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The Urban Garden Project: A First-of-its-Kind Outdoor Learning Space

On Friday June 19, 2015, Jean Paul II Catholic Secondary School officially opened their first-of-its-kind outdoor learning space, dubbed The Urban Garden Project.

The unique classroom features the latest technology in sustainable design and water conservation. It has areas for food production and horticultural education, where students will plant annuals, vegetables and herbs in raised beds that are wheelchair accessible and easy to maintain. The space will provide information and hands-on skills to encourage students to grow their own vegetables.

Gardening and preparing food is fun and really hands-on… much better than just having to sit and listen!
— Student at Jean Paul II Catholic Secondary School

During the school year, the food grown in The Urban Garden Project will be used in the Jean Paul II's breakfast program. The program, partially funded and supported by the Ontario Student Nutrition Program London/Middlesex, will provide a healthy breakfast three days per week to approximately 250 students at Jean Paul II.

During the summer months, London InterCommunity Health Centre will tend to the gardens and use the produce in their programs.

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The outdoor classroom also features permeable pavers, a sensory garden irrigated from an underground rainwater collection system, drip irrigation, a compost area and a stepping stone pathway that wanders through the environmentally sustainable garden.

The Urban Garden Project was funded by a $50,000 Healthy Eating Grant from the Ministry of Education, successfully obtained by a group of John Paul II students through the leadership of their Vice Principal, teachers and staff.

Cindy Machado, Investing in Children Community Partner Coordinator & OSNP London/Middlesex Chair

Cindy Machado, Investing in Children Community Partner Coordinator & OSNP London/Middlesex Chair

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At the ribbon cutting, garden contributors, supporters and school officials presented on the project, including the progressive irrigation system and permeable paving. City of London Mayor Matt Brown and City Councillor Mo Salih also joined the celebration, showing their support for The Urban Garden Project.

Local artist Ted Hayes, known for his tree trunk carving seen across the city, donated a wood sculpture to The Urban Garden Project and provided a demonstration of his talents.

Permacon, one of the Landscape Ontario members who worked on the project, capped off the event by hosting a barbecue for all involved.

City of London Mayor Matt Brown (Right) with City Councillor Mo Salih (Left)

City of London Mayor Matt Brown (Right) with City Councillor Mo Salih (Left)

The Urban Garden Project was made possible by contributions and volunteer efforts from John Paul II Catholic Secondary School, London Middlesex Master Gardeners and Landscape Ontario members Tydan Landscape Design, Permacon, Grand River Natural Stone, Arroc Aggregates, Aquascape, Mackenzie Irrigation, Bobcat of London, Connon Nurseries/NVK Holdings and D & J Paton Landscape Supplies.


About Landscape Ontario Horticultural Trades Association

Landscape Ontario Horticultural Trades Association is one of the most vibrant associations of its kind, comprised of over 2,000 members, ten sector groups and nine local chapters. Its trade mission is to promote the horticulture industry in Ontario, and its public mission is to promote the joys and benefits of green spaces. Learn more about the Landscape Ontario Horticultural Trades Association and Green for Life here.

About the Ontario Student Nutrition Program London/Middlesex

The Ontario Student Nutrition Program (OSNP) provides funding and a network of support to help schools across the province implement a healthy snack, breakfast or meal program for students in their community. OSNP London/Middlesex is the local contact group for student nutrition programs in London and Middlesex County. Learn more about OSNP London/Middlesex here.

TVDSB Special Olympics 2015

Between thunderstorms, tornado watches and construction, we certainly were kept on our toes last week at the TVDSB Special Olympics!

TVDSB Special Olympics 2015 - Let Me Be Brave

From June 9-11, over 900 elementary and secondary school athletes with developmental disabilities competed at the TVDSB Special Olympics at TD Waterhouse Stadium. 

Each day began with the London Police Pipes and Drums leading the students onto the field for opening ceremonies, which included an inspirational pep talk from a former Special Olympics athlete.

TVDSB Special Olympics 2015 - Pipe Band
TVDSB Special Olympics 2015 - Parade

From there, the athletes jumped (sometimes literally) into a variety of events, like wheelchair races, sprints, relays, softball throw, long jump, shot-put, and some special activities like He Shoots, She Scores, the obstacle course and fish pond. 

Peer coaches and volunteers were all close by offering encouragement and cheers of support to the eager athletes.

