All about animals at play and things children see every day. These rhythmic nursery rhymes will get stuck in your head and make for happy dreams when kids go to bed.
We are all visual people, and it starts at an early age. Children develop their language skills by associating what they see with the sounds (words) adults use.
Each nursery rhyme children’s book features a single stanza per page with a matching image. This is helpful for early readers as they learn to sound out multisyllabic words.
According to Susan A. Miller Ed.D., Ellen Booth Church, and Carla Poole in the “Ages & Stages: How Children Develop Self-Concept” for SCHOLASTIC Early Childhood Today.
Starting around 18 months old, children begin to see themselves as separate and unique individuals. Although forming one’s self-concept is a lifelong process, how the child feels about themselves in the early years (positive or negative) can set a pattern for the rest of their life.
Children define themselves in concrete terms between the ages of 3-5, including their physical attributes, names, ages, gender identities, social affiliations, possessions, and abilities. A young child’s self-image tends to be descriptive rather than judgmental.
How preschoolers feel about these characteristics relates to their self-esteem. Children need to absorb information about how others respond to them to confirm how they feel about themselves.
When children reach ages five and six, they transition from “me” to “us” awareness and begin to define themselves within social groups, and self-respect begins.
While self-concept is about “who I am,” self-respect is more about “how I take care of myself.” A strong sense of self allows children to speak up if they think something is not fair, if they are being ignored, or don’t feel well. The keyword is respect. As their self-concepts grow to include self-respect, children learn that what is fair for them also must be fair for those around them.
You don’t have to wear labels others create, including gender identities or roles – our characters don’t!
All names & pronouns are gender-neutral in our books, and there are no gender-exclusive roles or tasks.
Different ethnicities, cultures, ancestry & heritage are to be celebrated and shared – anyone can be from anywhere!
Our characters call imagination their home.
All colors, hues, tones, textures & patterns of skin, hair/fur & eyes are beautiful!
Our characters only compete with friends for fun in a foot/speed race.
The world is made up of assorted sizes, shapes, and types of mobility. Each is valuable and important to the situation in which one lives.
Our characters represent this spectrum of design, and when faced with a limitation, they use tools to overcome it.
Clothing and accessories show off your style, but they don’t define you!
Our characters like to wear blue jeans, t-shirts and have free-flowing, medium-length hair. How about you?
If you can dream it, you can achieve it – everyone is SMART! Everyone is ABLE! Everyone can be SUCCESSFUL!
Our characters have found that sometimes success is best as a shared experience and use teamwork for challenging tasks.