Redleaf Lane Beginners are Brave
Redleaf Lane Beginners are Brave

Beginners are Brave

By Rachel Robertson


Publication Date: September 1, 2020

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Ages 3 to 8

A lively children’s book to inspire young children to try something new.

Tommy is good at almost everything: He’s awesome at riding his bike without training wheels, teaching his dog new tricks, and spelling seven-letter words like “kumquat.” But when it comes to trying new things, he would rather not. With encouragement from his grandfather, Tommy tries something he has always wanted to do—play the tuba—and learns that some things take practice and the value of sticking with it through challenges.

A special section for teachers, parents, and caregivers provides tips on how to talk to young children about trying new things and help build their emotional resilience. Lexile Rating: AD620L: Adult Directed. Grades 2-3.

One of the best ways to nurture happiness in young children is to prepare them for the adversity they will encounter in life. Purposefully developing a child’s resiliency will give them essential life skills to cope with challenges, adopt a positive perspective, and develop self-confidence—all essential ingredients for long term happiness.

About the Author

Rachel Robertson, MA, is the vice president of learning and development for Bright Horizons Family Solutions and was named a Promising Emerging Leader in 2015 by Exchange. She has more than twenty years of experience in the education field and has served as a professional development and education quality consultant, classroom teacher, center director, and quality and training manager. She is the author of numerous early childhood articles and presents professional development seminars at national conferences. Rachel holds a master’s degree in early childhood education. She is the author of When You Just Have to Roar!, A Teacher’s Promise, Beginners are Brave, coauthor of Prove It! Achieving Quality Recognition for Your Early Childhood Program, and Healthy Children, Healthy Lives and its seven-part training and resource series.

Faryn Hughes is an illustrator who specializes in dreamy and ethereal watercolor works inspired by nature scenes, animal wildlife, fairy tales. Most of her work is done in a water-based medium because of its natural ability to capture the fluidity of childlike imagination. Faryn graduated from the University of Minnesota Twin Cities in 2014 with a Bachelor’s Degree in studio art and illustration.

Format: Hardcover with dust jacket

Length: 32 pages

Publisher: Redleaf Lane

Publication Date: September 1, 2020

ISBN: 9781605546001

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