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With a new year right around the corner, you may be wondering how you can make 2019 your children’s best year yet. Don’t underestimate the power of books! Check out some picture books this month that will help your kids identify and use their unique gifts, inspire them to dream big, and encourage them to fight their fears.

You are the only person on earth who can use your ability.
-Zig Ziglar-

It’s natural for children to get frustrated because they can’t do everything their peers can do. As a parent, one of the best things you can do for your kids is to help them figure out what they do best. Sometimes, just like Vashti in The Dot, children need a little encouragement to find their gifts. In the book, Vashti firmly believes she cannot draw. Her teacher, however, disagrees. After encouraging the girl to draw something, Vashti finally makes a simple dot on her paper. As the days go by and Vashti continues to draw, she starts to believe in herself more and more. Eventually, as her self-confidence grows, she’s able to help a little boy find and use his gift, too.

The moment you doubt whether you can fly, you cease forever to be able to do it.
-J. M. Barrie-

Foster your little one’s big dreams by sharing books with them about other kids with giant aspirations. In Drum Dream Girl, a little girl wishes to be a drummer. There’s only one problem: girls on her island aren’t allowed to be drummers. Instead of giving up, the girl keeps dreaming and practicing in secret until her wish finally comes true, paving the way for other girls to follow their hearts and play the drums, too. 

Sometimes, fears and worries can get in the way of big dreams. Books like The Worry Box offer strategies to help kids cope with anxiety so they can get back to chasing their goals.

With these books in your parenting toolkit, there’s no doubt 2019 will be an awesome year for your little ones!