I’m always a big fan of books that showcase a particular cause or encourage world and social awareness. Books with a message can be powerful tools in reaching children. Dot-to-Dot Children’s Books is a non-profit organization that helps communities around the world to raise awareness for a variety of social and global causes. Dot-to-Dot works closely with the Wildlife Conservation Society and Facing the Future (an organization which provides educational resources that encourage global awareness). The books published through Dot-to-Dot Children’s Books are written in correlation with the organization and people the books are based on.
For example, we received two books from Dot-to-Dot to take a look at. The first, Sam Learns Some Lessons, is about a herd of elephants that is dealing with a water shortage. It’s a cute story that features one young elephant who learns very valuable lessons including the importance of family. The story was written by young women in Tanzania who are part of AfricAid, an organization that supports young women in Tanzania attend school. It’s an important charity, and by writing this story, these young women are spreading awareness about endangered animals as well as the struggle their peers experience while trying to get an education.
These books are so educational! They feature a fun and entertaining story with a message, PLUS they feature pages of educational resources in the back of each book. In Sam Learns Some Lessons, you will find pages on Tanzania, what it’s like to live there, the endangered African Elephant, the Wildlife Conservation Society, info about the actual young women who helped write the story, and information about AfricAid. There’s also a page about how your children can help the cause or spread awareness. It’s a wealth of educational resources perfect for teachers and homeschoolers, and you can find curriculum resources at www.facingthefuture.org that can be used alongside the books.
The second book we received is called The Snow Leopard Dream. Kylie loves snow leopard’s (she is always admiring the one at our local zoo), so this book was a hit with her.
It’s the story of a young girl who overcomes her fears and befriends a snow leopard. Written in partnership with Help The Afghan Children (HTAC), The Snow Leopard Dream also features a load of educational material at the back of the book. These two books have sparked fantastic discussions with the kiddos, and are available, as well as six others also in the Dot-to-Dot ‘Endangered Species, Empowered Communities Project’ (ESEC), online at www.dot-to-dot-books.org for $13.95 each. Find out more at the ESEC Facebook page!
One lucky reader will win their own copy of both The Snow Leopard Dream and Sam Learns Some Lessons from Dot-to-Dot Children’s Books! For your first required entry, leave a comment below telling me country, or social cause you would like to see Dot-to-Dot publish a children’s book about! All entries must be received by 11:59 PM EST on April 23rd.