Sunday, March 22, 2015

Spring Reading 2015 Stand Tall! A Book about Integrity


Integrity is one of the life skills that many schools include in their character education or guidance programs. This is a great introduction to and explanation of the concept. As with all the books in Being the Best Me series, the illustrations show children in typical situations at home and at school. In this case, each one is a chance for the narrator to make the right choice, even if no one is watching. It is good to show that integrity is not about trying to earn recognition or praise, but it is about being true to yourself and doing the right thing. 

An activity guide for adults follows the story, making this easy to use for parents and teachers. It would do especially well for starting a class discussion about integrity and having students share other examples besides those shown in the book.

I read an e-book provided by the publisher through NetGalley.

Additional information from NetGalley:

From the author of the popular Learning to Get Along® books comes a one-of-a-kind character-development series. Each of the first six books in the Being the Best Me! series helps children learn, understand, and develop attitudes and positive character traits that strengthen self-confidence and a sense of purpose. Each book focuses on a specific attitude or character trait—optimism, self-esteem, assertiveness, resilience, integrity, and forgiveness. Also included are discussion questions, games, activities, and additional information for adults. Filled with diversity, these social story books will be welcome in school, home, and childcare settings.

Cheri J. Meiners, M.Ed., has her master’s degree in elementary education and gifted education. A former first-grade teacher, she has taught education classes at Utah State University and has supervised student teachers. Cheri and her husband, David, have six children and enjoy the company of their lively grandchildren. They live in Laurel, Maryland.

Elizabeth Allen is an artist and professional illustrator of children’s picture books as well as a former songwriter and jazz musician. She has exhibited her art in galleries in the Midwest and on the East Coast. Elizabeth lives on a river running through a forest near St. Paul, Minnesota.

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