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VIRTUES

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TRAITS

Appreciation, Caring, Forgiveness, Sharing

THEMES

New Family


VIRTUES

Acceptance


The Dog Who Had Kittens

by Polly M. Robertus - 1991

Holiday House

A gentle dog convinces the kittens mom to let him try parenting.


Like Pickle Juice on a Cookie

by Julie Sternberg, Illus. by Matthew Cordell - 2011

Amulet

Good times with her old babysitter haunt a growing girl, but at least the memories will never leave her.


Mommy, Mama and Me

by Lesléa Newman.Illus. by Carol Thompson - 2009

Tricycle

Explore the family units of same-sex parents and how they love and care for their kids.


Red

by Jan De Kinder. (written & illustrated). Tr. by Laura Watkinson - 2015

Eerdmans Books

A boy who blushes easily gets bullied, the girl who started it trys to stop the problem she created.


The Surprise Family

by Lynn Reiser - 1994

Greenwillow

A boys gives his pet hen duck eggs to hatch, she treats them as family, even when she realizes they are different.


Wemberly Worried

by Kevin Henkes - 2000

Greenwillow.

A worry wart girl mouse meets another worried mousey who also brought a doll to her 1st day of school.


Benevolence


An Ambush of Tigers: A Wild Gathering of Collective Nouns

by Betsy R. Rosenthal.Illus. by Jago - 2015

Lerner/Millbrook

Two shape-shifting tigers end up at a Texas sanctuary and try to learn to get along & be human.


Get Well, Good Knight

by Shelley Moore Thomas, Illus. by Jennifer Plecas - 2002

Penguin Young Readers

A kind knight trys to take care of his sick dragon friends.


The Grasshopper and the Ant

by Harvey Kurtzman - 2001

Denis Kitchen Publishing

A beatnik Grasshopper learns his lesson from an ant colony who invites him inside for the winter.


Guji Guji

by Chih-Yuan Chen -1999)

Kane/Miller

A confused crocodile protects his duck family against his real kind.


Mrs. Marlowe's Mice

by Frank Asch - 2007

Kids Can Press

Intimidating cat police check a kind hearted cat librarian who secretly harbors mice in her home.


My Rows and Piles of Coins

by Tololwa M. Mollel, Illustrated by E. B. Lewis - 1999

Clarion

A determined Tanzanian boy saves his coins to afford a bicycle to help his mom bring things to and from the market.


Oh, No!

by Candace Fleming.Illus. by Eric Rohmann - 2012

Random/Schwartz & Wade.

A hole by a tiger, catches animals tring to help a frog, the selfish tiger winds up alone in the hole in the end.


Weslandia

by Paul Fleischman - 1999

Candlewick Press

A summer vacation garden project provides food, clothing, shelter, and even recreation for the neighborhood.


The Wolf's Chicken Stew

by Keiko Kasza - 1987

Puffin Books

A wolf becomes a protector instead of a hunter, after plans to fatten up a chicken backfires.


Charitable


Fox's Garden

by Princesse Camcam. (written & illustrated) - 2014

Enchanted Lion Books

A boy brings a basket of food to a hungry fox who repays him with flowers.


Listen to the Wind: The Story of Dr. Greg & Three Cups of Tea

by Greg Mortenson - 2009

Dial

A mountain climber is saved by a Himalayan village, whom he repays with a school.


Mr. Tanen's Ties

by Maryann Cocca-Leffler - 2003

Albert Whitman & Company

A school principal wipes out the school budget buying ties, so he sells his ties to help build a playground.


Equality


Amazing Grace

by Mary Hoffman - 1991

Dial Books

An optimistic tale proving anyone can do anything they thrive to do and be.


Smoky Night

by Eve Bunting - 1994

HMH Books

Outside a boys window he sees a violent world of racial tensions & riots, his cat is missing and his apartment is on fire.


Two Eggs Please

by Sarah Weeks - 2003

Atheneum Books

Eggs are alike on the inside, but like people and personalities can be different on the outside.


Gentleness


Be Gentle with the Dog, Dear!

by Matthew Baek - 2008

Dial

How to properly treat animals is a important life lesson.


The Dog Who Had Kittens

by Polly M. Robertus - 1991

Holiday House

A gentle dog convinces the kittens mom to let him try parenting.


The Grasshopper and the Ants

by Jerry Pinkney. (written & illustrated) - 2015

Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

A musical Grasshopper learns his lesson from an ant colony who invites him inside for the winter.


Henry and Mudge and the Great Grandpas

by Cynthia Rylant, Illus. by Suçie Stevenson - 2005

Simon Spotlight

While visiting the grandparents the duo discovers a clear pond and enjoy the waters with their elders.


The Little Brute Family

by Russell Hoban, ill. Lilian Hoban - 1966

Farrar, Straus and Giroux

A grumpy family one day starts to smile, and finds that life is nicer when we treat each other with kindness.


Mrs. Marlowe's Mice

by Frank Asch - 2007

Kids Can Press

Intimidating cat police check a kind hearted cat librarian who secretly harbors mice in her home.


My Brother, Ant

by Betsy Byars, Illus. by Marc Simont - 1996

Viking/Penguin Young Readers

Tales of brothers dealing w monsters, 3 pigs & Santa in the summer


No Matter What

by Emma Dodd - 2007

Dutton

Elephants show unconditional love no matter what their kids do or say that might be wrong.


When You Are Happy

by Eileen Spinelli - 2006

Simon & Schuster

Family love overrides the ups and downs of moods, feelings and circumstances.


The Wolf's Chicken Stew

by Keiko Kasza - 1987

Puffin Books

A wolf becomes a protector instead of a hunter, after plans to fatten up a chicken backfires.


Gratitude


An Awesome Book!

by Dallas Clayton - 2012

HarperCollins

An Awesome Book of Thanks by Dallas Clayton How to express thanks feel thankful looking at the world around you


Gracias/Thanks

by Pat Mora.Illus. by John Parra - 2005

Lee & Low

A bilingual story of a boy who says thanks to things that make him happy.


The Grasshopper and the Ants

by Jerry Pinkney. (written & illustrated) - 2015

Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

A musical Grasshopper learns his lesson from an ant colony who invites him inside for the winter.


Mr. Wuffles!

by David Wiesner, (written & illustrated) - 2013

Clarion Books

An mini alien spaceship hides from an Earth kitty and communicates with ants and a ladybird for help to escape.


Titanicat

by MartyCrisp - 2008

Sleeping Bear Press

A true story of a cabin boy whose life was saved by the ships lucky cat, the ship was the Titanic.


Harmony


Simon's Book

by Henrik Drescher - 1983

MacAdam/Cage Publishing

Art supplies take over a story of a boy that is threatened by a monster who is redrawn to be friendly.


Heart


Freedom Summer

by Deborah Wiles - 2001

Aladdin

Changing the hearts of other people


Grandma Lives in a Perfume Village

by Fang Suzhen.Illus. by Sonja Danowski - 2015

NorthSouth

After Grandma dies a girl can still visit thru her heart, especially when it rains.


The Grasshopper and the Ants

by Jerry Pinkney. (written & illustrated) - 2015

Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

A musical Grasshopper learns his lesson from an ant colony who invites him inside for the winter.


How to Heal a Broken Wing

by Bob Graham, (written & illustrated) - 2008

Candlewick

In a uncaring city, a hurt bird is rescued & nursed by a compassionate boy.


Imogene’s Last Stand

by Candace Fleming and Illustrated by Nancy Carpenter - 2014

Dragonfly Books

A towns history becomes important


Love You Forever

by Robert Munsch and Illustrated by Sheila McGraw - 2014

Firefly Books

Parental love brings a boy through childhood to grow his manhood


No Matter What

by Emma Dodd - 2007

Dutton

Elephants show unconditional love no matter what their kids do or say that might be wrong.


