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Tanner Wants to be COOL

Check out these reviews on the Tanner Wants to be COOL picture book!



My son is in second grade.  He has always been a cool kid in my eyes.  But now that he's been in school full time for a few years he is starting to wonder for himself what being cool really means.  In a world full of bullying and people who may be less than kind in many situations, defining "cool" to a second grader can be hard.  We have always tried to instill in his little mind that being yourself is what's cool.  But there is definitely more to it than just being yourself.  Being cool has to do with how you treat others.  [Read More...]


Although October is winding down, it’s still important to remember that it’s Anti Bullying Awareness month. I’m a firm believer in anti bullying campaigns. Is there anyone who is pro bullying? If so, I want nothing to do with them.

But I ramble. Here’s an anti bullying book for the littles. It’s actually a series of books along with items that can be used for a school curriculum: a cd, wrist bands, bookmarks, word charts, flash cards (yay!), etc. [Read More...


October is National Bullying Prevention Month, but it’s absolutely a topic that should be highlighted and discussed year-round.

I’m happy to share some information about the You Can Be a Cool Kind Kid book series can help parents (and educators) in instilling a sense of community in their kids, specifically to ward against bullying tendencies. [Read More...]


Cool Kind Kid, You Can be a "Cool Kind Kid" Picture Book Series-Book 1, Tanner Wants to be COOL!,
by Barbara Gilmour, CKK Educational, Ocean City, New Jersey, 2015. 28 pp., $12.95 (paper). ISBN 9780996308724. 

Five out of five stars!

This book is a counter to the common myth that it is the cool kids that are “tough” and hard-nosed. Many think that adopting an aloof, curt, arrogant and obnoxious manner is the way to express that you are one of the important kids to emulate. The tactics illustrated in this book are those of politeness and kindness towards others, demonstrating that you are someone that others will want to be nearby or even friends with.
The style of presentation is suitable for the very young child and engages in a series of repetitive statements. For example, on pages 2 and 3 there are the phrases, “Your bike is COOL!, ” School is COOL!,” “This game is COOL!” and “Our team is COOL!” There is more of the same on subsequent pages.
The text is presented in very short sentences like this embedded in colorful images that depict the children engaged in the do’s and don’ts of behaviors. They are very easy to interpret and understand as they reinforce the message.
This is a book that is valuable when read to children in preschool or kindergarten settings. The simplistic and repetitive messages will be fast outgrown by children as they develop more complex reasoning skills.



What’s it about?

These materials all work together to emphasize the value of good behavior, breaking the cycle of bullying, by attempting to guide children down a path to being better behaved in the pursuit of a redefined ‘coolness’.


What did I think of it?

Obviously, the aim is admirable. You Can Be a Cool Kind Kid seeks to break the cycle of bullying by teaching kids a new definition for cool. If the kids are young enough (and this series is definitely aimed at young readers, this will be theoretically be the definition that they associate with the word “cool”.

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By Gayle Pace
March 3, 2016

Bullying is a major problem among our children and teens. It is the number two epidemic in the US. Everyday children and our teens are bullying or being bullied. Children today or should I say people in general, have a lack of respect for others. When adults are that way, the children pick it up. It's especially hard for teens. Those teenage years are hard anyway. Add being bullied to it and sometimes, it's unbearable. Children hurt themselves and sometimes worse when they are bullied. They lose their self confidence, their self esteem. They feel they are nothing.This is not a problem just for one group of children. It hits ALL children in one way or another. Our society as a whole needs to stop being so rude, start caring about others and STOP BULLYING! This act happens everywhere, at home, at school, at the park and everywhere children are. These books, You Can Be A Cool Kind Kid, are very brightly illustrated and help to understand why bullying is wrong. These books would be great for adults too. Sometimes I don't think adults stop and pay attention to the fact that their child could be on the edge from bullying. Pay more attention to your kids. They could be suffering and you don't know it.These are great books and should be on every child's and adult's bookshelves to be read and re-read over and over. HELP STOP BULLYING! Do your part!


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