You Are Never Alone

Happy Friday; how are things going for you today?
I got back late last night from a Character Strong training in CA;
check out this serene sight from my airplane window.
Isn't the shadow of my plane encircled by a rainbow glorious?

I thought it made the perfect backdrop for this self-care quote.
How do you make sure to carve out me, too time?
Today's PPBF is a great catalyst for that conversation.

Title: You Are Never Alone
Author: Elin Kelsey
Artwork by: Soyeon Kim
Publisher: Owlkids Books
Birth Date: April 15, 2019
Suitable for: ages 4-8
Themes: nature, circle of life, self-awareness
Brief synopsis: Just in time for Earth Day, this beautiful book tackles the tough topics of global warming, conservation, and the circle of life. Use it to help students connect to the natural wonder of the colorful world around them.
Opening page: 
Every moment
this beautiful planet
showers you with gifts.

Download the teachers' guide {here}.
Check out a review from 49th Shelf {here}.
Watch the book's trailer here:

Why I like this book: So much beauty in this breathtaking book. As I was reading it, all I could think about what how we are all intricately connected, to one another, and to our environment. Here's an idea this gem ignited:

Take a nature hike to look for flowers you've not seen before,

or see them again for the first time. 

Here's what our character cam caught

in full bloom in Pleasanton, California,

a visual explosion that awakened my senses.

Invite your students to make a book with drawings
or, if you're allowed to pick these treasure,
 dry the samples and preserve them.
Challenge your budding authors to describe the flowers
in one, two, or three sparkle words.

Then encourage them to write a haiku
{April also National Poetry Month after all}
or some other poetry about the flowers:
What do they look like?
How do they smell? 
What do they feel like in your fingers?
Can you hear them dance in the wind?
How do they make you feel?
Mindfulness in motion.

I'm so grateful to Owlkids Books for the advance copy; 
check out this dynamic jewel and enjoy celebrating 
the present of our awesome natural beauty 
along with the healing power of simply being outdoors.

Finally, head on over to Susanna Hill's blog
to see what other bloggers have picked for today's PPBF.


  1. This looks like a beautiful book. I'm going to look for it to share with my class after the Easter break. Thanks, Barbara!

  2. WoW! That's an awesome trailer for this book! I never knew about the soil-serotonin connection. This is tooooo cool! Thanks for featuring this book. It's a must read!

  3. Just requested this through the SFPL. They've got 5 copies on order.

  4. What a great post post. I am going to recommend my library purchase a copy or two Right now there is only one copy in the system.

  5. Wow! Looks beautiful! I'm going to look for it.

  6. Fun review. The illustrations remind me of old "Golden Books." Thanks for featuring it.

  7. Another Wow! This is a really special book! Can't wait to find it. On my list for a grandchild.

  8. What a wonderful book! And great flower photos, too.

  9. Thanks for suggesting this new book. I love all your flower pictures.


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