Beagles and Books is excited to be part of the blog tour for What If Everybody Thought That? written by Ellen Javernick and illustrated by Colleen Madden. The third book in the What if Everybody? series, it will release on August 27, 2019. Special thanks to Two Lions Publishing and Barbara Fisch of Blue Slip Media for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.
If you see someone in a wheelchair, you might think he or she couldn’t compete in a race. But…you might be wrong. What if you see a child with no hair? Do you think she is embarrassed all the time? How about a kid who has a really hard time reading? Do you think that means he’s not smart? You might think so. But…you might be wrong. With clear prose and lighthearted artwork, this companion book to the bestseller What If Everybody Did That? explores the preconceived notions we have about the world and encourages kids to be more thoughtful.
Everyone has thoughts about us that we never hear. These preconceived opinions are based on our stature or appearance and while never vocalized, silence and body language can still affect our self-esteem.
Rather than dwell on these negative thoughts, we should believe in our abilities and show them that they are wrong.
What If Everybody Thought That? does more than just foster inner confidence. The story has a higher goal of challenging children (and adults) to stop making negative assumptions. For example, instead of presuming that individuals who are short can’t excel at basketball, we should not form an opinion before seeing them on the court. In another scenario, children all balk at eating foods that are new to them. By opening themselves to a new opportunity, kids discover that unfamiliar foods can be delicious.
My school district has adopted Conscious Discipline, which is a comprehensive, multidisciplinary self-regulation program that integrates social-emotional learning, school culture, and discipline. One of Conscious Discipline’s seven skills is positive intent. Having positive intent means seeing the best in others. What If Everybody Thought That? teaches that if we think the best of others, everyone has the potential to be their best self.
While the theme of support and encouragement is conveyed clearly through the text, the illustrations drive the message home. Hidden in each spread are uplifting and motivating words and phrases. Children will love searching for these messages after a read aloud. With the new school year beginning in a few weeks, I can’t wait to share What If Everybody Thought That? with teachers and students to remind us to think positively about ourselves and others.
About the Author and Illustrator:
Ellen Javernick is the author of more than twenty books for children, including the Children’s Choice Book Award finalist The Birthday Pet, illustrated by Kevin O’Malley, and the bestselling picture book What If Everybody Did That?, illustrated by Colleen Madden. She has been an elementary school teacher for more than twenty years and currently teaches second grade. She lives in Loveland, Colorado.
Colleen Madden is the illustrator of many children’s books, including the picture-book adaptation of All I Want for Christmas Is You, by Mariah Carey, and the bestselling picture books What If Everybody Did That? and What If Everybody Said That?, both written by Ellen Javernick. She recently published Monkey Walk, her debut as both author and illustrator. She lives in the Philadelphia area with her husband and two sons. To see more of her work, visit: http://www.mbartists.com/cgi-bin/iowa/artists.html?artist=77
What If Everybody Series Giveaway!
One lucky winner will receive all three books in the What If Everybody? series: What If Everybody Did That?, What if Everybody Said That? and What If Everybody Thought That?, courtesy of Two Lions (U.S. addresses). Enter the giveaway below by Thursday, August 22, 2019 at 8 p.m. U.S. addresses only.