September 15th, 2014
Some of my best memories as a mama involve reading to my kids. I love seeing and hearing stories through their perspectives, and exploring the world in an entirely new way. While our shelves are stocked with some of the go-to classics in children’s literature, it’s equally thrilling to find new books. And something about this time of year makes me want to curl up with my kids and read all the more.
Author and illustrator Loryn Brantz released her latest children’s book this month, Not Just a Dot. I was first introduced to Loryn when her book, Harvey, the Child Mime, came out. I’ve been a fan ever since. Not Just a Dot takes the perspective of a dot, a dot that feels very small and unimportant. Throughout the pages, the reader interacts with the dot, and sees just how useful it really is. And, in the end, we realize how similar we are… how if you are far enough away, we’re all “just dots.” I love the aesthetic of the book; Brantz uses simple and modern illustrations that capture a child’s eye throughout. And the message of the book is too important to overlook. It’s easy for a child to feel unimportant, or even useless, in our communities. (If we’re being honest, an adult can feel the exact same way.) But, we all can do something, can’t we? 4 or 40, 2 or 20, 6 or 60, we are all vital members of our neighborhoods.
This book has sparked great conversation in our home. With the start of a new school year (and now 2 kids in school!) we’ve had the opportunity to talk about how we matter. Drew and I have been able to challenge Graham to notice the kid on the playground who doesn’t have anyone around him, and invite him to join in a game of tag. We’ve compelled Elle to be bold and make new friends as she starts a new preschool. Our children, though small, can make a HUGE difference in someone else’s life… and we hope it’s a positive one. Loryn Brantz does a stellar job of bringing families around a fantastic book with an even greater message. We all matter. We all can make an impact.
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