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  • Writer's pictureMelinda Cropsey

Breadcrumbs Best Book: In My Heart, By Jo Witek + illustrated by Christine Roussey

In My Heart is the perfect social-emotional primer for the little one in your life.  Playful prose, bright colors, innovative illustrations, and a series of progressively smaller cut-out hearts pull you into an exploration of a range of emotions.  But, what I love most about Jo Witek’s In My Heart is that it highlights the heart as HOME to all of our feelings!  

“Big feelings and small feelings.  Loud feelings and quiet feelings. Quick feelings and slow feelings.  My heart is like a house, with all these feelings living inside.”

This dovetails beautifully with the Breadcrumbs philosophy that in addition to the mind, we have another unique source of intelligence within the body:  the HEART! Without teaching children to view their emotions through the lense of the heart, there is no way to achieve the goals of social emotional learning.  It is from the heart, the seat of emotional experience, that one learns to evaluate feelings and self-regulate. It is also from the heart that one learns to process and integrate all key social-emotional concepts:  love, gratitude, empathy, compassion, kindness, community and peace. 

In My Heart is a wonderful addition to your HOME library.  I guarantee, you will return to it again and again, with LOVE.


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