I have terrific news! I’ve recently teamed up with Scholastic Canada, and I will be bringing you reviews of some of their best children’s books, as well as fantastic giveaways for you and your family!
If you have school-aged children, you have likely seen Scholastic flyers come home, and I encourage you to purchase from them when possible. The prices are very competetive, especially for book sets, and every dollar you spend helps to earn free books and rewards points for your child’s classroom. This year alone I have purchased close to 50 books for my class using free picks and rewards coupons, so it’s certainly very valuable. The kids love awaiting their orders as well: it’s like Santa has arrived when the secretary walks in with that brown package!
What you may not know is that Scholastic books are not only available through these flyers. You can find their publications, from board books right through to young adult titles, at your local bookstores as well. The books I will be reviewing here are all available nationwide, so if you don’t end up being a winner, you can go out (or online) and purchase all of the titles yourself. Which you will want to do!
You might also want to visit the Scholastic Summer Challenge page, which offers kids the opportunity to read for the world record this summer, and includes age-by-age booklists to guide their reading.
I can remember in teacher’s college, we often heard about the barriers faced by minorities, the impoverished, people with disabilities. These discussions always left me (white, middle class, able-bodied — at least I wasn’t a man!) feeling very guilty and embarrassed. When I mentioned this once in a paper, my professor wrote back and said that those who enjoy privilege need not feel guilty, but we should feel responsible for instigating change. What a good lesson to teach our children as well: that they indeed have the power to change the world for the better.
This book touches on such disasters as Hurricane Katrina, the tsunami in Sri Lanka, and the earthquake in Haiti; demonstrating how children were affected by these events, but then inspired to help or make changes. Every spread includes a gorgeous photograph, and a message about hope:
“Hope is your father’s good-night kiss. Hope is remembering his kisses when he can’t be there with you.”
and one of my favourites:
“Hope is knowing that things change – and that we can help things to change for the better.”
I read this book to my class (another one of their “Mrs. Winn cried again when she read to us today!” experiences…that’s okay, right?), who thoroughly enjoyed it, and it would be excellent for sparking discussion with your own children at home. More information is given at the back of the book, explaining some of the specific stories that go with the photographs and messages.
“Hope is an Open Heart” would be a beautiful book to add to your child’s collection.
And speaking of adding to your child’s collection…on to our amazing giveaway!
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This contest is open to residents of Canada, and will close on Thursday, June 17th at 11:59 p.m., after which time a winner will be chosen by random number generation and contacted by email. The winner will have 48 hours to reply, after which time another winner will be chosen.
Good luck, and stay tuned for more great reviews and giveaways from This Mom Loves and Scholastic Canada!
Disclaimer: Future promotional titles will be provided to me free of charge by Scholastic. For this post, I reviewed my own copy of Hope is An Open Heart. All opinions are strictly my own, and I am under no commitment or obligation to recommend any Scholastic titles. Prize books are provided by Scholastic and will be shipped by them to the winner.