Book Review, KidLit

KidLit Review | Can-Do Kids Series – Kayla J.W. Marnach

I was lucky to receive a fun little series for kids, all about teaching them what really matters.
I can do that
I Can Do That!: A Book on Self-Regulation
Can-Do Kids #2
by Kayla J.W. Marnach
Illustrated by: Kate Collazo
Publisher: YANA Press
Release Date: March 14, 2018
Genre: KidLit | Social Issues
Pages: 30
Age(s): 5-6
Source: Author in Exchange for Honest Review
Buy: Amazon
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Reviewed by Megan

I Can Do That! helps children learn self-regulating techniques. Told through rhyme from a child’s point of view, strategies are shared empowering the child to effectively learn and practice ways they can control their emotions and actions when they feel themselves becoming dysregulated. The discussion questions at the end of the book provide an easy transition for counselors and parents to open a discussion, assisting the child in exploring ways they can learn to manage themselves. 

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This book is a fun way for kids to see that they are in control of their bodies and their lives when sometimes, it can feel like you aren’t in control of anything. As a kid, it can be hard to have to sit still in class or always do what an adult tells you. In this one, it’s kids telling kids what they can do. It’s a nice change 🙂 And the discussion questions at the end really make it easy for a parent to sit down with their child and get into a more in-depth discussion. Mister Chu was a little young to understand everything in this book but it is one I will set aside for a year down the road. He did enjoy the rhymes and illustrations, however 🙂

my actions matter
My Actions Matter: A Book on Life Values
Can-Do Kids #3
by Kayla J.W. Marnach
Illustrated by: Kate Collazo
Publisher: YANA Press
Release Date: June 19, 2018
Genre: KidLit | Social Issues
Pages: 26
Age(s): 5-6
Source: Author in Exchange for Honest Review
Buy: Amazon 
Add it on Goodreads
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Reviewed by Megan

My Actions Matter helps children learn life value skills, creating a foundation on how they can connect with others. Told through rhyme from a child’s point of view this book provides strategies for the child to learn how their actions influence others. The questions at the end of the book provide an easy transition for counselors and parents to open a discussion assisting the child in exploring ways they can effectively correct their behavior and connect with others. In my professional counseling, I encourage caregivers to use My Actions Matter as a part of their everyday interaction. Kayla has written an easy to use tool that is foundational in implementing life value strategies for children and their ability to connect with others. With the sing-song rhythm and diverse characters, children can relate to and understand that their actions do matter. The Behaviors Display a Need and Explorations and Activities sections add a dimension making My Actions Matter a complete tool for caregivers to use easily, effectively, and with confidence. I delight in reading My Actions Matter in session and with my own children. -Brandi Winters, LCSW

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This book, like I Can Do That!, shows kids in a fun, rhyming way that what they say and do really does matter. The fun illustrations and quirky little rhymes show them that it’s a good thing to share our toys and be respectful, even if we don’t always want to. This book touches on so many subjects, from respect and listening when we’re told to do something, to being gentle with animals and compromising. So many values in such a cute, short space. And, again, the discussion questions at the end take this book to an entirely new level. Mister Chu really enjoyed this one, even with it being (again), just a bit over his age range. As a four-year-old, it IS helpful in teaching him that what he does makes a difference. This is a very helpful tool for any parent out there 🙂


 

20180508_223201.pngMister Chu and I received a complementary copy of both My Actions Matter and I Can Do That! from the author in exchange for our honest review. The gifting of these books in no way influenced our review and all opinions expressed within are entirely our own (mostly mine – he liked the illustrations, silly boy!)

IMG_20180508_192709_490000.pngDo you have a favorite KidLit book that you use to teach a child respect or that they are important too? Are you just here to share your favorite picture books with us? Link up your #ChildrensBookTuesday posts in the comments below and we’ll stop over and give them a look 🙂 And, as always, thanks for reading!

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