I had a wonderful opportunity to ask teacher and author Julia Dweck about her most recent children’s book, JUMP! Want to know her intention behind this Inspiring Children’s Book Find? First…
Jack loves to jump. When something prevents Jack from jumping in the same, familiar way he has done a thousand times before, he becomes distraught. With the help of a trusty friend, a whole new world opens up for Jack as he discovers new ways of jumping that he had never experienced before.
What I Love About This Children’s Book
Most children can relate to experiencing sudden changes in their safe, predicable environments and routines, at least to some degree. In a fun-loving, easy to connect with way, JUMP! delivers the clear message that trying something new can lead to unexpected delight.
What a fun and carefree way to teach such a significant life lesson. The upbeat rhyming text seems to bounce right alongside Jack, joyfully taking us from one new thrill to the next!
Speaking of lessons, with a true heart for teaching, Mrs. Dweck adds yet another layer of learning. Kids will love the engaging thinking pages at the end of the book, extending the impact of JUMP! beyond its fabulously illustrated pages. (A big thank you to Brian Allen for sharing his illustration skills with us.)
In the Author’s Words
Q: What’s the biggest takeaway you’d like to offer readers of JUMP?
A: I’m hoping that readers will be inspired by Jack’s adventure and realize that there is much more to life outside of our comfort zone. We need to raise children who are curious learners and explorers. Today’s young readers are tomorrow’s leaders and caretakers. This generation must be unafraid to venture out and make mistakes in order to develop a resilient spirit. Oftentimes, it’s not about the destination and more about the journey. What have we learned from the bumps and potholes along the road?
As a teacher and parent, I encourage my students and children to have a “Plan B” in place for that moment when “Plan A” fails. There’s a tenacity that arises when we test our mettle. Imaginations need to be exercised and applied in new and novel situations in order to acquire, retain and innovate from lessons learned. I want Jack’s story to inspire my young readers to jump into new adventures in life that will help them grow.
Ahhhh. Don’t you just love teachers?
Learn more about Julia Dweck and JUMP! at Sleepy Sheep Productions.