by Alicia Acosta and Luis Amavisca, illustrated by Gusti
Ben loves painting his nails with lots of bright colors because it matches his cheery personality. But one day at school when some boys start calling him a 'girly girl', Ben loses his cheer and stops painting his nails. But the story doesn't stop there. With the help of his father and a change at school, Ben gets his cheerful colors back.
A gentle message about bullying with a hopeful note of encouragement and support. Kiss the Book Jr
It's perfectly okay--in fact, it seems preferable--to be yourself. This would be a great title to share with youngster to spark some conversations about their own assumptions about gender and gender roles or what they might have done to make Ben feel okay about his colorful nails. Goodreads--Barbara
About the Author's:
Alicia Acosta is a professional storyteller from Andalusia (Spain). She works with groups of children in schools and for Government organizations. She combines her background as a psychologist to promote the love of reading in children.
Luis Amavisca is a well-known visual artist and writer for kids in Spain. He has worked and written about equality, solidarity, environment and non-violence. He has published several books including Princess Li and The Galinos.
Gusti is an illustrator, animator and tireless traveler. He has illustrated several children's books, such as The Elephant Caught in a Trap, The Grey Boy and Mallco & Papá, which won the Bologna Ragazzi award in the Disability category. His works have been published in more than 20 countries by publishers such as Gekken and Hachette.