Using Picture Books to teach Life Skills

I absolutely love it when I can find a great read-aloud!
I love it even more when there's a great life lesson than can be learned!
How to use picture books to teach life skills in the classroom.

I first heard of Maria Dismondy when I found her Spaghetti in a Hot Dog Bun book!
Since then, I've loved every book Maria has put out!
Each of Maria's books has a great lesson.  They are perfect for establishing a classroom community at the beginning of the year.  Of course, they're great at any time of the year too!
In The Little Linebackershe has teamed up with NFL star Stephen Tulloch to write this book.
(I love finding athletes or celebrities who are also authors to help kids understand the value of writing!)
How to use picture books to teach life skills in the classroom.
Stephen is a little kid with big dreams of playing football.  The odds are against him when he is tested and faced with challenges.  This is the story of a boy who worked really hard to defy the odds and become a leader!
How to use picture books to teach life skills in the classroom.
I think every student needs to hear more about how to persevere when things get hard!  My kiddos loved this story and definitely will be one I add to my list of read-alouds every year.  If you're looking to take the book even deeper, Maria has graciously shared a reader's guide with all of you!  You can get the 31-page guide by clicking here!


Stephen Tulloch is an 11 year NFL Veteran, Middle Linebacker that has played for the Detroit Lions and Tennessee Titans.  Tulloch was drafted in the 4th round of the NFL draft out of North Carolina State University.  He launched the Stephen Tulloch Foundation in 2009 and has helped thousands of people through his community outreach and generous giving.  Tulloch was named as one of the top 100 players in the NFL in 2012 & 2013, has been selected as a team captain of the Detroit lions by his teammates and has been awarded multiple awards nationally and locally for his efforts off the field including the Walter Payton Man of the Year Award, The Robert Porche Man of the Year Award, the Grid Iron Great Award along with the NFLPA PULSE award and being a finalist for the Byron “Whizzer” White Award which recognizes the top foundations in the NFL.  Stephen was born and raised in Miami where he still resides in the off-season with his dogs, Nash & Mia. 

Maria Dismondy is an award-winning author, specializing in books about challenges children face. A topic close to her heart, Maria’s own childhood experience inspired her first book, Spaghetti in a Hotdog Bun. Six books later, Maria’s commitment to empowering children with courage and confidence has reached new heights, touching the hearts and hands of children the world over. Maria’s latest book, The Little Linebacker, drives home the important message that hard work and dedication can pay off. Dreams really can come true! As a sought-after speaker, Maria spreads her message by presenting at schools and conferences across the country. She holds degrees in education and child development. Maria lives in southeastern Michigan with her husband, Dave, and their three book-loving children.

Heather Heyworth lives and works in a sleepy Suffolk market town in the UK. After graduating from Goldsmiths College, London University, with a higher diploma in art and design she went on to become creative manager within a busy design studio and then art editor at a large greeting card publisher.  Whilst her two children were small she designed greeting cards, giftwrap, calendars, plush toys and packaging on a freelance basis. Her introduction into the world of children’s books started with illustrating, designing and co-publishing her own licensed character activity books. She wrote and illustrated her first picture book in 2009.  To date she has illustrated many books including picture, board and educational books.  From an early age she has had a passion for illustration and can’t imagine doing anything else.

I received a free copy of the book in exchange for a review.  All opinions of the book are completely my own.  I only share brands I trust and use myself.

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