Back-to-School Resources for Kids

Aug 9, 2021 10:30:00 AM / by Beaming Books

BB_BackToSchool2021_BlogBanner

This back-to-school season is filled with uncertainty.  At Beaming Books, we believe in creating resources to help all kids thrive, especially when they are faced with big challenges and changes. This list includes books to help us all prepare for the days ahead, covering topics like curiosity, mindfulness, inspiring historical figures, and everything in between.

 

BB_TheGirlWithBigBigQuestions_Cover

The Girl with Big, Big Questions

Britney Winn Lee

"Why can't people live on the moon?"

"Can I be president when I grow up?"

"What makes a person good?"

These are just some of the questions that bubble forth from one little girl with twinkling eyes and a curious mind. When the girl finds that her big questions make some people uncomfortable, she stops asking. But then she learns that her questions can solve problems and that asking questions is how we learn and grow. The Girl with Big, Big Questions celebrates the spirit of curiosity and the joy of learning. A lively picture book about a persistent girl and her quest for knowledge.

Early Grade (5–8 years)

Shop Now

 

The Boy with Big, Big Feelings Cover

The Boy with Big, Big Feelings

Britney Winn Lee

Especially after a difficult year and a half, many kids (and adults!) find themselves experiencing big feelings. In The Boy with Big, Big Feelings, meet a boy with feelings so big that they glow from his cheeks, spill out of his eyes, and jump up and down on his chest. When a loud truck drives by, he cries. When he hears a joke, he bursts with joy. When his loved ones are having a hard day, he feels their emotions as if they were his own. The boy tries to cope by stuffing down his feelings, but with a little help and artistic inspiration, the boy realizes his feelings are something to be celebrated.

Download a free parent guide for helpful tips on how you can support and nurture kids with big, big feelings.

Preschool (3–5 years); Early Grade (5–8 years)

Shop Now

 

BB mightier than the sword flat

Mightier Than the Sword

Rochelle Melander

Throughout history, people have picked up their pens and wielded their words—transforming their lives, their communities, and beyond. Now it's your turn! Representing a diverse range of backgrounds and experiences, Mightier Than the Sword connects over forty inspiring biographies with life-changing writing activities and tips, showing readers just how much their own words can make a difference. These richly illustrated stories of inspiring speechmakers, scientists, explorers, authors, poets, activists, and even other kids and young adults will engage and encourage young people to pay attention to their world, to honor their own ideas and dreams, and to embrace the transformative power of words to bring good to the world.

Download the free Mightier Than the Sword Activity Pack for kids to continue learning about people who have changed the world through writing!

Middle Grade (9–13 years)

Shop Now

 

BB big bear was not the same flat

Big Bear Was Not the Same

Joanna Rowland

Little Bear loves the woods, his home, and going on adventures with his best friend, Big Bear. . Then something scary happens to Big Bear. He's caught in a forest fire. Even after he escapes and is safe, Little Bear can tell that Big Bear is not the same. He runs, roars, or freezes in fear when ordinary things happen in the woods that remind him of that traumatic day. How can Little Bear's big, strong, brave friend be so scared now? And how can Little Bear be a good friend?

In Big Bear Was Not the Same, Joanna Rowland, author of the bestelling book The Memory Box, gently introduces young readers to the common feelings of fear, anxiety, and anger that can follow a traumatic event, and shows them how to have empathy and compassion for themselves and for loved ones experiencing the effects of trauma.

Big Bear Was Not the Same includes backmatter written by a family therapist with information on how to talk about trauma with children.

Preschool (3–5 years); Early Grade (5–8 years)

Shop Now

 

BB poet pilgrim rebel flat

Poet, Pilgrim, Rebel

Katie Munday Williams

Late at night, with her children tucked into bed and her husband away on business, Anne Dudley Bradstreet composed poems by candlelight. Puritan women in the 1600s weren't allowed to be writers. But when the world learned about Anne's poetry, even she was astonished by what happened next. This charmingly illustrated picture book tells the inspiring story of how a Puritan woman overcame the obstacles facing women of her era to become one of the most famous poets in history. A gifted writer of deep faith, Anne Bradstreet blazed a trail for the rights of women to study, write, and achieve.

Download the free Poet, Pilgrim, Rebel Educator's Guide for kids to continue learning about Anne Bradstreet and her writing.

Early Grade (5–8 years)

Shop Now

 

BB_BellasRecipeForSuccess_Cover

Bella's Recipe for Success

Ana Siqueria

Bella wants to find out what she's good at. But she quits everything she (barely) tries because she's a disaster at it. When she decides to learn how to bake with her wise old abuela, her first attempt at dulce de leche frosting looks like scaly cocodrilo skin. She must learn it's okay to try again or she won't be good at anything. Peppered with Spanish vocabulary and set in an intergenerational Latinx home, Bella's Recipe for Success will show all kids the value of practicing to learn a new skill, and that it's okay to make mistakes along the way.

Download the free Bella's Recipe for Success dulce de leche recipe and Spanish flashcards for kids to continue learning with Bella!

