Sometimes you come across a truly delightful book that makes a great read aloud. Sometimes, you are lucky enough to come across two! Yours Sincerely, Giraffe and its sequel, Dear Professor Whale are two such books. Weighing in at just 102 pages with words on only half of the page,and joyful black and white illustrations on the other half, these books should be enjoyed by many lower elementary school aged children.
Megumi Iwasa writes to engage readers. Kirkus review writes, "This is a rare book: joyful, ingenuous, playfully earnest, but without a whiff of studied cuteness." The illustrations by Jun Takabatake perfectly meld with the stories.
In the first book a bored Giraffe and Penguin become penpals. In the second books letters between penguins, griaffe, whales and seals bring about the Whale Point Olympics. As the Amazon review states, "the winners are friendship and humor." As I wrote above, lucky us; what a perfectly, delightful thing to find in a children's book.
I am very impressed with Magination Press books, released by the American Psychological Association. Their aim is to publish, "Books to help kids ... and the adults in their lives." They do a very good job in sharing titles that make, "psychological knowledge accessible to children, teachers, therapists and parents."
At the beginning of each school year I receive a catalogue from this organization with their new releases. There are books about so many Social-Emotional topics that are relevant to families these days: emotions, anxieties, self-esteem, grief, special needs, autism, life and social skills and more. Soon after receiving the catalog, I make a list of titles of interest and borrow them from the public library. I read them and then, I share them with the school psychologist and teachers in the school. Some we are able to purchase, others we are just glad to have read them, to know that such a book is available if we ever need to share them with our children here at school. Take a look at three of their new titles:
Sometimes we need just the right book to share difficult subject matter and issues like: homelessness, racial injustices, microaggressions, with children. Magination Press offers these books that use age-appropriate words and illustrations. They share very detailed notes with Parents and Caregivers at the end of the book that help adults model positive behaviors, answer questions, address difficult issues and teach about feelings and respect.
You might find just the right titles to help you talk with your children at their website:
My students call me "Lori the Librarian." For the past 25 years I have had the best job as School Librarian in the Aaron Kushner Library for grades K-3 at the Solomon Schechter Day School of Greater Boston.