TVDSB Special Olympics 2015 - Long Jump

While the three-day event started off a little grey, with thunderstorms and tornado watches causing rescheduling, it ended with a beautiful, sunny day full of enthusiasm!

Thank you to all of the volunteers, sponsors and community partners who came together to make this year’s TVDSB Special Olympics such a success.

TVDSB Special Olympics 2015 - Peer Coaches
TVDSB Special Olympics 2015 - Flags

The Special Olympics is presented annually by TVDSB in partnership with Investing in Children and Special Olympics Ontario.

Kids First Day Winners Announced!

The weather was gorgeous, the activities were a blast and smiles were plentiful on Friday April 17 for Kids First Day!

On Friday April 17, thousands of children enjoyed free or low-cost activities in London and area for Kids First Day. The activities included arts and crafts, science experiments, golfing, cooking, swimming, bowling, dancing, magic shows and more!

Some favourites this year that drew hundreds of visitors, include: Fanshawe Pioneer Village, PC Cooking School at Oxford/Gammage, Storybook Gardens, Scouts Canada, and Kiwi Kraze (an amazing 500 children enjoyed 5oz of free frozen yogurt!). 

We couldn't have asked for a better day, and as we review your feedback, many of you feel the same way. At the South London Michaels location, where participants hand painted a picture frame then got their photo taken with Elsa from Frozen, one young participant told their mother, "This is better than Disney World!"

We look forward to everyone joining us for another fun event in 2016!

Thank You to Our Sponsor and Partners

A huge thank you to the Kiwanis Club of Forest City London for sponsoring Kids First Day. We would also like to thank all of the wonderful businesses and organizations who opened their doors to children and their families with free or low-cost events or donated a prize:

  • LUSO Community Services
  • Mad Science of London
  • Merrymount
  • Michaels Arts & Crafts
  • Middlesex London Health Unit
  • Museum London
  • Museum of Ontario Archaeology
  • North London Dance Centre
  • ONE Hip Hop Dance Studio
  • Ontario Early Years - London West
  • Palasad
  • PC Cooking School (RCSS)
  • Scholar's Choice
  • Scouts Canada
  • Sifton Properties Limited
  • Ska-Nah-Doht Village & Museum
  • SLNRC Families First CAPC
  • South London Community Pool
  • Stoney Creek Community Centre & YMCA
  • Storybook Gardens
  • The Grand Theatre
  • U C MAS London
  • Whitehills Childcare
  • YMCA Bob Hayward
  • YMAC Centre Branch
  • Adventures on Wonderland
  • Aikido Network
  • ArtVenture Art Studio
  • Banting House NHS
  • Bowlarama
  • Boys & Girls Club of London
  • Chapters
  • Childreach
  • City of London Recreation
  • Covent Garden Market
  • East Park Golf Gardens
  • Eldon House
  • Family Centre Carling Thames / Northbrae PS
  • Fanshawe Pioneer Village
  • Glen Cairn Community Resource Centre
  • Home Depot
  • Indigo
  • Islamic Centre of Southwestern Ontario
  • Kiwi Kraze
  • La Ribambelle
  • Laser Quest
  • London Children's Museum
  • London Public Library

Congratulations to the Winners

Children who participated in three or more activities could submit their Kids First Day Passport and/or fill out our online survey for a chance to win a prize. Congratulations to the winners and thank you to everyone else who took the time to fill out and submit their Kids First Day Passport! The winners, listed below, have all been notified via e-mail and/or phone:

