What’s Under Your Cape? – Book Giveaway

what's under cape untitledWhat’s Under Your Cape: Superheroes of the Character Kind

Barbara Gruener, Author

Ferne Press, Nonfiction, May 2014

Suitable for: Elementary Teachers, Counselors, Parents

Theme: Character Education, Elementary Students, Teachers, Character Traits

Winner: Mom’s Choice Gold Award for Adult Books

Cover Synopsis: What if students in your classroom could excel in academics and character education? What kind of impact would they make on the world? Through stories and activities, learn how Barbara Gruener uses the word SUPERHEROES to define positive character traits. This powerful handbook will change the way you look at character education. 

Why I like this book: Barbara Gruener’s work with character began when she was a girl active in 4-H. She learned a pledge which she took to heart. “I pledge my head to clearer thinking, my heart to great loyalty, my hands to larger service, and my health to better living.”  It molded her own character and became the core tools she used to help students find their own strengths and superpowers. She has written an inspiring and powerful book that will motivate educators, counselors and parents to want to teach character education to children. This practical and user-friendly guide is brimming with ideas, projects, hands-on activities, games, stories, and songs. Barbara says “SUPERHEROES are all about service.” Her material can be used with any age group. If character development is included in every school in America, just think how different our world would be. These superheroes will be our future leaders and bring change. Teaching character development from a young age could lead to a major paradigm shift in our schools, homes, communities and world. This is a must-have guide for educators and parents.

Barbara Gruener is a counselor and character coach at Westwood-Bales Elementary, a National School of Character. With 30 years of teaching and counseling children K-12, she’s believes that we must begin implementing character development among children at a very early age.  Make sure you visit Barbara Gruener at her popular website Corner on Character.

Book Giveaway: I will be giving away one copy of What’s Under Your Cape. If you’d like a copy, please leave a comment by Sunday, September 21, and let me know that you’d like to be entered in the giveaway.  I will announce the lucky winner onWednesday, September 24.

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.

50 thoughts on “What’s Under Your Cape? – Book Giveaway

  1. It would be amazing to have character education back in classrooms. It used to be called values clarification, back in the day. Sadly, I don’t see it making a big comeback until there’s a way to test it, measure it, collect data, analyze the data, and put it on a bar graph. I hope this book can sneak a little of that 4-H wisdom in under the common core radar.


  2. I’m happy to say my kids’ school does a nice job with character education. A “pledge of respect” is said every morning: “I am a smart, special and valuable person. I respect myself and others. My words and actions are kind and honest. I expect only my best in all that I do. I’m proud to be me.” In addition, they have school-wide inititatives to reward caring behavior. How great is that??


  3. I teach in a rural area. I would love to have another resource to add to teach my students about helping them to to become better students in their everyday life. They are precious students always willing to learn and listen.


  4. WoW … what a wonderful page to open up after a long day at work! Thank you, Pat, for a lovely endorsement. My heart is touched to its core. And to your thoughtful readers for their kind comments, I appreciate your day-maker affirmations! I am just so delighted that my book has been so well-received and I’m honored to have a page on Patricia’s amazing blog. Cape UP!


    • I am excited to have the opportunity to share your book on character development with my readers. I’m so glad you liked the review! I hope you book receives a lot of visibility because it is a tool that will be helpful to educators and parents. Your work withe kids on character is making a difference.


    • So happy that you enjoyed Barbara’s book. Can’t think of a better way of starting your career as a teacher with the knowledge if teaching character building to children. I know you’d enjoy her book. I hope this is a growing movement as I read the feedback from readers.


  5. I read Barbara’s book this summer and couldn’t wait to share it with the administrators at my school. Our theme this year is “Super Heroes” and it was just what I needed to get into the spirit. I would love to have another copy of the book, since I keep sharing my copy with others. Please enter my name in the give away!


  6. This sounds wonderful! I would love a copy – next summer’s CSLP theme is “Every Hero has a Story” and this looks like it would be a great place to start – empowering kids to be superheros. As a Mom of a teen boy I think this book would be a great discussion starter too. Thanks for another wonderful suggestion and review!


  7. I am loving Barbara’s ideas and suggestions on Facebook, so I would love one of her books to add to my collection! As a second-year school counselor, I am learning so much about what’s under my own cape…I can’t wait to help students discover what’s under theirs too!


  8. Wow! I have been looking at this book. Think it’s a clever story to read at work (k-5 counselor) or at home with my own children (4 and 2.5). 😃


    • It’s not a story but a guide book full of ideas, suggestions, activities to help kids develop character. Barbara has been teaching character for 30 years, so she offers a wealth of experience and information.


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