Synopses & Reviews
A book expanding on the ideas and concepts in the board book with the same title, it is written for a slightly older child. Some of your words are kind. But some of them are not. Words are not for hurting. What do hurtful words do? Children are known for speaking their minds. We can't expect them to watch every word, but we can help them to understand that their words affect other people. We can gently guide them to choose words that are helpful instead of hurtful, and to say two very important words -- "I'm sorry" -- when hurtful words come out before they can stop them. This book helps little ones learn big ideas: that they are responsible for what they do and say; that their actions and words affect others; and that they can make positive choices. Delightful full-color illustrations make it perfect for reading aloud one-on-one or in small groups. The book also includes helpful tips for parents and caregivers.
“This is a must-have for every home and classroom. The author shares some excellent tips and ideas of how to further educate your child about the power of their words.”—Chasing Supermom blog
“This cheerful, instructive title highlights the power of words.”—School Library Journal
Expanding on the ideas and concepts in the board book of the same name, this edition is written for a slightly older child. It teaches that they are responsible for what they do and say; and that they can make positive choices. Includes helpful tips for parents and caregivers. Full color.
The older children get, the more words they know and can use—including hurtful words. While Free Spirit's Words Are Not for Hurting
Board Book is written for children ages 0–3, this expanded softcover version is for ages 4–7, a time of growing vocabularies and increasing awareness of how much words matter.
Children learn that their words belong to them: They can think before they speak, then choose what to say and how to say it. The book makes the connection between hurtful words and feelings of anger, sadness, and regret. It introduces positive ways for children to respond when others say mean or unkind words to them. And it reinforces the importance of saying “I’m sorry,” two little words that can be a big help. Includes activities and discussion starters that parents, caregivers, and educators can use when working with children.
The older children get, the more words they know and can use—including hurtful words. This book teaches children that their words belong to them: They can think before they speak, then choose what to say and how to say it. It also explores positive ways to respond when others use unkind words and reinforces the importance of saying “I’m sorry.” Includes tips for parents and caregivers.
About the Author
Elizabeth Verdick is a children's book writer and editor. She lives in Minnesota with her husband and their two children.
Marieka Heinlen launched her career as a children’s book illustrator with the award-winning Hands Are Not for Hitting. As a freelance illustrator and designer, Marieka focuses her work on books and other materials for children, teens, parents, and teachers. She lives in St. Paul, Minnesota, with her husband and son.