Nature can be a great teacher! With a light touch especially suited for children, Karin Ireland explores the lessons of nature and finds their relevance to all of us. She gracefully weaves together inspiration and fascinating fact. Nature becomes a metaphor for positive social and emotional development, dynamically brought to life by illustrator Christopher Canyon.
If Roses Were Blue is an adventure story gently based on the author’s experience and insights of child sexual abuse. Chris, a college student, decides to tell her story to a group of young children, one of whom she knows is keeping a terrible secret, a secret that Chris had also kept at that age. With tenderness and insight she takes the reader back several years to a decision that sparked a series of rescues, including her own! A lady of light, a boy named Gus, and a stolen dog add to this delightful tale of courage, trust, and friendship. At the end of her story, the children ask Chris about her actions and feelings – the same questions readers would ask. And there is a ‘More From The Author’ section about the book, the topic, and some helpful resources. If Roses Were Blue brings a magical and comforting approach to a sensitive issue while reminding survivors they are not alone, there is help, and that they are truly lovable and worthwhile. It’s a smile for the survivor’s soul (ages 8 and above) and a Wishing Shelf Book Awards Red Ribbon Winner!
What do you think of when you see a door? Doors can lead to many places. An open door means welcome. An open door can mean an opportunity to learn something new, meet new friends, and try new activities. Each door opens to a part of you. Each door opens to all the possibilities of YOU! In this unique and comforting book, young readers will walk through many metaphorical doors and explore all the different aspects that make up each of our lives: family, neighborhood, charity, friendship, education, creativity, sports, and nature. Open the Doors to You offers a gentle and playful way to expand a sense of self-awareness in children, building resilience, empathy, and emotional intelligence. Which door would you like to open first? Casey Rislov is a recipient of the prestigious Mom's Choice Award.
Based on Sherri's true story, Storm of Joy is a fairy tale that offers a message of hope for audiences of all ages. Set in the magical kingdom of Danshan, this children’s book is full of beautiful illustrations that chronicle the journey of the Queen as she experiences the death of her beloved son, the Prince. The Queen's sadness over the death of the Prince is overwhelming at first and plunges the Queen into a state of deep sadness and depression. But one day, she suspends her disbelief long enough to trust her feelings and there she rediscovers the Prince in a new and amazing way! Join them on their magical journey as the Queen and the Prince reunite in the ultimate love story where everyone lives happily ever after. Learn how the Queen triumphs over the illusion of death and calls forth miracles in her own life now …anyway …anyhow …anywhere. If you have children or are dealing with grief or have any adversity in your life, this fairy tale is for you!
A Mom's Choice Award Winner! Alycat wakes up on Monday with the dreaded Monday Blues, certain that nothing will go right. But when a mishap sends her astray, she discovers that helping a friend will help her discover her own hidden talent and cure her Monday Blues!
Mom! There's an Angel in the Kitchen is a touching story about an Angel appearing to a young boy in the family's home. The Angel is there to pass along a poem of wisdom to the child to use during his life. When the Angel appears to the boy's mother she remembers the same experience when she was a child. Later, the grandmother visits and it is clear the Angel has been with the family for generations.
Scribbles is a young girl who struggles in school. She would rather draw her favorite animal, frogs, all day. Mrs. Sunshine notices her struggle and guides her in her schoolwork so she can feel successful in both environments: school and drawing. Come along with Scribbles and watch how she conquers both!
The story line of Finding Your Fit is engaging and defines basic terminology in a way that is easy to comprehend for children. Children identify with the main character Gabby, as she learns to live a healthy lifestyle and develop positive self-esteem. Woven through the story are talking points and reflective journaling writing opportunities where children can express their thoughts and emotions, while parents can keep gather valuable information through this form of communication. Finding Your Fit opens the lines of communication and support that children are often lacking as they begin to develop self-esteem and identity. Bibliotherapy (using books to assist in problem solving relevant to the therapeutic process) is a valuable intervention for helping children cope with stressors and can provide structured communication between caregivers and children.
Finding Your Fit is a valuable resource for families, therapists, school personnel, and other professionals who work with children on the topics of fitness, nutrition, and development of positive self-esteem and acceptance.
An obvious fox that has to learn to be sly, a duck afraid to swim and fly, a homesick goose, a compulsive beaver that cannot play because the work is never done, a boisterous blue jay that needs to learn a lesson in kindness, and a wise owl that quits her job are some of the unusual characters that pack the pages of Tales from Weaver Pond. Each must learn about self-acceptance, the importance of being different, the need to accept others, and dealing with loss. When Weaver Pond is threatened, each character finds that flaws can become strengths. Using teamwork, they survive the threat by implementing "Operation Mole Hole." An exciting tale with lots of twists and turns, Tales from Weaver Pond helps its readers to understand the vital need for kindness and community.
When her fisherman husband fails to come home after a storm at sea, the beautiful maiden Ling Yee is heartbroken. Every morning, she puts her baby on her back and clambers to the top of a cliff looking for any signs of his return. But day after day, she is disappointed. The villagers try to convince her to give up her vigil. “No,” she would say, “He will come home soon.” Tin Hau, the Goddess of the Heavens, takes pity on her grief and turns Ling Yee and her child into stone so that they would mourn no more. The fisherman eventually finds his way home—only to discover that his wife has been transformed into the Rock Maiden. Will the family forever be kept apart? Or will devotion and faithfulness ultimately be rewarded? Find out in this re-envisioning of an old Hong Kong legend by award-winning author Natasha Yim, featuring stunning illustrations by renowned Finnish artist Pirkko Vainio.
Princess Sophie, the spirited young heroine of this adapted tale from the Brothers Grimm, finds herself faced with an incredible challenge and some lessons to learn. She had forgotten her departed mother's warning to temper loyalty and strength with a compassionate heart. Antagonized by Sophie's resentful words, her powerful new stepmother turns Sophie's six brothers into swans and sets her the task of saving them. Will Sophie succeed in helping her brothers? Can she spin six shirts made from the thorny thistle, while never speaking a word, even in her defense? And what will happen when King Yoren captures Sophie and takes her prisoner? Featuring stunning artwork by renowned illustrator Kim Jacobs, her retelling of this classic Brothers Grimm fairytale also contains an author's note with fascinating details on family heraldry and mute swans.
Every time a child is born, they are blessed with certain gifts. Each birth is the creation of a new little angel, and each little angel is special. This heartwarming story of love and devotion shows just how special these births truly are.
No Head Fred says to stay healthy. See if you can choose the correct decision in each situation. No Head Fred is an interactive book that parents and teachers can read with children. It enables children to choose the correct action with helpful illustrations. It promotes and reinforces important lessons on healthy living. It prompts conversation that can lead your child to a lifetime of healthy habits!