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Story Time: “Howard B. Wigglebottom Listens to his Heart”




This Story Time is based on the book: “Howard B. Wigglebottom Listens to his Heart” by Howard Binkow. “Howard B. Wigglebottom Listens to his Heart” is a story that encourages children to be true to themselves and to do what they love, even if it's not popular. Nurturing children's passions help build their confidence and self-esteem greatly. This story touches on facing self-esteem issues that are acknowledged by Howard's Grandfather. With the encouragement from Howard’s Grandfather, Howard feels confident enough to pursue his passions and boost his self-esteem.


Acknowledging children's self-esteem issues as well as fostering their confidence is very important in encouraging children to continue pursuing their passions and interests with pride. Teaching children to do what they love for themselves and for their own enjoyment and not for the approval of peers is very beneficial in improving children's self-esteem and confidence. Grandpa Sammy from the story “Howard B. Wigglebottom Listens to his Heart” is a great example of how to foster a child's low self-esteem and confidence, and as a result of listening to his grandpa, Howard is as happy as he has ever been.

Question Prompts for “Howard B. Wigglebottom Listens to His Heart”


  1. What is something that makes you happy?

  2. What are you most proud of?

  3. I am amazing because…?

  4. What makes you different from your classmates?

  5. What is something that you are good at?

  6. What is something that you know how to do that you can teach others?


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