Change, Book Spotlight, Your Child's Brain, Best of Best Award  /  September 2019

Back to School: Change is
the Only Constant!
This season, many of our children have started at a new school, moved to a different grade, or are welcoming new classmates or teachers. All this change can be exhilarating! It can also be unnerving.

Books are allies in helping us adapt. We tag along with characters who learn to be flexible by navigating surprise twists or finding a bright spot in unenviable circumstances. Stories can inspire perseverance or a change in perspective.

After all, who would expect that a lucky gift would be...a goat? Or that it could be good to be the only one in the class trying to corral a baby dragon while all your classmates are raising cute, fluffy chicks? Books can show us that even something totally unexpected, like...waking up with antlers, perhaps?...can have its advantages!

- Kathy Balch, BookTree Founder
Book Spotlight: Navigating Change
I Love You All Day Long, by Francesca Rusackus and illustrator Priscilla Burris . Owen is comforted by mom's reassurance that her love is with him throughout the day, for ages 2 and up.

Imogene's Antlers , by  David Small. Imaginative, funny, and masterfully illustrated story of a girl who wakes up with antlers and adapts in fascinating ways, for ages 3 and up.

The Buddy Bench, by Patty Brozo and illustrator Mike Deas. Children lead the way in resolving playground loneliness, with energetic illustrations and themes of creative play, for ages 4 and up.

Argus, by Michelle Knudsen and illustrator Andrea Wesson. An egg hatches something entirely different from classmates' chicks in this humorous yet sensitive tale that teaches us to celebrate differences, for ages 4 and up.

Beatrice's Goat, by Page McBrier and illustrator Lori Lohstoeter. A gift of a goat to a poor family in an African village helps a girl realize her dreams of going to school, for ages 5 and up.
Latest Research: Illustrated Books Ideal for Brain Development

Research at Cincinnati Children's Hospital shows "Goldilocks Effect" that for a child's neurological development, illustrations with audio voiceover are "too cold", animated cartoons are "too hot", and reading illustrated books with children is "just right".
BookTree Wins Bay Area Parent's "Best of the Best" Award for Education Support

Last year BookTree took bronze in Bay Area Parent's "Best of the Best" awards in the Tutoring or Education Support category in San Francisco and Marin. This year BookTree took silver! We are proud to be contributing to literacy and child development in the San Francisco Bay Area. Thank you for voting for us and for spreading the word!
BookTree serves over 200 locations in San Francisco, the peninsula from Sunnyvale north,
Marin County,  and western Los Angeles County.
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