emotions

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What a weird time

Published April 5, 2020 by One Page at a Time

So it’s the beginning of April and the whole world is in turmoil. I can’t physically work at either of my jobs so I haven’t been able to connect with kids at all. I am however working in an Emergency Operations Center for my county. It isn’t working with kids, but I’m trying to contribute.
With publishers and authors relaxing the rules for reading their books on video, my goal is to start reading out loud hopefully this week. As it looks like we could possible not to return to school this year, my focus is on the OBOB titles for 20-21 (are you sick of hearing about OBOB yet?). I’ve read a few and so far I don’t hate anything.
I think I’ve written about Front Desk by Kelly Yang previously.  Well it is an OBOB selection for the coming year and I’m super happy about that.  I’m also amazed by Kelly Yang.  She has offered free writing classes on her website (scroll down after you land on the home page) and I hope I can watch the videos soon.

Almost 19 years ago (as of my writing this post), our country, our lives, our view of the world was sent into chaos.  We are all in different spaces as far as how much we know about that event, how it affected us and how we pulled through.  

Nora Raleigh Baskin has ventured into a very hard day in the past.  Nine, Ten: A September 11 Story takes place before and during 9/11.  It is told by 4 different middle schoolers who all have a different story about that time.  Told with language that kids will understand but without the gore and true violence, it was an impactful read.  It does talk about the planes and the crashes but thats about the extent.  I say read it with your kids because they may have questions.  If you aren’t old enough to have been alive for that day, ask your momma or your daddy or your auntie or uncle or any adult who was alive…..I promise they will know exactly where they were and what they were doing.

Nine, Ten: A September 11 Story by Nora Raleigh Baskin

You Get What You Get by Julie Gassman

Published October 16, 2019 by One Page at a Time

Melvin has difficulty when things don’t go his way.  Fits are kind of his thing.  It doesn’t matter what happened, if it wasn’t what Melvin wanted, watch out!

Something that upset Melvin even more was his teacher’s favorite saying, “You get what you get and you don’t throw a fit”.  The only good thing that came of that was it was only for school, not for home.  What happens when Melvin still throws fits at home???

This will make a good read aloud for my storytime.  Some kids will be able to relate to the pictures of Melvin throwing a fit.  The illustrations are lovely and it is the right amount of text.

 

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When Sadness is at Your Door by Eva Eland

Published August 25, 2019 by One Page at a Time

Things are so much different now than when I was a kid.  We didn’t talk about our feelings, or things like diversity, trauma, hardship.  Along comes Eve Eland who brings sadness to the front lines.  What is sadness?  Do you see it?  Feel it?  Does it want to sit quietly?  Or does it wish to draw something fantastic?  This new picture book is beautifully illustrated with crayons (or something else that looks like crayon) is a book that kids may relate to without actually being called sad.  A great read aloud or a book to sit quietly with a little and talk about what is happening.

 

When Sadness is at Your Door by Eva Eland