Book Corner: Building Empathy through Children’s Books

By Caroline Parr Developing empathy, reducing impulsiveness, improving decision-making even when upset – these are all social and emotional skills that children build slowly, with lots of help from caring adults. Locally, the Rappahannock Area Community Services Board provides the Second Step program to schools and child care programs where children can work on these…
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About Anno

Mitsumasa Anno grew up in a traditional, beautiful Japanese village named Tsuwano, far away from any bustling city. Although he and his family lived near the sea, the mountains all around kept Anno from experiencing its vastness until he was older. When he was a child, he drew pictures of things he could see and also…
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Hello Lighthouse

Hello!...Hello!...Hello! A lighthouse stands on a rocky coast, beaming out a message to passing ships. While modern lighthouses are automated, that wasn’t always the case. Sophie Blackall’s Caldecott-winning Hello Lighthouse shows the life of a lighthouse keeper throughout the years. It explores his duties within the lighthouse and the ships that provide his only connection to…
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The Story of Jamestown

The first colonists at Jamestown found life on the swampy tip of an Indian hunting ground by the James River to be grueling and often deadly. The Virginia Company hoped to make a start in this new world that would ultimately bring profits to King James, the men who ventured there, and, of course, the…
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