Books for (and by) Children
Kara Finds Sunshine on a Rainy Day
Kara Finds Sunshine on a Rainy Day is a picture book about hope, healing, and discovering heroes around us and within. Little Kara awakens one morning to a sky raining "cats and dogs." She rushes to complain to her mother that the rain has disrupted her plans to go outside to play. Her mother responds by telling her that she doesn't need to get upset because, in reality, "the sun is always shining." When Kara seeks to learn more about unending sunshine, her mom answers by sharing rhyming stories about historical figures and ordinary people, of a wide variety of races and backgrounds, from across the globe, who found or made "sunshine" in difficult times. This special edition was written to support children and families who survived the devastating Hurricane Katrina in 2005. A child psychiatrist has called Kara Finds Sunshine "a voyage to resiliency." A cultural historian suggests it's a powerful education in the "habit of love."
"This book is extraordinary. It pours light on the incredible heroisms around us. When we are in darkness, we can’t see the greatness that is fully evident when the light is turned on. As humans, we often are shown the very worst of ourselves. But Kara Finds Sunshine shows us what we can do and be, and what so many of us have done and are doing to reclaim the beauty of the name human."
"Thank you, Caroline and friends. You guys changed my life around. I will cherish this book forever and ever."
"Although it was ‘raining cats and dogs’ on the day of your visit (to read Kara Finds Sunshine on a Rainy Day), you all pulled back the clouds of devastation from Hurricane Katrina, and helped us realize that ‘the sun is always shining."
Barack Obama: A Hip Hop Tale of King's Dream Come True
Barack Obama: A Hip Hop Tale of King's Dream Come True is a humorous, satirized and fictionalized account of the presidential campaign of Barack Obama. Its swift-moving rhymes, rhythm and drama entertain while educating children about one of the most important events in world history. The brightly illustrated 32-page book ultimately reveals President Obama's powerful connection to the enduring legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Civil Rights Movement he so honorably and courageously led.
“I have been amazed at what this book has done not only to teach my 2nd graders about President Obama’s historic road to the White House but also at how it has taught my children to become much better readers. Some of my best days teaching have been with this book.”
“I would use this book on my booklist for book reports and oral reports. It can be used to teach Language Arts and Social Studies standards. The voting process could be taught. Students could research the red and blue states, and create a variety of maps, which would cover Science standards... They could write a song based on the book (Music)... There’s no limit!”
C is for Cocoa is an exciting and unique alphabet book about Ghana, West Africa, and the people, food, plants, and animals in its environment, based on suggestions by the third-grade students of Timber Junction-Nkwanta School in Konko Village, in the Eastern Region. C is for Cocoa was featured in the Idris Elba major motion picture, Beasts of No Nation. Every purchase is a donation that allows us to donate this book to Konko Village children and other school children in Ghana.
"C is for Cocoa is an inspired idea - helping kids build their own book out of things they value in their own environment. It is so rhythmic, colorful, and upbeat that kids should enjoy it not only in Ghana but all over the world."
"C is for Cocoa takes you on a tour to wake up your senses and inspire your curiosity. It taught me so much about Ghana! And the fact that it helps children in Africa learn to read and receive meals means it's a book that will never stop giving, and I feel really good about being a part of that."
For the Obamas: A Big Book of Thank Yous
A thank you letter to the students from President Obama! Sugar, spice, and a whole lot of nice. Precious words you'll want to read more than twice. That's what you'll find in this sweet, funny, and insightful book of nearly 300 thank-you cards and letters for President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama. Concord Elementary School students, from pre-K to 6th grade, poured their hearts and souls into expressing how much they appreciate the Obamas for their service to our country. Every purchase helps pay the costs of producing the book and of providing free copies for students.
Books for Parents and Teachers
The Happy Teacher: 11 Rs Every Teacher Should Know
The Happy Teacher: 11 Rs Every Teacher Should Know training manual is a powerful and empowering toolkit of strategies that puts the joy back into teaching and learning while helping teachers anywhere in the world meet learning standards.
“The Happy Teacher is a must for all educators intent on improving instruction, reaching the seemingly disconnected student, and creating magic within the classroom.”
"The Happy Teacher is a gem of a system that trains teachers and awakens students in developing the LOVE to read and write as it builds proficiency in both. Rarely are those two objectives combined in an educational program.”
Parent Power: How to Raise a Reading Superstar
Parent Power: How to Raise a Reading Superstar is for parents, guardians, tutors, church and community workers – any adult who wants to help children or teens improve their ability to read and write – and do it while having outrageous fun! Regardless of age, grade level, or background, whether a child is diagnosed with a learning disability, emotional disability, is taking medication, hasn’t warmed up to books or is hostile to them, Parent Power provides keys to a reading revolution.
“This book is great!!! My wife and I used the reading strategies to help our daughter with her reading. It was our hope that this book would be a tool that we could use to build her confidence, and it did just that. We watched her go from not wanting to read to looking forward to her daily reading time. She has truly developed a love for reading."
“When I finished reading this book, I simply said, 'WOW!' This is a powerful tool that every parent and teacher should read."
Having Fun Teaching Math is a handbook designed for teachers, trainers, and tutors to use in the classroom and in one-on-one work with children, and for parents to deepen their understanding and skills of how to support their children as learners first, and then as young people capable of reaching the highest heights in the study and application of Mathematics. The book also will help adults improve their use of community resources and services that support children’s educational development.
Why I Teach is an inspirational meditation on the profound joys, promises, and potential of teaching. Part One is a poem, followed by a journal in Part Two. The journal allows the teacher to reflect and record daily personal teaching experiences throughout a school year in the cause of becoming a happier, more effective, and soul-centered teacher. The book also is an unabashed celebration of teachers and the teaching profession; a hymn of hope, harmony, and healing during these difficult times.