First Published on Blogcritics at: http://blogcritics.org/books/article/book-review-believe-by-kasey-crawford/
Believe is the first of a series of five books in the Mind-Over-Matter Series about teaching preschoolers resilience. These picture books are very important to help children to become strong and emotionally intelligent school kids. It is important for parents to read this book to their toddlers so that they can learn some of the hopeful messages presented between the wonderful pages of Kasey Crawford Kellem’s book.
Our culture is fast-paced and technologically focused. Because of this, kids have to be prepared to face many different challenges from a younger and younger age. Challenges and obstacles that used to predominantly affect teens and tweens, such as eating disorders, bullying and anger management, are now affecting younger kids in elementary schools. So, kids need to be taught a lot of important psychological tools so that they could believe in themselves to get through any hardships.
Kellem’s book is one such tool. Believe is about the many ways that kids could learn to be hopeful and resilient. Kids are asked to consider believing in angels, high hopes, happiness, and heaven. They can also believe in more concrete things, such as riding a bike and flying. But, in addition, they have the power within themselves to conquer their fears. What a great message for kids in such an uncertain time!
This is a great book for parents to read to their three to five year old kids. The illustrations are colourful and vivid, portraying the hopes and aspirations of kids. What a gem of a book for kids of all ages and their parents.
Reviewed by Irene S. Roth
About the Books: Mind Over Matter Books are geared towards young children to help them learn how to be resilient. Children need to be prepared with the right tools to face the challenges, adversity and obstacles that may become a part of their lives. This book shows, through whimsical illustrations and simple wording, how to be resilient. These books are designed to also serve as decorations in a child’s bedroom or playroom on bookshelves, nightstands, or desks, which will serve as constant resiliency reinforcement.
Get a sneak peek of the book BELIEVE and listen to an interview with Kasey Crawford Kellem at http://youtu.be/L_PPnSHXzzY
About the Author: Kasey Crawford Kellem, a School Counselor and former Special Education Teacher, has devoted her life to helping children facing adversity be resilient. Kasey created Mind Over Matter (M.O.M.) books to teach children skills to overcome life’s challenges. She has earned a Bachelor’s Degree and Masters Degree in Special Education and an Educational Specialist Degree in Counseling. She is a devoted wife, stepmother, sister, daughter and counselor.
You can find out more about Kasey Crawford Kellem’s World of Ink Author/Book Tour schedule at http://storiesforchildrenpublishing.com/KaseyKellem.aspx. There will be giveaways, reviews, interviews, guest posts and more. Make sure to stop by and interact with Kellem and the hosts at the different stops by leaving comments and/or questions. You will be entered into the main the Book Giveaway each time.
In addition, come listen on February 20, 2012 to Blog Talk Radio’s World of Ink Network show: Stories for Children at http://www.blogtalkradio.com/worldofinknetwork. The hosts VS Grenier and Irene Roth will be chatting with Kasey Crawford Kellem about her M.O.M Books, writing, helping children to be resilient and her experiences. The show airs live February 20, 2012 at 2pm EST. You can listen/call in at (714) 242-5259. (Note: if you can’t make the show, you can listen on demand at the same link.)
To learn more about the World of Ink Tours visit: http://worldofinknetwork.blogspot.com
To purchase any of Kasey Crawford Kellem’s books, visit Halo Publishing: http://www.halopublishing.com
Full Media Kit, Photos and more are available upon request electronically.