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Read an eBook Week-2 Kids’ ebooks about bullying, empathy and forgiveness

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A while back I discovered these 2 delightful ebooks and it seems incredibly timely to share them again with my readers during Read an eBook Week!


First conceived by author Rita Toews more than nine years ago as a response to the stagnant acceptance of electronic reading, Read An E-Book Week has slowly built a strong international following among digitally published authors and readers alike.

This year’s event, which began March 5th and carried through to March 11th, brought authors from eleven countries together for a week of e-reading. Many organizations continue to celebrate this event all month-long with e-book reading events and activities.

Read an E-Book Week works to educate and inform the public about the pleasures and advantages of reading electronically. Authors, publishers, vendors, the media and readers world-wide join in the effort to spread the love of e-books with families everywhere. Read more about the history of this event and the history of e-books HERE.

2 Kids’ ebooks about bullying, empathy and forgiveness

2 Kids’ ebooks about bullying, empathy and forgiveness

You Are Special (Max Lucado’s Wemmicks)

Max Lucado

Every day the small wooden people called Wemmicks do the same thing: stick either gold stars or gray dots on one another. The pretty ones–those with smooth wood and fine paint–always get stars. The talented ones do, too. Others, though, who can do little or who have chipped paint, get ugly gray dots. Like Punchinello.

Max Lucado

In this heartwarming children’s tale from the best-selling pen of author Max Lucado, Eli the woodcarver helps Punchinello understand how special he is–no matter what other Wemmicks may think. It’s a vital message for children everywhere: that regardless of how the world evaluates them, God cherishes each of them, just as they are.

This tale originally appeared within one of the chapters in the award-winning children’s bestseller Tell Me the Secrets. It is also EXACTLY the message we need to share with those closest to us. Now more than ever, this world needs kindness, tolerance, understand and non-judgemental ways to live together. I highly recommend any of Max’s books…but this one is a winner.

“With all my might, you’ll all take flight… If I could but wish for better things, you’d all disperse and grow your wings. ”  Benjamin Brewster, Dandelion

An interactive e-book like you’ve never experienced.”  Rarely do I feel captivated and drawn into an imaginary app world, but this app had me with the first screen and the first note of the its beautiful soundtrack. From there, we entered into a world of hope and possibilities. Even more surprising is the topic matter of e-book app, which is bullying.

When author Galvin Scott Davis’ son came home from school sharing that he was being bullied, Galvin having few answers decided to offer his son a solution by way of using his imagination and creativity. Lucky for us, we too have been let in to the world of his imagination to discover solutions to this difficult problem by providing solutions for the main character of the story.

Dandelion is a story about a little boy named Benjamin Brewster who is bullied each day at “The School for the Misguided.” One day, when all seems lost, a patch of magical Dandelions appear which allow him to conjure a new world from his imagination.


Galvin Scott Davis along with the award-winning app developers at Protein have created something truly magical as they encourage kids to discuss bullying through their interaction with the Dandelion app.

The entire e-book is so interactive in a very clever way. Blowing Dandelions on the screen, just as if we were doing it for real in a field somewhere. Pulling levers to turn the page and helping dear Benjamin Brewster out by touching a variety of things on the screens. Have a look at the video to see how this book reacts and interacts. It’s just amazing !!!

I personally like the way the app is organized with some of the interactive features set as extras. Another nice component is the text is set in a variety of languages.

It is the author’s wish that Dandelion encourages parents and children to talk about bullying and to use imagination to solve this very difficult and precarious problem. This creative team has risen to the occasion  and have done so brilliantly. From within the app you can purchase the book, a wrist band, and dandelion decal. Dandelion is  iTunes BEST of pick for 2012. Once you’ve seen this ingenious app you’ll see why.


Dandelion can be found on iTunes HERE.

And the print version HERE.

Something to Do:

Bullying has been a very real problem all over the globe. Following are some perspectives and activities to help you and your family investigate and create solutions which work for you and yours.

  Empathy skills: Happy-Mad-Sad.

  • Encourage children to label their own feelings and tell each other how they feel about bullying.
  • Discuss how children who are bullied might feel.
  • Explain that despite differences between people, everyone experiences certain basic feelings.
  • Remind children how they felt in situations like those faced by others in distress.
  • Model empathy by talking about how you identify another’s distress and think of ways to help.

Encourage your kids to be creative by creating ” bullying art.”  Ask them to create masks depicting the different human emotions. This helps to  get them thinking about bullying and the emotions that go along with it.  Our friends over at No Time For Flash Cards has a great tutorial on making Emotions Masks from Paper Plates.

Emotions Mask Activity
Emotions Mask Activity

DLTK-Kids Also has some great printable facial expressions to help add color and flair to your mask. Those can be found HERE.


Puppet Show!

Using your new emotions masks and other puppets from, your family or class can create a puppet show! Pacer also has a great script to print off and use for your show HERE. Bullying Puppet show

Create a Caring Chain has a wonderful activity called The Caring Chain:

How do you stop bullying? These bright paper rings—looped into a chain—highlight kind and respectful ways to treat people. Even bullies want friends!

Crayloa Caring Chain

For extended details, directions, and supply list go HERE.

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