Over-Scheduled Andrew by Ashley Spires
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I haven't seen a book for young children on the topic of over-scheduling and the importance of down time before this one. And Over-scheduled Andrew perfectly explains with cute illustrations and story, and shows how trying to do everything and be everywhere at once is not possible. When little Andrew gets excited and joins too many activities he starts getting tired and it begins to affect not only his schoolwork but also his friendships. He hardly has even 15 minutes free to hang out with his best friend! But slowly he realizes that having almost every minute scheduled isn't any fun and not working out for him so he starts paring down his extracurricular activities to just the ones he really loves, and life gets back to being fun and having free time to play with friends again:)
I think lots of kids will relate to Andrew and either be able to tell their parents they too feel over-scheduled or see how maybe wanting that third, fourth, or whatever-number activity might not be what they really want. This is a simple but important picture book for today's busy little kids.