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Picture Books That Encourage Big Dreams and Sharing Hugs Along the Way

Cindy Hewitt is a retired teacher with a passion for children's literature. Read-aloud stories add quality to a child's life experiences.

Dream Big to Become Whatever You Want to Be

Learn to "sparkle" where you are and become what you want to be

Learn to "sparkle" where you are and become what you want to be

Self-Confidence and Achieving Your Dreams

Megan Bomgaar's Born to Sparkle is a charming picture book that teaches the lesson that young children should work hard as they grow to become whatever they want to be. Self-confidence in the society that our children are living in now is challenging and reading stories that promote self-confidence is a great way to get this lesson across. It is especially important for children with disabilities to develop self-confidence.

Born to Sparkle was born from Megan Bomgaar's activism and leadership in the Down syndrome community. Megan was born with Down syndrome, and with the the help of her teachers, became a spokeperson for people with disabilities. She is now a public speaker, tv personality, and activist for disabled people. Megan wants everyone to shine and "sparkle" on the way to becoming whatever they want to be. Everyone is born to have love and be loved. Showing love is a way to sparkle. Everyone has a dream of what they would like to be. How about a teacher, or firefighter, or dancer? Working hard is the way to achieve a dream. Megan as a little character in her book gives her speech to an audience and encourages all to "sparkle" on the way to achieving their dream.

Pete Olezyk contributed his talents as an illustrator to Born to Sparkle with delightful and imaginary characters . The illustrations are colorful and large to fill each page with fun.

Born to Sparkle was published by Flowerpot Press and is recommended for ages 4-7. It has an ISBN of 978-1-4867-2110-8.

Colorful and Charming Illustrations Add Fun and Sparkle

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Sharing Hugs Brings Love in The Book of Hugs

Tim Harris's The Book of Hugs also contributes to developing love and self-confidence in young children. Hugs add "sparkle" to life and everyone needs a hug.

Teddy Bear loves to share hugs with all kinds of friends. There are all kinds of hugs. There are happy hugs, sad hugs, fast hugs, and slow hugs. All hugs show love. Teddy Bear shares rules for giving hugs in this special picture book. It is always important to ask if you can hug someone. Don't hold too tight when you give a hug. Soft hugs go with hugging someone who is sad. Teddy Bear believes that LOVE is the most important part of sharing a hug.

Charlie Astrella contributed his talents as an illustrator to The Book of Hugs. The illustrations are colorfully large to fill each page with a hug.

The Book of Hugs was also published by the Flowerpot Press. It is recommended for ages 3-7 and has an ISBN of 978-1-4867-2104-7.

Get Your Hugs With Teddy Bear and His Monkey Friends

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Bring Some Sparkle and Hugs Into Your Classroom

Picture books were always my go-to-tool to teach concepts in my early childhood classroom. Each of these books has an important lesson for young young children to learn.

Born to Sparkle encourages young children to have the idea that they can be whatever they want to be.

*Read Born to Sparkle in a story time session. Call attention to all of the things that are possible to be when you grow up.

*Take a class poll of the kinds of things that each child would like to be. What is the most popular career that children would like to choose?

*Provide crayons, markers, and drawing paper for children to draw what they would like to be when they grow up.

*Read The Book of Hugs in a story time session.

*Call attention to the rules that Teddy Bear has for giving hugs.

*Engage children in a discussion of when to give hugs. Include the kinds of hugs that Teddy Bear talks about.

*Discuss the interesting fact that January 21st is designated as National Hugging Day. Decide to celebrate this day in your classroom with hugs and bananas for snacks as Teddy bear and his monkey friends do.

© 2021 Cindy Hewitt

Comments

Alexander James Guckenberger from Maryland, United States of America on September 20, 2021:

Cindy Hewitt,

I have an associate of arts in teaching degree, and I am pursuing my bachelor of science degree with a major in art education. I've done some teaching as a student teacher, and hope to be a teacher, too, in a couple of years. Teaching is beautiful.

Cindy Hewitt (author) from Sarasota on September 19, 2021:

Thank you for reading my review. I have been writing book reviews for 12 years and just fell into this because I am a retired teacher. I agree with you that children's books are a world all their own.

You will find some interesting books since you are folloing me. I have written about 340 reviews in these 12 years.

Alexander James Guckenberger from Maryland, United States of America on September 19, 2021:

I've been researching children's books at university, and they are a world all their own.

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