The Surprise Family

by Lynn Reiser - 1994

Greenwillow

A boys gives his pet hen duck eggs to hatch, she treats them as family, even when she realizes they are different.


The Wonderful Fluffy Little Squishy

by Beatrice Alemagna. (written & illustrated). Tr. by Claudia Zoe Bedrick - 2015

Enchanted Lion Books

A girls imagination and determination goes wild looking for a fluffy little squishy present for moms birthday.


Thoughtfulness


Bully

by Laura Vaccaro Seeger, (written & Illustrated) - 2013

Roaring Brook/Neal Porter

A bully bull shows thoughtfulness after apologizing to animals he insulted.


Gingerbread for Liberty: How a German Baker Helped Win the American Revolution

by Mara Rockliff.Illus. by Vincent X. Kirsch - 2015

HMH Books

A baker finds patriotism through his feeding of George Washington's troops.


The Grasshopper and the Ants

by Jerry Pinkney. (written & illustrated) - 2015

Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

A musical Grasshopper learns his lesson from an ant colony who invites him inside for the winter.


Henry and Mudge and the Great Grandpas

by Cynthia Rylant, Illus. by Suçie Stevenson - 2005

Simon Spotlight

While visiting the grandparents the duo discovers a clear pond and enjoy the waters with their elders.


Mrs. Marlowe's Mice

by Frank Asch - 2007

Kids Can Press

Intimidating cat police check a kind hearted cat librarian who secretly harbors mice in her home.


Wilfrid Gordon McDonald Partridge

by Mem Fox - 1995

Kane/Miller

This book connects kids to elderly people and nursing homes as a boy helps a woman with memory loss.


TRAITS


Appreciation


A Chair For My Mother

by Vera B. Williams - 1982

HarperCollins

Mamas new chair can finally be afforded.


Gabriella's Song

by Candace Fleming, Illus. by Giselle Potter - 1997

Atheneum Books

A girl finds music in everything that surrounds her.


Green Is a Chile Pepper

by Roseanne Greenfield Thong.Illus. by John Parra - 2014

Chronicle

A girls diverse Latino neighborhood is highlighted in this bilingual tale of culture.


Have You Filled a Bucket Today

by Carol McCloud- 2006

Ferne Press

Appreciation, love & kindness is encouraged & rewarded


Leo Loves Baby Time

by Anna McQuinn - 2014

Charlesbridge

A kids adventure with mom in his regular trip to the storytime at the Library.


Like Pickle Juice on a Cookie

by Julie Sternberg, Illus. by Matthew Cordell - 2011

Amulet

Good times with her old babysitter haunt a growing girl, but at least the memories will never leave her.


Listen to the Wind: The Story of Dr. Greg & Three Cups of Tea

by Greg Mortenson - 2009

Dial

A mountain climber is saved by a Himalayan village, whom he repays with a school.


One Potato, Two Potato

by Cynthia Defelice - 2006

Farrar, Straus and Giroux

A magic pot doubles anything that goes in, potatoes, coins & even lonely people who thrive company.


Where Once There Was a Wood

by Denise Fleming - 1996

Square FishHenry Holt

A poetry based portrait of our disappearing natural environment & how animal habitats and ecosystems adapt.


White Snow, Bright Snow

by Alvin Tresselt - 1947

HarperCollins

This nostalgic look at a 1940's town experiencing & preparing for a large snow storm shows the magic of snow.


The Wolf's Chicken Stew

by Keiko Kasza - 1987

Puffin Books

A wolf becomes a protector instead of a hunter, after plans to fatten up a chicken backfires.


The World Is Waiting for You

by Barbara Kerley - 2013

National Geographic Children's Books

Pictures of science and nature make kids eager to explore the world and figure what they want to grow up to be.


Yucky Worms

by Vivian French. Illus. by Jessica Ahlberg - 2010

Candlewick Press

Outside her garden, Grandama explains how worms slither through the dirt with five pairs of hearts.


Caring


The Birdman

by Veronika Charles - 2006

Tundra Book

An Indian tailor nurses birds back to health.


Clifford, the Big Red Dog

by Norman Bridwell - 1963

Cartwheel

Emily Elizabeth discovers the ups (mostly) and downs of caring for her big red dog.


Eeeek, Mouse!

by Lydia Monks - 2009

Egmont

Different perspectives (even from the cat) show the freeing of a mouse family from a trap.


Good Night, Good Knight

by Shelley Moore Thomas, Illustrated by Jennifer Plecas - 2000

Penguin Young Readers

A wizards scaly, snail-y soup helps a knight who nurses his sick little dragon friends.


Guji Guji

by Chih-Yuan Chen -1999)

Kane/Miller

A confused crocodile protects his duck family against his real kind.


Like Pickle Juice on a Cookie

by Julie Sternberg, Illus. by Matthew Cordell - 2011

Amulet

Good times with her old babysitter haunt a growing girl, but at least the memories will never leave her.


Love Waves

by Rosemary Wells - 2011

Candlewick Press

A solution to separation anxiety, parents can sent love waves to their kids.


Mrs. Marlowe's Mice

by Frank Asch - 2007

Kids Can Press

Intimidating cat police check a kind hearted cat librarian who secretly harbors mice in her home.


My Brother, Ant

by Betsy Byars, Illus. by Marc Simont - 1996

Viking/Penguin Young Readers

Tales of brothers dealing w monsters, 3 pigs & Santa in the summer


My Father’s Arms Are a Boat

by Stein Erik Lunde, Illus. by Øyvind Torseter. Trans. by Kari Dickson - 2008

Enchanted Lion Books

A fox guides a dead mother to her afterlife, as a sleepless boy and his reassuring dad grieves.


No Matter What

by Emma Dodd - 2007

Dutton

Elephants show unconditional love no matter what their kids do or say that might be wrong.


Snuggle Puppy

by Sandra Boyton - 2003

Workman

A rhythmic chant of a mom singing about how special & how much she loves her little Snuggle Puppy.


The Surprise Family

by Lynn Reiser - 1994

Greenwillow

A boys gives his pet hen duck eggs to hatch, she treats them as family, even when she realizes they are different.


Thunder-Boomer!

by Shutta Crum.Illus. by Carol Thompson - 2009

Clarion Books

A hot summer day brings a thunderstorm to a farm, farmers rescue an upset chicken & find a soaked kitty.


Forgiveness


Robot, Go Bot!: A Comic Reader

by Dana Meachen Rau, Illus. by Wook Jin Jung - 2013

Random

A girl creates a robot to do her chores, it runs away under protest but they become friends in the end.


Roses Are Pink, Your Feet Really Stink

by Diane Degroat - 1996

HarperCollins

A boy doing class Valentine's cards makes two mean ones, gets caught & redoes them nicely.


When You Are Happy

by Eileen Spinelli - 2006

Simon & Schuster

Family love overrides the ups and downs of moods, feelings and circumstances.


Sharing


Always Room for One More

by Sorche Nic Leodhas - 1965

Henry Holt

An old Scottish song is turned into this story about a family in a small house sharing everything they got.


Big Wolf and Little Wolf

by Nadine Brun-Cosme.Illus. by Olivier Tallec; Trans. by Claudia Bedrick -2009

Enchanted Lion

Lonelyness is overcome by finding companionship and learning to share.


Finders Keepers

by William & Nicolas Mordvinoff Lipkind - 2002

Bantam

After fighting over a bone, two dogs decide to share it.


No Yeti Yet

by Mary Ann Fraser - 2015

Peter Pauper Press

A Yeti hunt by brothers discovers a Yeti tracking them, it ends with all of them sharing hot chocolate together.


