Book Title: It's Me by Jeff Kubiak
Category: Middle-Grade Non-Fiction (Ages 8-12), 57 pages
Genre: Children's/Middle Grade, Non-fiction, own voices
Publisher: EduMatch Publishing
Release date: November 14, 2020
Format available for review: print, ebook (PDF)
Will send print books out: USA
Tour dates: Jan 25 to Feb 12, 2021
Content Rating: PG. Although the book reads like a graphic novel, it does contain topics dealing with racism and other social issues.
It's Me is dedicated to every person who has ever felt less about who they are or want to be because of someone else’s opinion, feelings, or prejudice. Let's ditch the prejudiced labeling, and embrace our Human Race for the diversity, inclusivity, equity, and individuality we all deserve.
Jeff loves children's literature , “One Drop of Kindness” is Jeff's first published children's book. It's Me reads like a fun graphic novel, but it is entirely non fiction. Every character in the book is a real student, or educator. It is so important for us to give access, equity, inclusion, and compassion to all those we meet. "Seeing" each other and embracing our differences are jewels to life! Jeff taught for ten years as an elementary school teacher in grades 4, 5, and 6 and has seven years of administrative experience. He's always looked at education from a different lens: from someone who hated and struggled with school. Jeff vows to always do his best to help increase opportunities for all students to feel heard, noticed, celebrated, challenged and safe. Jeff works hard to push back against the old model of “Industrialized Education” and fight compliance. There is not a day that goes by that he is not looking ahead to improve teacher pedagogy, student engagement and digital access for all. Being a former world class swimmer and coach and looks at education from perspectives that others don’t. Jeff knows what it takes to fail, struggle, win and go through the daily challenges that we all face. Jeff is based in California and can be found at jeffkubiak.com, Twitter at @jeffreykubiak and https://jeffkubiak.blogspot.com/.
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When will it Change?
Can you help me make Kindness the Norm?
Right now, here we are. In the moment. Doing. Moving. Breathing. Living our life.
And then it happens. Something we don’t want, but now, we have come to expect.
A tragedy. A loss. An event that shakes our country.
Lives are disrupted, lost and memorialized. We wonder why. What happened? What could
have gone wrong? When will things change and improve?
We Wake up - and it hits us. The Anger. The Rage. The Pain. The Fear. The Anguish.
And The Hate. The pure, ugly HATE.
When will it end? Why can’t we find Kindness, Compassion, Love, Empathy and Togetherness?
It seems so simple; we teach our Preschool and Elementary students to be kind, use
nice words, actions and gestures. “Think of others first” we say to them;
because we know that they are young, malleable, impressionable and sweet. Hoping it
will stick to them like glue. At least for the 7 hours they are at school, right?
We KNOW they can do better than we did.
We KNOW they can help us to improve our world.
We KNOW they are the only ones we can count on to be what our society isn't.
But, for some reason, it isn’t working. It is broken, and so are we.
Why can’t we get this right? The hatred. The fury. The disgust. The judgement. The racism.
The inability to reflect, stop and think.
Not a day goes by in this amazing country that we don’t relive Normandy, Vietnam,
Selma, 9/11, Holocaust, Columbine, Boston Marathon Bombings. And now, January 6, 2021 - need I list more?
No. We know them all, or at least most of them.
They just repeat a common, and horrific theme; Racism, White Supremacy, Hatred, War, Mental Illness, Misunderstandings, Ignorance and Lack of Empathy and Understanding.
It really can begin with One Drop of Kindness. Let’s be intent on “seeing” each other. Learn to listen, understand, accept, and embrace. Take pride in your uniqueness, but don’t smother someone else’s.
Let’s do this. Share a drop of kindness today, and we can be better for it.
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