- The Giving Tree written and illustrated by Shel Silverstein
- The Girl Who Spun Gold by Viginia Hamilton Illustrated by Leo & Diane Dillon (little-man tale, also variant of Rumpelstilskin)
- The People Could Fly: American Black Folktales by Virginia Hamilton and illustrated by Leo and Diane Dillon
- The Patchwork Quilt by Valerie Flournoy and illustrated by Jerry Pinkney
- The Stolen Ones and How They Were Missed written by Marcia Tate Arunga and illustrated by Isaiah Townsend
- Lull and His Ladybugs by Lull Mengesha
- Stellaluna by Janell Cannon
- Can You Sleep, Little Bear? by Martin Waddell
- Beauty and the Beast Translated by Richard Howard and Illustrated by Hilary Knight
- Shibumi and the Kitemaker by Marilee Heyer
- The Weaving of a Dream by Marilee Heyer
- The Zephyr-Love stories of the Royal Manchu in the Forbidden City: the Illustrated Collection of the Ancient Chinese People by Der Jen
- Lost in the Silvery Land of Miao: the Illustrated Collection of the Ancient Chinese People by Der Jen
- The Beauty of Brocade: the Illustrated Collection of the Ancient Chinese People by Der Jen
- Phantom of the Opera adapted from the novel by Gaston Leroux Illustrated by Greg Hildenrandt
- The Canary Prince by Eric Jon Nones
- The Random House Book of Fairy Tales adapted by Amy Ehrlich & Illustrated by Dianne Goode
- The Lady & the Lion retold by Laurel Long & Jacqueline K. Ogburn (variation of Beauty and the Beast)
- Dear Mili by Wilhelmina Grimm & Maurice Sendak
- White Cat retold by Robert D. San Souci & Illustrated by Gennady Spirin
- Tam Lin written by Jane Yolen and illustrated by Charles Mikolaycak
- East O’ the Sun and West O’ the Moon by P.J. Lynch
- The Pirate Queen by Emily Arnold McCully
- The Silver Arm by Jim Fitspatrick (elementary age appropriate)
- Hansel and Gretel by The Brother’s Grimm and illustrations by Susan Jeffers
- The Princess and the Beggar adapted & Illustrated by Anne Sibley O’Brien
- Mermaid Tales from Around the World retold by Mary Pope Osborne & Illustrated by Troy Howell
- Am I a Color Too? By Heidi Cole & Nancy Vogl
- The Girl Who Loved Wild Horses by Paul Goble
- High as a Hawk: A Brave Girl’s Historic Climb by T.A. Barron
- Spirit Walker poems by Nancy Wood paintings by Frank Howell
- How The World was Saved & Other Native American Tales retold & Illustrated by Piers Harper
- Dreambirds by David Ogden
- Mama, Do You Love Me? By Barbara M. Joosse Illustrated by Barbara Lavallee
- The Magic Horse retold and Illustrated by Sally Scott
- Myths and Civilization of the Ancient Romans by John Malam
- The Enchanted Book: A Tale from Krakow by Janina Porazinska translated by Bozena Smith
- Vassilisa the Wise by Joseph Sherman
Eight Rules All Runners Should Know
1) Run Using The One or None Rule
We all love listening to the good cuts, especially when we are working out. I’m not gonna lie, I love it too! Here is the problem. You aren’t aware. Especially, if you’re running. When you have loud music blaring in your ears, you can't hear a potential attacker come up behind you and it also slows your reaction time. More over, what if there is a car, a curb, or a strange animal in your path. There are several reasons to pay attention. Don’t tune out. If you want to listen to music, or in my case Audible books, use the 1 or None Rule! One earbud in, the other one out. If that’s too hard, don’t wear headphones.
2) Know your Routes (That’s right, plural)
Why? If the wrong people know your routine, you are out at a disadvantage. If you know your routes, you know where to run if you find yourself in a bind. You know the possible pitfalls.
3) All the Worlds a Stage, All the Men & Women Merely Players
If dealing with an attacker & you’re near people, you want an audience! The more people, the less likely that person is to attack, the more likely you are to get help! So start making a ruckus!
4) Fire! Fire!
What do you yell if someone is attacking you! If you are near a place that may have people, yell fire! It brings a crowd and camera phones! Everyone wants a picture of this crazy fire! Plus, you’ll have evidence of the attack and can better ID your attacker.
5) Want A Shrubbery?
No! Try to stray away from running near shrubbery, hedges, trees, etc. Attackers may be lingering or lurking around.
There are Runner Personal Alarms that are heard up to 1000 ft. or a 300M range. There is one by Sabre on Amazon. Also use your voice as a tool if you should come in contact with an attacker! Speak with confidence, power, and eye contact! You can also use a rape whistle.
7) Follow the Light
It's important to go to well lit places! If you are running, try running in a well lit area. If someone is attacking you, run to a well lit location where you will be better visible to people who could help you!
8) A Person Is Only As Good As Their Weapon
Look around you for items you can use as weapons. Carry a key or keys with you when you are running so you can interlace them through your fingers if you need to. That way you will be able to use them on soft tissue on the body (especially the throat, eyes, etc.). Did you know it only takes 8-pounds of pressure to break someone's kneecap? Yep! And if you break someone's clavicle, they no longer have use of their arm. Hint, Hint, Wink, Wink.
9) Strength in Numbers
There is strength in numbers. If you want to run with friends, runners groups or a pet, all of these are helpful when wanting to stay safe. If you want to be the lone ranger, let people know where you are. Keep your phone on you and download an app which will allow friends or family to know where you are.
10) Run Tall and Stand Strong
It is important to remember to have shoulders back, head high, and be aware of your surroundings. Be a Force. Remember that predators are looking for an easy target.
11) Forget the Road Less Traveled
If you are running, stay on the path. Also vary up your path. If you have a stalker they may see that you have a set route, so have multiple options.
12) Know Some Moves
Learning self-defense is a skill that everyone should do. No one is above it, doesn't matter how big, strong, or fast you are. So look into local self-defense courses. Or go to my online self-defense course and get the runners discount HERE: www.udemy.com/warriorwomyn/?couponCode=RUNNINGWARRIORS
For more on runners safety visit: www.rrca.org
For Self-Defense Workshops or Individual Instruction, please contact Body In Balance at (808) 661-1116
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