THEMES


New Family


Elizabeti's Doll

by Stephanie Stuve-Bodeen, Illustrated by Christy Hale - 1900

Lee & Low Books

A girls imagination creates a baby from a rock, and she mimics her mom with it.


Hush Little Baby

by Brian Pinkney - 2005

Amistad Press

This lullaby & any object found helps a dad who is trying to stop the baby from crying.


I Kissed the Baby

by Mary Murphy - 2003

Candlewick Press

This interactive book highlights a new baby among the animal kingdom and everyone wants to play.


My Baby & Me

by Lynn Reiser - 2008

Knopf Books

Real looking photos of older siblings hugging, playing, moving & reading with their new baby.


Otto Grows Down

by Michael Sussman - 2009

Sterling

The fuss over a new baby sister makes her older brother wish her away, he starts getting younger & grows down.


Ten Tiny Tickles

by Karen Katz - 2005

Margaret K. McElderry Books

This interactive tickling book teaches numbers by observing a babies day & the amount of kisses they get.


The Thunderstruck Stork

by David Olson - 2007

Albert Whitman

An adoption lesson about a stork trying to fix the wrongly delivered babies, but love wins in all cases.


Where is My Baby?

by Hariet Ziefert - 1994

Blue Apple Books

Flaps contain the name of baby animals in this short book about parent animals looking for their babies.


Won-Ton: A Cat Tale Told in Haiku

by Lee Wardlaw - 2011

Holt, Henry

A cat is rescued from a shelter and finds a home after being adopted by a little boy & girl.



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Acceptance


Chrysanthemum

by Kevin Henkes - 1991

Greenwillow Book

A mouse who is teased, finds self-esteem and acceptance thanks to a music teacher.


Clancy the Courageous Cow

by Lachie Hume - 2006

Greenwillow Books

A wrestling match for access to the best grass, helps a cow yearning for acceptance.


The Dog Who Had Kittens

by Polly M. Robertus - 1991

Holiday House

A gentle dog convinces the kittens mom to let him try parenting.


Goin’ Someplace Special

by Patricia C. McKissack, Illustrated by Jerry Pinkney - 2001

Atheneum/Anne Schwartz Books

Set during the late 1950's Jim Crow laws where the Nashville Public Library was integrated.


Goose and Duck

by Jean Craighead George, Illus. by Priscilla Lamont- 2008

HarperCollins/Laura Geringer

Eggs hatch and the confused birds follow a boy as their mother.


Gossie & Gertie

by Olivier Dunrea,

Houghton

Two duckling friends stay friends and keep their lives & what they enjoy seperate.


The Lemonade Club

by Patricia Polacco - 2007

Philomel Books

A girls best friend and also her teacher get cancer, accept they got lemons, and happily survive.


Like Pickle Juice on a Cookie

by Julie Sternberg, Illus. by Matthew Cordell - 2011

Amulet

Good times with her old babysitter haunt a growing girl, but at least the memories will never leave her.


McDuff Moves In

by Rosemary Wells - 1997

Disney-Hyperion

A doggy seeks shelter & food after escaping from a truck taking him to the pound.


Mommy, Mama and Me

by Lesléa Newman.Illus. by Carol Thompson - 2009

Tricycle

Explore the family units of same-sex parents and how they love and care for their kids.


My Teacher is a Monster! (No, I am Not)

by Peter Brown. (written & illustrated) - 2014

Little, Brown Books

Teacher has a roaring voice, dark green skin, and claws that hold chalk, but turns human when you get to know her.


The Other Side

by Jacqueline Woodson, Illustrated by E. B. Lewis - 2001

G.P. Putnam's Sons Books

Racisms hold on society is questioned by biracial friends who are open to meeting new people.


Peas!: It's Not Easy Being Peas-y

by Andrew Cullen, Illustrated by Simon Rickerty - 2009

Puffin

A kid gives peas a chance after learning how nutritious they are and how they got on his plate.


Pepo and Lolo are Friends

by Ana Martin - 2004

Candlewick

A chick starts a friendship outside its comfort zone with a piggy and works through any differences.


Red

by Jan De Kinder. (written & illustrated). Tr. by Laura Watkinson - 2015

Eerdmans Books

A boy who blushes easily gets bullied, the girl who started it trys to stop the problem she created.


The Surprise Family

by Lynn Reiser - 1994

Greenwillow

A boys gives his pet hen duck eggs to hatch, she treats them as family, even when she realizes they are different.


We Are the Ship: The Story of Negro League Baseball

by Kadir Nelson or Nadir Nelson - 2008

Disney-Hyperion or Jump At The Sun

The morals, pride, comradery and acceptance of the Negro Leagues


Wemberly Worried

by Kevin Henkes - 2000

Greenwillow.

A worry wart girl mouse meets another worried mousey who also brought a doll to her 1st day of school.


Wolfie the Bunny

by Ame Dyckman.Illus. by Zachariah OHora - 2015

Little, Brown Books

A baby wolf is left on the doorstep of a rabbit family, who raises & protects him from harm.


You Are Important

by Todd Snow- 2007

Maren Green Pub

The reinforcement of love and making your children know how important they are, everyday in many ways.


Benevolence


* An Ambush of Tigers: A Wild Gathering of Collective Nouns

by Betsy R. Rosenthal.Illus. by Jago - 2015

Lerner/Millbrook

Two shape-shifting tigers end up at a Texas sanctuary and try to learn to get along & be human.


Bear Feels Sick

by Karma Wilson - 2007

Margaret K. McElderry Books

Woodland friends come to the aid of a sick bear, who helps his nurses when they catch his cold.


Feelings

by Aliki - 1981

Good Apple

This book highlights the range of feelings and empathetically of others feelings.


Get Well, Good Knight

by Shelley Moore Thomas, Illus. by Jennifer Plecas - 2002

Penguin Young Readers

A kind knight trys to take care of his sick dragon friends.


Gracias/Thanks

by Pat Mora.Illus. by John Parra - 2005

Lee & Low

A bilingual story of a boy who says thanks to things that make him happy.


*The Grasshopper and the Ant

by Harvey Kurtzman - 2001

Denis Kitchen Publishing

A beatnik Grasshopper learns his lesson from an ant colony who invites him inside for the winter.


The Grasshopper and the Ants

by Jerry Pinkney. (written & illustrated) - 2015

Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

A musical Grasshopper learns his lesson from an ant colony who invites him inside for the winter.


Guji Guji

by Chih-Yuan Chen -1999)

Kane/Miller

A confused crocodile protects his duck family against his real kind.


Hooray For Hat

by Brian Won - 2014

HMH Books

An elephant is cheered up by a new hat, and he cheers up his friends all day long.


Hurry! Hurry!

by Eve Bunting - 2007

HMH Books

The animal community celebrates a newcomer to the barn when an egg starts to hatch.


Martin de Porres: The Rose in the Desert

by Gary D. Schmidt, Illus. by David Diaz - 2012

Clarion/Houghton

A poor son of a slave has healing hands that creates miracles and makes him a legend.


Mice and Beans

by Pam MuñozRyan, Illustrated by Joe Cepeda - 2001

Scholastic

Mousetraps vanish as Grandma gets ready for a family party, mice help Grandma without her knowing.


Mrs. Marlowe's Mice

by Frank Asch - 2007

Kids Can Press

Intimidating cat police check a kind hearted cat librarian who secretly harbors mice in her home.


My Rows and Piles of Coins

by Tololwa M. Mollel, Illustrated by E. B. Lewis - 1999

Clarion

A determined Tanzanian boy saves his coins to afford a bicycle to help his mom bring things to and from the market.


Oh, No!

by Candace Fleming.Illus. by Eric Rohmann - 2012

Random/Schwartz & Wade.

A hole by a tiger, catches animals tring to help a frog, the selfish tiger winds up alone in the hole in the end.