Early Grade (5–8 years)

Shop Now

 

BB all about anxiety flat

All About Anxiety

Carrie Lewis

Anxiety. It's an emotion that rears its head almost every day, from the normal worries and concerns that most of us experience, to outright fear when something scary happens, to the anxiety disorders that many kids live with daily. But what causes anxiety? And what can we do about it?

All About Anxiety tackles these questions from every possible angle. Readers will learn what's going on in their brain and central nervous system when they feel anxious. They'll learn about the evolutionary reasons for fear and anxiety and that anxiety isn't always a bad thing—except for when it is! Most importantly, kids will discover new strategies to manage their anxiety so they can live and thrive with anxiety.

Middle Grade (9–13 years)

Shop Now

 

BB Opening the Road flat

Opening the Road

Keila V. Dawson

In the late 1930s when segregation was legal and Black Americans couldn't visit every establishment or travel everywhere they wanted to safely, a New Yorker named Victor Hugo Green decided to do something about it. Green wrote and published a guide that listed places where his fellow Black Americans could be safe in New York City. The guide sold like hot cakes! Soon customers started asking Green to make a guide to help them travel and vacation safely across the nation too. With the help of his mail carrier co-workers and the African American business community, Green's guide allowed millions of African Americans to travel safely and enjoy traveling across the nation.

In the first picture book about the creation and distribution of The Green Book, author Keila Dawson and illustrator Alleanna Harris tell the story of the man behind it and how this travel guide opened the road for a safer, more equitable America.

Download the free Opening the Road Educator's Guide for kids to continue learning about Victor Hugo Green and his Green Book!

Preschool (3–5 years); Early Grade (5–8 years)

Shop Now

 

BB when things are hard remember flat

When Things Are Hard, Remember

Joanna Rowland

A seed falls to the ground. A child moves away from home. Can life bloom in a new place?With gentle storytelling and poetic language, Joanna Rowland explores what it means to have hope—hope that things will get better, hope that you are cared for even when things are hard, and hope that new growth is waiting to burst forth, just around the corner.

Preschool (3–5 years); Early Grade (5–8 years)

Shop Now

 

BB awesomely emma flat

Awesomely Emma

Amy Webb

All kids have the power to advocate for themselves and others. Emma has limb differences, but different isn't bad, sad, or strange. It's just different! But when some accessibility problems get in the way at the local art museum, it ruins the fun of a class trip...and then Emma's friend Charley makes things even worse! In the middle of a really bad day, Emma has to call upon her sense of inner awesome to stand up for herself and teach everyone a lesson about the transformative power of feeling awesome in your own skin.

Amy Webb's follow-up to When Charley Met Emma, Awesomely Emma will have all kids cheering as they learn to see the inner awesome in themselves and those around them.

Preschool (3–5 years); Early Grade (5–8 years)

Shop Now

 

BB courageous creativity flat

Courageous Creativity

Sara Zarr

It can be scary to create something. Before you can even work on your craft, you have to face down the fear of messing up or looking silly, the perfectionism that keeps you from even starting, and the negative voices inside your head that say you don't have anything valuable to offer.

Well, you do have something to offer! Being creative is a right, and in this book, National Book Award finalist Sara Zarr will help you get started. Her advice and encouragement are paired with exercises to help you face down your fears, let go of expectations, stop comparing yourself to others, and make your art with courage. Courageous Creativity will empower readers to express themselves with self-confidence, bravery, and joy.

Download free coloring pages to encourage kids to express their creativity and create art inspired by Courageous Creativity.

Middle Grade (9–13 years); Teen (13–18 years)

Shop Now

 

BB catching thoughts

Catching Thoughts

Bonnie Clark

Have you ever had an unwelcome thought that you just couldn't lose, no matter how hard you tried to push it away? For every child who has been weighed down by sadness or anxiety, this charming story about a little girl who has a thought she simply cannot lose teaches kids how to acknowledge unwanted thoughts, show them compassion, then actively let them go. Through this delightful story with charming illustrations, children learn how to practice mindfulness, focusing on thoughts that bring beauty, joy, and calm into their lives.

Preschool (3–5 years); Early Grade (5–8 years)

Shop Now

 

BB whats in your mind today flat

What's in Your Mind Today?

Louise Bladen

Children who struggle with negative thoughts may wonder how to make them go away. In this guided, illustrated meditation for kids, author Louise Bladen offers a simple mindfulness practice, not to banish bad thoughts, but to feel calm in the midst of thoughts that come and go. Children will learn how to breathe and center themselves in their bodies, find different ways to think about their positive and negative thoughts, and ultimately learn that they have the ability to feel calm and at peace no matter what kinds of thoughts happen to be in their mind at any particular moment.

These kid-friendly mindfulness excercises, inspired by What's in Your Mind Today?, are designed to help children learn to breathe and center themselves, especially during times of increased anxiety.

Preschool (3–5 years); Early Grade (5–8 years)

Shop Now

 

To browse all of our books, visit beamingbooks.com

To browse all of our free downloads and resource guides, please visit beamingbooks.com/resources.

Topics: Resources

Beaming Books

Written by Beaming Books

Beaming Books publishes high-quality children’s books that help kids thrive socially, emotionally, and spiritually.

Subscribe to Email Updates

Find us on social media

Recent Posts