I put on my best fluffy pink boa, and my magic feather hat (which is technically called a Fascinator Headband)
I picked up my basket of books, a few other supplies, took a deep breath and jumped in with both feet.
My audience was unfiltered truth tellers – Toddlers!
Kids tell it as it is, they would either be interested and engaged or not.
My stage was story-time at the local library.
To my total delight, the kids were totally engaged! On each page, they were chanting the word Awesome with me. They were searching for Fuddles, and enjoying themselves! I was (and still am) THRILLED.
For those of you unfamiliar with my book – called Awesome, here is a bit of info: It is for the younger set – three to about six, maybe seven-year-olds. The words of the book are simple; however, the concept is not. It is about Awesomeness, and what makes something/somebody awesome. The illustrations are a large piece of the book and in part carry the younger children along. I see lots of potential for interactions and ‘projects’ that can weave their way around the themes of kindness/awesomeness. I am working on many ideas, so, stay tuned!
I am looking for places to read to more kids-schools, libraries, playgroups, even parties! If you are interested, or know anyone else that may be, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you are interested in purchasing a copy, please contact me at email@example.com. Please put Book Purchase in the subject line.
(The price is $20 + shipping. It is a 7″x 7″ full-color paperback.)
I found this most amazing piece on one of my “standby” sites called –URBANTIMES – Optimistic Forward-Thinking Online Magazine. (http://www.theurbn.com/)
“KK Shakes For Perspective
Raghava KK is a self-taught artist who has had a colorful life history full of ups and downs. It shows in his various works, which fluctuated between exuberance and morbidity, but always with a message of truth that tries to make us think. In this example he vies for a world without bias, where children are taught perspective from the earliest of ages. His unique perspective from living outside of his place of birth allows him to try to see his surroundings with empathy. After all, he got to live and walk in the footsteps of those who weren’t like him. He must have done this very well, because others forgot that his background was different from theirs. So, he seems like a perfect person to help provide these lessons for us all. Don’t you think that this shaking up of our perspective can help us all understand someone with different views? It seems so simple, and yet not enough people attempt this. It’s about time that we did.
It was a big download and took some time but ohhhh so worth the $1.99 it cost! It may be one of the coolest books for kids I have ever seen. I admit, I don’t see a vast amount of kids art and books, but I DO look and I AM fascinated by them. I do not have any “uprights” commonly known as having 2 legs and upright standing children, we only have the 4 legged more horizontal variety that bark! Regardless, I still LOVE this book. POP-IT“is a new form of storytelling that teaches open-mindedness to children and parents .” (iTunes description) The artwork is fun and fab…the interactivity made me laugh and enjoy it even more. If you have an iPAD download it now! I think you will be amazed at the creativity – and the message of empathy, love and acceptance for all.
Is there a better way to start the week? I think not.