Picture Books with a Message

Still holiday shopping for the kids? Children’s books are often cherished much longer than the year’s hit toy- especially when they are meaningful.

There are many beautifully illustrated children’s books with important life messages relevant to today’s world. Picture books work wonderfully for children of different ages to convey issues of importance. Whether silly or serious, here is just a small sampling of picture books dealing with profound themes (all book descriptions taken from http://www.Amazon.com):

Self-esteem

•Giraffes Can’t Dance by Giles Andreae
Giraffes Can’t Dance is a touching tale of Gerald the giraffe, who wants nothing more than to dance. Gerald is finally able to dance to his own tune when he gets some encouraging words from an unlikely friend.

•I Like Myself! By Karen Beaumont
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.
The Environment

•Children Of The Earth…Remember by Schim Schimmel
Children of the Earth Remember is a tender lesson of sharing and protecting the Earth, enhanced with stunning artwork.

•Wangari’s Trees Of Peace: A True Story From Africa by Jeanette Winter
As a young girl growing up in Kenya, Wangari was surrounded by trees. But years later when she returns home, she is shocked to see whole forests being cut down… So Wangari . . . starts planting seedlings in her own backyard. And as they grow, so do her plans. . . .

Alternative Families

•We Belong Together: A Book About Adoption and Families by Todd Parr
In a kid-friendly, accessible way, this book explores the ways that people can choose to come together to make a family. It’s about sharing your home and sharing your heart.

•Mommy, Mama, and Me by Leslea Newman and Carol Thompson
Rhythmic text and illustrations with universal appeal show a toddler spending the day with its mommies. From hide-and-seek to dress-up, then bath time and a kiss goodnight, there’s no limit to what a loving family can do together.

Friendship / Anti-bullying

•Small Saul by Ashley Spires
When Small Saul joins the crew of The Rusty Squid, it doesn’t take long for the other pirates to notice something is very different about this tiny fellow . . . Can Small Saul show these ruffians that despite his gentle spirit, he’s worth his weight in gold?

•Scaredy Squirrel Makes a Friend by Melanie Watt
In his latest adventure, Scaredy Squirrel sets out to make The Perfect Friend. And once he’s spotted a perfectly safe candidate, Scaredy’s ready.

For more suggestions for children’s theme-based books, contact Ruth Rumack’s Learning Space at 416.925.1225 or visit http://www.ruthrumack.com.

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