* Weslandia

by Paul Fleischman - 1999

Candlewick Press

A summer vacation garden project provides food, clothing, shelter, and even recreation for the neighborhood.


The Wolf's Chicken Stew

by Keiko Kasza - 1987

Puffin Books

A wolf becomes a protector instead of a hunter, after plans to fatten up a chicken backfires.


You Are Important

by Todd Snow- 2007

Maren Green Pub

The reinforcement of love and making your children know how important they are, everyday in many ways.


Zen Shorts

by Jon Muth - 2005

Scholastic Press

A giant panda tells children stories about material goods, good and bad boundaries & holding in frustration.


Charitable


The Champion of Children: The Story of Janusz Korczak

by Tomek Bogacki - 2009

Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Historic tale when orphans publish their own weekly newspaper & hold court in Warsaw, Poland.


* Fox's Garden

by Princesse Camcam. (written & illustrated) - 2014

Enchanted Lion Books

A boy brings a basket of food to a hungry fox who repays him with flowers.


How to Heal a Broken Wing

by Bob Graham, (written & illustrated) - 2008

Candlewick

In a uncaring city, a hurt bird is rescued & nursed by a compassionate boy.


Listen to the Wind: The Story of Dr. Greg & Three Cups of Tea

by Greg Mortenson - 2009

Dial

A mountain climber is saved by a Himalayan village, whom he repays with a school.


Martin de Porres: The Rose in the Desert

by Gary D. Schmidt, Illus. by David Diaz - 2012

Clarion/Houghton

A poor son of a slave has healing hands that creates miracles and makes him a legend.


Mr. Tanen's Ties

by Maryann Cocca-Leffler - 2003

Albert Whitman & Company

A school principal wipes out the school budget buying ties, so he sells his ties to help build a playground.


Rumpelstiltskin's Daughter

by Diane Stanley - 1997

Morrow Junior Books/HarperCollins

In this reimagined story of greed, Rumpelstiltskin marries the miller's daughter & it ends helping a good cause.


Some Friends to Feed: The Story of Stone Soup

by Pete Seeger - 2005

G.P. Putnam's Sons

Pete's version has the kids adding veggy's & salt to the classic stones and bones soup.


Equality


Amazing Grace

by Mary Hoffman - 1991

Dial Books

An optimistic tale proving anyone can do anything they thrive to do and be.


Back of the Bus

by Aaron Reynolds.Illus. by Floyd Cooper - 2010

Philomel

Defiance is shown through a young African American boys eyes as he witnesses the arrest of Rosa Parks.


I Have a Dream

by Martin Luther King Jr. illustrated by Kadir Nelson- 2013

Scholastic

The king of racial equality


Martin & Mahalia: His Words, Her Song

by Andrea Davis Pinkney - 2013

Little, Brown Books

The words of Martin Luther King & Mahalia Jackson helped civil rights and change, read history.


Nelson Mandela

by Kadir Nelson, (written & illustrated) - 2012

HarperCollins/Katherine Tegen Books

A bio that shows a young boy's determination to change South Africa.


Nim and the War Effort

by Milly Lee, Illus. by Yangsook Choi - 1997

Square FishFarrar Straus & Giroux/Frances Foster.

A girl keeps cultural traditions alive in her new home country during this newspaper drive story.


The Other Side

by Jacqueline Woodson, Illustrated by E. B. Lewis - 2001

G.P. Putnam's Sons Books

Racisms hold on society is questioned by biracial friends who are open to meeting new people.


Rad American Women A-Z

by Katie Schatz and Illustrated by Miriam Klein Stahl - 2015

City Lights Publishers

26 feminists who changed the world


* Smoky Night

by Eve Bunting - 1994

HMH Books

Outside a boys window he sees a violent world of racial tensions & riots, his cat is missing and his apartment is on fire.


These Hands

by Margaret H. Mason, Illus. by Floyd Cooper - 2011

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt/ HMH Books

A boys grandpa with talented hands, could not touch bread dough in the Wonder Bread factory.


Two Eggs Please

by Sarah Weeks - 2003

Atheneum Books

Eggs are alike on the inside, but like people and personalities can be different on the outside.


Virgie Goes to School with Us Boys

by Elizabeth Fitzgerald Howard, Illustrated by E. B. Lewis - 2000

Simon & Schuster

During the post-Civil War South, an African American girl gets to attend a Quaker school with her five brothers.


Way Up and Over Everything

by Alice McGill - 2007

HMH Books

When slaves mysteriously escape to the north, southerners imagine they had magical powers & flew to freedom.


You and Me Together: Moms, Dads, and Kids Around the World

by Barbara Kerley - 2005

National Geographic

This book shows that around the world, in all different cultures their is a universal bond between children & parents.


Gentleness


Be Gentle with the Dog, Dear!

by Matthew Baek - 2008

Dial

How to properly treat animals is a important life lesson.


The Dog Who Had Kittens

by Polly M. Robertus - 1991

Holiday House

A gentle dog convinces the kittens mom to let him try parenting.


The Grasshopper and the Ant

by Harvey Kurtzman - 2001

Denis Kitchen Publishing

A beatnik Grasshopper learns his lesson from an ant colony who invites him inside for the winter.


The Grasshopper and the Ants

by Jerry Pinkney. (written & illustrated) - 2015

Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

A musical Grasshopper learns his lesson from an ant colony who invites him inside for the winter.


Henry and Mudge and the Great Grandpas

by Cynthia Rylant, Illus. by Suçie Stevenson - 2005

Simon Spotlight

While visiting the grandparents the duo discovers a clear pond and enjoy the waters with their elders.


Hi!

by Ann Herbert Scott, Illus. by Gio Coalson - 1994

Putnam/Philomel

A girl is hurt by no one responding to her hellos.


* The Little Brute Family

by Russell Hoban, ill. Lilian Hoban - 1966

Farrar, Straus and Giroux

A grumpy family one day starts to smile, and finds that life is nicer when we treat each other with kindness.


Lulu's Busy Day

by Caroline Uff - 2000

Walker Children

A toddlers busy day includes eatting, playing, swinging and sleeping.


Mrs. Marlowe's Mice

by Frank Asch - 2007

Kids Can Press

Intimidating cat police check a kind hearted cat librarian who secretly harbors mice in her home.


My Brother, Ant

by Betsy Byars, Illus. by Marc Simont - 1996

Viking/Penguin Young Readers

Tales of brothers dealing w monsters, 3 pigs & Santa in the summer


No Matter What

by Emma Dodd - 2007

Dutton

Elephants show unconditional love no matter what their kids do or say that might be wrong.


One Special Day: A Story for Big Brothers and Sisters

by Lola M. Schaefer.Illus. by Jessica Meserve - 2012

Disney/Hyperion.

An imaginative energetic big brother turns gentle when he gets a new sibling.


Only You

by Robin Cruise - 2007

HMH Books

Three diverse sections showing parental love in the morning, daytime, and night.


Sleep Like a Tiger

by Mary Logue.Illus. by Pamela Zagarenski - 2012

HMH Books

Getting a non sleepy girl to bed takes a story about how animals sleep and a bit of reverse psychology.


There's a Nightmare in My Closet

by Mercer Mayer - 1968

Puffin Books

A boy conquers his fears by rooming with a monster that he can relate to, one that scares easy.


Tiger on a Tree

by Anushka Ravishankar, Illus. by Pulak Biswas - 1997

Farrar, Straus and Giroux

A sad tiger in India runs into a village & up a tree, it is captured & set free, it runs off with a smile.


Tuck Me In!

by Dean Hacohen.Illus. by Sherry Scharschmidt - 2010

Candlewick Press

A half page flap is used as a blanket to cover the sleepy animals on each page.


Weslandia

by Paul Fleischman - 1999

Candlewick Press

A summer vacation garden project provides food, clothing, shelter, and even recreation for the neighborhood.


