Monthly Archives: November 2015

Help Syrians in Need + Show Children What It Means To Be Global

We are all part of one global community, and what we do has a profound impact on the lives of others. Little Pickle Press is committed to making a positive impact on those most affected by the Syrian crisis.

From now until March 1, 2016, we’ll donate 15% of any purchase of What Does It Mean To Be Global? to Hand in Hand for Syria, the first humanitarian organization to bring emergency aid into Syria when the conflict commenced in 2011. They remain a crucial source of medical aid, food, educational materials, and safe water for the Syrians in most desperate need.



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Please consider purchasing What Does It Mean To Be Global? in English,




or Spanish.

Join us in making a difference and showing the young people in our lives what it means to be global. Here’s more about the book:

What Does It Mean To Be Global?

Written by Rana DiOrio and illustrated by Chris Hill

Can you say “hello” in nine languages? You can! Join children from around the world as they play, sing, and travel, trying all types of food and experiencing other traditions. Living respectfully and peacefully with one another, they celebrate diversity, see how their actions affect another person’s experience, and come to understand that being global means being a citizen of the world.

The first book in Rana DiOrio’s award-winning What Does It Mean To Be …?® series, What Does It Mean To Be Global? has won six awards: The USA Book News Best Books Award for Children’s Picture Book: Nonfiction; the Next Generation Indie Book Award for Multicultural Nonfiction; the Mom’s Choice Gold Award for Children’s Picture Book, Peoples, Places and Cultures; Learning Solutions Magazine Teachers’ Choice™ Award for Children’s Books; IBPA Benjamin Franklin Silver Winner for Interior Design in Children’s/Young Adult; and The Nautilus Silver Award for Children’s Illustrated.

And an easy link to Buy What Does It Mean To Be Global? + Help Syrians in need

From all of us at Little Pickle Press,

Thank you for helping make our motto come true: “Media For A Better World!”

A Lesson From Nature: Cold Penguins To The Middle

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We asked child trauma specialist Dr. Donna Gaffney, Doctor of Nursing Science and Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing, to create the Breath To Breath discussion guide and offer resources for how anyone can help or get help. Among the materials Dr. Gaffney shared was this powerful lesson from nature.

We all have times of vulnerability and times of strength. In the extreme conditions of Antarctica, Emperor penguins huddle in densely packed circles to keep each other warm and thriving. Healthy and fit adults whose temperature regulation is the most mature take up the periphery of the circle, and thus are buffeted the most by the frozen air and fierce winds. The youngest or those with more difficulty regulating body heat are permanently placed in the warm center of the huddle. But what happens to the cold adults?

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The adult penguins on the outermost edges of the huddle periodically work their way into the center of the circle with the immature and infirm penguins, in order to regain their own body heat. Meanwhile, other robust adults take their places in the frigid outer circle. Thus the herd keeps up the body heat of the whole group without sacrificing the young or old, and giving those in the prime of life regular opportunities to warm themselves in the middle.

Perhaps, the motto of the group might best be stated, “Cold penguins to the middle!”

Like the penguins of Antarctica, human beings try desperately to keep safe and comforted in the midst of a crisis or during times of grief. At times we may feel very cold, needing heat and contact from those around us. However, at other times we are capable of offering warmth and protecting others. The lesson of the Emperor penguins can serve us well.


Article by Dr. Donna Gaffney, DNSC, FAAN and children’s literature expert Mary Galbraith, who thank their colleagues at Liberty Science Center in NJ, in particular Dr. Emlyn Koster, for their research on the Emperor Penguin’s survival strategies.


Happy Birthday to Lew!

What’s better than a birthday? A double birthday!

Join the friends and family of Team Pickle as we celebrate the launch of our new YA imprint, Relish Media, with the publication of Craig Lew‘s powerful and engrossing new novel, Breath to Breath.

Happy book birthday, Mr. Lew! And many more …


Little Pickle Press is growing with readers! Have your young readers grown with us? Share a  favorite “book birthday” memory of your own in the comments. Do you remember when a beloved book was published?  Do you look forward to getting books for special occasions? Tell us your story, and don’t forget to leave a special message for Craig Lew in the comments!