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Fun #Kidlit Books that Encourage New Perspectives

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{Guest post by Hannah Rials}

Fun #Kidlit Books that Encourage New Perspectives

Perspective is defined as a way of thinking about something, especially one which is influenced by the type of person you are or by your experiences. These experiences in life lead us to think about certain things in a certain way until something comes along that provides new information. This new information can lead to a shift in thinking or a shift in “perspective.”

Exploring new thoughts, concepts and ideas that possibly lead to a new shift is not a bad thing. In fact it’s a very healthy activity and one that our young readers should be exposed to as often as possible. The following are a few books that have come across my desk as of late that can do just that for young readers.

One Minute by Somin Ahn

Perspective changing books

A lot can happen in one minute. Think about it–all the possibilities. How many times do you blink? How many times does your heart beat? The little girl in Ahn’s One Minute explores all the possibilities. She saves her dog, waves to a neighbor, plants a few seeds. There’s so much going on in the world, in just 60 seconds. This book is a charming contemplation of all that can happen, even in the world of a little girl
1. Is it time to start learning how to tell time? Here’s a super fun hula hoop clock activity to get your kiddo telling time on their own!
2. Fun Facts about Time:
     – The longest flight of a chicken is 13 seconds long
     – a Hummingbird’s heart beats over 1,000 times per minute.
     – Hiccups normally last for 5 minutes
     – The most overdue library book was 288 years late.
     – The first clock was invented in 1656
     – There’s a cuckoo clock factory in Germany’s black forest that gives demonstrations and       has hundreds of beautiful clocks for sale.

Follow the Moon Home: A tale of one idea, twenty kids, and hundred sea turtles by Philippe Cousteau and Deborah Hopkinson

Follow the Moon Home: A tale of one idea, twenty kids, and hundred sea turtles by Philippe Cousteau and Deborah Hopkinson

“Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.” -The Lorax 

How many kids think it would be so cool to see a baby sea turtle hatch and waddle over the sandy beach to the ocean, their home? I still think that’s cool! and Philippe Cousteau and Deborah Hopkinson tell this wonderful story about one girl, with the help of her friend, classmates, and community, who made a difference and saved hundreds of baby sea turtles by spreading awareness in their community about turning off the lights along with beach.
This book does a wonderful job of encouraging young activists to take part in the world around them. Many kids think that they can’t make a difference. But that’s not true! There are kids all over the world who are making a difference in the world. Vivienne and her classmates are one example of that in their work with the baby sea turtles, based of a real project in South Carolina, which now claims the Loggerhead Turtle as its state reptile.
1. In the back of the book, the authors provide an action plan for a kid who wants to make a change and doesn’t know where to start.
  • Identify something you want to change
  • Make a plan
  • Take action
  • Think back, keep a journal
  • Tell you story, let other kid be inspire by your work!
 2. Interested in learning more about environmental issues that you can be involved in? Visit ;
3. Here are some more books to teach your children about Social Justice:

Made by Raffi: Craig Pomranz and Margaret Chamberlain

Raffi is starting to realize that he’s a little bit different than the other boys in his class. He doesn’t care about being loud, and rowdy, and talking about sports. He would rather sit quietly with the teacher. And practicing this activity is exactly how he picks up his life’s passion of creating clothing! And it all starts with the rainbow scarf that he knits for his dad and it turns into a cape for their school play. And after that he’s a hit.
Pomranz and Chamberlain have put Made by Raffi into the world when it is desperately needed. This book teaches kids that it’s okay to be different. Being different doesn’t mean that you’re wrong or weird. In fact, we should embrace our differences because they make us who we are and may eventually lead to our life passions, like Raffi and his clothing design! And props to Raffi’s parents for being wonderful, understand, and loving of their child and his barrier breaking hobbies!

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1. Want to learn to knit like Raffi? Here’s a great resource to get you started!
2. Here at Jump Into a Book, we’re all about multiculturalism and diversity and breaking down barriers in every way. If you’d like to learn more, visit Multicultural Children’s Book Day or We Need Diverse Books. Made By Raffi is a great start to your multicultural collection!

They All Saw A Cat by Brendan Wenzel

Brendan Wenzel, an illustrator, offers a charming new take on perspective that teaches children how different creatures see the world differently. Every few pages are so, readers are reassured that the cat is walking through the world with “its whiskers, ears, and paws.” So this is obviously the same cat, however, every creature and critter that the cat passes sees it differently.

The different perspectives of the cat are so unique and imaginative! From the snake’s perspective, we see the cat in thermal imaging as a cat would. My favorite is from the eyes of a bee, which looks like dot art–very cute! The book covers everything from a child, to a predatory fox, to a frightened mouse, to the cat looking at his own reflection in a pond, a great lesson for children about seeing the world in different ways based on where you come from and who you are!
1. Kaleidoscope’s are a fun way of looking at the world in a different light. Here’s a fun and easy kaleidoscope craft!
2. Now that we’ve seen the way different critters see a cat in different way, you can make a copy cat book imagining how all the different characters in this book would see you!
Happy Reading!

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Hannah RialsHANNAH RIALS: A Maryville native and current college student at University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, Hannah began writing her first novel at age twelve. Eight years later, the result is her new YA novel Ascension; a modern day teenage romance filled with “double-blooded” vampires and revenge-seeking witches. When not spending time with her family and playing with her beloved Corgi, Buddy, Hannah leads a creative group, crafts and cultivates her writing skills. Connect with Hannah on FacebookTwitter and via her website.


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