The authors take into consideration how issues should be discussed for varying ages and include discussion points to use with younger children, in addition to separate conversation notes for older kids and teens. With sound and easy-to-follow advice, along with well-written activities that are not too challenging for kids and adults to do together, families can individualize concepts according to need. Innovative activities—for example, creating “a petition on Change.org to create a crosswalk for a busy street, add a playground to a park... or any other project you feel will create positive change in your local community”—stimulate learners of all ages to put the handbook’s ideas into practice. The authors incorporate citations and additional resources at the end of each section and a detailed glossary to answer any questions that arise after reading the material.
Jera Mehrdad’s illustrations are colorful and well-laid-out, breaking up text effectively for easy reading and holding both kids’ and adults’ attention. Creative elements highlight the topics at hand, such as the crowns used as bullet points and decorated, framed quotes that appear in relevant sections. The solid base of educational recommendations, combined with thought-provoking concepts and artistic design features, will keep readers engaged with this enjoyable and informative handbook.
Takeaway: Parents looking for advice on how to discuss tough topics with children and teens will appreciate this engaging, educational guide.
Great for fans of: Elizabeth A. Sautter’s Make Social and Emotional Learning Stick!, Richard Heyman’s We Need to Talk.
Design and typography: A
Marketing copy: A