Introducing The Gabby Series

 

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Gabby is a sweet and energetic girl who wears red high top gym shoes in every books. She cares for those around her. Her stories help us to explore the world through the eyes of a child who experiences contemporary issues, many of struggle. She also models how to problem solve and persevere. The series is told through Gabby's perspective, which provides parents who are reading to their children access to engage their kids in difficult subject matter. The series' use of traditional rhyming meter provides a familiar cadence that comforts young listeners.  

Each book provides educators, counselors, and parents a one page study guide for reading aloud and potential next steps. 

Gabby's Friend Is Sad, Children dealing with divorce

Chad is Gabby's neighbor and friend. Through this story we discover Chad's parents are going through a difficult divorce. This is Gabby's first time learning about the concept of divorce, and her first instinct is to comfort Chad when he shares his feelings. The book equips young readers with real-world tools to support their family or friends who are experiencing divorce. In her time as an educator, the author identified a need for literature that directly names and addresses potential difficulties that may arise with divorce. When My Friend Chad is Sad was read to students in a first grade classroom, many students felt safe to share their own difficult family stories.

Gabby Gets Teased, Bullying often begins with teasing

Willy is Gabby's schoolmate and friend. In this story, we learn that Gabby is hurt by her friend Willy teasing her red shoes. Gabby confronts Willy and explains how he made her feel. In Gabby Gets Teased young readers can learn you can hurt someone's feelings even if you don't mean to do it. The book also provides a model for restoration through apology, forgiveness, and a change in future behavior. 

Gabby's Friends Are Different, A celebration of cultural diversity

Gabby reflects on the unique differences between she and her friends within every stanza. Each difference is celebrated in turn through the use of repeated pattern. The author was inspired to write a book wherein topic matter of race, culture, and heritage is directly addressed and celebrated. The book is fun to read because it offers predictions on every turn of the page. 

Gabby Keeps Trying, Pervevere in all that you do

The author witnessed a need in her classroom to demonstrate learning difficult content is often accompanied with feelings of discomfort. In Gabby Keeps Trying, Gabby serves as a role model to young readers in how to face those difficult feelings without giving up.