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Kelly Shuto is a kindergarten and grade one teacher on the West Coast of British Columbia, Canada. She has two boys who are active in sports and a cat who is active in sleeping. She loves exploring nature, spending time with friends and family, and morning walks with a coffee. Kelly values big smiles and a good belly laugh.

She is passionate about helping children to recognize their self worth, their own bravery and their individual accomplishments by celebrating all successes. One of her favourite ways to share messages with her students is through thought provoking picture books that allow for meaningful connections and introspection. Her goal is to help the children she works with to leave each school day feeling happier and more confident then when they entered the classroom that morning…and, of course, to make them laugh.

Fun Fact

Kelly is terrified of traveling in airplanes and on boats but when she was 20, she decided to jump out of an airplane at 10,000 feet and become a certified scuba diver in the waters of Australia!

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What Does It Mean to Be Your Best?

What Does It Mean to Be Your Best? Does being the best mean winning the race or scoring the most goals? Being the best doesn't mean that you are better than anyone else. Being the best means you are being YOUR best self every day.

"What Does It Mean to Be Your Best?" focuses on being the best version of who you are. It can be hard not to compare yourself to others but with self-confidence and support, you will begin to see that all you have to be is your best self, and exactly who you are is who you are meant to be. When were you your best self today?

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What Does It Mean to Be Brave?

What does it mean to be brave? Does it mean climbing the highest mountain or swimming with sharks? Bravery means doing something even though we are scared. Sometimes we need to be brave for big and scary things in far off places and sometimes we need to be brave for things that make us nervous in our daily lives.

"What Does It Mean to Be Brave" uses everyday examples and beautiful West Coast imagery to demonstrate how children use bravery to try new things, to persevere when something is challenging, to make new friends and to make kind choices.

Being brave happens every day. When were you brave today?


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