Overview

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.

This bright and active story encourages children to put themselves in another's shoes and consider the effect of their words.

Includes a Note to Parents and Caregivers that discusses the motivations behind gossip and what adults can do to combat it.

About the Author

Frank J. Sileo, PhD, is a New Jersey licensed psychologist and the founder and executive director of The Center for Psychological Enhancement in Ridgewood, New Jersey. He received his doctorate from Fordham University in New York City.

In his practice, Dr. Sileo works with children, adolescents, adults, and families. Since 2010, he has been consistently recognized as one of New Jersey's top kids' doctors.

He is the author of six other children's books: Toilet Paper Flowers: A Story for Children About Crohn's Disease, Hold the Cheese Please: A Story for Children About Lactose Intolerance, Bug Bites and Campfires: A Story for Kids About Homesickness, Sally Sore Loser: A Story about Winning and Losing, Don't Put Yourself Down in Circus Town: A Story About Self-Confidence, and A World of Pausabilities: An Exercise in Mindfulness.

His books Sally Sore Loser, Don't Put Yourself Down in Circus Town, and A World of Pausabilities are the Gold Medal recipients of the prestigious Mom's Choice Awards. He has also won Silver Medals from the Moonbeam Children's Book Awards and the Independent Publisher Book Awards.

Dr. Sileo speaks across the country and does author visits. Dr. Sileo has been published in psychological journals and is often quoted in newspapers, magazines, podcasts, webcasts, radio, and television.

Learn more about Dr. Sileo on his website.

About the Illustrator

Like many of the characters in this book, Jennifer Zivoin was quite a chatterbox as a child!

She has always loved stories and art, so becoming an illustrator was a natural career path. She has been trained in media ranging from figure drawing to virtual reality, and earned her Bachelor of Arts degree with highest distinction from the honors division of Indiana University.

During her professional career, Jennifer worked as a graphic designer and then as a creative director before finding her artistic niche illustrating children's books.

In addition to artwork, she enjoys reading, cooking, and spending time outdoors. Jennifer lives in Indiana with her family.

Jennifer is a member of the Society of Children's Book Writers & Illustrators and is represented by MB Artists.

Reviews & Awards

In the tradition of Dr. Frank Sileo's other award-winning children's books, Did You Hear? A Book About Gossip is a gift to all children and the people who love them. What is remarkable about Did You Hear is that with captivating rhyming texts and delightful illustrations of adorably diverse children gossiping and listening, young readers will be drawn into the experience of gossip. They will be amused, surprised and moved to recognize that even without intending, gossip hurts. It will be hard for them to forget the precious little children in the book who learn to refuse to chat — when hearing this or that! As we struggle to give children an anchor in a culture that exposes them to so much at an early age, this story about gossip is a story they need.
—Suzanne B. Phillips PsyD, ABPP, CGP
Psychologist, Adjunct Full Professor of Clinical Psychology at LIU Post, NY, Radio Host of Psych Up Live on Voice America, International Talk Radio

Even though this is a book aimed at the hearts and minds of the youngest among us, the lesson is timeless and so timely right now. Budding little humans are so easily molded in their habits and ways of thinking, so it is crucial that their models be good ones. Making up stories, bullying with cruel words, spreading untruths, being oblivious to how others feel trains even the best among us to fear and to hate. Your short, sweet, simple story reminds us all that this is not the way to find happiness. And that is always a valuable lesson to learn.
—Lucie Arnaz Luckinbill
Entertainer, Wife, Mother

I'm so in awe of how Dr. Frank Sileo approaches this story of gossip in Did You Hear? This important topic in our society is told through an entertaining way that can truly be comprehended and absorbed by any child. The lesson is so incredibly valuable and brought to light by Sileo with such wisdom and smarts. I also love the illustrations by Jennifer Zivoin. Each character is adorable, diverse and most of all relatable to every child that will see this book. Personally, I think it's destined to be a classic, enlightening generations to come!
—Glenn Scarpelli
Actor, "One Day At A Time", Owner/Producer Sedona NOW TV