  • ArtVenture Art Studio: $25 Gift Certificate for Art Classes, Birthday Parties or Art Camps - M. Cole
  • Boys & Girls Club of London: 10 Free Passes for a One-Time Visit to the Club During Drop-in Programs - K. Norton
  • Childreach: Books & Puppet - L. Bell
  • Covent Garden Market: Market Gift Certificate - M. Bourke
  • East Park Golf Gardens: 5 Water Park Day Passes - K. Sheffield
  • Fanshawe Pioneer Village: 2015 Family Membership - A. Rikley
  • Kiwi Kraze: Kiwi Kraze T-Shirt & Gift Card - D. Cooper
  • La Ribambelle: Bag of French Books - L. Mosey
  • London Children's Museum: 6 Month Family Membership - L. Cossey
  • London Public Library: Dora the Explorer Busy Book - L. Almond
  • London Public Library: Lego Ninjago Brickmaster Set - E. Pye
  • LUSO Community Services: Stuffed Toy, Bag and Books - J. Aldorn
  • LUSO Community Services: Stuffed Toy - C. Harvey
  • Mad Science of London: Gift Certificate & Bag - C. Wright
  • Museum London: Certificate for a Free PA Day Camp, Ages 6-12 - S. Doxtator
  • Museum of Ontario Archaeology: MOA Assorted Gifts - K. Mercer
  • North London Dance Studio: Dance Bag & Gift Certificate for an 8-Week Toddler Time Dance Session - L. Lafrance
  • Palasad: Bowling Party for up to 8 People - R. Cree-Lowe
  • PC Cooking School: 1 Free Kitchen Kids Cooking Class for 2 Children, Ages 6-11 - C. Tomasak
  • Scouts Canada: 3 Bags of Scout Popcorn - K. Beaton
  • Sifton Properties Limited: 3 Month Family of Four Membership at the Berkshire Club - T. Woodbridge
  • SLNRC Families First CAPC: Toy - E. Meyer
  • The Grand Theatre: 2 Tickets to BOOM - S. Meyer
  • U C MAS London: U C MAS Assorted Gifts - Trent Robichaud
  • YMCA Bob Hayward: 6 Month Family Membership to YMCA Bob Hayward - C. Carr
  • YMCA Centre Branch: 1 Month Family Pass to YMCA - T. Jenner

If you would like to host an activity for Kids First Day 2016, please e-mail info@investinginchildren.on.ca

9 Gratitude Activities for Children

If you've been following our blog, you know that gratitude has been a bit of a theme this month. From our first staff meeting of the year, where we discussed gratitude and watched this inspiring TEDTalk, to our last blog post where we shared 19 Children's Books About Gratitude to read with your little ones.

This week, we gathered a list of 9 Gratitude Activities for Children that you can do at any time of the year. Actually, many of the items on the list are perfect for adults too!

Nine Gratitude Activities for Children

1. Write in a Gratitude Journal

Gratitude journals are wonderful tools for both adults and kids. Did you know that people who keep a gratitude list report higher levels of determination and energy (Emmons and McCullough, 2003)? Or that practicing gratitude can increase your happiness by 25% (McCullough et al, 2002)? (I'm grateful that statistic exists!)

If your children are old enough, they can write in their own journal, or for younger tots, they can dictate to you. Not only will it keep them thinking about the things they are grateful for every day, it will be an amazing keepsake when they are older.

You can use a journal, a simple spiral notebook or even index cards like in the photo below.

It is a perfect activity to add to your bedtime routine, helping your little ones wind down after a big day and fall asleep with feelings of gratitude.

2. Make a Gratitude Jar

A gratitude jar is another way that your children can start each day with a thankful heart (in the words of Mama Miss).

Place a jar in a central location in your house with some scrap pieces of paper and a pen next to it. When your children think of something they are grateful for, have them write it on a piece of paper and put it in the jar. At a set interval, empty the jar and read all of your thankful thoughts together as a family.

You can download free printables here to make a gratitude jar like the one below.

Image from  Mama Miss

Image from Mama Miss

3. Donate

Donating helps your children understand how fortunate they are - and everything they have to be grateful for - whether it be a roof over their heads, clothing, toys or a loving family.

When your children outgrows their clothes or toys, encourage them to donate the items to families and children less fortunate. Involve your children in the process by researching the options available in your area, and if possible, take them with you to make the donation.

You could also hold a "gratitude garage sale" to raise funds. You can donate the money raised to a cause that you and children research together, or use the money to buy groceries for your local food bank.

4. Make a Gratitude Collage

If you're feeling crafty, try making a gratitude collage with your children. Grab some crayons, paper, glue, photos and magazine cut outs and have your children arrange items on a piece of paper. Talk about what items they chose and why they are grateful for them.

Another fun idea is to give your children a camera and have them take photos of everything they are thankful for. You can post the images in an online photo album or even create a gratitude photo book using their shots!

5. Create a Thankful Window

I found this activity on a few blogs and absolutely love it!

Pick up some window markers, and have your children write what they are grateful for on a window in your house. If you have a paned window, you could give each section to a different family member (or just section out areas with the markers).

You can wash off the writing when you're done, or have a thankful week where you add to it every day for a week.

Image from  charifogarty.com

Image from charifogarty.com

6. Write Thank You Notes

Nothing beats the personal touch of a hand-written thank you note. Your children can write thank you notes to a grandparent, sibling, friend, teacher... or even the stranger at the grocery store.

