Looking for colourful and educational books to add to your classroom, school, or home library? Check out Ashley Vercammen’s A Day of Feelings and A Day of Shapes and Colours.
Ashley may have grown up in a tiny rural hamlet, but that hasn’t stopped her from thinking big! She has a degree in International Studies from the University of Saskatchewan and has taught English to children around the world. Ashley has drawn from those experiences, along with her work with children with developmental disabilities, to create easy-to-read early reader books that focus on compassion, acceptance, and community.
A Day of Feelings is a wonderful resource for teaching about emotions and how to share one’s feelings with others in a socially appropriate way. Her inclusion of multicultural children in her illustrations and the conversational tone of the book particularly benefits students with English as an additional language, as well as children, such as those on the autism spectrum, who learn best from the simplicity and directness of social stories.
Ashley has included interactive activities in the book’s last few pages that give readers an opportunity to put into practice what they have learned. There are face templates on which to draw each feeling discussed, as well as a space to write out each feeling word. The last page includes all four feeling words neatly printed out in big letters, a help for teachers and tutors creating worksheets and classroom resources for their students.
A Day of Shapes and Colours features delightful cartoon-like characters with expressive eyes that illustrate a wide range of shapes (circle, square, hexagon, etc.) and colours (primary, secondary, and lesser known colours such as indigo). This book is a fun way for students to learn about and be reinforced in key visual art and mathematics components of the Saskatchewan curriculum.
I love hearing an author read his or her own work, and you can hear Ashley read A Day of Feelings (along with a selection of her other titles) under the “Free Content” tab on her website https://www.ashley-vercammen.ca/.
THESE BOOKS ARE AVAILABLE AT YOUR LOCAL BOOKSTORE OR FROM WWW.SKBOOKS.COM.