In Lawrence J. Cohen’s book, The Opposite of Worry, he describes the “Second Chicken” effect. If a baby chicken gets scared by a sudden noise or movement, it will freeze in place and look for a second chicken. If that second chicken is happily pecking and scratching at the dirt, the baby chicken will unfreeze and continue to peck and scratch and go about its business. If there is no second chicken, the baby chicken will remain paralyzed with fear.
Anxiety, worry, and fear loom like a large shadow. Children look to others to know how to react. Educators are the second chickens. They are leading the way in classrooms, libraries, school cafeterias, and everywhere students look for reassurance and redirection.
Sharing books with resilient characters is another way to help students move forward. These books show that even during difficult and dark times, there are ways to keep learning, growing, and engaging with others.
For Kalia and her cousins, life isn’t always easy, but they still find ways to play, racing with chickens and riding a beloved pet dog.
This imaginative and tender story explores the creative process, abstract art, friendship, and the universal desire to feel understood.
A profoundly moving nonfiction picture book about tragedy, hope, and healing from award-winning author Chris Barton.
In the face of hopelessness, Ruthie and her fellow passengers refuse to give up on the chance for a new life.
Big Bird and friends support young readers as they learn how to work through setbacks. Kids will learn positive self-talk, how to ask for help, and more strategies so they can tackle any challenge.
In this deeply moving nonfiction picture book, award-winning author Caren Stelson brings Sachiko Yasui’s story of surviving the atomic bombing of Nagasaki and her message of peace to a young audience.
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