Book Works: Feeling Blue

Feeling Blue: Children’s books that increase emotional awareness and talk about sadness or feeling down. This time of year can bring on feelings of funk or sadness that might be triggered by gloomy weather as well as other struggles in a child’s life. When kids feel down or sad, they often don’t know how to…

Book Works: Growth Mindset

Growth Mindset How can we help our kids develop a “growth mindset” in which they’re open to learning and trying new things? Here are some books that encourage children to explore new ideas, try hard, and embrace failure. Bubble Gum Brain by Julia Cook; Illustrated by Allison Valentine A kid who has a stretchy, adventurous…

Book Works: The Listening Walk

The Listening Walk One way to help kids learn mindfulness (paying attention on purpose) is to encourage them to be mindful listeners. For practice, children can spend time focusing on different sounds like chimes, music, birds, or whatever sounds are around them. In The Listening Walk, a story for kids ages 3–6, a young girl…

Book Works: Personal Space Camp

Personal Space Camp It’s not your typical summer camp and it’s not a camp where you learn about outer space. Personal Space Camp is a charming, funny book that teaches kids the concept of personal space and why it’s important. In the story, Louis considers himself a space expert because he knows all about planets,…

Book Works: Puppy Mind

Book Works are book recommendations by Communication Works (CW) that support speech, language, social and emotional growth for children. Taming a Puppy Mind Children’s books offer a terrific way to launch the discussion of what it means to be mindful. Books can give students a way to make connections to their own lives and become…