Did You Hear?: A Story about Gossip

Did you hear Eric picks his nose?
Did you hear Alexa has eleven toes?

On the playground, between friends, or in school…gossip and playful chit-chat is a common occurrence. People will talk; this is an almost universal truth in any society. We are naturally interested in the lives of others. Children are especially susceptible to this, as they learn to interact socially and push boundaries.

Did You Hear? is a lively story that encourages kids to think about the effect that gossip might have on others and to perhaps choose to interact in other, more productive, ways. Illustrations take readers through a day in a little girl’s life and the gossip around her as the kids around her ask “did you hear?”

Includes a Note to Parents and Caregivers that discusses the motivations behind gossip and what adults can do to teach and model appropriate social interactions and empathy.

Hardcover, 32 pages


Frank J. Sileo