“Why do you think he’s in a wheelchair?”
My daughter pointed to the outline of the man pushing the large wheels of his chair on the page in front of us.
“I’m not sure,” I answered honestly. “Maybe he hurt his legs, or maybe he was born with legs that aren’t able to walk.”
Whatever the reason, I was aware in that moment of the important lesson being shared over our library book: learning about someone who is different than ourselves.
As parents, we’re all trying to do our best every day. We love our kids fiercely, don’t we? And we want to raise our children to be kind individuals by modeling empathy and acceptance.
People are ALL different. What an incredible world it might be if we could show our children how to recognize that others are truly people first, despite any differences!
But how do we teach them this? How do we empower them to feeling empathy for another person or to appreciate that a peer has different abilities, culture, skin color than themselves?
Story is one of the most powerful gifts we can offer to our kids! That’s right – through reading quality children’s book, we can impact our children’s lives in a big way… not only teaching them new words and concepts but more importantly, new feelings and ideas.
Why are stories so powerful for our kids?
Stories allow us to learn about each other. A story enables us to imagine how we may feel in situations we have never been in or to appreciate someone’s life that we have never met – developing empathy for those we encounter throughout our lives.
Through the characters who grow within a well-told story, books foster new ideas, new cultures, new ways of living. Instead of pity, we can come to better understand. Instead of apathy, we can learn to connect and bridge. Instead of intolerance, we can learn to celebrate how uniquely we were all created.
That’s why I’m BEYOND THRILLED today to share my brand-new book:
In Celebrating Our Stories, you’ll learn:
-Why it’s important to start teaching your children about kindness and respect at a young age
-The best ways to help your children understand, appreciate and celebrate differences – their own and other people’s!
– Why reading books is so powerful for learning about how to treat others
– The best books to read based on the topics you’re interested in!
Celebrating Our Stories contains more than ONE HUNDRED carefully chosen children’s books organized by theme, including:
Kindness and Respect
Empathy and Thinking of Others
For this week only, it’s available for a special launch price of just $3.99!! At the end of Friday, it will go up to its regular price of $6.99 – so don’t wait around!
To kick off and celebrate this awesome launch week, I’m also hosting a *HUGE GIVEAWAY!*
You can enter to win this incredible stack of some of the BEST children’s books about differences, kindness and respect:
- Different Is Awesome by Ryan Haack
- Whoever You Are by Mem Fox
- Giraffes Can’t Dance by Giles Andreae
- Chrysanthemum by Kevin Henkes
- A Bad Case of Stripes by David Shannon
- The Colors of Us by Karen Katz
- Everybody Cooks Rice by Norah Dooley
- Extraordinary Friends by Fred Rogers
- Sam’s Birthmark by Martha and Grant Griffin
- Spaghetti in a Hot Dog Bun by Maria Dismondy
- Bloom with Mi by Amy Kavelaris
- Momma Had a Purple Nose by Sheree McKewen
- Martha the Blue Sheep by Gabrielle Yetter
- We’re Different, We’re the Same by Sesame Street
- Teal by Renee Galvin
Simply enter the Rafflecopter giveaway below!