When You Are Happy

by Eileen Spinelli - 2006

Simon & Schuster

Family love overrides the ups and downs of moods, feelings and circumstances.


The Wolf's Chicken Stew

by Keiko Kasza - 1987

Puffin Books

A wolf becomes a protector instead of a hunter, after plans to fatten up a chicken backfires.


Gratitude


* An Awesome Book!

by Dallas Clayton - 2012

HarperCollins

An Awesome Book of Thanks by Dallas Clayton How to express thanks feel thankful looking at the world around you.


* Gracias/Thanks

by Pat Mora.Illus. by John Parra - 2005

Lee & Low

A bilingual story of a boy who says thanks to things that make him happy.


The Grasshopper and the Ants

by Jerry Pinkney. (written & illustrated) - 2015

Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

A musical Grasshopper learns his lesson from an ant colony who invites him inside for the winter.


The Grasshopper and the Ants

by Jerry Pinkney. (written & illustrated) - 2015

Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

A musical Grasshopper learns his lesson from an ant colony who invites him inside for the winter.


Luke on the Loose

by Harry Bliss, (written & illustrated) - 2009

Toon Books

A boy loses his dad in Central Park and chases pigeons all over NYC.


* Mr. Wuffles!

by David Wiesner, (written & illustrated) - 2013

Clarion Books

An mini alien spaceship hides from an Earth kitty and communicates with ants and a ladybird for help to escape.


One Potato, Two Potato

by Cynthia Defelice - 2006

Farrar, Straus and Giroux

A magic pot doubles anything that goes in, potatoes, coins & even lonely people who thrive company.


The Secret of Saying Thanks

by Douglas Wood - 2005

Simon & Schuster

Thanksgiving is the perfect time for showing gratitude and not taking everything for granted.


Sylvester and the Magic Pebble

by William Steig - 1969

Simon & Schuster

Bad wishes can make you thankful for what you have


Tiptoe Tapirs

by Hanmin Kim. (written & illustrated). Tr. by Sera Lee - 2013

Holiday House

A peaceful coexistence starts when a tapir saves a leopard from a hunter by teaching him to move quietly.


* Titanicat

by MartyCrisp - 2008

Sleeping Bear Press

A true story of a cabin boy whose life was saved by the ships lucky cat, the ship was the Titanic.


Waiting

by Kevin Henkes. (written & illustrated) - 2015

HarperCollins/Greenwillow.

5 friends sit on a window, they are stuffed animals who wait patiently for what each of them has wished for.


Harmony


Anatole

by Eve Titus, Paul Galdone - Illustrator - 1956

Knopf Books

A mysterious mouse secretly taste tests at the Duvall Cheese Factory creating the best cheese in Paris.


Big Hugs, Little Hugs

by Felicia Bond - 2012

Philomel Books

Different types of creatures from all around the world hug.


Carolina Shout!

by Alan Schroeder, Illus. by Bernie Fuchs - 1995

Dial

A girl enjoys life with a 24 hour musical soundtrack.


My Little Island

by Frané Lessac - 1084

HarperCollins

A boy returns to his old island & brings his friend to show around his past life on Montserrat island.


No Yeti Yet

by Mary Ann Fraser - 2015

Peter Pauper Press

A Yeti hunt by brothers discovers a Yeti tracking them, it ends with all of them sharing hot chocolate together.


Simon's Book

by Henrik Drescher - 1983

MacAdam/Cage Publishing

Art supplies take over a story of a boy that is threatened by a monster who is redrawn to be friendly.


The Surprise Family

by Lynn Reiser - 1994

Greenwillow

A boys gives his pet hen duck eggs to hatch, she treats them as family, even when she realizes they are different.


Time of Wonder

by Robert McCloskey - 1957

Puffin Books

Sisters discover island life at the beach in Penobscott Bay, Maine one summer with their parents.


Wolfie the Bunny

by Ame Dyckman.Illus. by Zachariah OHora - 2015

Little, Brown Books

A baby wolf is left on the doorstep of a rabbit family, who raises & protects him from harm.


Xander's Panda Party

by Linda Sue Park, Illus. by Matt Phelan - 2013

Clarion Books

A zoo animal party starts off with just bears, then mammals, then all creatures are invited to attend.


Yum! Yuck! A Foldout Book of People Sounds

by Linda Sue Park and Julia Durango.Illus. by Sue Ramá - 2005

Charlesbridge

How sounds are expressed in different languages with fold out flaps with English words.


Zen Shorts

by Jon Muth - 2005

Scholastic Press

A giant panda tells children stories about material goods, good and bad boundaries & holding in frustration.


Heart


Freedom Summer

by Deborah Wiles - 2001

Aladdin

Changing the hearts of other people


Grandma Lives in a Perfume Village

by Fang Suzhen.Illus. by Sonja Danowski - 2015

NorthSouth

After Grandma dies a girl can still visit thru her heart, especially when it rains.


* How to Heal a Broken Wing

by Bob Graham, (written & illustrated) - 2008

Candlewick

In a uncaring city, a hurt bird is rescued & nursed by a compassionate boy.


Imogene’s Last Stand

by Candace Fleming and Illustrated by Nancy Carpenter - 2014

Dragonfly Books

A towns history becomes important


* Love You Forever

by Robert Munsch and Illustrated by Sheila McGraw - 2014

Firefly Books

Parental love brings a boy through childhood to grow his manhood.


Magritte’s Marvelous Hat

by D. B. (Donald B.) Johnson. (written & illustrated) - 2012

Houghton/HMH Books

The floating hat of the Belgian surrealist painter Rene Magritt.


No Matter What

by Emma Dodd - 2007

Dutton

Elephants show unconditional love no matter what their kids do or say that might be wrong.


The Surprise Family

by Lynn Reiser - 1994

Greenwillow

A boys gives his pet hen duck eggs to hatch, she treats them as family, even when she realizes they are different.


Wolfie the Bunny

by Ame Dyckman.Illus. by Zachariah OHora - 2015

Little, Brown Books

A baby wolf is left on the doorstep of a rabbit family, who raises & protects him from harm.


* The Wonderful Fluffy Little Squishy

by Beatrice Alemagna. (written & illustrated). Tr. by Claudia Zoe Bedrick - 2015

Enchanted Lion Books

A girls imagination and determination goes wild looking for a fluffy little squishy present for moms birthday.


Yertle the Turtle and Other Stories

by Dr Suess

Random House

Rights of the poor and lower classes


Thoughtfulness


* Bully

by Laura Vaccaro Seeger, (written & Illustrated) - 2013

Roaring Brook/Neal Porter

A bully bull shows thoughtfulness after apologizing to animals he insulted.


* Gingerbread for Liberty: How a German Baker Helped Win the American Revolution

by Mara Rockliff.Illus. by Vincent X. Kirsch - 2015

HMH Books

A baker finds patriotism through his feeding of George Washington's troops.


Gracias/Thanks

by Pat Mora.Illus. by John Parra - 2005

Lee & Low

A bilingual story of a boy who says thanks to things that make him happy.


The Grasshopper and the Ant

by Harvey Kurtzman - 2001

Denis Kitchen Publishing

A beatnik Grasshopper learns his lesson from an ant colony who invites him inside for the winter.


The Grasshopper and the Ants

by Jerry Pinkney. (written & illustrated) - 2015

Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

A musical Grasshopper learns his lesson from an ant colony who invites him inside for the winter.


Henry and Mudge and the Great Grandpas

by Cynthia Rylant, Illus. by Suçie Stevenson - 2005

Simon Spotlight

While visiting the grandparents the duo discovers a clear pond and enjoy the waters with their elders.


"I Can't," Said the Ant

by Polly Cameron - 1948

Scholastic Books

When a teapot breaks its spout a colony of ants helps fix the predicament.


