how the subjects they are learning about today, lead to the real world careers that people are doing today.
Each book covers careers in the arts, sciences, technology, service, business and product development. There is certain to be one job that might start inspire your child to not just have a dream, but to go out and do it.
Meet the Author:
Sharp spent the bulk of her career in new product development—dreaming up intuitive ideas from how to kill bugs to new ice cream forms to hit grocery shelves. A self-proclaimed problem-solver, she loves to think about the things that the world needs and figuring out how to make those things come to life. “Knowing in high school what I wanted to do with my life set me up for the right path. I wanted the same for my child and searched for books to guide her, but came up short,” Sharp said. “That’s when I thought, ‘why not write the book for my child that she needs and that will also help others?”
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MC Plays Hide and Seek: An Empowering Story for Healthy Children Who Care About a Person Living with Cancer by Eva Grayzel
Category: Children's Fiction (Ages 3-7), 64 pages
Genre: Children's Picture Book | Content Rating: G for everyone.
Publisher: Mascot Books | Release date: Jan 5, 2021
Tour dates: Jan 5 to Feb 1, 2021
M.C. is a cancer cell who shares just enough information about the nature of the disease to promote dialogue and minimize fear. The scary part of cancer is the unknown. Learn about doctors who look for cancer. Understand feelings children experience and learn ways to cope. Empower children with knowledge and how to make a difference. M.C. Plays Hide & Seek strengthens communication and builds emotional health.
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REVIEW by LAWonder10:
Cancer is so widespread and is devastating. It drastically disrupts lives and often, the impact it has on young children is overlooked. Author, Eva Grayzel, has creatively found a way to address the emotions and confusion young children may feel with this informative, fun picture book. This is a colorful book, beginning like a fun activity story, then eases in to a description of the cancer cell and the various types of doctors one may go to... doctors who "Seek" out what is "Hiding". It is also a great book in preparing a child before going to the various types of doctors to alleviate "fear of the unknown".
I also, highly recommend the authors Blog-site which is very interesting and informative in effectively using this book.
My only negative thought is, it never really stated what the "M" in the title stood for while stating what the "C." stood for. Also, it still felt a little vague, while using difficult terms for the different types of doctors. The rest of the book wording was perfect for the age group.
I offer a Four Stars rating
*This book was gifted me with no pressure for a positive review.
How To Jump-start The Cancer Talk With Children By Naming Emotions
- When cancer comes around and uproots routines, new and unfamiliar emotions are triggered. Children are not equipped to say how they feel so they act out. Every action is a result of an emotion. The sooner the emotion is named, validated and discussed, the easier life will be for everyone.
Children can have many different emotions that include: fear, anxiety, confusion, frustration, anger, jealousy, resentment, guilt, sadness and grief over the loss of their ‘normal ’life. There is no way to ‘fix’ the emotions a child feels when someone they love has cancer. However, there are steps you can take to help children cope. Dull the feeling by naming it. Ask: • Do you feel sad because I am sick? • Do you feel jealous that other kids don’t have to deal with a sick parent and you do? • Do you feel angry that I don’t have the energy to do things with you? • What is frustrating you right now? • Are you mad at me for being sick? • Are you confused about what might happen to me? Remind your child their feelings matter. It’s okay to feel the way they do. Let them know you understand their feelings. Reassure them it is not their fault that you are sick. Guarantee them you are doing your best to get better.
There are resources to help. M.C. Plays Hide & Seek is a 5-star rated book to help children understand what cancer is, the roles doctors play, the feelings children experience, and ways to make a difference.
If you make a post about the book, Eva will send you Mr. C The Globetrotter, the first book in the series! Emotions are like a filter on a camera lens — they affect how we see the world. Your child may be scared you will die when in reality the chances are slim. If the fear is never named, validated, and discussed, they will live in constant and debilitating fear. Talking about emotions helps children see their world clearly and understand it as best they can for their age. You got this!
Mr. C the Globetrotter
Meet Mr. C, a cancer cell, up close and personal, as he visits countries around the globe. He introduces readers to children who have a family member with cancer. Each child shares his or her name, it s meaning, and how they ve been coping since Mr. C came to visit. Readers are empowered with ways to help themselves and others. Don t hide a cancer diagnosis from children - seek out the Talk4Hope Family Book Series!
Meet the Author:
Eva Grayzel is a motivational speaker, storyteller, and cancer survivor. When her children were five and seven years old, she was diagnosed with cancer. Their fear of losing her was deep, real, and suppressed. When she got a second chance at life, she created the Talk4Hope book series to help children understand cancer and make it less scary.
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