Hard Work Pays Off

I love books. Ah, like you didn't already know that! Last summer, I had the honor of connecting with Maria Dismondy, author and kindness counts advisor. Anytime I can spread news about new books that make a difference, count me in! 

This book speaks to the generation who has lost DETERMINATION. Technology has killed determination in our kids. Yep, I said it! Now, don't get me wrong, there are still so many kids who try their hardest and do not give up. BUT! There are so many that give up the moment something is challenging.

THE LITTLE LINEBACKER written by Stephen Tulloch and Maria Dismondy shares a story of determination like no other. I literally was cheering on Stephen, the main character through the ups and downs presented in this teachable moment tale. 

In the back of the book, Stephen Tulloch leaves kids thoughts to think about. My favorite is hard work pays off. I plan to have my students write a letter to their future self explaining what does, "Hard Work Pays Off" mean. In their future, will they need to work hard to become teachers, actors, athletes, bakers, bankers, fisherman? Let them come to their own conclusion about this loaded question!   Another activity- Have students take different pictures of what hard work looks like to them. Anything worth having is hard work.

I highly recommend The Little Linebacker! I am determined to keep DETERMINATION in our kids!


  1. Looks like a story with a great message! Always looking for books with teachable moments that go with them. Thanks for sharing.

    Not Just Child's Play

  2. Thanks for a great recommendation! I'm going to share this book with my grandson, who loves sports. What a teachable moment!

  3. Congrats Courtney- the site looks amazing- so proud of what you've achieved!


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