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release date: Sep 01, 2006
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What Do You Stand For? Character Building Card Game
Turn learning into a game and kids will want to play. Based on What Do You Stand For? For Kids by Barbara A. Lewis, this card game spotlights ten top character traits: Caring, Citizenship, Cooperation, Fairness, Forgiveness, Honesty, Relationships, Respect, Responsibility, and Safety. To win, players collect cards of each trait. Each card features a "What If" scenario or question about character that gets kids thinking about what they would do-and what they stand for. Meant to be played with adult supervision (a teacher, counselor, or youth worker familiar with character education themes), the game includes an insert with rules and basic character education concepts.
release date: Mar 20, 2014
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Is Nothing Something?: Kids' Questions and Zen Answers About Life, Death, Family, Friendship, and Everything in Between
In Is Nothing Something? Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh answers heartfelt, difficult, and funny questions from children of all ages. Illustrated with original full-color artwork by Jessica McClure, Is Nothing Something? will help adults plant the seeds of mindfulness in the young children in their lives. Beginning with the most basic questions, "What is important in life?" and "Why is my brother mean to me?" and progressing through issues that we all wrestle with, such as "How do I know if I really love somebody?", "How long am I going to live?", and "What does God look like?", each page presents a question with a short answer from Thich Nhat Hanh, appropriate for beginning readers to work with on their own. The back of the book has the first complete children’s biography of Thich Nhat Hanh, along with basic, kid-friendly instructions for mindful breathing and mindful walking. Both humorous and profound, Is Nothing Something? is the perfect resource for kids with questions, adults looking to answer them, and anyone with questions of their own.
release date: Mar 10, 2015
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The Kids' Book of Questions
Kids love to be asked questions almost as much as they love to ask them. And asking is important—parents know the value of having meaningful conversations with their kids, especially as family time is under continuous assault from gadgets and devices. Now the book that solves those needs is back—announcing a fresh new edition of The Kids’ Book of Questions. Including subjects like the Internet, school violence, and climate change, the book remains a timeless treasure.

Here is a collection of questions designed to challenge, entertain, provoke, and expand young minds. These are the questions that let kids discover how they feel; let people know what they think; raise issues that everyone loves to discuss. Gregory Stock, author of the original #1 bestselling Book of Questions, took his question-asking ways into schools and came back with over 200 questions, including

Thorny dilemmas: Would you rather have a job you didn’t like that paid a lot or a job you loved that paid just enough to get by?

Embarrassing challenges: Would you kiss someone in front of your whole class for $250?

Provocative ideas: What things do you think your parents do just to set an example for you?

Intriguing fantasies: If you could text any famous person and be sure they’d read and answer your text, who would you write to and what would you say?

There is only one requirement: Give an honest answer. Then be amazed to see where one little question leads.
release date: Oct 30, 2017
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But...Who is Allah?: (Islamic books for kids)
Bismillah ar-Rahman ar-Rahim,

Follow the story of Adam, a young Muslim child that is curious about religion and wants to learn about Allah. Through a fun story for both children and parents, allow your kids to start comprehending religious concepts and daily-used expressions, while also inciting curiosity for further knowledge about their Islamic religion.

Enjoy with your little one a unique and creative journey that will introduce her/him to the religion, and offer your child a positive and comforting perception of the Islamic belief, culture and way of life. A must-have children’s story that shouldn’t be missing from any family’s bookcase or Islamic books collection!

This Islamic story has been thought and written for Muslim children born and raised outside of their parents’ country of origin (i.e.: European and Muslim American, etc.), to help them understand the notion of God in a simple and fun way, mentioning that there is no God but God (la ilaha illallah). In addition, this Muslim book uses several Arabic and Islamic terms coming from the Quran (Qur’an) and explained to be easily understood by Muslim kids.

Dear Parents, Inshallah you and your children will benefit from this story and from our upcoming Islamic books (Muslim books).

Terms and concepts you'll find inside this Muslim book: Subhan-Allah, Insha-Allah/Inshallah, Al-hamdulillah/Alhamdulillah, Bismillah, Masha-Allah/Mashallah, Allahu Akbar/Allah Akbar, Azan/Athan, Mosque/Masjid, Assalamu Alaykum, no God but God/la ilaha illallah, Quran/Qur’an.

