Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Book Nook: Boys Town Press

I recently had the chance to review several titles from Boys Town Press that are appropriate for all kids, combining fun stories with concrete life skills. The books were well-written, being fairly obvious with the lessons they were teaching but not so preachy that kids wouldn't get bored. The issues were presented, along with some alternatives and better behaviors.

The Technology Tail is written for kids just beginning to use the internet, encouraging them to be aware of the trail they leave behind online. Tips are great for kids, and also for parents and teachers who want to encourage online safety and digital citizenship. The idea of a "tail" that can look good or bad based on online behavior gives kids a visual, and the book also does a good job of showing how sometimes people can be hurt inadvertently by online behavior.

Lou Knows What to do: Supermarket is the first in a series of stories designed for kids on the autism spectrum. It helps show how kids can be comfortable in challenging situations, even when they might be overwhelming.

Mindset Matters is part of the Without Limits series. This series helps create a positive mindset in kids, encouraging them to go for their goals no matter what the obstacles are. Instead of challenges representing failure, they turn into opportunities to learn new skills and grow.

Hey Goose! What's Your Excuse? is a cute story about a goose who is too nervous to go to the other side of the pond. But then, the thought of what the other geese on the other side of the pond might be experiencing encourages the little goose to step outside of what is comfortable.

Freddie the Fly: Motormouth shows kids what can happen when they don't learn to read the signals other people are sending about boredom. It's written for early elementary kids who may have trouble controlling their excitement. With a few simple tricks, clearly shown in the book, they can learn to reign in their chatterbox and listen, becoming better friends in the process.

I love the idea of these books. They're well-written, combining the lesson with fun. They make a good way to encourage kids to develop social skills just by reading them, or parents can further the lessons by engaging in discussion about the characters.

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