Squirrel’s New Year’s Resolution — Perfect Picture Book

Squirrel’s New Year’s Resolution

Pat Miller, Author

Kathi Ember, Illustrator

Albert Whitman & Company, September 2010

Suitable for: Ages 5-8

Themes: New Year’s Resolutions, Holidays, Helping Others

Opening/SynopsisSquirrel pinned up her brand new Nut-of-the-Month calendar.  “It’s January first, “the radio said.  “A great day to make a resolution.”  Squirrel is puzzled because she doesn’t know what a resolution is.  She visits her woodland friends, Bear, Skunk, Mole and Turtle to ask them what it means to make  a resolution.   They share with her their resolutions and she begins to help her friends  with their resolutions.   Squirrel still hasn’t thought of a resolution for herself.

Why I Like this Book:  The story has a very lovable and generous protagonist who thinks about helping others before herself.  There is a wonderful forest of animal characters, including a bear who is a librarian.  Miller’s book  is a great way to introduce children to the significance of a New Year and discuss resolutions.  Ember’s acrylic illustrations are warm and friendly.  Activity:  Normally we don’t think about including children in making a resolution.  Have your children or students list 3-5 items that they would like to do in the coming year to improve themselves.  They can be as simple as trying new foods, reading to a younger sibling, helping an older neighbor take out the trash, and trying a new activity, musical instrument or sport.   Teachers may want to begin the New Year by having their students discuss ways that they can improve their classroom.  Create a doable list and follow the progress the remaining school year.

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About Patricia Tiltonhttps://childrensbooksheal.wordpress.comI want "Children's Books Heal" to be a resource for parents, grandparents, teachers and school counselors. My goal is to share books on a wide range of topics that have a healing impact on children who are facing challenges in their lives. If you are looking for good books on grief, autism, visual and hearing impairments, special needs, diversity, bullying, military families and social justice issues, you've come to the right place. I also share books that encourage art, imagination and creativity. I am always searching for those special gems to share with you. If you have a suggestion, please let me know.

26 thoughts on “Squirrel’s New Year’s Resolution — Perfect Picture Book

  1. I should have know you would find a picture book about New Year’s resolutions, Pat! Can you believe I’ve never seen or read one? I was thinking it would be a great niche to fill because I didn’t know of any, and here you’ve gone and found one for all of us! This book looks really cute and I think it’s especially valuable because there aren’t as many books about resolutions as there are about Christmas, Halloween etc. and it’s an important concept. Thanks so much for sharing this! I’m really glad to have it on the list!


    • Susanna, I found it at the library as it was being returned. I was thrilled because I wanted to find a fun and meaningful book on New Years for kids. Yes, it is a nice addition to the list. Glad you liked the selection.


  2. What a delightful-sounding book — and a great introduction to the “New Year” for kids. (Love the “Nut of the Month” calendar!)


  3. Hi Pat! Perfect selection for this week! I will have to check to see if they have this at our library. It sounds adorable! I am in the middle of working on a Happy New Year painting and it is starring…squirrels 🙂


    • Thanks Leigh. This one was a chance encounter at the library. Someone was returning it as I was searching. I do research a lot of books. I am gla you enjoyed it — I had fun with this one!


  4. Every New Year’s Eve after dinner, we go around the table offering our good wishes for the new year as well as sharing what our resolutions are. I think it’s a wonderful idea to include children in this. With so much of their lives stretching before them, it’s the perfect time to make plans to improve or learn new skills. I’ll be adding this treasure to my bookshelf.


    • I’m so pleased you liked this book. I reviewed it so long ago, but I receive so many searches for it every year. I now encourage our children and grandchildren to focus on things that are related to topics of kindness to others — something outside of themselves that is attainable.


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