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All the Ways to be Smart: the beautifully illustrated international bestseller that celebrates the talents of every child

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It is a truism in education and education adjacent fields that there are multiple kinds of intelligence -- there's that whole thing about Gardner's theory of intelligences, and some kinds of skills and abilities that seem a bit abstract are listed: body intelligence, musical intelligence etc. Davina Bell and Allison Colpoys have done it again, following up the absolutely beautiful 'Under the Love Umbrella' with this gem!

The book, All the Ways to Be Smart , aims to teach children that there is more to being smart than reading to maths and encourages the pursuit of the arts. The rhyming text describes the many different kinds of activities and personal qualities that require intelligence, thereby highlighting that there are many different kinds of smarts, while the colorful artwork depicts those activities and qualities. This book celebrates the myriad ways one can be smart ― knowing the right thing to say, being welcoming to a shy friend, using your imagination, taking chances.

All the usual things were mentioned like being kind but the rest was a huge list of random things to justify the illustrations.

To calculate the overall star rating and percentage breakdown by star, we don’t use a simple average. Each page bursts with fun and movement using a limited palette of blues, browns and greens all tied exquisitely together with cheeky luminescent orange. The award-winning international bestseller that celebrates the myriad talents that each child brings to the world. Positively illuminating, this books glows with spirit and gentle reminders that each of us is special and smart in our own unique way. I remember feeling so frustrated as a child because I wanted there to be more than one meaning of ‘smart’.I’m thrilled to discover a book that reassures (kids) that there are a lot of ways to excel and that we each have our own unique gifts’. The illustrations depict a wide array of diverse people and creatures in colorful scenes that take up the whole page.

So as a teacher, I’ve always been super sensitive to use the word “smart” because it carries so much weight. A gorgeous book that celebrates the unique qualities of every child, showing that the things that make them smart aren’t ‘just ticks and crosses’ and ‘knowing all the answers ever’, but can also be things like creativity, kindness, caring, asking questions, day-dreaming, and just being yourself. For neuro-atypical or otherwise differently-abled kids like JJ, a book like this can make them, and their caregivers, feel seen.Simple, flowing words coupled with fluorescent illustrations (created from ink, charcoal, and pencil, then digitally assembled) give young readers a book brimming with examples of how they are smart all day, every day . Our book today is All The Ways To Be Smart, written by Davina Bell and illustrated by Allison Colpoys, a delightful ode to different types of intelligence. So students feel pressure to do well in these tests, when in reality there is more to them than just their scores in those areas - they might be good at sports, or art, or music, or a friend to all etc.

Many facets of 'being smart' are covered in this exploration of brilliance including: creativity, spacial awareness, ingenuity, empathy, numeracy . Together with UK education agency Shapes for Schools, Scribble has developed an RSE resource pack for KS1/KS2 teachers, aimed at developing emotional literacy. This illustrated picture book is an ode the unique and wonderful qualities that make children who they are.All the Ways to Be Smart by Davina Bell explores multiple intelligences in a way that small children can understand and appreciate. This gorgeous rhyming picture book reinforces the message that smart isn't just ticks and crosses ― it's also about being creative, adventurous, and having a good imagination … A triumph. With heartwarming rhyming text all about knowing what makes you special, All the Ways to Be Smart is a wonderful introduction to conversations about self-esteem.

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