Special Children's Event!
Join author Michael Genhart for a storytime filled with a selection of his beloved picture books, including...
Peanut Butter & Jellyous
This is a story about two friends -- Peanut Butter and Jelly. When Peanut Butter wants to branch out and discover new friends, Jelly gets very...jealous! The kids are the problem-solvers and decide that they can explore new friendships while still preserving the one they have. This playful read-aloud book teaches kids that there's room for plenty of friendships in life. Includes a "Note to Parents, Caregivers, and Educators" about noticing the signs of jealousy and what they can do to help.
Mac & Geeeez!
This is a whimsical story about a friend who wants to be the center of attention but tries in all of the wrong ways. Mac loves hanging out with Cheese when it's just the two of them, but when Cheese is around other people, he starts to annoy Mac. Cheese tries too hard to be popular by acting like someone he's not. When Mac explains that it's better to just be himself, Cheese realizes that being real is what it's all about! Includes a "Note to Parents, Caregivers, and Educators" with information about what it means to be yourself and what they can do to help.
Cake & I Scream!
Cake & I Scream! is a story about a friend who tries to get his way by being bossy and loud. Cake and Ice Cream are best friends, but Cake starts to notice that when Ice Cream wants something, he wants it right now! It becomes annoying to everyone else, and Ice Cream soon realizes that screaming at others is a quick way to lose friends. This story shows that friends bring out the best in each other, if you let them! Includes a "Note to Parents, Caregivers, and Educators" about negotiating friendship issues.
So Many Smarts!
So Many Smarts! introduces kids to a variety of "smarts" and teaches that them there is more than one way to be smart. It encourages readers to look at their own combination of brain power and skills to determine how they might learn best, excel, and be themselves. Based on the theory of multiple intelligences, this book shows kids that all of the different skills they have require various types of smarts as well as how they can celebrate their differences. A "Note to Parents, Caregivers, and Educators" offers more information about the different smarts outlined in the book and ways to support children exploring their unique strengths.
I See You
I See You is a wordless picture book that depicts a homeless woman who is unseen by everyone around her—except for a little boy. Over the course of a year, the boy is witness to all that she endures. Ultimately, in a gesture of compassion, the boy acknowledges her through an exchange in which he sees her and she experiences being seen. This book opens the door for kids and parents to begin a conversation about homelessness. In a "Note for Parents, Educators, and Neighbors," there are discussion questions and additional resources about helping the homeless.
Michael Genhart, PhD, is a licensed clinical psychologist in private practice in San Francisco and Mill Valley, California. He lives with his family in Marin County. He received his BA in psychology from the University of California, San Diego and his PhD in clinical and community psychology from the University of Maryland, College Park. He is the author of several picture books.