Your children will learn to think about why they appreciate something or someone and how to express that gratitude (not to mention brighten someone's day).

If your child is too young to write their own thank you note, you can involve them in other ways. If the note is for a gift, ask your child what they like about their gift and write their response for them, or have your child draw a picture for the gift giver.

The thank you cards below were made using crayon resist art. It is super easy to do and makes a beautiful thank you card! Check out the instructions are on the Happy Hooligans blog.

Image from  Happy Hooligans

Image from Happy Hooligans

7. Read Books About Gratitude

Reading books about gratitude with your children is a great way to start a discussion. Talk about how the characters feel and what it means to be thankful.

You can pull from your own collection, or head to the library for a wealth of options. Print off our list of 19 Children's Books About Gratitude or jot down a few of your favourites when you go.

And remember, as Zero to Three notes in the article Raising a Thankful Child, "your child's understanding of a book at 14 months will be different than what she gets out of it at 35 months - another good reason to share these stories over time." So keep reading and re-reading!

8. Make a Gratitude Tree

Many families make a gratitude tree for Thanksgiving, but who says you have to wait for a special holiday to make one?

A gratitude tree is a simple way for your children to show what they are grateful for in a gorgeous, visual way.

Grab a few fallen twigs and arrange them in a jar. You can use some sand or rocks to help stabilize them. Have your children cut out some leaf-shaped pieces of paper, punch a hole in one end, and attach a small loop of string. Keep the leaves in a jar beside the tree along with a pen or crayon.

Have your children write something they are grateful for on a leaf and hang it on a branch. You can write on multiple leaves at once, or slowly build your tree, writing on one gratitude leaf each day.

It is beautiful to watch the tree "bloom" as your thoughts of gratitude grow!

9. Turn it Into a Conversation

A great way to start a conversation about gratitude is to play the "What Would You Feel Without It" game (wonderful idea from Moments A Day!). Ask your children how they would feel without different items in their life (clean water, a house, a warm bed, school...). If your children are old enough, talk about how some people live without those items every day. It is a wonderful exercise in gratitude that opens up a very interesting dialogue!


As you work through the activities listed above, remember: Gratitude isn't a holiday. It isn't a 30 Day Challenge. And it isn't a lesson to be taught and forgot. Gratitude is something that you practice each and every day through your thoughts, words and actions.

I hope this list of activities has given you some inspiration on ways to help your children learn, understand and practice gratitude ever day!

19 Children's Books About Gratitude

Here at Investing in Children, gratitude is at the forefront of our minds. For our first staff meeting of the year, we discussed the importance of gratitude and understanding that behind every face there is a story. Some of those stories are heartbreaking; that is where our work comes in to make a positive difference.

From our dedicated staff, volunteers and Board of Directors, to our funders and supporters across the community, we are so grateful for your commitment and support, and for helping us make a difference!

In celebration of this warm and fuzzy feeling of gratitude, we collected 19 children's books for you to share with your little ones. 

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By Liz Garton Scanlon   Preschool to 3rd grade

By Liz Garton Scanlon
Preschool to 3rd grade

All the World

By Liz Garton Scanlon
Grades: Preschool to 3rd grade
Content: Gratitude for small daily life

Following a circle of family and friends through the course of a day from morning till night, this book affirms the importance of all things great and small in our world, from the tiniest shell on the beach, to warm family connections, to the widest sunset sky.


By Dallas Clayton   Preschool to 3rd Grade

By Dallas Clayton
Preschool to 3rd Grade

An Awesome Book of Thanks

By Dallas Clayton
Grades: Preschool to 3rd Grade
Content: Gratitude for what what you have

This book conveys, in pictures and simple yet beautiful language, all the ways one can be thankful, and all the different things in life to be thankful for. 


By James Henry Daugherty   Preschool to 2nd Grade

By James Henry Daugherty
Preschool to 2nd Grade

Andy and the Lion

By James Henry Daugherty
Grades: Preschool to 2nd Grade
Content: Gratitude for friends

In this retelling of Androcles and the Lion, Andy meets a lion on the way to school and wins his friendship for life by removing a thorn from his paw.


By Karma Wilson   Preschool to 3rd Grade

By Karma Wilson
Preschool to 3rd Grade

Bear Says Thanks

By Karma Wilson
Grades: Preschool to 3rd Grade
Content: Gratitude for friends

Karma Wilson’s playful text and Jane Chapman’s charming illustrations bring to life this celebration of family and friendship. Young readers will delight in discovering the special gift Bear has to share.


