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Book Recommendations (March 2021)

I can't believe we are in March already! I'm falling behind in everything, but I still wanted to share some awesome books I've read lately. I hope you enjoy reading about them and will check them out, if you haven't already. I also wanted to share a nonfiction book about writing this month, as I've been preparing for my writing workshop this coming Easter, so the list is longer than usual!

I'm Not Weird: Grow Confidence in Sharing Your Faith by Ellaine Ursuy (Author), Nolan Moore (Illustrator)

Book Description:

Ages: 3 to 8

This book is a stream of thoughts from the main character, a little boy who is growing more confident in sharing his faith. He reasons through what Jesus gives him, what Jesus has done for him, and how he will show his friends. This book will help your children to grow and share their faith.

From Our Main Character: "Hi! I’m excited for you to read this book because it’s how I realized that I’m not weird. I used to think that people might think I’m weird for loving Jesus and talking about him. Now I know I’m not and this is the story of how. I hope you know you’re not weird too after hearing my story!"

Why I like this book:

I love that this book teaches kids how to share the gospel with their friends. It's not an easy thing to do, even as an adult, but the ideas included in the book are very simple for kids and introduces and encourages them to be confident in their faith, after all, we as Christians want to bring more people to Christ because we are blessed and moved by His love. It's all about spreading that joy and love to others. It's really not that scary or difficult! And definitely doesn't make you weird to love God!

Anxious Annie by Leo Zarko (Author), Laura Reyes (Illustrator)

Book Description:

Ages: 6 to 12

Annie and Cameron are best friends. While Annie is all wiggles, Cameron stays calm and cool. When Annie’s world gets a little overwhelming she can count on Cameron to help slow things down. She in turn lifts his confidence and raises his spirit.

Full of wisdom and heart, Anxious Annie is a book that will help your children talk about their anxieties and overcome their fears.

Why I like this book:

I thoroughly enjoyed this book and could relate to it so much. I had the same kinds of fears and anxieties growing up (and still do), and wish I had a book like this to help me get through those challenging times. I love the friendship between Annie and Cameron that was also highlighted in the story, and how they help encourage each other. Cameron may appear to be all calm and cool, but he experiences the same kinds of fears and anxieties, too. He has found ways to cope, and helps encourage and support Annie through her struggles. It's beautifully written in rhyme and is very engaging from beginning to end. It is a lovely early reader for kids. It is also very heartwarming, seeing their friendship grow stronger. I recommend this for school counselors and parents. Even if you don't have anxiety, it is a great story to learn how to help and encourage someone who does. I definitely benefited from reading this story!

I Quit!: A Children’s Book With A Lesson In Overcoming Anger and Envy

by Sarah Beliza Tucker (Author), Adam Ihle (Illustrator)

Book Description:

Ages: 5 to 9

Ringo Weasel wants to be the best at everything. But when things don't go his way, he gets angry…very…VERY…ANGRY!

This little weasel is used to getting what he wants. So when his plan to dominate in every sport fails, his ego is crushed, he has the ultimate meltdown, and he wants to quit! Instead of ignoring Ringo's cries of envy, his friends and mentor help him see another path to achieving his goals. Will Ringo quit or persevere to be the winner he dreams of being?

"I Quit!" is a must-have anger management book for children, parents, teachers, and counselors, helping your child find healthier ways of dealing with big emotions, reach a positive outcome when dealing with disappointment, and understand the importance of self-regulation strategies; all children must learn to overcome life's challenges.

Why I like this book:

I have enjoyed several books in the Adventures with Harry & Friends series and this is just as good as the others! I love that this is all about Ringo, and we see things from his perspective - a different tone from the previous books. Ringo often comes off as the 'bully' teasing others but we find out that he is struggling with anger and envy, and readers get a glimpse of how he is feeling and the reasons behind his behaviour. It's a great story that teaches us not to be envious of others, and even though we may fail or not win at something, we need to keep trying and working hard and not give up so easily, because WINNERS DON'T QUIT! What makes this book and series stand out is the way the main character speaks directly to the readers, making the whole experience engaging and captivating - like you are part of the story too! I am absolutely in love with this series, and highly recommend it to everyone!

Lenny The Lemur Goes To Space by Adam Boxer (Author), Annalise Wills (Illustrator)

Book Description:

Lenny the lemur lives among the trees and loves spending his days with his friends. What he loves most though is looking up at the stars and dreaming one day to soar through the skies.