Each Kindness

Each Kindness by Jacqueline Woodson is a powerful book about kindness and regret. This story is told in the first person perspective by a young girl named Chloe and her friends who treat the new girl in class with unkindness. Each Kindness begins with the story of a girl named Maya, a new girl that has joined the class mid year. When Maya enters … [Read more...]

Milk Goes to School

Milk Goes to School is a clever and engaging story about Milk's adventures on her first day of school. With the author's clever puns and valuable lesson about treating others, Milk Goes to School is an excellent read at school and in the home environment. Milk was off to her first day of school and she was scared. What was going to happen? Who … [Read more...]

Social Thinking Conference…product reviews and tips to use at home

  "The concept of being social is a judgement not a test score" (Social Thinking, 2016) This past week, I had the pleasure of attending a one day Social Thinking Conference in Tarrytown, NY. I was excited to hear Michelle Garcia Winner, the founder of Social Thinking discuss Informal Dynamic Social Thinking Assessment and Core … [Read more...]

Social Thinking…product reviews plus a link to attend a conference…

As a speech language pathologist, I treat many children and adults with social cognitive learning challenges. Many individuals with varying diagnoses struggle with pragmatic language skills that impact their ability to build strong relationships with their peers and interact with others in their environment. Diagnoses such as Autism, genetic … [Read more...]

I am Abraham Lincoln

I am thrilled to participate in the month-long blog tour by Penguin Random House in February featuring the New York Times bestselling series Ordinary People Change the World series by Brad Meltzer. I love this series and have reviewed several other titles including I am Lucille Ball and I am Helen Keller. "No matter where you are from, or how … [Read more...]

Frenemy Jane The Sometimes Friend

Does your son or daughter struggle with a friend that is sometimes nice and other times mean? In my house, we call those friends "Yo-Yo" friends, a term that I got from the book, Little Girls Can be Mean by Michelle Anthony. Frenemy Jane The Sometimes Friend written by Stephanie Sorkin is about a girl named Maddie who struggles a difficult … [Read more...]

Gravitybread presents Maria Dismondy

Does your child have empathy and appreciation for others? Check out my interview with Maria Dismondy and her tips on how to help your child develop a better sense of empathy through book reading with her book, The Potato Chip Champ. Maria Dismondy is an award winning children's book author who has also written many other books including Pink … [Read more...]

The Paper Bag Princess

Do you want to teach your daughter to stand up for herself? Read The Paper Bag Princess by Robert Munsch the next time you sit down for a snack or dinner. The story begins with a beautiful princess named Elizabeth that is in love with a prince named Ronald. Everything is perfect until a dragon comes smashes the castle and burns all of the … [Read more...]

The Potato Chip Champ

Are you looking for a good book to teach your child about empathy and being kind to others? The Potato Chip Champ written by Maria Dismondy is an excellent book to teach your child many important concepts. The story begins with a boy named Champ who loves potato chips and is a very good baseball player. It is all perfect until a new boy joins the … [Read more...]

A Boy and A Jaguar

Do you have a child that stutters? Do you stutter or know of another person that stutters? This book written by Alan Rabinowitz is a beautiful story of a young boy who struggles through life because of his stuttering until he finds his passion, saving jaguars. Stuttering can be very isolating for children and a picture book such as this one can be … [Read more...]

Bad Apple: A Tale of Friendship

Bad Apple, A Tale of Friendship by Edward Hemingway is a sweet book about friendship with a valuable lesson. The book begins with an apple named Mac who meets a friendly worm named Will. Mac and Will have so much fun together and bond instantly. They are an unlikely pair with Mac being an apple and Will being a worm. When the other apples see … [Read more...]

The Invisible Boy

The Invisible Boy (ages K-2nd Grade) by Trudy Ludwig is a powerful story of a young boy who struggles to fit in and as a result, feels " invisible". The Invisible Boy  is powerful in many ways and can teach a child valuable lessons about treating others with kindness and respect. The symbolism in this book is beautiful and should be a part of any … [Read more...]

Wonder

Powerful and memorable. These are the best ways to describe Wonder by R.J. Ralacio. I rarely review books that are not picture books, but this book is like no other. Wonder was written for children ages 6 to 12 years old, but is also very appropriate for adults to read. I read this within 3 or 4 days and LOVED it. Wonder is about a boy named … [Read more...]

Five Picture Books to Help Build Self Esteem

Is your young child insecure? Struggling with their individuality? Helping build self esteem is something not that not only our children can benefit from, but also ourselves. It's tough growing up and the more confidence we can instill in our children, the better. I love how many children's books help teach a child to love themselves, celebrate … [Read more...]

Little Sweet Potato

Has your child ever felt left out? Like they don't belong?I think this is a book that both children and adults can appreciate. When I saw this book on amazon a couple of weeks ago, it sparked my interest. Of course, first because of the title since I love sweet potatoes but more importantly, the message of the book caught my attention. I love … [Read more...]

Waffles and Pancakes: A Lesson in Bullying

Waffles and Pancakes A Lesson in Bullying by Cindy Springsteen tells the story of two hamsters named Waffles and Pancakes. This is Cindy's second book about these sweet and likeable hamster characters. See my review of this book here. Waffles  and Pancakes are best of friends and their owners Danny and Griffin care for them in the very best way. … [Read more...]

One

Does your child have trouble standing up for themselves?  I wanted to share an excellent book titled One (PreK - K) by Kathryn Otoshi. Having  been a doormat for many years of my school years, I am trying to find ways to help my own children deal with this issue of getting picked on through book reading. Kathyn Otoshi has also written the books, … [Read more...]