“Theo’s Deliciously Different Dumplings” is Dr. Donna Housman’s second book in the book series “ECSELent Adventures with Hemmy and Shemmy” for children ages from 4 through 8 intended to show children that everyone is different in some way, and difference is a part of life. Everyone has things that make them unique – be it skin color, hair texture, body shape, gender, temperament, religious beliefs, ethnic or cultural background, and more.
Parents, educators, and caregivers are vital in helping children learn that noticing differences is normal. Children must and can be taught that differences are something to be celebrated, not something to fear, mock, run away from, or even hate.
- Social-Emotional Focus: This book lays the foundation for understanding, accepting, and embracing difference by helping young children understand the importance of listening to others and appreciating and welcoming diversity.
- Reader Notes, Tips, and Guiding Questions: “Theo’s Deliciously Different Dumplings” contains tips for readers when talking about diversity and differences with young children and over 20 guiding questions for social-emotional learning.
- Book Series: “Theo’s Deliciously Different Dumplings” is the second book in the book series “The ECSELent Adventures of Hemmy and Shemmy” and was spotlighted by Foreword Reviews as a book they recommend.
Dr. Donna Housman has spent her professional career in the world of early childhood development and education. Believing that it is far easier to prevent than repair, Dr. Housman founded Housman Institute, along with its lab school and early childhood development center, based on emotional foundations of learning and cognition and informed by research in neuroscience, child development, and early education. Seizing the opportunity to inform the architecture of the brain in the earliest years, her Emotional, Cognitive, and Social Early Learning (ECSEL) approach promotes healthy brain development and a positive sense of self by fostering the building blocks of emotional intelligence starting from birth.
Dr. Housman has trained thousands of early childhood educators, children, and families in her ECSEL approach while being a consistent source of vital counsel and guidance for families and educators on young children’s social and emotional development.