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I Can Wash My Hands

2021

by Sophia Day, Celestte Dills and Timothy Zowada

"Discover strategies to help children stay safe and healthy by washing away germs. Children will learn how to wash their hands and see examples of when they should wash their hands. Aanya and her pet cat, Neela, discover that their daily activities can leave hands sticky, dirty, or covered in germs. This story shows handwashing in home and public restrooms with liquid and solid soaps to demonstrate what handwashing might look like in different environments. I Can Wash My Hands includes activities and strategies which teach the importance of cleanliness, handwashing and helping children practice handwashing procedures. This book showcases diversity in positive ways with characters that span various cultures, ethnicities, family situations, physical challenges and more. Readers of all backgrounds will see themselves in these pages while learning to value the diversity within their own community and being exposed to differences from around the world." -- publisher

Informational

A Year of Seasons

2020

by Sophia Day, Megan Johnson and Stephanie Strouse

"Each season brings new sights, sounds, and activities to discover! Join our MVP Kids as we discover how months make up seasons and how quickly weather can change. Put on your snow boots, galoshes, or sandals, and prepare for changing seasons! Annie heads out for a walk in the snow, but suddenly there are signs of spring all around! As she walks through each season, meeting diverse friends along the way, new clothing and accessories are needed to accommodate the different weather and activities. Readers will also discover the different season patterns in tropical and arctic zones. Children are left with the sentiment that it’s our friendships which help us endure all the different seasons in life. This book showcases diversity in positive ways with characters that span various cultures, ethnicities, family situations, physical challenges and more. Readers of all backgrounds will see themselves in these pages while learning to value the diversity within their own community and being exposed to differences from around the world." -- publisher

Any Child Cross Group

Holidays Together

2020

by Sophia Day, Megan Johnson and Stephanie Strouse

"Experience the wonder and delight of holidays with the MVP Kids! Join families from around the globe as they observe the celebrations of different cultures and find unity in the spirit of giving. Come along and see how experiencing others' traditions can deepen friendships and promote empathy and understanding. Holidays illustrated in this book include Christmas, Hanukkah, Ramadan, Kwanzaa, New Year's Eve and Asian New Year (Lunar New Year or Spring Festival). Uniting readers of various backgrounds, this book focuses on similarities among major holiday festivals including candles, baking, family traditions, music, generosity, and kindness. Playful rhyming text paired with detailed illustrations is sure to make this book a favorite in your collection. This book showcases diversity in positive ways with characters that span various cultures, ethnicities, family situations, physical challenges and more. Readers of all backgrounds will see themselves in these pages while learning to value the diversity within their own community and being exposed to differences from around the world." -- publisher

Race/Culture Concepts

I Can Take Time To Think

2020

by Sophia Day, Celestte Dills and Timothy Zowada

"Discover tools to manage emotions and think of solutions to problems. Children will learn how to practice a calming strategy when emotions feel "too big" with this adaptation of the "Turtle Technique." In I Can Take Time to Think, LeBron shows how he likes to care for his family, friends, and his pet turtle, Speedy. LeBron learns how to handle big emotions (like anger or frustration) from observing Speedy’s actions. LeBron practices how to tuck like a turtle to calm down. He uses problem-solving solutions to resolve conflict and to get along with others." -- publisher

