Social and emotional encouragement
Each book explores values and skills
Solutions to social problems
Books that teach about Truth & Empowering kids to shine
Kids light up is about teaching virtues and values as truths. Children are empowered to shine the best version of themselves when they have knowledge and strategies to navigate friendships and regulate emotions.
The ‘Shining with Light’ series are books that have been written for young children (ages 3+) in a way that captures a child’s sense of wonder and learning, encapsulated in fun rhyme and story telling. The stories develop life skills such as friendship and social skills that children can relate to and put into practice in their everyday lives and experiences.
Testimonials about the Series
As Christian educators of young children we are often engaged in conversations around abstract concepts such as ‘joy’ and ‘kindness’. We use these terms often when describing behaviours that are deemed positive and cohesive in the classroom context. But what does it actually mean to demonstrate these ‘fruits of the Spirit’ as children explore, grow and interact with others in their world? Wendy and Lisa’s latest publication of 4 books titled around the dispositions of ‘kindness’, ’joy’, ‘peace’ and ‘love’ provide a concrete demonstration of what it could possibly ‘look’ like when young children are making positive choices in their lives. The books also provide very simple textual illustrations of when behaviours are reflective of negative choices. Each book then concludes with positive encouragement to make a conscious CHOICE to be the kind of person who desires to shine kindness, love, joy and peace. We have recently used these 4 books (with a class of 3 and 4 year old Kindy children) by way of a ‘springboard’ into a discussion around determining classroom behaviours and expectations, for the year, upon which we all agreed. These stories have then helped to construct 4 or 5 written ‘terms of agreement’ to which the children all ‘signed’ and have since become displayed as our classroom code of conduct (eg We are kind to each other). Although these books have been written with young children in mind they have eternal principles for ALL ages to enjoy and be reminded of!
Jacqueline Nieuwkerk, Early Childhood Educator, Rehoboth Christian College, Perth
“These books are AMAZING! They are perfect for showing students what love, peace, joy and kindness look like in a way that kids can understand. I so often talk about these characteristics in my classroom but realised that sometimes it’s hard to explain what it actually looks like to be filled with love, joy peace and kindness. Such beautiful illustrations and words that are beautiful to read out aloud.”
Caitlyn Jacobs – Prep Teacher Maranatha Christian College, Victoria
My 3 year old daughter is being read the ‘Kids Light Up’ series as part of her Kinder program. Last week she asked me to put my arm around her at the dinner table, and she put hers around me and with a big smile on her face said “See mum, we are shining with kindness!”.
Karissa – Mount Evelyn, Victoria