Yes, I said "giveaway"! Keep reading, my friends....
Recently I was alerted to a pretty hip new (or at least new to me) publishing company called Little Pickle Press. I know, cute name, right? Their mission is (and I quote), "Little Pickle Press is dedicated to helping parents and educators cultivate conscious, responsible little people by stimulating explorations of the meaningful topics of their generation through a variety of media, technologies, and techniques."
Wouldn't it be dreamy to have a room full of conscious, responsible little friends who are conscious and responsible each and every day they show up to school?
A woman can dream.
Oh, and one of the best parts is that 10% of every book purchase goes straight to the Starlight Children's Foundation.
And if that wasn't good ENOUGH, the Little Pickle Press Store has created a promotional code JUST FOR US!! See, I TOLD you reading this blog would pay off someday. Simply enter the promo code FLOWERS in when prompted during checkout and receive any TWO of their books along with a complimentary poster all for $29.95!! CHA-CHING, people, cha-ching.
Let's catch our breath, shall we?
Anyhow, the peeps over at Little Pickle (say that five times fast) have a new book out called What Does It Mean To Be Present? by Rana DiOrio. Very zen, very live in the moment. Love it. Here's a peek at the cover:
I got the privilege of previewing (and reviewing) this fabulous little book and I LOVED IT! And you know I have a hard time sugar coating things, so I really mean it. I think this would make a perfect read aloud for the beginning of the school year. I kind of want to buy a copy for each of my Super Colleagues and mail it off as a Back To School present. (By the way, sending your teacher friends a back to school gift = amazing idea. Do it.)
Basically this whole book sets out to answer the question "What does it mean to be present?" I know, huge concept, but they break it down beautifully. By beginning with and dispelling popular definitions of "present" (e.g. in attendance or a gift) which are also those that will come to mind first for our friends, this book is off to a clear start.
From there, each page has a new notion of what it means to be present, starting with the idea of being present at school. With gorgeous illustrations, we see children being present by listening, helping and noticing one another, appreciating what they have (Instead of fighting over back packs and Game Boys...do kids even play with Game Boys anymore? I'm so old.) and focusing on the now rather than what comes next (like recess).
Perhaps my favorite part is where the author writes that being present means making mistakes and learning from them.
I mean, can we get a slow clap going up in here or what? I don't know how much time I spend talking with my friends about how important mistakes are and how we all learn so much from them and that I can't do my job without noticing and learning from their mistakes too and blah blah blah...IT'S NOT ALL ABOUT THE RIGHT ANSWER!
Ahem. Sorry about that...but My Making Mistakes speech is pretty popular.
Back to the book. Then we see children being present at home and in their lives by appreciating their families, homes, food and the world around them.
As a teacher, I totally dug the use of adjectives....I mean, "wiggly puppies", "rolling waves" and "cawing seagulls"? COME ON! You could totes snag a couple of these pages and use them as a mentor text to elevate the quality of your friends' writing by adding better describing words. * sigh * To read a story with words other than "big" and "happy"....
And can you say "amazing springboard for a book talk"? 'Cuz this one would be great! I would SO use this book to start off my year, not only because it would be great to use to establish routines for talking about and enjoying books together, but because the larger message is one you could build your entire classroom culture around.
IT'S LIKE MANY BIRDS, ONE STONE.
If I haven't sold you on this book already, the whole thing is printed in an environmentally friendly fashion. There are even details in the back about the energy that was saved by making such conscious choices. And, if you're interested, Little Pickle Press offers two other titles (for now): What Does It Mean To Be Green? and What Does It Mean To Be Global? Check them out over at their store.
Let's get to the giveaway part, shall we? The author has graciously donated 3 signed copies of her book and 3 posters to be given away on this blog. There are three ways to win...try one, try 'em all and good luck!
Three Ways To Enter:
* Leave a comment on this post...maybe something about how you would use a book like this in your classroom. I'll pick a winner using a random number generator.
* Leave a comment over at Little Pickle Press on Facebook. The comment that gets the most "likes" will win the signed book and poster so BE CREATIVE and FABULOUS. (You know, be yourselves.)
* Sign up to follow Little Pickle Media on Twitter. One random follower will be chosen by Little Pickle to win.
The contest starts today and ends on Saturday, August 14th. I'll announce the winner on Sunday the 15th on the old bloggy blog, so keep your eyes peeled.
One last thing for today. If you're totally into all this, click on over to see Little Pickle Press' Big Contest to name their next book! What Does It Mean To Be _______? You fill in the blank!
I'd vote for What Does It Mean To Be Fabulous, but that seems to be more in line with my mission...