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KidLitPicks Book Club  September theme: Courage Chosen by: @the.book.report To be featured, tag #kidlitpicks_courage Mods: @readingisourthing @spiky_penelope

FEATURE 🌻 I Am Human: A Book of Empathy, an example of courage, recommended by the fabulous @bookbloom
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While reading this book the other day I had a bit of an epiphany. It was this: Extending empathy to others (and ourselves) might be the most courageous thing we ever do. Does this ring true to you?
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For more books about courage be sure to seek out the selections from @the.book.report @words.and.illustrations @curiouslittlepeople @alittlebookhabit and those tagged with #kidlitpicks_courage

FEATURE ✨ A must read, recommended by @littlelightofminelibrary. Thanks for tagging #kidlitpicks_courage
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This book has been shared all over Instagram (because it’s just so good!!) so I’ll just say this — read it! Share it! Read it again. The Day You Begin acknowledges feeling like an outsider and the gift that can come from having the courage to share our stories anyway. I couldn’t love this book more — it arrived yesterday and I read it aloud in the car next to my daughters, my mom driving and my Grammy sitting beside her. Three generations, each of us aware of what it feels like to want to fit in and belong, thankful for the gift of family and that the world did indeed open up to make space for us. Beautifully written and able to resonate with ALL readers. May we all find the courage to be brave with our stories.
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A perfect start to the month. COURAGE is what we’re all talking about. What books make you stand up tall, ready to face the world? If you have a favourite to share on the topic, tag it with #kidlitpicks_courage. For recommendations, check out @the.book.report @childrensbooksgalore @kidlitbookbits and @ohcreativeday

Our @kidlitpicks theme for September, chosen and introduced by @the.book.report—COURAGE!
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Learning to swim, going to school, meeting people for the first time, in the darkness of their bedroom, making good choices, in the face of the news on TV—kids are brave and take courage more often then we recognize. And books are great tools for talking about the times they need to have courage. Books allow us to talk about ideas that might otherwise be hard to grasp or bring up. Books allow kids to watch other kids face similar situations and struggles.
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This month’s @kidlitpicks theme is COURAGE. I can’t wait to see your books about courage start rolling in. Let’s gather SO many books on Courage under the #kidlitpicks_courage that every parent and caregiver feels they are flooded with a HUGE source to turn to when their child is struggling to take courage. If you’d like recommendations, check in with the @kidlitpicks team…
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@the.book.report @words.and.illustrations @curiouslittlepeople @alittlebookhabit @kidlitcrafts @bookskidslove_ @happily.ever.elephants @bookbairn @bookbloom @hereweeread @afriendlyaffair @booksandbabycinos @homegrownreader @readingisourthing @spiky_penelope @petitbookcorner @heads.shoulders.knees @childrensbooksgalore @kidlitbookbits and @ohcreativeday

FEATURE 😂 Swipe for our #kidlitpicks_LOL round-up, shared by @readingisourthing, @andeale15, @snowyowlreads, @houstonlibraryfinds, @play.pack, @bookbairn and @spiky_penelope
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@spiky_penelope chose and introduced our theme this month. Thanks, Mel!! It has been a blast!!

FEATURE 😆 Both @happily.ever.elephants and @bookbloom have said that it takes A LOT to make them laugh. Well, these two books—We Don't Eat Our Classmates—Snail and Worm—had them laughing out loud, over and over again. #kidlitpicks_lol

FEATURE 😂 Who doesn’t have a good chuckle with these spunky crayons? Photo by @book.nerd.mommy
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Throughout the month of August, the #KidLitPicks book club has been bringing the laughs! There’s still time to join in. Share a favourite laugh-out-loud book and tag #kidlitpicks_LOL

FEATURE 🤣 One that will make you LOL and Nawww! recommended by @childrenslitlove Thanks for tagging #kidlitpicks_LOL
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In his first picture book, The Hug Machine, Scott Campbell used humorous illustrations and endearing main character resulting in a delightful read. This book is both heartfelt and hilarious at the same time, while we watch the self-proclaimed “Hug Machine” hug his way through a typical day. We even see him donning a catcher’s mask, pillow, and oven mitts to hug a porcupine! Be sure to check out the endpages as well.
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Extra social-emotional learning bonus— we’ve played many games of Hug Machine in our house since getting this book 3 years ago. This summer, we took the concept of being a hug machine even farther, coining the saying “Go be a Kind Machine.” And it’s worked! My five-year-old has excitedly gone to camp with the challenge to be a “Kind Machine” and eagerly reported back how she did at the end of the day!
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Need more laughs? Check out @kidlitcrafts @ohcreativeday @bookbairn and @readingisourthing

FEATURE 😆 Pick any book from our #kidlitpicks_LOL list and bring laughter to your story time. Here are a few favourites from @endlessfairytales, @the.bookplate, @reaching_happy, @henrylovesbooks and @librarymombooks.