By Dr Seuss   Preschool to 4th Grade

By Dr Seuss
Preschool to 4th Grade

Did I Ever Tell You How Lucky You Are?

By Dr Seuss
Grades: Preschool to 4th Grade
Content: Gratitude for what you have

This classic book provides the perfect antidote for readers of all ages who are feeling a bit down in the dumps. Thanks to Dr. Seuss’s trademark rhymes and signature illustrations, readers will, without a doubt, realize just how lucky they truly are.


By Jake Swamp   Preschool to 2nd Grade

By Jake Swamp
Preschool to 2nd Grade

Giving Thanks

By Jake Swamp
Grades: Preschool to 2nd Grade
Content: Native message of gratitude

Giving Thanks is a special children's version of the Thanksgiving Address, a message of gratitude that originated with the Native people of upstate New York and Canada and that is still spoken at ceremonial gatherings held by the Iroquois, or Six Nations. 


By John Buccino   Preschool to 2nd Grade

By John Buccino
Preschool to 2nd Grade

Grateful: A Song of Giving Thanks

By John Buccino
Grades: Preschool to 2nd Grade
Content: Song about gratitude

Once in a while, a perfect union of words and music creates a transcendent song that soars from the heart and speaks to every soul... Grateful is such an anthem — a loving reminder of the gifts available to us when we approach life with gratitude. It is a song that inspires courage, compassion, and hope.

In this exquisite picture book and accompanying CD recorded by Art Garfunkel, Anna-Lisa Hakkarainen's radiant paintings bring John Bucchino's words to life. A joyous celebration of the beauty of the seasons, the wonders of nature, and the blessings of faith, here is a gift to be treasured by children and adults of all ages.


By Olivia Rosewood   Preschool to 3rd Grade

By Olivia Rosewood
Preschool to 3rd Grade

Gratitude Soup

By Olivia Rosewood
Grades: Preschool to 3rd Grade
Content: Gratitude for what you have

Violet the Purple Fairy learns how to make Gratitude Soup by thinking of all the things, people, places, and experiences that she is grateful for, putting them in an imaginary soup pot. She is able to shrink her pot of soup with her imagination, and she keeps the gratitude warm and flowing in her heart all day and all night. Perfect for teaching your children about gratitude with fun and play, this rhyming, colourful picture book combines collage and watercolours as Violet the Purple Fairy tells her own story of cooking with gratitude. Your children might even be inspired to make their own Gratitude Soup! 


By Margot Zemach   Preschool to 3rd grade

By Margot Zemach
Preschool to 3rd grade

It Could Always Be Worse

By Margot Zemach
Grades: Preschool to 3rd grade
Content: Yiddish folktale on gratitude

Once upon a time a poor unfortunate man lived with his mother, his wife, and his six children in a one-room hut. Because they were so crowded, the children often fought and the man and his wife argued. When the poor man was unable to stand it any longer, he ran to the Rabbi for help.

As he follows the Rabbi's unlikely advice, the poor man's life goes from bad to worse, with increasingly uproarious results. In his little hut, silly calamity follows foolish catastrophe, all memorably depicted in full-colour illustrations that are both funnier and lovelier than any this distinguished artist has done in the past.


By Mercer Mayer   Preschool to 2nd Grade

By Mercer Mayer
Preschool to 2nd Grade

Just So Thankful

By Mercer Mayer
Grades: Preschool to 2nd Grade
Content: Gratitude for what you have

There's a new kid in town who has everything Little Critter wants — a Super Streak scooter, his own cell phone, and even a limousine! But Little Critter soon realizes that he has something money cannot buy — a family who loves and adores him.


By Douglas Wood   Preschool to 3rd Grade

By Douglas Wood
Preschool to 3rd Grade

Secret of Saying Thanks

By Douglas Wood
Grades: Preschool to 3rd Grade
Content: Gratitude for the wonders of life

In the inspirational text that made him a bestselling, internationally acclaimed author, Douglas Wood offers a spiritual homage to nature and the world. Greg Shed's stunning portraits of the natural world tenderly portray all of the many ways in which we can say thanks for the wonders we sometimes take granted in life.


By Rob Scotton   Preschool to 3rd Grad

By Rob Scotton
Preschool to 3rd Grad

Splat Says Thank You!

