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A is for Activist
Voicing Opinions, Black History, Diversity
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A is for Activist is an ABC board book written and illustrated for the next generation of progressives: families who want their kids to grow up in a space that is unapologetic about activism, environmental justice, civil rights, LGBTQ rights, and everything else that activists believe in and fight for. The alliteration, rhyming, and vibrant illustrations make the book exciting for children, while the issues it brings up resonate with their parents' values of community, equality, and justice. This engaging little book carries huge messages as it inspires hope for the future, and calls children to action while teaching them a love for books.
average rating is 4.6 out of 5, based on 2553 votes, reviews
Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type
Voicing Opinions, Caldecott Medal
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Farmer Brown has a problem. His cows like to type. All day long he hears: Click, clack, moo. Click, clack, moo. Click, clack, moo. But Farmer Brown’s problems REALLY begin when his cows start leaving him notes! Come join the fun as a bunch of literate cows turn Farmer Brown’s farm upside-down!
average rating is 4.9 out of 5, based on 3816 votes, reviews
I Choose to Speak Up
Voicing Opinions, Compassion
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What happens when our children witnesses bullying, harassment, or discrimination? Or what do they do when it happens to them? In this rhyming story, children will learn what it means to speak up for themselves and for others. Through colorful illustrations and rhythmic rhymes, children will learn three different solutions - ask the bully to stop, ask an adult for help, and walk away. For every child who wants to use their voice, but might not have the courage to. "I Choose to Speak Up" is a story with social emotional learning (SEL) in mind. It has been praised by teachers and therapists worldwide. Finding your voice is a great way to build confidence and overcome bullying. With real life examples, your child will learn how to deal with difficult situations. "I Choose to Speak Up" is a thoughtful story that teaches readers how to respond and be proactive in dealing with issues like racism, bullying, and harassment. Teacher and Therapist Toolbox: I Choose is an empowering series curated to empower young children to become aware of big emotions. A new book series developed in tandem with teachers and therapists to help children cope with a range of emotions and teach them that they indeed hold the power to choose their actions and reactions. But though we may be different, There is no excuse for hate. Discrimination is a thing I'll never tolerate. "I Choose to Speak Up" was developed alongside counselors and parents to be used as a resource in a social emotional curriculum.
average rating is 4.7 out of 5, based on 277 votes, reviews
I Like Myself!
Diverse Leads, Diversity, Voicing Opinions
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High on energy and imagination, this ode to self-esteem encourages kids to appreciate everything about themselves—inside and out. Messy hair? Beaver breath? So what! Here's a little girl who knows what really matters. At once silly and serious, Karen Beaumont's joyous rhyming text and David Catrow's wild illustrations unite in a book that is sassy, soulful . . . and straight from the heart. The sturdy board book is just right for little hands.
average rating is 4.8 out of 5, based on 3492 votes, reviews
Pride and Prejudice
Voicing Opinions, Counting
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A small compact cardboard version of a book - easy for a child to hold, unrippable and chewable. At 22 pages, it was both compact and lightweight, but what will ultimately appeal to parent and child is the Pride and Prejudice theme. . . . I was awed by the choice of characters, Regency clothing and objects used and the ease of the text.. Charming, whimsical and historical accurate, Pride & Prejudice: A BabyLit Counting Primer offers the very young reader an early introduction to Jane Austen, planting seeds for her total world take-over! (Laurel Ann Nattress 2011-08-03)
average rating is 4.7 out of 5, based on 588 votes, reviews
The Day the Crayons Quit
NY Times Best Sellers, Voicing Opinions
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Poor Duncan just wants to color. But when he opens his box of crayons, he finds only letters, all saying the same thing: His crayons have had enough! They quit! Beige Crayon is tired of playing second fiddle to Brown Crayon. Black wants to be used for more than just outlining. Blue needs a break from coloring all those bodies of water. And Orange and Yellow are no longer speaking—each believes he is the true color of the sun. What can Duncan possibly do to appease all of the crayons and get them back to doing what they do best? Kids will be imagining their own humorous conversations with crayons and coloring a blue streak after sharing laughs with Drew Daywalt and New York Times bestseller Oliver Jeffers. This story is perfect as a back-to-school gift, for all budding artists, for fans of humorous books such as Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus by Mo Willems and The True Story of the Three Little Pigs by Jon Sciezka and Lane Smith, and for fans of Oliver Jeffers' Stuck, The Incredible Book Eating Boy, Lost and Found, and This Moose Belongs to Me.
average rating is 4.8 out of 5, based on 21122 votes, reviews
Yes! No!: A First Conversation About Consent
Voicing Opinions, Body Boundaries
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A picture book edition of the bestselling board book about consent, offering adults the opportunity to begin important conversations with young children in an informed, safe, and supported way. A board book bestseller – now in picture book! Developed by experts in the fields of early childhood development and activism against injustice, this topic-driven book offers clear, concrete language and imagery to introduce the concept of consent. This book serves to normalize and celebrate the experience of asking for and being asked for permission to do something involving one's body. It centers on respect for bodily autonomy, and reviews the many ways that one can say or indicate "No." While young children are avid observers and questioners of their world, adults often shut down or postpone conversations on complicated topics because it's hard to know where to begin. Research shows that talking about issues like race, gender, and our bodies from the age of two not only helps children understand what they see, but also increases self-awareness, self-esteem, and allows them to recognize and confront things that are unfair, like discrimination and prejudice. These books offer a supportive approach that considers both the child and the adult. Illustrative art accompanies the simple and interactive text, and the backmatter offers additional resources and ideas for extending this discussion.
average rating is 4.8 out of 5, based on 460 votes, reviews

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