Informational

Liam Conquers Fort Grudge

2020

by Sophia Day, Megan Johnson and Stephanie Strouse

"Liam and his dad are building a fort to share with his neighborhood friends. When Liam gets his feelings hurt, he becomes angry and makes changes to the fort that exclude others. Holding a grudge only hurts himself, as he becomes isolated and lonely. Can Liam conquer his grudge and find freedom in forgiveness? Learn with Liam how Forgiveness, Open communication, Reconciliation, and Trust build a strong foundation for a true friendship FORT! Childhood friendships can be full of challenges, social pressure, and both intentional and unintentional hurts. Readers will learn with Liam how to recognize when they are holding a grudge and understand the impact of the hurt on their friendships and themselves. Forgiveness is not just a response to an apology, but rather a personal decision to let go of past hurts and move forward with good will. Children will learn that small arguments are a normal experience in friendships, and they will gain skills to restore friendships and rebuild trust over time. Consideration is also given to ceasing unsafe relationships even when forgiveness has taken place. This book showcases diversity in positive ways with characters that span various cultures, ethnicities, family situations, physical challenges and more. Readers of all backgrounds will see themselves in these pages while learning to value the diversity within their own community and being exposed to differences from around the world. Social and emotional learning picture books guide elementary readers to control emotions and learn social skills. This education resource features the MVP Kids; includes Discussion Guides for parents and educators. Part of a helpful character building program." -- publisher

Any Child

Yong Breaks Out of the Boredom Box

2020

by Sophia Day, Megan Johnson and Stephanie Strouse

"Yong is a responsible kid, but gets bored easily with school, work and life. His grandfather who is a chef at a Chinese restaurant inspires Yong to pursue interests and hobbies such as kung fu (karate), origami and cooking. After reading this book, your child will get ideas on what to do when you're bored and fun things to do at home. Develop the skills of attention, initiative, and creativity as you break out of the boredom box! This book showcases diversity in positive ways with characters that span various cultures, ethnicities, family situations, physical challenges and more. Readers of all backgrounds will see themselves in these pages while learning to value the diversity within their own community and being exposed to differences from around the world. Social and emotional learning picture books guide elementary readers to control emotions and learn social skills. This education resource features the MVP Kids; includes Discussion Guides for parents and educators. Part of a helpful character building program." -- publisher

Beautiful Life

Check Up With the Doctor

2019

by Sophia Day, Megan Johnson and Stephanie Strouse

"Being measured, poked, and prodded at the doctor's office can be overwhelming! MVP Kids learn that doctors track your growth, help you feel better, and manage long-term medical conditions. Walk through a checkup with the doctor to set realistic expectations, ease anxiety and help your child know their doctor is a friend. This book features a range of children, including children with Cerebral palsy. Diversity is shown in positive ways with characters that span various cultures, ethnicities, family situations, physical challenges and more. Readers of all backgrounds will see themselves in these pages while learning to value the diversity within their own community and being exposed to differences from around the world." -- publisher

Incidental Informational

Ezekiel Builds on his Mistakes

2019

by Sophia Day, Megan Johnson and Stephanie Strouse

"Ezekiel is on a family vacation camping at the beach. He makes a mistake building a sand castle and loses the grand prize in the contest. Ezekiel sinks into depression and struggles with fear and anger. His father teaches him how to build on a strong foundation, turning his mistakes into wisdom. This book showcases diversity in positive ways with characters that span various cultures, ethnicities, family situations, physical challenges and more. Readers of all backgrounds will see themselves in these pages while learning to value the diversity within their own community and being exposed to differences from around the world. Social and emotional learning picture books guide elementary readers to control emotions and learn social skills. This education resource features the MVP Kids; includes Discussion Guides for parents and educators. Part of a helpful character building program." -- publisher

Any Child

Gabby Bears with Embarrassment

2019

by Sophia Day, Megan Johnson and Stephanie Strouse

"Gabby goes to summer camp, but starts it off with an embarrassing moment. Her best friend encourages her to be confident and use funny jokes to laugh off the embarrassment. Gabby has fun canoeing, playing sports, doing arts and crafts, roasting marshmallows and building true friendships the rest of camp. Your child can learn how to use perspective, humor, and compassion to keep embarrassment from becoming an obstacle to fun and friendship. This book showcases diversity in positive ways with characters that span various cultures, ethnicities, family situations, physical challenges and more. Readers of all backgrounds will see themselves in these pages while learning to value the diversity within their own community and being exposed to differences from around the world." -- publisher

Any Child Cross Group

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