Gold medal winner, Mom's Choice Awards
Silver medal, 2016 Nautilus Awards
2nd place, Picture Books ages 6 & older, 2016 Purple Dragonfly Award
Honorable Mention, EUREKA Excellence in Children's Nonfiction Award
Winner of a 2016 Family Choice Award
When a bee stings, Ouch That hurts
When your finger gets caught in a closing door, that hurts a lot.
Hearing a mean or hurtful word hurts a lot, too. When other kids say something mean or hurtful, it is hard to know what to do.
Microaggressions or "ouch moments," as they are referred to in the story, are brief exchanges where an indignity, insult, or slight is expressed--whether intentionally or not--from one person to another. For instance, when children use words like "lame" or "gay" to mean that something is bad, weird, or different, they communicate a message that having a disability or being part of LGBT community is equal to being bad, weird, or different. Children likely are not trying to be hurtful; they may just be repeating words that they have heard in the past and may not realize the discriminatory connotations.
Young people have a wonderful capacity to care about each other. However, they need guidance, mentoring, and modeling from adults to understand the impact of their words and behaviors. Ouch Moments: When Words Are Used in Hurtful Ways explains these "ouch moments" in kid-friendly terms, offers practical strategies for what kids can do to help, and empowers kids to stand up to mean and hurtful language.
A Note to Parents and Caregivers by Kevin L. Nadal, PhD, provides more information about microaggressions, and strategies for talking to children about hurtful language, discrimination, and bias.
About the Author
Michael Genhart is an award-winning author of several children's books and a clinical psychologist. He lives with his family in the Bay Area. This is his first book with Cameron Kids. Inspired by her Mexican upbringing, pop culture, and mid-century illustration and design, Loris Lora is a multidisciplinary artist, designer, and illustrator whose work has been featured in editorial and book publishing, toy and surface design, and in galleries around the world. She lives and works in Los Angeles.
Viviana Garofoli has illustrated over 20 children's books and contributed many editorial and textbook illustrations in the US, Argentina, and Puerto Rico. Her exciting career in children's books spans over 15 years.