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Magazine spreads and Hollywood hits showcase stars with perfect skin, perfect faces, perfect hair, perfect lives, perfect everything. But what if this absence of scars—the hidden and physical—is really a lie? And what if, underneath all that perfection, something far more powerful and authentic is waiting to be seen, shown, and heard?
In Braver Than I Thought, kids discover the true stories of remarkable people whose scars have been a part of their journey, who have helped them become the world-shakers and game-changers that they are! The engaging and high-interest stories include Black Panther’s Chadwick Boseman, war veteran and now-senator Tammy Duckworth, and beyond-belief rock climber extraordinaire Aron Ralston, who all endured intense trauma that led to pronounced scars, but also helped them forge purposeful identities as they came to peace with their bodies.
Readers will find that whatever the physical, mental, or emotional challenges that we face, it is not the end of a story, but rather the beginning of a new one.
Kids today are under a lot of pressure to succeed, but failure has an important place in life as young people learn how to be a successful person. In his teaching career, Luke Reynolds saw the stress and anxiety his students suffered, whether it was over grades, fitting in, or simply getting things right the first time. Even More Fantastic Failures is a second installment in Luke Reynolds’s personal campaign to show kids it’s okay to fall down or make mistakes, just so long as you try, try again!
Kids will read about a host of inspiring, courageous, and diverse people who have accomplished—or still are accomplishing—big things to make this world a better place. A wide range of stories about Barack Obama, Greta Thunberg, Nick Foles, Emma Gonzalez, Beyoncé, Ryan Coogler, John Cena, Socrates, and even the Jamaican national women’s soccer team, prove that the greatest mistakes and flops can turn into something amazing. In between these fun profiles, Reynolds features great scientists and other pivotal people whose game-changing discovery started as a failure. Readers will enjoy seeing stories they know highlighted in the new feature “Off the Page and On the Screen,” which showcases how failures and successes are presented in books and film.
Each profile includes advice to readers on how to come back from their own flops and move forward to succeed.
Quante volte, nella vita, sentiamo di aver fallito. Pensaci bene: che cosa ti provoca il pensiero dei tuoi fallimenti? Quasi sicuramente delusione, sfiducia, senso di colpa, vergogna... un mix di emozioni negative e per nulla edificanti. Eppure...
Eppure devi sapere che dietro a ogni successo, molto più spesso di quanto tu creda, si nascondono una serie di fallimenti. Potrebbe sembrarti un paradosso, e invece è la vita vera: il successo non piove dal cielo, non arriva come per magia e senza sforzi. Spesso il successo è preceduto da uno o più fallimenti.
È accaduto perfino a personaggi famosi del calibro di Albert Einstein, Vincent Van Gogh o J.K. Rowling. A fare la differenza non è stato il fatto che non abbiano conosciuto il fallimento, al contrario: pur avendo fallito, queste grandi personalità sono stati in grado di imparare dalle proprie sconfitte e volgerle in trionfi.
Nella società moderna siamo sempre sotto pressione per avere successo, ma fallire fa precisamente parte del processo di apprendimento su come essere una persona di successo.
Durante la sua carriera di insegnante, l'autore Luke Reynolds ha notato quanto sono intensi lo stress e l’ansia che i suoi studenti provano per i voti, per adattarsi e sentirsi parte di un gruppo e per riuscire a far subito bene al primo colpo. E ha capito che qualcosa, in questo meccanismo, non va.
"Fantastici Fallimenti" aiuta i giovani a cambiare prospettiva e imparare che errori e fallimenti non definiscono la loro intera esistenza, ma al contrario li aiutano a crescere ed esprimere il loro vero potenziale.
Grazie a storie vere tratte dall’esperienza diretta di personaggi come J.K. Rowling, Albert Einstein, Rosa Parks, Vincent van Gogh, Julia Child, Steven Spielberg e tanti altri l’autore dimostra che anche i più grandi errori e flop possono trasformarsi in qualcosa di fantastico.
Oltre ai 35 profili tratteggiati in modo divertente di personaggi che ce l’hanno fatta proprio grazie a clamorosi fallimenti, l'autore del libro fa luce anche su grandi inventori e scienziati che hanno scoperto e creato qualcosa di importante proprio per errore.
"Secondo me, nella vita dobbiamo imparare a capire chi siamo veramente e poi cercare di essere il più possibile quella persona. Ma l'unico modo per diventare il vero te stesso è fare molti errori. Fallire. Sbagliare, a volte anche tanto".
There is a lot of pressure in today’s society to succeed, but failing is a part of learning how to be a successful person. In his teaching career, Luke Reynolds saw the stress and anxiety his students suffered over grades, fitting in, and getting things right the first time. Fantastic Failures helps students learn that their mistakes and failures do not define their whole lives, but help them grow into their potential.
Kids will love learning about some of the well-known people who failed before succeeding and will come to understand that failure is a large component of success. With stories from people like J. K. Rowling, Albert Einstein, Rosa Parks, Sonia Sotomayor, Vincent Van Gogh, Julia Child, Steven Spielberg, and Betsy Johnson, each profile proves that the greatest mistakes and flops can turn into something amazing. Intermixed throughout the fun profiles, Reynolds spotlights great inventors and scientists who discovered and created some of the most important medicines, devices, and concepts of all time, including lifesaving vaccines and medicines that were stumbled upon by mistake.
Together, a father and his son are as powerful as a rocket ship blasting into space, a giant whale splashing across the ocean, and booming, colorful fireworks lighting up the night sky. Celebrating the one-of-a-kind relationship between Dad and his favorite little guy, If My Love Were a Fire Truck is a rhyming love song from fathers to sons that will become a cherished part of their lives for many years to come.
