1. Grumpy Frog by Ed Vere.
Great book with a strong message of being tolerant, supporting each other and living together in harmony. A few months ago we wrote a mini e-lesson for this book based on Ed’s read-aloud. If you have the book, you will notice that the final rainbow picture is not included in this video. In our e-lesson children are asked to predict / write / draw their own ending which might just include a rainbow? Here is the link to the lesson and I have added the final rainbow image. If you are new to our minis, check the teaching notes to learn more about the underlying pedagogy and how they work.
2. Ruby Finds a Worry by Tom Percival
“Meet Ruby, a happy, curious, imaginative girl. But one day, she finds something unexpected: a Worry. It’s not such a big Worry, at first. But every day, it grows a little bigger . . . This perceptive and poignant story is the perfect springboard for talking to children about emotional intelligence and sharing hidden anxieties.”
CLPE has created a teaching pack which no doubt will give you many ideas: https://bit.ly/35s17jM and here is the activity pack by the publisher with a fabulous Worry-Buster activity https://bit.ly/35xcdUD
If you watch UK TV, you will have seen the new BBC Children in Need Goodbye Rainbows short-film by Tom Percival. https://bit.ly/34qylR7
Tom says that: Over the past few years I’ve made a lot of children’s books that explore emotional wellbeing. When I talk to groups of children at schools or festival events and ask, ‘who has ever felt angry?’ or ‘who has ever felt worried?’ hundreds of hands shoot up. Of course they do. These feelings are completely universal, it’s all part of being human, sometimes we feel good and sometimes… we don’t.
But what about the children who have even more to cope with than the emotional up’s and downs that we all face – and especially during these last six, testing months? […] So that was what I wanted to communicate, a message of hope. To do this, I decided upon using the metaphor of a persistent raincloud which follows each child around always getting in the way, always causing a problem and stopping them from being able to enjoy their childhood and achieving everything they are capable of. Then, with the help of the respective charity workers; like Charlie at PEEK, Ella at Back Up or Thora the hearing dog, these children are eventually able to find a way to get rid of these gloomy clouds and say “Goodbye Rainclouds!” All about Tom Percival BBC Children in Need CLPE