Courageous Gilbert The Groundhog, a 2019 BOOK OF THE YEAR AWARD
Kid's Storybooks on Bullying category
Creative Child Magazine Awards has honored Courageous Gilbert the Groundhog the 2019 Book of the Year Award for Kids Storybooks on Bullying category. Based on the scores and comments by over 60 moms, educators and early education professionals a book is chosen that receives the highest review.
Courageous Gilbert the Groundhog by Regina E. McCarthy is an adorable storybook for children. Gilbert had many interests. He was a great collector of toy cars, action figures, and lots of rocks, and he also enjoyed listening to music. There were many things Gilbert didn’t like – he did not like standing up in front of the class, he didn’t like being made fun of when he sang, and he didn’t like finding someone to sit with him for lunch. One day, while leaving school upset, he climbs an old oak tree. Readers see a friendship bond being developed between Gilbert and the old oak tree. The book conveys an excellent message to young readers and tells them the importance of deep breathing and that it is okay to express their feelings and emotions instead of hiding them.
To read the full review check out the PDF, here: Readers Favorite Book Review of Courageous Gilbert
There’s plenty of material available out there for kids about dealing with bullies, but this title goes beyond that particular situation to offer a guide to handling uncontrollable feelings by breathing, feeling, and practicing. Such guidance offers young and middle-grade readers a fantastic resource for learning how to cope with their problems at school or at home.
“The concept shared by the author is excellent as it helps build confidence in children. The illustrations are bright and lively and give a good pace and movement to the scenes and the story. The breathing techniques mentioned in the book can be practiced to ease tension and anxiety, and will help children release their emotions and fears instead of holding them inside. It’s an excellent book for interactive sessions in classrooms and school libraries, and can also be used for bedtime story-telling. Therapists, counselors, and educators can use the techniques in the book while working with kids. The book also speaks about the importance of mental health and the benefits of deep breathing.”
“Regina E. McCarthy’s experience as a Holistic Psychotherapist shines through in this fictitious story that is designed to educate children in a safe and enjoyable way about navigating emotions and standing up to bullies.
Anyone, ages 5 and up, that has trouble with emotions or that is experiencing bullying will feel empowered by Gilbert.Through his experiences they will be able to see themselves and hopefully begin their own path to self-confidence.”
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“I’d say that Gilbert is pretty much me,” McCarthy said. “As a kid, I had a hard time in fourth grade giving my book report to the class. I was certainly bullied and making friends was hard.”
Courageous Gilbert the Groundhog’s first television appearance!! Thanks Jinnie for bringing Gilbert to “You and Me in the Morning” on WCIU this mornin
And for the beautiful description of Courageous Gilbert as a tool for identifying Trauma and releasing Shock for children and adults.
Regina McCarthy didn’t set out to write a children’s book.
As a trained holistic psychotherapist, McCarthy, 54, has spent her career in the social work field, helping people of all ages heal and work through tragedy. In the early 2000s, she opened her own practice, Blue Stone Healing Center in Elgin, where she blends traditional and innovative methods that focus on her clients’ mind, body, emotions and spirit.
For years, McCarthy’s husband would tell her, “You’ve got a story in you.” But the Sleepy Hollow resident never truly considered becoming an author until she woke up in the middle of the night with an idea.
“I’ve never had that happen to me before,” McCarthy said. “So I got up, got my laptop and started writing. I wrote all night long. I didn’t have the details. I just had the idea for the story.”