Sunday, October 21, 2018

Wall Street Journal Best-Selling Author, Jon Gordon, Releases New Children's Book, "The Hard Hat for Kids" (Review)

Disclosure: I was sent a review copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All views shared are mine and mine alone.


One of the biggest misconceptions about homeschooled children is that they are not socialized enough.  That is so far from the truth.  Take my addition to our schooling 5-6 days a week, the girls also attend outside the house classes taught by teachers (many of whom are retired or left public school as they weren't into common core teaching), as well as various sports and extracurricular.  In a given week, the girls are at 4-5 days worth of classes, which are filled with other homeschool kids, so there is so many opportunities for socialization.  My girls love attending these classes as they get to spend time with their friends, and then we plan play-dates, day trips or field trips on the side with them.  So, to say that homeschool kids aren't around other kids or being socialized is so wrong.

The reason why I bring this up is that when the girls attend sports and extracurricular that are not just for homeschooled kids, some of the other parents will ask me about socialization with the girls.  I am happy to share all the great classes the girls get to do like sailing and snorkeling, cooking classes, nature classes and art classes, with groups of kids.  And, when the warmer weather comes and the kids are out playing at a park, they love playing soccer or dodgeball, and show off their great team work skills they have learned, through sports and classes with homeschool kids.

I was excited when I heard that Jon Gordon was coming out with a children's book that was all about being a team player, as I am always looking for books like this to share with my girls.  After we read these types of books we talk about the book, lessons learned, and ways they can incorporate what they learned about in their day to day life.  As far as this book goes, it was well-written and one that kids of all ages will sit and enjoy reading with you.  Even though this book was written with kids in mind, it is a great reminder to parents about being a team player at home and in life.

Recently my girls were playing indoor soccer with their friends, and Bella got upset when the coach took her out of the game.  She was playing so well, and scored 3 goals. "Why would you take me out?" she asked, and was surprised when the coach told her it was to give another team member a chance.  When she heard this, she remembered a part in "The Hard Hat for Kids" book where Coach Viola took Mickey out of the basketball because she was scoring too may points.  Bella knew that she wasn't in trouble, and that is it important to give others a chance to play.  So, she took a seat on the sidelined and cheered on all the other kids.  She wanted them to feel good with the plays they were making and goals they were scoring.   This was just one of the ten ways to be a great mate my girls learned when sitting down to read this new book by Jon Gordon with me.  After we read it, I made a point to pass it along to other homeschool moms who shared the book with their kids.  They all agreed it was well written, and a must read for homeschool and non-homeschooled kids, as all kids need to learn how to be a great teammate, on and off the field/court, and this book inspires kids by sharing lessons about teamwork in an easy to follow along and understand way, with fun illustrations.

More about this book:

"Written for kids, but valuable for everyone, “The Hard Hat for Kids by best-selling Author JON GORDON is an inspiring story with lessons about teamwork. Adapted from Gordon’s bestseller “The Hard Hat,” which was geared toward adults, the “The Hard Hat for Kids is an inspiring story that teaches children how to be great teammates.  The book’s “10 Ways to be a Great Teammate” and the “We before Me” philosophies are the core of the book, engaging young readers and presenting practical insights and life-changing lessons that help children…and adults…understand the power of cooperation, friendship and selfless teamwork. “The Hard Hat for Kids” is co-written with school psychologist LAUREN GALLAGHER, PHD. and illustrated by Korey Scott

Inspiration for the book is based on Cornell University’s lacrosse team and their captain, George Boiradi – grandson of the famed pasta icon Chef Boy-ar-dee. George was a star on the team, and exemplified being a great teammate and leader at a very young age.  Tragically, George passed away on Cornell’s Schoellkopf field while playing lacrosse at age 22, but his legacy lives on in the hearts of those who knew him – family, friends, teammates and generations of students that have come after him.  Loyal and selfless, George led by example.  One hundred percent of author proceeds from the book will go to the Mario St. George Boiardi Foundation, which provides financial assistance to elementary and high school students who seek enriching extracurricular activities, and makes grants to organizations that provide those opportunities ( See more at"



Jon Gordon is a best-selling author, positivity expert and leadership coach.  His books and talks have inspired readers and audiences around the world. His principles have been put to the test by numerous Fortune 500 companies, professional and college sports teams, school districts, hospitals, and non-profits. He is the author of 16 books including six best-sellers: “The Energy Bus,” “The Carpenter,” “Training Camp,” “You Win in the Locker Room First,” “The Power of Positive Leadership,” and “The Power of a Positive Team.” Jon and his tips have been featured on The Today Show, CNN, CNBC, The Golf Channel, Fox and Friends and in numerous magazines and newspapers. His clients include The Los Angeles Dodgers, The Atlanta Falcons, Campbell Soup, Dell, Publix, Southwest Airlines, LA Rams, Miami Heat, Pittsburgh Pirates, BB&T Bank, Clemson Football, Northwestern Mutual, Bayer, West Point Academy, and more. Jon is a graduate of Cornell University and holds a Masters in Teaching from Emory University. He and his training/consulting company are passionate about developing positive leaders, organizations and teams.

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Disclosure: I was sent a review copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All views shared are mine and mine alone.

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