The Sunflowers wrote upbeat melodies and accessible lyrics in Free to Be Me to help budding language learners discover how to share their feelings, hopes, and dreams. The musical picture book features the illustrated lyrics of each song, followed by activity ideas for teaching English. Here’s a look at the activity prompts for “Be Brave Not Afraid.” This empowering ditty offers children a vocabulary for bravery. It’s normal to be afraid sometimes, but we can also be calm, strong, and brave in all sorts of ways. 1. Discover the song In the illustration that accompanies the song, a little girl is getting ready to dive into a pool. She’s courageous! Make a list of some other activities that require courage. 2. Activity: Create your own emoticons! Draw six circles of the same size on a piece of paper. Underneath each circle, write an emotion. Choose feelings from the song, or come up with other feelings such as happy, sad, or surprised. Then draw the faces! Download the free activity sheet here. 3. Go one step further As Mr. Rogers once said, when we talk about our feelings, they become less overwhelming, upsetting, and scary. Use the prompts below to share a personal story. Share them on your own, with a partner, or in a group. Tell us about a time when you were brave. Have you ever remained calm, even though you were afraid? What does being strong mean to you? Free to Be Me is available now. Shop Local (Canada) or find it on Bookshop, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Indigo or at your favourite bookstore. Subscribe to our monthly newsletter to stay informed about our new releases, events and for a chance to win our subscriber giveaway. To order books for your library or bookstore, please contact Independent Publishers Group (United States), Hornblower Books/University of Toronto Press (Canada), and MMS/BookSource (United Kingdom). For additional information, email email@example.com.