By Rob Scotton
Grades: Preschool to 3rd Grade
Content: Thankful for friendship

Splat the Cat's trusty mouse friend, Seymour, needs cheering up, and Splat wants to help. He's been working on something special for Seymour — not just a thank-you card but a thank-you book! His book lists all the sweet and often hilarious reasons Splat is thankful for their friendship.

The funny adventures that Splat and Seymour have had together, complete with animated illustrations and a laugh-out-loud text from bestselling author and illustrator Rob Scotton, will leave Splat fans thankful to know this cat-and-mouse duo.


By William Steig   Preschool to 2nd Grade

By William Steig
Preschool to 2nd Grade

Sylvester and the Magic Pebble

By William Steig
Grades: Preschool to 2nd Grade
Content: Gratitude for your family

Sylvester can’t believe his luck when he finds a magic pebble that can make wishes come true. But when a lion jumps out at him on his way home, Sylvester is shocked into making a wish that has unexpected consequences. After overcoming a series of obstacles, Sylvester is eventually reunited with his loving family. Illustrated with William Steig’s glowing pictures, this winner of the Caldecott Medal is beloved by children everywhere.


By Nikki Grimes   1st Grade to 5th Grade

By Nikki Grimes
1st Grade to 5th Grade

Thanks a Million

By Nikki Grimes
Grade: 1st Grade to 5th Grade
Content: Poems on being thankful

In sixteen extraordinary poems that range in form from a haiku to a rebus to a riddle, Nikki Grimes reminds us how wonderful it is to feel thankful, and how powerful a simple "thank you" can be.


By Stan Berenstain   Preschool to 2nd Grade

By Stan Berenstain
Preschool to 2nd Grade

The Berenstain Bears Count Their Blessings

By Stan Berenstain
Grades: Preschool to 2nd Grade
Content: Gratitude for what you have

Mama Bear is tired of hearing how many Bearbie dolls Lizzy Bruin has and how many Game Bear video games Cousin Freddy just got. During a thunderstorm, Mama gets her cubs to realize that love and a good home are much more valuable than material possessions.  


By Shel Silverstein   Preschool to 3rd Grade

By Shel Silverstein
Preschool to 3rd Grade

The Giving Tree

By Shel Silverstein
Grades: Preschool to 3rd Grade
Content: The gift of giving

This is a tender story, touched with sadness, aglow with consolation. Shel Silverstein has created a moving parable for readers of all ages that offers an affecting interpretation of the gift of giving and a serene acceptance of another's capacity to love in return.


By Todd Parr   Preschool to 1st Grade

By Todd Parr
Preschool to 1st Grade

The Thankful Book

By Todd Parr
Grades: Preschool to 1st Grade
Content: Giving thanks

Todd Parr's bestselling books have taught kids about unconditional love, respecting the earth, facing fears, and more, all with his signature blend of playfulness and sensitivity. Now, The Thankful Book celebrates all the little things children can give thanks for. From everyday activities like reading and bathtime to big family meals together and special alone time between parent and child, Todd inspires readers to remember all of life's special moments. The perfect book to treasure and share, around the holidays and throughout the year.


By Alice Walker   Kindergarten and up

By Alice Walker
Kindergarten and up

There’s a Flower at the Tip of My Nose Smelling Me

By Alice Walker
Grades: Kindergarten and up
Content: Self, nature and creativity

In a beautifully poetic and gently provocative text, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Alice Walker invites readers young and old to see the world — and our place in it — through new eyes.

Glowing colours and radiant images accompany this joyous celebration of the connections and interconnections between self, Nature, and creativity.


By Maribeth Boelts   Preschool to 3rd Grade

By Maribeth Boelts
Preschool to 3rd Grade

Those Shoes

By Maribeth Boelts
Grades: Preschool to 3rd Grade
Content: Gratitude for what you have

All Jeremy wants is a pair of those shoes, the ones everyone at school seems to be wearing. Though Jeremy’s grandma says they don’t have room for "want," just "need," when his old shoes fall apart at school, he is more determined than ever to have those shoes, even a thrift-shop pair that are much too small. But sore feet aren’t much fun, and Jeremy soon sees that the things he has — warm boots, a loving grandma, and the chance to help a friend — are worth more than the things he wants.


Did we forget something? 

Send us a message if we missed an important children's book about gratitude!

Book descriptions from Amazon.