Tuesday, March 9, 2021

"How Do I Remember All That?" - a bookwrap




How Do I Remember All That? : A Story to Improve Working Memory

Authored by Bryan Smith
Illustrated by Lisa M. Griffin


* Reading Age:  5-11

* Grade Level: K-6

* Length:  31 pages

 * Publisher:  Boys Town Press

* Pub. Date:  March 32, 2021

* Language:  English


In, How Do I Remember All That?, author Bryan Smith shares effective and practical strategies for activating working memory. All readers, young and old, will surely relate to Braden's experiences. I can't wait to share this book with my students, children, and grandchildren! --Lynn Shambaugh, Reading Interventionist

Unwrapping Some Illustrations for You

The Book

Braden is discovering that his schoolwork is becoming more and more complicated for him to grasp.  Try as he may he gets overwhelmed at focusing on these problems and ultimately trying to solve them.  How can his brain possibly process and remember all that is needed for success? 

Luckily he is surrounded by a strong support group, his teacher and family, that recognize his struggles and step up to encourage and inspire him.  They offer him winning strategies that when put into practice actually work for Braden. They suggest he:  break down his assignments into smaller, more manageable tasks, use stop and jot... which means writing short sentences about each paragraph that he reads, and visualize in his head what is going on, just to name a few. Putting these ideas into practice will greatly improve his working memory.  Braden is happy to comply and yes.... success.  

The illustrations are big, bold and full of emotion which greatly enrich the message of the text.  The author wisely includes tips for parents and educators at the end of the book which are very helpful.  Also if you go to the punisher's website:  www.boystownpress.org you can extend the learning with Five Downloadable Activities.  I highly recommend this book. 


Storywraps Rating - 5 HUGS! 

Meet the Author

Bryan Smith has worked in the education field for more than 15 years, first as an Elementary School Teacher then as a School Counselor. He excels at teaching students life skills that will take them far and help them succeed. He is also a popular children's author whose other titles include What Were You Thinking? and My Day Is Ruined! His Executive FUNction children's book series won the Counselor's Choice Award, which is awarded by Licensed Mental Health Therapists for "Recognition of Quality in the Field."


About the Illustrator

Lisa is an illustrator who enjoys creating art that features charming characters, natural settings, and colorful patterns. 

From simple sketches, to fully rendered illustrations, she spends her days making art from a cozy studio in beautiful New Hampshire. Her delightful work has appeared in picture books and magazines, as well as on fabrics, greeting cards and prints. Lisa strives to create timeless designs that people will love and she enjoys working with collaborators who want to do the same.

Fun facts about Lisa:

  • She was raised in Maine and now lives with her family in New Hampshire 
  • She married her college sweetheart and is a proud mom of three amazing teenagers.
  • Loves vacationing in warm tropical places, but doesn’t enjoy flying.
  • Her favorite Disney character is Beast.
  • Has been on a Puffin Cruise 
  • Enjoys watching hockey, and named her dog after a popular Boston Bruins goalie.
  • Believes in sharing more hope, kindness, and happiness with her art.
  • If she wasn’t an illustrator, she would be a special effects make-up artist.
  • Has a dream of living on a lake while still making art

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