SOCIAL SCIENCES

Sunny Side Upbringing: A Month-by-Month Guide to Raising Kind and Caring Kids

Cardinal Rule Pr. Mar. 2020. 236p. ISBN 9781732841864. spiral. $22.95. CHILD REARING
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Dismondy (Pink Tiara Cookies for Three) here shares practical suggestions for developing values that lead to kindness and caring. Goal setting, love, empathy, honesty, and creativity are a few of the chapter sections, each of which include a booklist for reads that incorporate both the time of year and that month’s designated value. Also provided are a fun list of holidays for each month (care to celebrate Chocolate Chip Cookie Day on August 4th? Ideas abound to do just that!). An activity list is included for each age level: toddlers and preschoolers and elementary students. Most materials can be either easily obtained or may already be present in the home. A bonus chapter provides resources and ideas around more serious topics such as stranger danger, screen time, moving, or discussing items in the news with young children. Librarians should note for circulating collections that an envelope in the back of the book contains stickers and a poster with an extensive booklist.
VERDICT While not ideal for circulation, this activity-filled offering may prove extremely useful for children’s librarians.

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