Thursday, October 21, 2010

New Books: Personal Space Camp

"People say that I have a problem with personal space," begins our narrator, Louis. "I don't think I do. I am a space expert!!!!" Author Julia Cook explores the challenge of teaching children about personal space in her picture book, Personal Space Camp (National Center for Youth Issues, 2007). When Louis' enthusiastic physical movements cause disruptions in his classroom, he is invited to attend Personal Space Camp in the school principal's office. Principal Goodkid uses hula hoops, bubbles, body tracings and a marked length of rope to explain how everyone has a different comfort level when it comes to sharing space. A former teacher and school counselor with a Master's degree in Elementary School Counseling, Cook writes from experience. This is a fun read that will gently open the conversation with kids who, like Louis, need some help learning about appropriate boundaries.

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