Books on My Shelf About Shy or Introverted Children
There are lots of books written about introverted or shy children. Here are a few of my favorites:
Every class has its share of shy children and the book, Too Shy for Show and Tell by Beth Bracken outlines many of the fears of Sam. Sam loves chocolate cake and trucks but no one knows that because Sam rarely talks. On the the day that he is to share something at Show and Tell he tries everything from faking illness to pretending that he forgot his item to share. When he finally gets up and shares a picture of his new dog, not only does he not faint or throw-up (his two biggest fears), he also makes new friends because now they know something about him. This is an empowering book that acknowledges the difficulties of children who are shy while it offers encouragement to face the fears and reap the benefits of sharing.
Sometimes you read a book that really captures a personality style perfectly. Deb Fox's book, The Quiet Kid is one of those books. She compares the quiet personality of the child to a sailboat and you can just feel the peace and calm through her amazing illustrations that accompany the poem. This is a great book for validating the strengths and resources of the 'S' personality.
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Quiet, The Power of Introverts in a World that Can't Stop Talking by Susan Cain is one of my favorite books of all time. The information and the research that it offers for parents and teachers is invaluable. Not only is it a well-researched book that identifies research on the introverted personality, it clearly highlights the strengths and importance of validating this under-appreciated personality style.
Celebrate the 'S' Personality Style
Cain concludes her book with a section on "How to Cultivate Quiet Kids in a World That Can't Hear Them". Here are some of her suggestions:
- Take the time to understand the personality style of your introverted child
- Don't try to change them into someone more extroverted by pushing them into sports, play dates or other activities.
- Recognize that the areas where they have strengths are sometimes solitary pursuits. Encourage and celebrate these talents.
- Learn about and share with them the lives of some of the famous introverts. Rosa Parks, Albert Einstein and Eleanor Roosevelt are a few.
- Recognize and teach children that introverts can be leaders, performers, really anything that they have a passion for. They just go at it from a different direction.
- Celebrate with your child the characteristics they have that make them uniquely special.
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