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Praise for Talking Buddies:

What I learned from Talking Buddies is that friendship is powerful.” Male student, aged 10

“I liked Talking Buddies because the book was talking about making friends and helping people and making people feel welcome even if you just met them. And I think that it is also good because the characters in the book were speaking different languages.” Female student, aged 9

I think the plot of the story is really powerful. It helps students to understand that we can all help each other regarding our cultural and linguistic differences. Students can easily make connections with Talking Buddies because it relates to their experiences. “ Ms. Laura Chapa, Dual Language Coordinator, John Tyler Elementary School

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Praise for Playground Heroes:

“That was a great book! Everyone needs to read it!”

Madalyne, aged 10

“Playground Heroes is great. Other kids need to read it!”
Tyler, aged 7

“Playground Heroes has been added to my list of recommended reading for families seeking children’s books that to help support their child’s socio-emotional development. Dr. Franks-Randall unpacks the complexity of dealing with bullies by creating characters and a story-line that feels realistic and authentic. I especially appreciate the author’s selection of strong female protagonists and the support they receive from their family when they successfully make use of the anti-bullying skills taught to them at home and school. The bright and colorful illustrations only reinforce the power of the story and characters. There is obvious potential for the book to be used as a tool to teach anti-bullying techniques.”

Mark T. Sweeney, Ph.D.
Licensed Professional Counselor
Executive Director
The Capital Region Children’s Center


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This post appeared on a website entitled Book Birdie Blog, written by Sarah Jordan. Check out her post about Jamal and Me here!