Animal characters that evolve into icons through their own picture book stories and graphic novels are known to help kids develop a lifetime of reading engagement and literacy while also encouraging the love of writing. I created the Unicorn Jazz book series for children with the purpose of teaching kids how to evoke conversations centered around these social-emotional skills: communication, laughter, empathy, silliness, strength, kindness, confidence, and the wider range of feelings and emotions that all lead to human connection.
I emphasize the meaning and significance of these skills when I write my children’s books because early childhood is the most critical point in a person’s life to learn the basics of handling their social and emotional functioning.
Social intelligence is vitally important because we can’t efficiently connect with others and form meaningful relationships without it; it’s how we learn to adapt to our external environment. Emotional intelligence on the other hand determines how well we connect with our own self and mind and how we overcome internal struggle.
Therefore, developing strong social-emotional intelligence early on is a key component regarding a child’s overall success for the future.
Lisa Caprelli is an author who has studied human behavior and communication for over 25 years. She is host of the Happy Lifestyle Online Show and uses her words and messages to inspire audiences of all ages. Originally from El Paso, Texas, Caprelli currently resides in Huntington Beach, California, and writes fiction and non-fiction books for children of all ages from elementary school to middle school grades and high school.
Caprelli has also created her own activity and curriculum guides for teachers and parents seeking to integrate the lessons from her stories into a classroom setting that educators, counselors, principals and librarians have appreciated!
Click here to see the full list of kids’ unicorn picture books and other works by Lisa Caprelli on Amazon.com.
It is hard to imagine what the world would be like without picture books for children. Stories that children love to read over and over again can bring smiles, an inquisitive nature and even spark their own creativity. There is a Treasure Trove – “It’s called Reading!”
In Skip a Step research that is intended for young readers, the book Skip a Step: Imparting Wisdom for Young Entrepreneur Minds, Michael Gerber, best-selling author was quoted as saying the number one best thing a child or young person can do to get ahead, is to READ. It was important that we created a Skip a Step Journal that students can use and apply to based on their reading. Read the full article here. In 2020, Skip a Step children’s comics and children’s graphic novels will be forthcoming.