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What Does it Mean to be BIG? by Coleen Paratore

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What does it mean to be BIG?

by Coleen Paratore and illustrated by Clare Fennell.

BIG goes beyond the basics to show that size is more than a matter of height. Touching on ideas such as health, citizenship, and imagination, this book can be the key to heartfelt dialogue between children and caregivers about the importance of values over valuables.

I just received a link to this book from Little Pickle Press and it is simple and just plain lovely. It gives one warm fuzzies all the way around and it’s a book we will read again and again. I think it will be a new classic.

My takeaway from this delightful book is that BIG doesn’t happen in one giant leap.

It happens little by little.

Each day we have a choice on how we are going to be BIG and leave our gentle touch on the planet, inside our communities, towards ourselves, and our families.

One little thought, question, action, change every day will leave a BIG impact.

Here are some of the topics they cover in BIG:
  • Being Big and Healthy
  • Being a kind and good friend in a BIG way
  • Being the BIGGER person and learning from mistakes
  • Being a BIG friend to the planet
  • Being BIG in our communities by being and active citizen
  • Being a BIG help to others
  • Being Big in Imagination.

Something To Do: Exploring the Blogosphere for BIG Resources

We are amazed on a daily basis as to the amount of truly spectacular bloggers and writers that share our passion of reading advocacy for children. So we want to help broaden your horizons and shine a BIG spotlight on the brilliant bloggers and writers that can help your family be BIG. Take a moment and visit these wonderful blogs and if you can, leave a comment and say “thanks”…thanks for being BIG in your own way. ENJOY

Being BIG in Imagination: Check out the wonderful world of imagination with none other than.. Imagination Soup!

Being a BIG help to others: This isn’t a blog, but we sure like the way they roll. GenerationON is about guiding the younger generation with tips, games, and positive thoughts on being a BIG help to others. We also especially love their list for kids on 65 Ways To Make A Difference.




Being BIG in our communities by being and active is a non-profit that empowers, encourages and inspires children to become leaders through volunteerism and community involvement. We do this by showcasing and supporting children who are making a difference through their selfless acts of giving. Kids Are Heroes


Being a BIG friend to the planet: BigMamaEarth-Collectively empowers everyone on our Planet to do just a little bit in their own community, in their own school, in their own neighborhood, and in their own home and acted on together, will accomplish a great amount for our Planet Earth. Your conservation efforts matter.Big Mama Earth


Being the BIGGER person and learning from mistakes: No one likes messing up, but the secret is learning how to learn from you mistakes. The Proactive Parent blog is a great source for not only parenting tips and topics, but also this great article on How to Teach Kids to Learn From Their Mistakes.

Being a kind and good friend in a BIG way: Sometimes being a BIG friend can include what NOT to so. Bullying is a national epidemic and we really like how the Anti-Bullying Blog addresses this subject.

Anti Bullying Blog

Being Big and Healthy: Super Moms Amy and Natalie have a passion for helping families live a healthy lifestyle through good food choices and being active.

What does it mean to be BIG in your family?


Valarie BudayrValarie Budayr is the founder of Audrey Press and author of the books The Fox Diaries: The Year the Foxes Came to our Garden and The Ultimate Guide To Charlie and The Chocolate Factory. She is passionate about making kid’s books come alive and when she isn’t jumping into a book and creating wildly inventive adventures, she is “mom” to three uber creative children, married to a wonderfully patient man who has come to love yarn, proud owner of one adored cat, and the Fox Whisperer to lots and lots of Foxes (that come and go as they please). You can also find Valarie on Facebook at (facebook link for JIAB) or on Twitter at @Bookjumper.

1 thought on “What Does it Mean to be BIG? by Coleen Paratore

  1. Valarie, this book sounds just perfect for a session I’m planning in school, but can you tell me, does it make references which you g kids outside the US wouldn’t get? I’m not worried about US spellings, as I’ll be reading, but it’s more the cultural references? I’d be most grateful if you could tweet me your thoughts 🙂 @playbythbook

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