You read today to Mr. Taylor`s 4th graders. I don`t know if you heard
the horror stories prior to coming in, but I have never seen them so
attentive. I believe you truly reached some of the kiddos we struggle
with daily. I just wanted to thank you for sharing your story and your
time with these kiddos. It was really very exciting to see!
Thank you again,
(Prime Time Aide)
-after a book reading at Pine View Elementary school in New Albany, Indiana.
Several years ago, I published a children’s book called “Peanut Butter Soup“. It’s a compilation of almost 100 whimsical poems; some on a more mature level that face challenging issues such as being kind to overweight people, the disabled (blind, elderly, etc.), but more than anything else, the message is consistent throughout: love people. Be good to others, and be kind to others. Peanut Butter Soup is a necessary reminder to kids and teens alike, that’s it’s crucial to productive child development to be considerate of others: In short, it’s an anti-bullying message in poetic form, accompanied by chicken scratch drawings, done in black and white with the intention of encouraging children to draw, write, read- all while fostering their artistic talents- and all kids have artistic talents. I will always believe that children are the greatest teachers in the world.
Message for therapists and counselors: Peanut Butter Soup is an excellent tool for use in child and adolescent therapy. It has been used by licensed therapists at the Clark County Behavioral Health facility in Jeffersonville, Indiana, who have integrated it into both group and individual therapies.