What Boys Do AND You Can Be ABCs

Hello, Robert Paul Jr.! Welcome to Watch. Connect. Read.! Thank you for stopping by to discuss What Boys Do and You Can Be ABCs. Imagine you’re telling second graders about both books. What do you share with them?

Robert Paul Jr.: What Boys Do affirms that boys can do ANYTHING and EVERYTHING! This book shows boys that its’s ok to dream, make mistakes, explore, love and cry. There is more to being a boy than meets the eye. It’s so important to be YOU!


You Can Be ABCs
teaches the alphabet by showcasing the alphabet as the many career paths kids can aspire to be!


What materials did you use to create the art for What Boys Do and You Can Be ABCs?

Robert Paul Jr.: I illustrated this book digitally on scanned, cold pressed, water color paper using sketchbook pro.


Please finish the following sentence starters: 

Robert Samuel White II and Robert Samuel White III are the father and son duo and creative minds behind the writing of You Can Be ABCs! This book showcases the alphabet as the many career paths kids can aspire to be! This was certainly a pleasure to illustrate! What a blessing to witness my daughter finding herself as a character in the book!

What Boys Do is affirming, bold, exciting and a must have for all boys. It was written by Jon Lasser and published by Magination Press, the children’s imprint of the American Psychological Association. This book was developed to help boys with social emotional learning.

Societal gender roles can often stifle the gifts that all boys possess. It’s important to encourage boys to express themselves in order to fully enjoy childhood and grow into healthy functional adults.

Picture books are most children’s introduction to visual storytelling. Unlocking new, beautiful and abstract ways to express themselves.

John Schu, you should have asked me about some of my favorite books…………..…I would have said I don’t have any, but I really enjoy most of Shel Silverstein’s work and everything Ezra Jack Keats!

Thank you, Robert! 


Robert Paul Jr. has a love for people and everyone's unique story, which feeds perfectly into his career as an illustrator and character designer. Born in St. Lucia and raised in St. Thomas in the United States Virgin Islands, Robert's ultimate calling is to help children lead fun, positive, and enriched lives through storytelling. He lives with his wife and daughter in Texas. As a couple, they enjoy mentoring children and teens, experiencing ballet performances, and discovering delicious new recipes and restaurants.

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