Children's Book Series Hopes to Teach Kids to be Kind to Animals

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Children�s Book Series Hopes to Teach Kids to be Kind to Animals

If you’re looking for a last minute gift for the pet loving kids in your life, you might check out CritterKin, a series of books designed to teach children that animals (critters) are family (kin).

Author Jena Ball explains, “Animals are an ideal way for children to learn emotional intelligence. The ability to empathize, care about and be responsible for other living things, including our planet, is as important a skill to develop as intellectual acuity.”   

The CritterKin Tales are two books in the series, with a third scheduled to be published in February. The first, “Poco a Poco,” is a prequel (and is free as an eBook on Amazon). Poco a Poco was developed as a partnership with the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW).

“They were launching a brand new "Cats, Dogs & Us" campaign in the U.S. and liked the idea of having stories to share with their network of schools and educators,” says Ball.

The book and related materials went out to schools and teachers across the U.S. The story itself is based on true events in Cozumel, Mexico where dogs were being abandoned at the local garbage dump. It is a heartwarming story of how a mother and her puppy overcame abandonment and physical hardship to find their forever homes thanks to the help of the dedicated folks working at IFAW and the Cozumel Humane Society.

It is the second, "Meet the Mutts" that sets the stage for the entire CritterKin series available on Amazon as an eBook for $4.74). In it the 8 canine members of the pack (all mutts) are introduced along with their slightly offbeat human leader, Ms. Jenaia.  Each of the dogs has a particular focus and lesson to share.  

“I deliberately chose topics that are important to the age group (6 - 10), and have included an exploration and discussion guide designed to help parents and teachers explore the subject matter further,” Ball says.

The next book in the series is "Lead with the Heart," and features a misunderstood Pit Bull named Lance who has to deal with prejudice, stereotyping and bullying simply because he is a Pit Bull.

Editor’s Note: Photo of book cover from CritterKin.

How do you teach your child to be kind to animals?