A Bank Street College of Education Best Children's Book of the Year
"A lovely bedtime story offering reassurance in a fun way."—The Washington Post
Middle grade series like The Diary of a Wimpy Kid and Dork Diaries bring an authentic voice and vision to fiction about middle schoolers. Now, for the first time a nonfiction guide to middle school offers that same funny and relatable voice, while skillfully teaching life lessons to not just help kids find their footing during the tough years between elementary and high school, but to find the joy in their new adventures and challenges.
Author and teacher Luke Reynolds uses irreverent humor, genuine affection for middle schoolers, and authenticity that bubbles over as he ties real-life experiences from his own time in middle school to the experiences he has from his many years as a teacher.
Covering topics like bullying, peer pressure, grades, dealing with difficult parents, and love and romance, this rare book reaches kids at a deeper level during an age when they are often considered too young to appreciate it. Readers will learn to find their own voice, begin to explore their genuine identity, and definitely laugh out loud along the way.
A bed. A boy. His daddy. "Bedtime?"
A jet. . . A pilot. . . His turbo-boost!
A train. . . A conductor. . . His full-steam-ahead!
Debut author Luke Reynolds captures this boy-themed bedtime adventure with perfectly simple but poignant text, while debut illustrator and animator Mike Yamada brings it to life with his awesome ability to transform a bed into a rocket, a plane, and even a pirate ship!
Author Luke Reynolds’s humorous and heart-warming contemporary novel, The Looney Experiment, chronicles one boy’s journey through bullying, first love, and an up-close examination of the meaning of courage.
Atticus Hobart couldn’t feel lower. He’s in love with a girl who doesn’t know he exists, he is the class bully’s personal punching bag, and to top it all off, his dad has just left the family. Into this drama steps Mr. Looney, a 77-year-old substitute English teacher with uncanny insight and a most unconventional approach to teaching. But Atticus soon discovers there’s more to Mr. Looney’s methods than he’d first thought. And as Atticus begins to unlock the truths within his own name, he finds that his hyper-imagination can help him forge his own voice, and maybe—just maybe—discover that the power to face his problems was inside him all along.
In this age of standardization, many English teachers are unsure about how to incorporate creative writing and thinking into their classroom. In a fresh new voice, Luke Reynolds emphasizes that “creativity in our lives as teachers and in the lives of our students is one of our most vital needs in the 21st century.” Based on his own journey as an English teacher, A Call to Creativity is a practical guide that shows teachers how they can encourage and support students’ creativity in the English/language arts classroom. The book offers both the inspiration and practical steps teachers need to engage their students through a variety of hands-on projects and worksheets that can be used immediately to insert creativity into any standards-based curriculum.
- Adaptable projects tested in diverse school environments.
- Guiding questions at the end of each chapter.
- Lesson plans for creative writing assignments.
- Over 30 pages of worksheets and sample assignments.
Luke Reynolds has taught 7th- through 12th-grade English in Massachusetts and Connecticut public schools, as well as composition at Northern Arizona University. He is co-editor of the bestselling book Burned In: Fueling the Fire to Teach.
“This book puts wheels on high ideals in a way that can move us toward the kind of education our students deserve and our best teachers desire.”
—Parker J. Palmer, bestselling author
“This book sounds a hopeful note in the current era of teaching. . . . It shows us we can still be passionate and practical, creative and collaborative at a time when too many feel it is impossible.”
—From the Foreword by Jim Burke, author of The English Teacher’s Companion
“I can’t think of a more important topic or a more inspired treatment of it than this book. I’m not just recommending this book, I can’t wait to teach it and use it myself. Bravo, Luke Reynolds! Viva, Creativity!”
—Jeffrey D. Wilhelm, Boise State University, author of “You Gotta Be The Book”, Second Edition
“Every chapter in A Call to Creativity is a real gem! Using humor and his gift as a storyteller, Luke Reynolds shows teachers not only how creativity can be woven through standards-based curricula, but why it is essential to do so.”
—Christine Sleeter, professor emerita, California State University, Monterey Bay, co-editor of Teaching with Vision
“Luke Reynolds provides a purposeful framework to help teachers transform the fundamental elements of contemporary practice into classroom experiences that awaken students’ creativity, passion, and energy.”
—Sam Intrator, professor of education and the program in urban studies, Smith College
“This marvelous new book by Luke Reynolds shows how passionate teaching is lit by soul and vulnerability, knowledge of self on the part of the teacher, and a willingness to explore what can really happen in a classroom if you challenge students to engage their muscular and creative minds.”
—Kirsten Olson, Institute for Democratic Education in America (IDEA), author of Wounded by School
Nobel and Pulitzer Prize winners, a gallery of O.Henry award recipients, and many best-selling authors come together to share personal and compelling challenges and experiences. From contemplations on past drug use to reflections on gun control, social justice, passion and its sacrifices, and adventures such as skydiving, mountain climbing, and golfing, the topics vary greatly. This kaleidoscopic anthology is a commentary on the lives of prominent literary artists and ordinary citizens who have made simple, yet powerful choices that provoked change in one's self and for humanityùmuch the same way that Luke and Jennifer Reynolds do by building this invaluable collection for readers and the world of human rights.
Not too long ago, as struggling graduate students, Luke and Jennifer Reynolds conceived this uniquely themed volume as a way to raise funds to support ending the genocide in Darfur. Some people carry signs, others make speeches, many take action. What is most special about this book is that it extends beyond words and ideas, into a tangible effort to effect change. To this end, all royalties from the sales of Dedicated to the People of Darfur:Writings on Fear, Risk, and Hope will benefit The Save Darfur Coalition, an organization that seeks to end the genocide in Darfur, Sudan.