PS: Stay tuned for our next Islamic books (Muslim books).
release date: Nov 15, 2013
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Am I small? Io sono piccola?: Children's Picture Book English-Italian (Bilingual Edition) (English and Italian Edition)

Bilingual Edition English-Italian

“Am I small?” - Tamia is not sure and keeps asking various animals that she meets on her journey. Eventually she finds the surprising answer... “Io sono piccola?” – Tamia non ne è sicura e continua a chiederlo ai diversi animali che incontra per la strada. E alla fine, scopre la sorprendente risposta…

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"immensely enjoyable"—ForeWord Clarion Reviews

"for children who enjoy lingering over pages full of magical creatures and whimsical details [...] told in simple and engaging words and imaginative pictures.”—Kirkus Reviews

"a fantastic book that has enchanted me"—Amazon Customer Review

"We are in love with this book! [...] As an artist, I love love LOVE the art in this book, I think its not only beautiful, but perfect for children. My son spent a lot of time just studying every colorful page. We read it twice in the first sitting because he was so happy! He's not yet 1, so getting him to sit still for story time is tough, and this book was such a hit he sat through it with nothing but a big smile and lots of pointing to the stuff he liked on the pages. I highly recommend this book :) Get it get it get it!""—Amazon Customer Review

"Written in a very simple way but with a profound message for both adults and kids."—Amazon Customer Review

"I LOVED it. Lots of repetition to help 'lil ones get used to structure and words! Many different words being used to help them improve their vocabulary (or pick the best word!). Most importantly, it sends a good message about how being unique and different is good. I STRONGLY suggest you check this book out!"—ESLCarissa.blogspot.com

"readers will emerge from this book feeling slightly more confident about themselves—whatever their size."—ForeWord Clarion Reviews


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release date: Nov 11, 2013
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Am I small? Je suis petite, moi ?: Children's Picture Book English-French (Bilingual Edition) (English and French Edition)

Bilingual Edition English-French

“Am I small?” - Tamia is not sure and keeps asking various animals that she meets on her journey. Eventually she finds the surprising answer... « Je suis petite, moi ? » Perplexe, Tamia se met en route à travers un monde fabuleux et coloré pour aller poser sa question. Émerveillée, elle y croise des collectionneurs d’arcs-en-ciel et des attrape-cœurs avant de finir par trouver une réponse étonnante...

Reviews

"immensely enjoyable"—ForeWord Clarion Reviews

"for children who enjoy lingering over pages full of magical creatures and whimsical details [...] told in simple and engaging words and imaginative pictures.”—Kirkus Reviews

"a fantastic book that has enchanted me"—Amazon Customer Review

"We are in love with this book! [...] As an artist, I love love LOVE the art in this book, I think its not only beautiful, but perfect for children. My son spent a lot of time just studying every colorful page. We read it twice in the first sitting because he was so happy! He's not yet 1, so getting him to sit still for story time is tough, and this book was such a hit he sat through it with nothing but a big smile and lots of pointing to the stuff he liked on the pages. I highly recommend this book :) Get it get it get it!""—Amazon Customer Review

"Written in a very simple way but with a profound message for both adults and kids."—Amazon Customer Review

"I LOVED it. Lots of repetition to help 'lil ones get used to structure and words! Many different words being used to help them improve their vocabulary (or pick the best word!). Most importantly, it sends a good message about how being unique and different is good. I STRONGLY suggest you check this book out!"—ESLCarissa.blogspot.com

"readers will emerge from this book feeling slightly more confident about themselves—whatever their size."—ForeWord Clarion Reviews


Tags: Bilingual Children's Books, Bilingual Books, Emergent Bilingual, Bilingual Education, Foreign Language Learning, ESL, English as a Second Language, ESL for Children, ESL for Kids, ESL Teaching Materials, EFL, English as a Foreign Language, EFL Books, EFL for Children, ELL, English Language Learner, EAL, English as an Additional Language, Children's Picture Book, Dual Language, Foreign Language Study, ESOL, English for Speakers of Other Languages

release date: Nov 11, 2013
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Am I small? Bin ich klein?: Children's Picture Book English-German (Bilingual Edition) (German and English Edition)

Bilingual Edition English-German

“Am I small?” - Tamia is not sure and keeps asking various animals that she meets on her journey. Eventually she finds the surprising answer... "Bin ich klein?" - Tamia ist sich nicht sicher und zieht fragend und staunend durch eine kunterbunte Wunderwelt. Sie begegnet Regenbogensammlern und Herzchenfängern und entdeckt schließlich die überraschende Antwort...

