Strange Creatures, The Story of Walter Rothschild and His Museum by Lita Jude

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Strange Creatures, The Story of Walter Rothschild and His Museum

By Lita Jude

Strange Creatures, The Story of Walter Rothschild and His Museum By Lita Jude
Strange Creatures, By Lita Jude

Theme: Love and care for animals, the environment, and nature

Plot: Walter, a shy boy, has spent most of his time alone, scouring the family’s enormous garden. His father wants him to take over the family banking business, but the boy loves animals and being in nature. This is a true story about the life and work of Walter Rothschild.

Storyline

Walter Rothschild grew up in England in a wealthy family, being almost the richest boy in the world. But what made him special was his interest and love for all creatures and plants. Continue reading Strange Creatures, The Story of Walter Rothschild and His Museum by Lita Jude

Never Ever Talk to Strangers! by Anne Marie Pace

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Never Ever Talk to Strangers!

By Anne Marie Pace

Illustrated by Guy Francis

Never Ever Talk to Strangers
Never Ever Talk to Strangers

 

Theme: Jamie had just learned what to do if a stranger approached him, but when it came to applying his learning, things turned out to be more complicated the Jamie thought.

 

Plot: A short while after receiving his Super Safety Expert Badge from officer Crane for learning stranger safety, Jamie comes face to face with a stranger. Would he remember the rules, uphold his badge and stay safe?

Continue reading Never Ever Talk to Strangers! by Anne Marie Pace

Fancy Nancy by Jane O’Connor

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Fancy Nancy

By Jane O’Connor

Illustrated by Robin Preiss Glasser

Fancy-Nancy-by-Jane-O'Connor
Fancy Nancy by Jane O’Connor

 

Plot: Nancy has always been fancy, but now she tries to teach her parents and siblings the art.

(This is the first in a series of 80 titles featuring Fancy Nancy.)

Storyline

We don’t know how old Nancy is(maybe 5 or 6?), but she is very fancy for her age. How do we know? Let’s take a look in her room. The room décor is astonishing: paintings and posters on the walls, flowers, garlands, mirrors, feathers, and artwork everywhere. Hats and purses hang on hooks, and laced shoes are peaking from under the bed. Continue reading Fancy Nancy by Jane O’Connor

Dog Breath: The Horrible Trouble with Hally Tosis

Dog Breath by Dav Pilkey
Dog Breath by Dav Pilkey

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Dog Breath: The Horrible Trouble with Hally Tosis

By Dav Pilkey

Theme: This is a story of redemption, acceptance, and finding the bright side in a difficult situation

Plot: The Tosis family wants to get rid of their dog, Hally, because it has bad breath.

Talking points: Acceptance. Are we judging others based on who we are? Are we accepting others as who they are? Continue reading Dog Breath: The Horrible Trouble with Hally Tosis

Patrick Gets Hearing Aids by Maureen Cassidy Riski and Nicolas Klakow

Patrick Gets Hearing Aids by Maureen Cassidy Riski and Nicolas Klakow

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Patrick Gets Hearing Aids

By Maureen Cassidy Riski and Nikolas Klakow

Illustrations by Kim Klakow

Theme: Helping children understand hearing loss.

Plot: A school age rabbit does not hear well, causing him a lot of problems. He must get checked.

Talking points: Often time children with hearing loss are isolated by their peers. This book is not only for the kids with hearing impairment, but for their classmates as well. Some questions to ask are: What happens when you cannot hear? What can we do about it? How do you get your ears checked? How can we help our friends with hearing loss? Continue reading Patrick Gets Hearing Aids by Maureen Cassidy Riski and Nicolas Klakow

Maya and the Town that Loved a Tree by Kiki and Kathryn Shaw

Maya and the Town that Loved a Tree By Kiki and Kathryn Shaw

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Maya and the Town that Loved a Tree

By Kiki and Kathryn Shaw

Illustrated by Kiki

 

Theme: Nature, Environment, Clean Air

Before everybody was speaking about climate change, this book was warning the young readers that we can impact our environment in such way that can destroy the beautiful things in the nature and change our lives for the worst. But we can always try to repair our mistakes, if is not too late. Continue reading Maya and the Town that Loved a Tree by Kiki and Kathryn Shaw

Meg and Mog by Helen Nicoll

Meg and Mog by Helen Nicoll

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Meg and Mog

By Helen Nicoll

Illustration by Jan Pienkowski

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Hug Me, Please! by Przemyslaw Wechterowicz

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Hug Me, Please!

