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About Rana DiOrio
Rana DiOrio was born in Providence, RI and grew up in a colorful Italian-American family. Her curiosity about the world began in kindergarten, while studying Western access to China and, obviously, panda bears. As a political science major/psychology minor in college, and then as a law student, she became fascinated with understanding perspective, and how just about any person, place, thing, or situation can be interpreted in so many valid ways. "I believe that I have two ears, two eyes, and one mouth intentionally, so I listen and observe more than I talk," she explains. "As a result, I think I'm better able to respect and appreciate diversity." Rana's inspiration for writing What Does It Mean To Be Global? was the election of President Barack Obama and explaining its significance, on so many levels, to her children.
Rana has written her way though life - as a student, a lawyer, an investment banker, a private equity investor, and now as an author of children's picture books. Her interests include practicing yoga, reading non-fiction, dreaming, effecting positive change, and, of course, being global. She lives in Belvedere, California with her husband and their three Little Pickles.
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An engaging picture book for children that celebrates what it means to be American!
What does it mean to be American? Does it mean you like apple pie or fireworks? Not exactly.
This patriotic picture book is perfect for Memorial Day, Independence Day, Election Day, or any day you want to share with your child what it means to be an American. After all, Fourth of July isn't the only time to celebrate what makes America special!
While politics seem to divide our country into the two opposing teams of red and blue, one truth remains: we are all Americans. But what does that mean?
Gold Moonbeam Award Winner!
IBPA Benjamin Franklin Award Finalist!
Foreword Reviews INDIES Finalist!
This continuation of the popular, award-winning What Does It Mean to Be…? series provides a nonpartisan point of view perfect for any and all Americans who are proud of who they are—and where they come from, regardless of their political views.
Other Titles in the What Does It Mean to Be…? Series:
What Does It Mean to Be Present?
What Does It Mean to Be Global?
What Does It Mean to Be Kind?
"…a beautiful book with a beautiful message…the book shows young children how easy it is to be kind through small acts and in simple ways…"—R.J. Palacio, author of the #1 New York Times bestseller Wonder
What Does It Mean to Be Kind? is a rare kindness book for children because it uses a proactive, not reactive, introduction to a conversation about kindness.
Part of the award-winning What Does It Mean to Be...? series, What Does It Mean to Be Kind? explains the idea of kindness in an accessible and understandable way.
Being kind means…
Smiling at the new student in class.
Giving someone a compliment.
Celebrating the differences in others.
When the girl in the red hat finds the courage to be kind to the new student in class, her kindness spreads. Kind act by kind act, her whole community experiences the magical shift that happens when everyone understands—and acts on—what it means to be kind. What Does it Mean to Be Kind? is a teacher must-have for the classroom, and for parents in search of kindness and feelings books for children.
More Awards for What Does It Mean to Be Kind?
- 2015 Moonbeam Gold Medalist
A Mom's Choice Gold Award Winner!
Being present means…
Noticing when someone needs help
Waiting patiently for your turn
Focusing on what's happening now
Follow a group of friends at school, at home, and at the beach as they experience just what it means to be present.
More Awards for What Does It Mean to Be Present?
- The Living Now: Books For Better Living Award
- The Nautilus Silver Award for Children's Picture Book
- The Moonbeam Gold Children's Book Award for Mind-Body-Spirit/Self-Esteem
Discover all the ways that children can help protect the Earth and its precious resources in this brand new edition of the empowering and award-winning What Does It Mean to Be Green! Features all new artwork and updated facts, tips, and more
What does it really mean to be green? The answers might surprise you! From turning off the water while you brush your teeth to walking to the park instead of driving, and even recycling or reusing old artwork, there are all kinds of things kids can do to help keep the earth clean and healthy! With lots of amazing facts and helpful tips, readers will learn all about how their small choices can make a big difference—kids can change the world!
A Mom's Choice Gold Award Winner!
Being global means…
Experiencing other traditions
Celebrating diversity in people
Opening your mind to new possibilities
Join children from around the world as they play, sing, and travel, trying all types of food and experiencing other traditions. Living respectfully and peacefully with one another, they celebrate diversity, see how their actions affect another person's experience, and come to understand that being global means being a citizen of the world.
More Awards for What Does It Mean to Be Global?
- The USA Book News Best Books Award for Children's Picture Book: Nonfiction
- The Next Generation Indie Book Award for Multicultural Nonfiction
- Learning Solutions Magazine Teachers' Choice™ Award for Children's Books
- IBPA Benjamin Franklin Silver Winner for Interior Design in Children's/Young Adult
- The Nautilus Silver Award for Children's Illustrated