It's been less than six months since I did a complete about face and changed careers entirely, leaving the law behind to become a school library media specialist. It's been incredible, to say the least. And in this short time, I've learned something rather quickly-- something I've always known, but never before had the opportunity to experience with a large group of kids: a class read aloud can be a very, very powerful thing.
One, by Kathryn Otoshi, was one such read aloud. In One, Red is a hothead who continuously picks on Blue. Though this bullying is witnessed by several other colors, no one is ready to stand up for Blue and tell Red to stop his taunting. But then One comes along, and One has no qualms about standing up to Red -- and in doing so, One teaches his friends a valuable lesson. What happens when Red realizes that he no longer has power over the other colors? Will kindness win out?
Every class I read One with was totally and entirely captivated. At once a concept book on both colors and counting, the story more importantly provides a spring point for discussions on bullying, kindness, and inclusiveness. Though the subject matter can certainly lend itself to extreme didacticism, Otoshi handles this subject in a unique manner that leaves children feeling both intrigued and empowered. Use this book to teach your little ones how to stand up for themselves and say no. Even better - make them stand up and say no as you read. If you need to address bullying with any age group and begin some thoughtful discussions on the topic, look no further than One. Two trunks up! For another great #picturebookoftheday, check out @booksandgiggles.
Our fabulous book club, @kidlitpicks, is focused on #loveandkindnessbooks all February -- and One is a perfect choice to demonstrate that kindness wins. For more on this stellar topic, look no further than: @readingisourthing, @ilovebooksandicannotlie, and @books_and_babycinos.
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