Reviews

"immensely enjoyable"—ForeWord Clarion Reviews

"for children who enjoy lingering over pages full of magical creatures and whimsical details [...] told in simple and engaging words and imaginative pictures.”—Kirkus Reviews

"a fantastic book that has enchanted me"—Amazon Customer Review

"We are in love with this book! [...] As an artist, I love love LOVE the art in this book, I think its not only beautiful, but perfect for children. My son spent a lot of time just studying every colorful page. We read it twice in the first sitting because he was so happy! He's not yet 1, so getting him to sit still for story time is tough, and this book was such a hit he sat through it with nothing but a big smile and lots of pointing to the stuff he liked on the pages. I highly recommend this book :) Get it get it get it!""—Amazon Customer Review

"Written in a very simple way but with a profound message for both adults and kids."—Amazon Customer Review

"I LOVED it. Lots of repetition to help 'lil ones get used to structure and words! Many different words being used to help them improve their vocabulary (or pick the best word!). Most importantly, it sends a good message about how being unique and different is good. I STRONGLY suggest you check this book out!"—ESLCarissa.blogspot.com

"readers will emerge from this book feeling slightly more confident about themselves—whatever their size."—ForeWord Clarion Reviews


Tags: Bilingual Children's Books, Bilingual Books, Emergent Bilingual, Bilingual Education, Foreign Language Learning, ESL, English as a Second Language, ESL for Children, ESL for Kids, ESL Teaching Materials, EFL, English as a Foreign Language, EFL Books, EFL for Children, ELL, English Language Learner, EAL, English as an Additional Language, Children's Picture Book, Dual Language, Foreign Language Study, ESOL, English for Speakers of Other Languages

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release date: Jan 19, 2016
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What Do You Believe? (Big Questions)

Religion, morality, science, and the afterlife are complex and often misunderstood subjects. What Do You Believe? is a dynamic and clear text that brings together a variety of ideas of on religion. They are clearly presented for children to understand in a clear, unbiased text, and key concepts are broken down into manageable chunks of information with keywords that are simply explained. What Do You Believe? looks at basic teachings, practices of world faiths, philosophy, and more, and delves into the meaning and purpose of life. This book promotes understanding, tolerance, and respect for people whatever they believe.

release date: Nov 14, 2017
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The Calm Buddha at Bedtime: Tales of Wisdom, Compassion and Mindfulness to Read with Your Child
Growing up in the modern world, our children have to cope with an ever-increasing amount of stress, which can feel worrying to both them and us. The ancient wisdom of Buddhism, with its emphasis on peace, mindfulness and compassion, is the ideal basis for helping any child face these challenges with inner confidence and calm. Building on the age-old art of storytelling, this beautiful book retells 18 ancient Buddhist tales in a way that is thoroughly fun and accessible to children. Featuring original, full-page illustrations, the stories will transport children into imaginary worlds of enlightenment and discovery. Here, they will meet all sorts of delightful characters and discover easy-to-understand Buddhist messages that will empower them to think about how they can apply values such as patience, honesty, authenticity and generosity in their own lives. Designed either to be read aloud by parents to their 4–8 year olds or to be read by the older age range on their own, these compelling narratives help to focus and calm the mind, providing a soothing transition into sleep. And the selection of gentle mindfulness meditations at the end provides an extra practical dimension that can be used at any time to help enhance a sense of a calm and contentment.
release date: Sep 01, 1990
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What Is God?

What is God? is an eloquent introduction to the ideas behind God and religion, and brings forward complex ideas in a way children will understand. It is written with a simple clarity and beautifully illustrated with just the right blend of seriousness and humor.

What is God? compares different religions -- Christianity, Islam, Judaism, Hinduism, Buddhism -- and their holy books, looks at misunderstandings and arguments among people of different religions, and talks about praying as well as feeling connected to everything in the world.

If you want to talk about spirituality with a child, or introduce them to philosophy or religion, or just help them to begin to center themselves and their feelings about the world, this book is a great beginning.

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