Inclusion is an important theme that picture books can tackle in a way that’s accessible to young children. And when youngsters grow up loving books that show them the power of inclusion, there’s a good chance our future will be more inclusive.
Here are our 2016 debut picture books that delve into themes of inclusion:
There are many kinds of love in picture books and 2016 picture book debut authors and illustrators have covered much. Check out these titles about LOVE.
Teamwork is a skill learned through communication and working together. This page from Nancy Churnin‘s THE WILLIAM HOY STORY is a great example of teamwork.
Penn State Extension’s Better Kid Care lists several reasons teambuilding with children is important:
Conducting team building activities with children can help children work on developing the following skills:
- Problem solving
- Idea exchange
- Working with others and different groups
- Creative thinking
The link above also has several team building activities for children.
And to wrap up, why not read a picture book that demonstrates teamwork?
Picture books about animals or with animals as characters always resonate with kids. Animals can be friends.
Helping animals can build empathy. Sometimes we relate best to animals, and of course, pets can be very important parts of our lives. Here are our 2016 picture book debuts that centre around animals:
Yes, they are funny, but humourous books are more than that. They can entertain, heal with laughter, educate and turn young people into lifelong readers. Seriously, funny books do something special. Check out this list from Megan Daley on Children’s Books Daily:
Five Reasons Children Should Read Humour
- Humour engages young people (particularly reluctant readers) as they are naturally playful and generally laugh far more than adults do.
- Humorous literature harnesses the exuberance and wonder of youth with words and ideas.
- Young people interact with their peers and foster friendships through humorous literature as they enjoy sharing the laughs with their peers.
- Humorous books reflect reality, which, in reality, is a mixture of sad and funny, joy and pain, highs and lows.
- Far from being an ‘easy option’, humorous literature encourages critical reading as young people learn to read between the lines and develop an awareness of subtly and sarcasm, right and wrong.
Humour was a big theme in our 2016 picture books. Check out how many of our books celebrate HUMOUR:
Read them all! Then try a few of these humour inducing activities, such as replacing a key word in a funny song.
To wrap up our debut year, we are going to celebrate our books by theme.
First up is FRIENDSHIP. As 2016 picture book debut authors and illustrators, we’ve made lots of friends over the year, and so have our characters.
Friendship was the most common theme that brought our books together. Take a look at our books celebrating friendship:
Here’s a little poem from CanTeach:
We need friends
And if you have a child nearby who wants to celebrate their friend, here’s a printable booklet to personalize.