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Here at the Wild + Brave Club, we believe in connected parenting, embracing neurodivergence (ADHD, autism, anxiety, etc.), cultivating mindfulness, and the restorative power of time in nature.
We write books and create resources to uplift communities and help children and families build resilience, positive self-talk, and a growth mindset.
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BUILD RESILIENCE + POSITIVE SELF TALK
WARNING: reading the book "Strong, Smart, Kind and Brave" will encourage positive self talk, resilience, and a growth mindset. ONLY read this book if you're prepared for a heartwarning reminder that everyone has their own strengths, and everyone (even parents) (even TEACHERS) makes mistakes sometimes.
Strong, Smart, Kind and Brave is a wonderful read with a powerful message for kids. The illustrations are beautiful and eye catching. The character is relatable to any child. I love the idea of the "inner spark" as a great, yet simple, way for kids to view their inner selves. It sends a powerful message that children are much more than their behaviours, which are rooted in big feelings, and don't sum up who they are as a person. I truly appreciated the growth mindset messaging as we are very big on growth mindset in our family. We all make mistakes and we can learn and grow from them. Every child needs to know that!
The reframing of a child's negative thoughts into positive ones is excellent and so important for all children, especially those who struggle with anxiety.
Parents and children alike will benefit from this story which can be read again and again. Every teacher should have this book in their classroom too.
This amazing little "imperfect fairy tale" has entered into our world at the most perfect time! Its quirky, loveable, gender neutral main character delivers a message about the power of love both of ourselves and others. We are reminded of the need to nurture our inner spark so as to make our world a better place. The author pens a personal note to her readers that is both touching and encouraging, and thoughtfully issues every reader an invitation to connect. The illustrations are pure delight!! Several copies of this book belong on a shelf, in every classroom, in our world!
This heart-warming tale made me feel all the feels! As an adult that experiences anxiety and as a teacher that struggles to help students remember how ‘strong, smart, kind, and brave’ they are I truly feel in love with this story.
Teaching primary-aged students comes with a large set of challenges aside from teaching academics. I am always looking for resources that my students can both relate to and learn from. This book is a tool that I will use in my classroom to promote positive self image and growth mind-set. Although there are books out there that touch on these subjects, I have yet to find a book like this. The words and illustrations work together to make us root for the hero of this fairy tale. I feel that all of us can relate to the main character as they cast doubt on themselves. This story allows for so much potential discussion and reflection with children of all ages. I look forward to exploring this text with my grade 2/3 class. I also appreciate that Andrea’s hero is gender neutral. This makes the character that more widely relatable.
I don't know a kid (and possibly adult) that couldn't benefit from this story. We can all use more self-love and forgiveness.
Thank you, Andrea, for sharing this story with the world! I can’t wait to share it with my students and daughters!
I thought this book was amazing. Finally a book that addresses anxiety in children but talks about things kids can do to help with anxiety, negative self talk and resiliency. So many other books are vague about practical solutions. It's talk about qualities I want my children to be proud of. My son enjoyed the book and the illustrations. I love how inclusive it is. I wish I had read a book like this when I was a kid.
This is an amazing and heart warming story, for all ages. The simple messages we often forget to tell ourselves, are a nice reminder for children and adults alike. Perfect for story time and gift giving.
This tale of a strong, smart, kind and brave child is something we can all connect with. The feelings that sometimes trouble the child we have all faced and this book helps us know that these feelings are normal, and there are ways to help conquer them. It is a wonderful story for kids of all ages, to encourage, to inspire and to show how they matter in this world. I appreciate the fun and interactive way the story helps us think about ourselves, and reasons to love who we are.
This book is so sweet and fun. It reminds us that even on our worst days that we are each strong, ,smart, kind, and brave. Not just a good reminder for kids, but also their adults. Told in a simple way with beautiful art. A great book that encourages positive self image and resilience.
As a parent, I love everything about this book! I have a neurodivergent child, as well as a child that's learning to manage anxiety, and a non-binary child. This book uses the singular they pronoun allowing the reader to infer whatever gender they want - but is simultaneously also inclusive of those who are starving for representation of nonbinary characters in children's picture books. Kudos to the author for making that decision! The book is written in a playful manner that makes it fun for children to read, and also fun and interactive if being read to. As an advocate for children's emotional care and wellness, I love that this book approaches common emotions and feelings in a creative, yet relatable way. I highly recommend this book for all parents, but also for teachers and counselors to include in their social-emotional lesson plans. I look forward to more books from this author.
This is a fantastic package to support kids who need some help with how they see themselves. I love that it has the book, plus the stickers and mirror stickers too. I can read the book with my children, then use the mirror clings and stickers to help remind them of this important message all day. Mirror clings attach easy to the mirror and come off well too.
FREE RESOURCE PACK
We have created a free resource pack for educators + parents to accompany the book Strong, Smart, Kind and Brave. This 10-page PDF includes a four-day repeated read aloud plan, extensions/learning center activities, and seven open-ended worksheets.
"Speak to your children as if they are the wisest, kindest, most beautiful & magical humans on earth, for what they believe is what they will become." - Brooke Hampton
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
I'm Andrea, a Canadian mom and former teacher. I know what it is like to feel in The Pit of parenting, to feel lost in a spiral of internet research, to question and second guess everything you’re doing to support your child and still feel like you’re failing as a parent. Spoiler alert: you’re not failing, and you’re not alone.