I am always on the hunt for books that I can use at work with my students as well as help my daughter with her social-emotional development. I have used many storybooks to add to our discussions on character education. Sometimes they are effective, other times they are not. I recently reviewed “A Kid’s Guide to being a Winner by C. D. Shelton”. This book is brief and straight to the point. It not only defines what it means to be a “winner”, but also the character traits that make you a winner, including being responsible, thoughtful, and respectful and having gratitude and a positive mental attitude. Each trait is defined in terms of meaning and specific actions associated with it. Many examples are given so children have a clear understanding. For example, “Thoughtful is asking a fellow kid who is alone without friends, to join you and your friends in playing…Thoughtful is helping your teacher put supplies away”. Cute little drawings support the text.
I like the book because it is simple and so easy for a child to understand. Although the book has brief chapters, my daughter (age 7) could read this. I like the fact that I could use this book to begin my discussions with young students and then possibly use a storybook to support what we learned.
More about the Author:
C.D. Shelton is a Professor of Biology for the Los Angeles Community College School District. He has a Masters in Administration and a second Masters in Biology. He has written ten books, with two books scheduled for publication in the fall and winter.
*Disclaimer: I did not receive monetary compensation for this post. I received a free copy of the book for the purposes of this review. The opinions expressed here are my own.