Hi guys! Today I had the chance to go to an awesome story-telling group called kids rising hour. The group is run by two amazing people named Jen and Sean. The purpose of the group is to teach kids at a young age about accepting diversity around them and also realizing their uniqueness and to standup for what is right and speak up against wrong! They handpick books that have wonderful messages like showing diversity between people and standing up for others in a community. While I was listening to these short little stories, I realized how important it was for these kids to learn these things. Usually when we think of picture books, we get “pictures” or “just a baby book” but some of these books can carry through really meaningful messages like: self confidence, standing up to bullies, or accepting the diversity of people. It may seem like kids are just listening to the story but Sean and Jen ask kids questions after the story, making kids think about the story and what it is conveying.
This activity really made me realize how important it is for children in this generation to learn about helping each other and all of this will make them great people when they get older. Instead of having a normal book group, these guys have made it an innovative group that the kids and parents would love! I’ll tell you about some of the stories we read today. We read One, a book by Kathryn Otoshi. It was about the colors and how red, was manipulative and mean to blue and would bully him. Each time red said a mean thing and no one stopped him, he would get bigger. Then, 1 comes along and stands up to red and shows the other colors how you only need 1 to make a change. We also read a book about a kid and his nana in a downtown. He looks at all the other kids and wonders why he doesn’t have a car or a nice house. But his nana shows him how beauty is around you no matter what, if you know how to find it. He has a fun time on the bus with the people and finds magic in the little things like music, colors and the rainbows. So, these books aren’t just empowering, but they are really fun and unique books that even I and a seventh grader enjoyed!
The reason I thought I would share this with you is because I just wanted to acknowledge this unique kids rising story time held at East side Freedom library, St.Paul and how Jen and Sean have initiated this group that really helps shape the kids into really great people. They have fun activities planned and offer snacks to the kids too! I just thought that this whole story hour was really cool and I would be very happy to be involved in this if I can!!
Ok see you then, bye!! Do message me if you need information about this story hour!