Maybe by Kobi Yamada Activities for Kids


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Maybe by Kobi Yamada Activities for Kids

I want to share a new picture book with you by Kobi Yamada called Maybe (by the author of What Do You Do With a Problem?, What Do You Do with an Idea?, and What Do You Do with a Chance?).

I ordered this book over the summer and had a moment to look through it, but didn’t really sit down and read it until a couple of weeks ago.  Boy, am I glad that it came across my radar again.

Welp, bring on the tears! The FIRST PAGE got me right in the gut because my own daughter had been asking me the question, “Mom, I don’t understand why I am here… like, why do I have to be here?” 😔 It’s a heart-wrenching question to hear for any parent. That question is a symptom of many things… and one of them is the times we are living in. This book answers that question in kid-friendly language, alongside beautiful illustrations.


There’s no question about it, our children and adolescents are living in very challenging times right now.

All that said, if you haven’t checked out this new picture book… you’ll definitely want to take a look.

It hit me like none other and I know it might be just as impactful for you and your students. EVERY SINGLE PERSON on this planet has a purpose and that purpose is SO FOGGY for so many people right now.

Kobi Yamada provides several “reasons” for someone’s purpose in life and encourages students to seek out their passions, bring light to the world, and make a difference.

I didn’t waste any time creating activities for students that complement this beautiful work of art because the message is so incredibly powerful.

Here are some ideas for teachers and parents:

  • Discuss failure by asking students how they treat themselves when they fail.  Does that response serve them?  Why or why not?
  • What are some examples of “shining light in dark places”?  What does that look like?
  • Discuss the word “maybe”… what does it mean?  It opens up endless possibilities for students.  Ask them to complete this frame, “Maybe I can….”
  • Reflect on all the things that students have to offer this world.  Something as simple as kindness is a great place to start.  Kindness impacts the world in huge ways.
  • Incorporate language arts by talking about idioms and the phrase, “scratching the surface” as mentioned in the book.
  • Incorporate growth mindset ideas and instruction like perseverance, facing failure, and courage.

If you’d like an easy, no-prep way to cover all of these things, you can check out my resource, Maybe by Kobi Yamada activities.


Let’s all come together during these challenging times to help students SEE THEIR LIGHT and understand their purpose.  This book provides a beautiful opportunity to do just that!

I am Kirsten Tulsian, an elementary educator with 18 years of experience as a teacher and counselor. My passion lies in empowering students to discover their inherent brilliance through the use of engaging, rigorous, and meaningful activities. I look forward to connecting with you!

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