FEATURE 😂 Of course, you knew Klassen’s Hat books would make our LOL list. Thanks for tagging #kidlitpicks_LOL @canyoutellmeastory.
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For more Laugh Out Loud recommendations, be sure to check out @spiky_penelope, @the.book.report, @alittlebookhabit and @bookskidslove_

FEATURE 🤣 If you haven't met Pig the Pug & his long-suffering friend, Trevor, then you need to head to your nearest library & sort that out—@anotherbooktoread.
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I am such a huge fan of these books. They are absolutely hilarious & have the most fantastic, bright & engaging illustrations that tie in perfectly with the text. In every story, Pig ends up being taught a lesson for his wicked ways but the question is.....does he ever actually learn his lesson?
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These books are fantastic for helping children predict what will happen next - the pictures are amazing & tell a lot of the story so even very young children will start to think about & imagine what is coming next - a very important skill for building reading comprehension. The fact that Pig is so naughty but still never learns to change his wicked ways is what kids love so much - I think it makes them feel a little superior to poor old Pig (or some might relate ).
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This book is my go-to pick for reading to children when I do school visits - even older children who tell me they are too old for picture books end up laughing when I read this one!! If you are looking for a really funny story then I highly recommend the Pig the Pug books!
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Thanks for tagging #kidlitpicks_LOL

FEATURE ❤️ We’re laughing all throughout August with our favourite LOL reads. Here’s a must from @bookinspiredplay—Splat! by Jon Burgerman.
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My son grabbed this at the library last week and who could blame him. That cover is just calling out to kids in both its imagery and its title. The word SPLAT can be used to describe so many parts of my life with two kids. What was that SPLAT noise? What is the SPLAT in the drawer of Lego? What just went SPLAT under my foot?
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Beyond how relevant the title and cover are to my life, the book itself is pretty darn FUNNY. Each page has a picture facing the other so when you turn the page, you SPLAT the pictures together. So a little green blob on page 1 meets some eyes and a mouth on page 2 and then SPLAT - page 3 gives us a cute green dude.
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Cute green dude on page 3 doesn't know what hits him when the pie slice on page 4 gets SPLATTED into his face (that page really kicked off the giggles in our house). You get the idea. From that point on it was a bit of a wrestling match over who got to turn the next page and SPLAT the poor little guy with some new goo.
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Have you read it? Do you have a Laugh Out Loud book to share? Want recommendations? Check out the tag #kidlitpicks_LOL and the following accounts, @spiky_penelope, @curiouslittlepeople, @bookbloom and @childrensbooksgalore.

For the month of August, @kidlitpicks is sharing the funniest books we can find! Introduced by @spiky_penelope, co-founder of this account.
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You know what I realized the other day? @kidlitpicks has never made a list of our favorite funny books! I'm talking about the books we can barely read aloud because we're laughing so hard and the books with pictures so ridiculous that we can't help but giggle as we pour over the illustrations. Funny books give everyone a moment in time to be fully together, laughing about what's on the page and leaving the stress or worry of everything else behind. And they're often a good way to address serious issues that are otherwise very difficult to talk about.
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Throughout the month of August, the #KidLitPicks book club wants to make you laugh! Join us as we share our favorite laugh-out-loud books by tagging your reads with #kidlitpicks_LOL all month long! If you’re looking for recommendations or inspiration, here are all the accounts to follow…
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@spiky_penelope @petitbookcorner @heads.shoulders.knees @childrensbooksgalore @kidlitbookbits @ohcreativeday @the.book.report @words.and.illustrations @curiouslittlepeople @alittlebookhabit @kidlitcrafts @bookskidslove_ @happily.ever.elephants @bookbairn @bookbloom @hereweeread @afriendlyaffair @booksandbabycinos @homegrownreader and @readingisourthing

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