The Lemonade Club

by Patricia Polacco - 2007

Philomel Books

A girls best friend and also her teacher get cancer, accept they got lemons, and happily survive.


The Little Brute Family

by Russell Hoban, ill. Lilian Hoban - 1966

Farrar, Straus and Giroux

A grumpy family one day starts to smile, and finds that life is nicer when we treat each other with kindness.


Mr. Putter and Tabby Pick the Pears

by Cynthia Rylant, Illus. by Arthur Howard - 1948

HMH Books

An apple slingshot is used by an old man whose trying to shoot down pears, in the end he gets a nice apple pie.


Mr. Wuffles!

by David Wiesner, (written & illustrated) - 2013

Clarion Books

An mini alien spaceship hides from an Earth kitty and communicates with ants and a ladybird for help to escape.


Mrs. Marlowe's Mice

by Frank Asch - 2007

Kids Can Press

Intimidating cat police check a kind hearted cat librarian who secretly harbors mice in her home.


The Wall

by Eve Bunting - 1990

HMH Book

A father & son see sadness as they search the Vietnam Memorial in Washington, D.C. for grandpa's name.


Wilfrid Gordon McDonald Partridge

by Mem Fox - 1995

Kane/Miller

This book connects kids to elderly people and nursing homes as a boy helps a woman with memory loss.


Xander's Panda Party

by Linda Sue Park, Illus. by Matt Phelan - 2013

Clarion Books

A zoo animal party starts off with just bears, then mammals, then all creatures are invited to attend.


TRAITS

Appreciation


* A Chair For My Mother

by Vera B. Williams - 1982

HarperCollins

Mamas new chair can finally be afforded.


The Bicycle Man

by Allen Say - 1982

HMH Books

A post WW2 school sports festival in Japan is suprised by two American soldiers on bikes.


Cowgirl Kate and Cocoa: Spring Babies

by Erica Silverman, Illus. by Betsy Lewin - 2005

Harcourt/HMH Books

A farm life story about a girl and the caring relationship she has for her horse.


Gabriella's Song

by Candace Fleming, Illus. by Giselle Potter - 1997

Atheneum Books

A girl finds music in everything that surrounds her.


Gator

by Randy Cecil - 2007

Candlewick

A carousel alligator leaves the amusement park when customers stop coming.


Green Is a Chile Pepper

by Roseanne Greenfield Thong.Illus. by John Parra - 2014

Chronicle

A girls diverse Latino neighborhood is highlighted in this bilingual tale of culture.


Have You Filled a Bucket Today

by Carol McCloud- 2006

Ferne Press

Appreciation, love & kindness is encouraged & rewarded


I Like It When...

by Mary Murphy 1997

HMH Books

The loving relationship between an old and young penguin who do things together.


If You Plant a Seed

by Kadir Nelson. (written & illustrated) - 2015

HarperCollins/Balzer + Bray.

Birds help grow a garden after animal farmers finally become generous & share their food.


In the Garden of Happiness

by Erika Tamar - 1996

HMH Books

A vacant lot is transformed into a garden & mural igniting community togetherness.


Leo Loves Baby Time

by Anna McQuinn - 2014

Charlesbridge

A kids adventure with mom in his regular trip to the storytime at the Library.


Like Pickle Juice on a Cookie

by Julie Sternberg, Illus. by Matthew Cordell - 2011

Amulet

Good times with her old babysitter haunt a growing girl, but at least the memories will never leave her.


Listen to the Wind: The Story of Dr. Greg & Three Cups of Tea

by Greg Mortenson - 2009

Dial

A mountain climber is saved by a Himalayan village, whom he repays with a school.


Little Treasures: Endearments from Around the World

by Jacqueline K. Ogburn.Illus. by Chris Raschka - 2012

HMH Book

A collection of fond verbal endearments for kids categorized in many different languages.


Lola at the Library

by Anna McQuinn - 2006

Charlesbridge

A girls weekly learning trip to the library with her mom.


Mouse & Lion

by Rand Burkert, Illus. by Nancy Ekholm Burkert - 2011

Scholastic/Michael di Capua Books

Aesops fable where a mouse helps a lion after convincing the lion not to eat him.


My Car

by Byron Barton - 2001

Greenwillow

Taking care of your possessions and responsibility are taught by a busdriver who loves his own car.


My Little Island

by Frané Lessac - 1084

HarperCollins

A boy returns to his old island & brings his friend to show around his past life on Montserrat island.


Nikolai, the Only Bear

by Barbara Joosse - 2005

Philomel

This adoption fable shows that an out of place or misunderstood kid can feel like an unwanted bear.


The Old House

by Pamela Duncan Edwards - 2007

Dutton Books

A young family turns an old empty droopy house with low self-esteem into a happy historic home.


* One Potato, Two Potato

by Cynthia Defelice - 2006

Farrar, Straus and Giroux

A magic pot doubles anything that goes in, potatoes, coins & even lonely people who thrive company.


Oscar's Half Birthday

by Bob Graham - 2005

Candlewick

Urban hipster parents celebrate their sons 6 month birthday by organizing a picnic on a hill.


Pete & Pickles

by Berkeley Breathed - 2008

Philomel Book

An offbeat friendship starts between an elephant and a pig whose differences become appreciated.


Pictures from Our Vacation

by Lynne Rae Perkins - 2007

Greenwillow

Siblings are given cameras to highlight a vacation at their grandparents' farm.


The Quiet Book

by Deborah Underwood.Illus. by Renata Liwska -2010

Houghton Mifflin

Over 2 dozen variations of quiet that children are familiar with in their daily lifes.


Sidewalk Flowers

by JonArno Lawson.Illus. by Sydney Smith - 2015

Groundwood Books

A girls little acts of kindness giving out flowers, smiling & waving keeps this wordless story active.


Some Friends to Feed: The Story of Stone Soup

by Pete Seeger - 2005

G.P. Putnam's Sons

Pete's version has the kids adding veggy's & salt to the classic stones and bones soup.


Spoon

by Amy Krouse Rosenthal - 2009

Disney-Hyperion

Celebration of what we have


The Story of Babar

by Jean De Brushoff- 1931

Random House

Wise elephant uncovers the good things in life


Sylvester and the Magic Pebble

by William Steig - 1969

Simon & Schuster

Bad wishes can make you thankful for what you have


This Moose Belongs to Me

by Oliver Jeffers. (written & illustrated) - 2012

Philomel Books/Penguin.

Ownership of a pet Moose (who doesn't like rules) is in question after a walk in the woods.


The Velveteen Rabbit: Or, How Toys Become Real

by Margery Williams, Illustrated by Lou Fancher - 1922

Atheneum/Anne Schwartz Books

A wooden horse tells a stuffed rabbit that love can make you real, the rabbit gets well worn with a boys love.


* Where Once There Was a Wood

by Denise Fleming - 1996

Square FishHenry Holt

A poetry based portrait of our disappearing natural environment & how animal habitats and ecosystems adapt.


White Snow, Bright Snow

by Alvin Tresselt - 1947

HarperCollins

This nostalgic look at a 1940's town experiencing & preparing for a large snow storm shows the magic of snow.


Whoozit Photo Album

by Manhattan Toys - 1999

Manhattan Toys

This Whoozits photo album is for babies to safely enjoy their favorite photos.


The Wolf's Chicken Stew

by Keiko Kasza - 1987

Puffin Books

A wolf becomes a protector instead of a hunter, after plans to fatten up a chicken backfires.


The World Is Waiting for You

by Barbara Kerley - 2013

National Geographic Children's Books

Pictures of science and nature make kids eager to explore the world and figure what they want to grow up to be.


You Are Important

by Todd Snow- 2007

Maren Green Pub

The reinforcement of love and making your children know how important they are, everyday in many ways.


