Emotions, Book Spotlight, Best of Best Award, Holiday Promo  /  December 2020

Reading Our Feelings:
Understanding Emotions Through Books
2020 has been full of feelings--many of them new, not all of them good. The turmoil of a pandemic, social unrest, and a contentious election has given us much to process and read about.

We read to entertain ourselves and to educate ourselves. And sometimes, we read to educate ourselves about ourselves. Reading provides a space--and a vocabulary--to consider how we feel about our world and what's happening in it.

When very young, we express our feelings wholeheartedly. But as we grow and our emotions become more complex, we often struggle to handle our feelings, name them, and see their source. This is where books can help!

Follow a bird who wakes up grumpy and becomes cheerful with support from friends. Watch a girl cure herself of a mysterious ailment by braving embarrassment and admitting she likes something her peers don't like. Stories remind us that feelings are ok, make us who we are, and connect us with others who share our feelings!

- Kathy Balch, BookTree Founder
Book Spotlight: Understanding Emotions
A Kiss Means I Love You, by Kathryn Madeline Allen, with photographs by Eric Futran. Engaging photographs and catchy rhymes build your child's understanding of emotions and non-verbal communication, for ages 1 and up.

Grumpy Bird, by Jeremy Tankard. Bird wakes up grumpy, and an assortment of animal friends team up to change Bird's mood for the better, for ages 2 and up.

The Way I Feel, by Janan Cain. Explore a range of emotions, guided by real-life examples, rhyming rhythm, and vibrant illustrations, for ages 3 and up.

From Me to You, by Anthony France and illustrator Tiphanie Beeke. Playful and intricate illustrations highlight this tale of a mysterious letter that inspires a lonely rat to bring a community together, for ages 4 and up.

A Bad Case of Stripes, by David Shannon. Colorfully-illustrated and imaginative tale with lessons about peer pressure and the importance of being yourself, for ages 5 and up.
BookTree Wins Bay Area Parent's "Best of the Best" Award for Education Support!

BookTree has consistently won recognition in Bay Area Parent's Best of the Best Awards in the Tutoring and Education Support category in San Francisco and Marin. This year BookTree came out on top with the gold medal in both SF & Marin and the Peninsula. Thank you for voting for us and for spreading the word!
Holiday Promotion at Partner Locations!

Special Offer: Email us a photo of a receipt for $30 or more from a BookTree partner retail location, and we will email you back a gift certificate for 3 free months of BookTree*. Great gift for a family who you think might enjoy trying BookTree!

This promotion is valid for the following neighborhood shops where BookTree members can pick up and return book totes: A Child's Delight (Corte Madera), Chloe's Closet (SF Bernal Hts, SF Inner Sunset), Rims & Goggles (Mill Valley), Small Frys (SF Noe Valley), Secret Garden (Greenbrae), Sprout SF (Palo Alto), Toy Crazy (Larkspur), Paper Caper (Burlingame), Adventure Toys (Los Altos), and Cheeky Monkey Toys (Menlo Park).

*Limitations: This is a 3-month free trial, redeemable by families who have never received a BookTree tote and are not currently signed up for BookTree. Limit one redemption per household. Receipt must be for purchase of $30 or more and show a December 2020 date. Cannot be combined with other BookTree offers. Offer expires 12/31/20.

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