Written by Usborne Books & More Educational Consultant,

Jessika Olivares


IG @jessbooksandmore_usborne

In February our Literacy Club members were exposed to picture books that dared them to be brave and unique!  The theme was definitely Loving Ourselves, which is appropriate for the month of LOVE!  Although we managed to incorporate a Valentine’s Day craft, it went deeper than doilies and hearts.  We asked our young learners to think about what positive self talk sounded like not only for our colorful characters but for themselves.  The following texts were explored this month:

Jonathan James and the Whatif Monster by Michelle Nelson-Schmidt

Jonathan James is an adorable boy who often finds himself feeling fearful of the unknown and in “scary” childhood situations.  His “whatif” monster doesn’t help in most situations because he tends to offer
the worse case scenario but Jonathan puts his foot down and turns those “whatif’s” into positive self talk.  This popular picture book helps children face their fears and try new things.


Bob is a Unicorn by Michelle Nelson-Schmidt

Bob is not your ordinary elephant … in fact Bob is a Unicorn!  His friends do not seem to believe that he is able to be anything he wants to be but Bob is about as unique as they come and he will not be discouraged.  This engaging book builds self-confidence and self-worth in young readers while encouraging them to never lose their creativity and imaginations.  There’s bravery in being unique!

Both of these children’s books are Kane Miller Books and made available to the public through Usborne Books & More, and consultants like myself.


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