* Yucky Worms

by Vivian French. Illus. by Jessica Ahlberg - 2010

Candlewick Press

Outside her garden, Grandama explains how worms slither through the dirt with five pairs of hearts.


Caring


Angelo

by David Macaulay - 2002

HMH Books

A pigeon is rescued and nursed back to health.


Bear Feels Sick

by Karma Wilson - 2007

Margaret K. McElderry Books

Woodland friends come to the aid of a sick bear, who helps his nurses when they catch his cold.


The Birdman

by Veronika Charles - 2006

Tundra Book

An Indian tailor nurses birds back to health.


Boy + Bot

by Amy Dyckman - 2012

Knopf Books for Young Readers

A friendship between a boy and robot get complicated when the fragile bot is switched off.


The Champion of Children: The Story of Janusz Korczak

by Tomek Bogacki - 2009

Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Historic tale when orphans publish their own weekly newspaper & hold court in Warsaw, Poland.


* Clifford, the Big Red Dog

by Norman Bridwell - 1963

Cartwheel

Emily Elizabeth discovers the ups (mostly) and downs of caring for her big red dog.


Cowgirl Kate and Cocoa: Spring Babies

by Erica Silverman, Illus. by Betsy Lewin - 2005

Harcourt/HMH Books

A farm life story about a girl and the caring relationship she has for her horse.


Doña Flor: A Tall Tale about a Giant Woman with a Great Big Heart

by Pat Mora, Illus. by Raúl Colón - 2005

Knopf Book / Random

A big hearted lady giant prtects a village of people she loves.


Eeeek, Mouse!

by Lydia Monks - 2009

Egmont

Different perspectives (even from the cat) show the freeing of a mouse family from a trap.


Gingerbread for Liberty: How a German Baker Helped Win the American Revolution

by Mara Rockliff.Illus. by Vincent X. Kirsch - 2015

HMH Books

A baker finds patriotism through his feeding of George Washington's troops.


Good Night, Good Knight

by Shelley Moore Thomas, Illustrated by Jennifer Plecas - 2000

Penguin Young Readers

A wizards scaly, snail-y soup helps a knight who nurses his sick little dragon friends.


Guji Guji

by Chih-Yuan Chen -1999)

Kane/Miller

A confused crocodile protects his duck family against his real kind.


Like Pickle Juice on a Cookie

by Julie Sternberg, Illus. by Matthew Cordell - 2011

Amulet

Good times with her old babysitter haunt a growing girl, but at least the memories will never leave her.


Little Treasures: Endearments from Around the World

by Jacqueline K. Ogburn.Illus. by Chris Raschka - 2012

HMH Book

A collection of fond verbal endearments for kids categorized in many different languages.


* Love Waves

by Rosemary Wells - 2011

Candlewick Press

A solution to separation anxiety, parents can sent love waves to their kids.


Mommy, Mama and Me

by Lesléa Newman.Illus. by Carol Thompson - 2009

Tricycle

Explore the family units of same-sex parents and how they love and care for their kids.


More, More, More Said the Baby: Three Love Stories

by Vera B. Williams - 1990

Greenwillow Books

Three caretakers highlight their favorite thing about their babies in these 3 love stories.


Mrs. Marlowe's Mice

by Frank Asch - 2007

Kids Can Press

Intimidating cat police check a kind hearted cat librarian who secretly harbors mice in her home.


My Abuelita

by Tony Johnston.Illus. by Yuyi Morales - 2009

Harcourt/HMH Books

A joyous Spanish grandmother storytells to her grandson after doing her morning routine & work.


My Brother, Ant

by Betsy Byars, Illus. by Marc Simont - 1996

Viking/Penguin Young Readers

Tales of brothers dealing w monsters, 3 pigs & Santa in the summer


My Car

by Byron Barton - 2001

Greenwillow

Taking care of your possessions and responsibility are taught by a busdriver who loves his own car.


* My Father’s Arms Are a Boat

by Stein Erik Lunde, Illus. by Øyvind Torseter. Trans. by Kari Dickson - 2008

Enchanted Lion Books

A fox guides a dead mother to her afterlife, as a sleepless boy and his reassuring dad grieves.


No Matter What

by Emma Dodd - 2007

Dutton

Elephants show unconditional love no matter what their kids do or say that might be wrong.


Prudence Wants a Pet

by Cathleen Daly, Illus. by Stephen Michael King - 2011

Roaring Brook Press

A determined girl wants a pet so she uses her imagination to create some until her parents give in.


Sidewalk Flowers

by JonArno Lawson.Illus. by Sydney Smith - 2015

Groundwood Books

A girls little acts of kindness giving out flowers, smiling & waving keeps this wordless story active.


Snuggle Puppy

by Sandra Boyton - 2003

Workman

A rhythmic chant of a mom singing about how special & how much she loves her little Snuggle Puppy.


The Surprise Family

by Lynn Reiser - 1994

Greenwillow

A boys gives his pet hen duck eggs to hatch, she treats them as family, even when she realizes they are different.


* Thunder-Boomer!

by Shutta Crum. Illus. by Carol Thompson - 2009

Clarion Books

A hot summer day brings a thunderstorm to a farm, farmers rescue an upset chicken & find a soaked kitty.


The Velveteen Rabbit: Or, How Toys Become Real

by Margery Williams, Illustrated by Lou Fancher - 1922

Atheneum/Anne Schwartz Books

A wooden horse tells a stuffed rabbit that love can make you real, the rabbit gets well worn with a boys love.


The Wall

by Eve Bunting - 1990

HMH Book

A father & son see sadness as they search the Vietnam Memorial in Washington, D.C. for grandpa's name.


Forgiveness


Big Red Lollipop

by Rukhsana Khan.Illus. by Sophie Blackall - 2010

Viking

A tag along little sister runins a birthday party but is forgiven.


Gershon’s Monster: A Story for the Jewish New Year

by Eric A. Kimmel - 2000

Scholastic Press

A man repents when his sins threatens his twins.


The I Love You Book

by Todd Parr - 2009

Little, Brown Books

Explaining unconditional love help kids & parents bounce back after confrontations.


Robot, Go Bot!: A Comic Reader

by Dana Meachen Rau, Illus. by Wook Jin Jung - 2013

Random

A girl creates a robot to do her chores, it runs away under protest but they become friends in the end.


Roses Are Pink, Your Feet Really Stink

by Diane Degroat - 1996

HarperCollins

A boy doing class Valentine's cards makes two mean ones, gets caught & redoes them nicely.


Rubia and the Three Osos

by Susan Middleton Elya. Illus. by Melissa Sweet - 2010

Disney-Hyperion

A bilingual version of the Goldilocks fairy tale with a making up for your mistakes moral.


When You Are Happy

by Eileen Spinelli - 2006

Simon & Schuster

Family love overrides the ups and downs of moods, feelings and circumstances.


Sharing


The All-I’ll-Ever-Want Christmas Doll

by Patricia C. McKissack, Illus. by Jerry Pinkney - 2007

Schwartz & Wade

A sharing story set during the Great Depression about three girls and a Baby Betty doll.


* Always Room for One More

by Sorche Nic Leodhas - 1965

Henry Holt

An old Scottish song is turned into this story about a family in a small house sharing everything they got.


* Big Wolf and Little Wolf

by Nadine Brun-Cosme.Illus. by Olivier Tallec; Trans. by Claudia Bedrick -2009

Enchanted Lion

Lonelyness is overcome by finding companionship and learning to share.


Early Bird

by Toni Yuly. (written & illustrated) - 2014

Feiwel and Friends/Macmillan.

A folktale about a bird who gets up early to have breakfast with the early worm.


Finders Keepers

by William & Nicolas Mordvinoff Lipkind - 2002

Bantam

After fighting over a bone, two dogs decide to share it.


