What do your customers do when they feel down, confused or angry? Young kids often don’t know how to work out their feelings and, when problems get bottled up, they can become miserable. Here’s a clever solution! The Feeling Bag is a short, simple book that deals with emotions and how to release them. The original book was developed by writer Jennifer Griffin when she noticed her young daughter going through tough times brought about by a difficult period. The book comes in a choice of boy or girl versions. With each book comes a plush Feeling Bag that kids can punch and hit or hug and take to bed.
Childhood just isn’t complete without the plaintive wails of a child begging for a pet. And that pet? Usually a dog. You may have seen books about the responsibility of getting a pet, but JJ The American Street Dog and How He Came to Live In Our House goes beyond that and teaches valuable lessons about all the amazing things that can come from adopting a rescue dog. The author, Diane Rose-Solomon, is a Certified Humane Education Specialist and has been involved with rescue for 18 years, ever since she adopted a homeless dog.
Experts agree that reading is one of the best pastimes for children. It stimulates the brain and helps children create important developmental skills. But what they read is just as important as picking up the book in the first place. Books that grab a child’s attention, like the Harry Potter series, help motivate children to to read more. Attention grabbers with positive messages are even better, which is the clear selling point of Brooks Olbrys’s children’s tale, The Adventures of Blue Ocean Bob – A Journey Begins (ages 6 to 10). Lushly illustrated by Disney Interactive veteran Kevin Keele, the book lays out positive messages for finding a goal.
Buddy stories have always been popular among children and adults alike. The idea of two (or more) friends joined together on a journey, facing challenges and learning new things, is one that will never go out of style. Night Buddies, Impostors and One Far Out Flying Machine is story of a group of friends, who although very different from one another, share a special bond that takes them on some wild adventures. Author Sands Hetherington is a North Carolina resident with a passion for telling creative and interesting stories to children. He was inspired to write the Night Buddies series by bedtime stories he used to tell to his son John. They enjoyed expanding on the themes and tossing ideas around until their stories grew and took on a life of their own.
Religious families know that sharing their basic beliefs with young children helps form their faith foundation early. A new book, Stella Strawberry: the Fruit of Love aims to show little ones how to love those around them. This book, the first in a collection of nine, uses rhythm to capture a child’s interest about the fruits of the Holy Spirit. The books are written by Yira Jones, who was inspired to create the collection after a bible study course that focused on the fruits of the spirit. With vibrant, full-color illustrations on every page, Stella Strawberry draws young readers and those who read to them into Stella’s world.
Physics is one of the oldest academic fields of study and deals with discovering the rules which all physical objects — little ones, big ones, light ones and heavy ones — obey. It’s a general analysis of nature conducted to understand how the universe behaves. Holding, moving, dropping and rolling all demonstrate physics. Attention-grabbing retailers might set up a demonstration of some of these actions to entice customers to ask questions. This leads into showing them Primary Physics: The Principles Behind Roman Machines, a fascinating book that teaches kids about eight different models of inventions from the time of the Roman Empire.
“Sound bites” are the news teasers of the airwaves. Lightening-speed information demands that we express ourselves in a snappy way much of the time. This new paradigm is what gives rise to slang, abbreviation (aka “text speak”) and sometimes, just plain poor English. While this may sound like the beginning of the end for our linguistic heritage, there is a ray of hope. Parents can teach their children the skills necessary to communicate succinctly and efficiently, in a style known as “talk less, say more”. Publishing house Little Snail Series encourages this type of heightened communication.
Invite a little magic into your customers’ lives by showing them an intriguing bit of wall décor that comes with a book to help them welcome a fairy, elf or gnome into their homes. Fantasy takes us where we might not otherwise go. Kids love fantasy and will thrill to the opportunity when they get A Little Lair. Each of these “lairs” is a whimsical door that is accompanied by a read-along page book that explores the many ways to make magic happen. Mac, an elf, introduces himself and guides kids and their families on the journey, explaining how, by placing a Lair on the wall, the little people can enter, making good dreams happen and diminishing night terrors.
By Lauren Rollheiser - Thursday, November 1st 2012
Everyone loves the tooth fairy! Losing those first few baby teeth is a rite of passage to kids, another milestone to growing up. Who hasn’t seen the unmistakable grin of a kid showing off his loose tooth, and later a toothless smile? Parents have celebrated this event with tales of the Tooth Fairy for generations. This whimsical story, The Tale of the Tooth Fairy, gives kids a glimpse into the magical world of fairies and the endearing story of how the Tooth Fairy got her job. Not only is the story enchanting, but the product makes a perfect gift.