Guess Who, Baby Duck!

by Amy Hest - 2004

Candlewick Press

A wee ducks grandpa shares stories about the babys birth to cheer up the sick duckling.


Hey Rabbit

by Sergio Ruzzier - 2010

Roaring Brook Press

Rabbit's magical suitcase gives & shares presents with his friends that fulfill each of their wishes.


Hot Day On Abbott Avenue

by Karen English, Illus. by Javaka Steptoe - 2004

Clarion

Fighting friends forgive each other after problem solving and go back to sharing fun.


If You Plant a Seed

by Kadir Nelson. (written & illustrated) - 2015

HarperCollins/Balzer + Bray.

Birds help grow a garden after animal farmers finally become generous & share their food.


* No Yeti Yet

by Mary Ann Fraser - 2015

Peter Pauper Press

A Yeti hunt by brothers discovers a Yeti tracking them, it ends with all of them sharing hot chocolate together.


Pepo and Lolo are Friends

by Ana Martin - 2004

Candlewick

A chick starts a friendship outside its comfort zone with a piggy and works through any differences.


The Pigeon Finds a Hot Dog!

by Mo Willems - 2004

Hyperion Books

A pigeon is ready to eat a found hot dog, when a duckling with too many questions ruins the moment.


Sheila Rae’s Peppermint Stick

by Kevin Henkes - 2001

Greenwillow/HarperCollins

A sharing tale about a girl who doesn't want to give her sister some of her candy, until it falls & breaks.


Should I Share My Ice Cream?

by Mo Willems, (written & illustrated) - 2011

Hyperion Books for Children.

Friendship shows over the thought of sharing some ice cream, but too much thinking makes the ice cream melt.


Sidewalk Flowers

by JonArno Lawson.Illus. by Sydney Smith - 2015

Groundwood Books

A girls little acts of kindness giving out flowers, smiling & waving keeps this wordless story active.


There's a Nightmare in My Closet

by Mercer Mayer - 1968

Puffin Books

A boy conquers his fears by rooming with a monster that he can relate to, one that scares easy.


To Market, To Market

by Anne Miranda, Illus. by Janet Stevens - 1997

Harcourt Brace /HMH Books

A lady who sees animals as friends instead of food rescues them from a market and makes them veggy soup.


What I Be

by Michael Franti - 2007

Stay Human Books

Helping others through laughter, joy, sharing & being who you are


THEMES

New Family


The Baby Tree

by Sophie Blackall. (written & Illustrated) - 2014

Penguin/Nancy Paulsen

Start the conversation about where babies come from by using this book.


Boundless Grace

by Mary Hoffman - 1995

Penguin/RandomHouse

A girl faces reality after meeting her dads new wife & kids


Clementine and the Family Meeting

by Sara Pennypacker, Illus. by Marla Frazee - 2011

Disney/Hyperion

Mental anquish about a second sibling, make-up and a tool belt alters Clementine's behavior.


* Elizabeti's Doll

by Stephanie Stuve-Bodeen, Illustrated by Christy Hale - 1900

Lee & Low Books

A girls imagination creates a baby from a rock, and she mimics her mom with it.


Emma’s Yucky Brother

by Jean Little, Illustrated by Jennifer Plecas - 2001

HarperCollins

An adopted boy thinks sisters are yucky, now she has to turn it around.


Henry’s First-Moon Birthday

by Lenore Look, Illustrated by Yumi Heo - 2001

An Anne Schwartz Book/Atheneum

This tale of the Chinese tradition of a babies first month birthday teaches cultural diversity


Hurry! Hurry!

by Eve Bunting - 2007

HMH Books

The animal community celebrates a newcomer to the barn when an egg starts to hatch.


Hush Little Baby

by Brian Pinkney - 2005

Amistad Press

This lullaby & any object found helps a dad who is trying to stop the baby from crying.


Hush, Little Baby: A Folk Song with Pictures

Illustrated by Marla Frazee - 2003

Harcourt Brace/Browndeer Press.

This lullaby has exhausted family members searching for a perfect object to quiet the crying baby.


I Kissed the Baby

by Mary Murphy - 2003

Candlewick Press

This interactive book highlights a new baby among the animal kingdom and everyone wants to play.


I Wanna New Room

by Karen Kaufman Orloff - 2010

G.P. Putnam's Sons

A boy tries to get his own room using a letter writing campaign to his dad.


Look at the Baby

by Kelly Johnson - 2002

Henry Holt and Co

A photographic index of most baby body parts, using a wide variety of different ethnic babies.


Look at You! A Baby Body Book

by Kathy Henderson - 2007

Candlewick Press

Looking at what babies like to do with their bodies in the world around them.


Lost Cat

by C. Roger Mader - 2013

HMH Books

A cat left behind during a move seaches and finds a new owner.


McDuff Moves In

by Rosemary Wells - 1997

Disney-Hyperion

A doggy seeks shelter & food after escaping from a truck taking him to the pound.


More, More, More Said the Baby: Three Love Stories

by Vera B. Williams - 1990

Greenwillow Books

Three caretakers highlight their favorite thing about their babies in these 3 love stories.


My Baby & Me

by Lynn Reiser - 2008

Knopf Books

Real looking photos of older siblings hugging, playing, moving & reading with their new baby.


Only You

by Robin Cruise - 2007

HMH Books

Three diverse sections showing parental love in the morning, daytime, and night.


Otto Grows Down

by Michael Sussman - 2009

Sterling

The fuss over a new baby sister makes her older brother wish her away, he starts getting younger & grows down.


Otto Grows Down

by Michael Sussman - 2009

Sterling

The fuss over a new baby sister makes her older brother wish her away, he starts getting younger & grows down.


Pecan Pie Baby

by Jacqueline Woodson.Illustrated by Sophie Blackall - 2010

G.P. Putnam's Sons

One-on-one time and that special bond between mom & her girl is threatened by a new baby.


Quack!

by Phyllis Root - 2005

Candlewick

Ducklings pop out of their shells and follow their mom to the river for their 1st swim.


Raising Sweetness

by Diane Stanley, Illustrated by G. Brian Karas - 1999

Puffin BooksPutnam

The importance of reading is shown by the sacrifice of a cop who takes in 8 orphans.


The Surprise Family

by Lynn Reiser - 1994

Greenwillow

A boys gives his pet hen duck eggs to hatch, she treats them as family, even when she realizes they are different.


Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes

by Mem Fox - 1979

HMH Books

Babies around the world have the same things in common ten fingers, ten toes & all the same inside.


Ten Tiny Tickles

by Karen Katz - 2005

Margaret K. McElderry Books

This interactive tickling book teaches numbers by observing a babies day & the amount of kisses they get.


There Is a Bird on Your Head!

by Mo Willems - 2007 Disney-Hyperion

Hyperion.

An Elephant has babies, not his kids, but the birds who built a nest on his head.


The Thunderstruck Stork

by David Olson - 2007

Albert Whitman

An adoption lesson about a stork trying to fix the wrongly delivered babies, but love wins in all cases.


What Do We Do With the Baby?

by Rick Walton - 2008

HarperCollins

An interactive book that generates hugs, kisses, bouncing, tickles and peek-a-boo opportunities.


Where is My Baby?

by Hariet Ziefert - 1994

Blue Apple Books

Flaps contain the name of baby animals in this short book about parent animals looking for their babies.


Wolfie the Bunny

by Ame Dyckman.Illus. by Zachariah OHora - 2015

Little, Brown Books

A baby wolf is left on the doorstep of a rabbit family, who raises & protects him from harm.


* Won-Ton: A Cat Tale Told in Haiku

by Lee Wardlaw - 2011

Holt, Henry

A cat is rescued from a shelter and finds a home after being adopted by a little boy & girl.




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