By Przemyslaw Wechterowicz

Illustrated by Emilia Dziubak

Theme: Shared love, kindness towards others;

Plot: Father and son bear go on hugging the animals in the forest.

Moral: Love and kindness brings people together. Continue reading Hug Me, Please! by Przemyslaw Wechterowicz

Yes I Can! A Girl and Her Wheelchair by Barrett, Toner and Freeland

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Yes I can, a girl and her wheelchair

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Yes, I Can! A Girl and Her Wheelchair

By Kendra J. Barrett, Jacqueline B. Toner, and Claire A.B. Freeland

Illustrated by Violet Lemay

Theme: Overcoming disability; school inclusion;

Plot: How a happy first grader, in a wheelchair, can make friends and enjoy her days at school and participate in ordinary school activities;

Moral: This story teaches us to have a positive attitude towards the people with special needs; instead of excluding them from daily activities, we should find activities suited for their condition; instead of turning a blind eye and pretending they aren’t there, we should see them for who they are and help them with their goals.

Continue reading Yes I Can! A Girl and Her Wheelchair by Barrett, Toner and Freeland

The Tiger’s Egg by Nele Bronner

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The Tiger’s Egg by Nele Bronner

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The Tiger’s Egg

By Nele Bronner

Theme: Acceptance, kindness, love.

Plot: A cranky zoo tiger is forced to take care a chick that had hatched out of an egg he’d found.

Symbolism: The author uses the egg as a symbol for novelty, new beginnings, new ideas, that come to shake a world that has become dull and rigid. Continue reading The Tiger’s Egg by Nele Bronner

Who Wants To Be A Princess by Jesse Harwood

Who wants to be a princess by Jesse Harwood

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Who Wants To Be A Princess?

By Jesse Harwood

Illustrated by Tim Patton

Theme: Being judgmental, making assumptions.

Plot: Father tries to convince daughter that a princess is just an ordinary person with privileges and duties as well.

Moral: There is more to a story then just your perspective. Continue reading Who Wants To Be A Princess by Jesse Harwood

Pablo Finds a Treasure by Andree Poulin

Pablo Finds a Treasure by Andree Poulin and Isabelle Malenfant

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Pablo Finds a Treasure

By Andre Poulin

Illustrated by Isabelle Malenfant

The takeaway: All over the world there are children that work from an early age to support themselves and their families. Most of them work without pay, missing school, and living in poverty. The characters in this book are fictional but the situation is real. Continue reading Pablo Finds a Treasure by Andree Poulin

Something Smells by Blake Liliane Hellman

Somthing Smells by Blake Liliane Hellman
Somthing Smells by Blake Liliane Hellman

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Something Smells

By Blake Liliane Hellman

Illustrated by Steven Henry

The takeaway: When something doesn’t feel right we are always quick to blame others. Instead, we should take a hard look at ourselves because often time we are the ones causing the problem. And, sometimes, just by changing a little detail we make it right again. Continue reading Something Smells by Blake Liliane Hellman

Auntie Loves You by Helen Foster James

Antie Loves You by Helen Foster James
Antie Loves You by Helen Foster James

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Auntie Loves You

By Helen Foster James

Illustrated by Petra Brown

The takeaway: Rather than being a story with a point, this book is a keepsake: and auntie gift for her niece or nephew. Continue reading Auntie Loves You by Helen Foster James

Migrant by Maxine Trottier

Migrant by Maxine Trottier
Migrant by Maxine Trottier

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Migrant

By Maxine Trottier

Illustrated by Isabelle Arsenault

The takeaway : This is a very  sweet story about a migrant family of Mennonites from Mexico and their live on the road, told through the eyes of a young girl. Continue reading Migrant by Maxine Trottier

Dear Substitute by Liz Garton Scalon and Audrey Vernick

Dear Substitute by Liz Garton Scalon and Aydrey vernick
Dear Substitute by Liz Garton Scalon and Aydrey vernick

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Dear Substitute

By Liz Garton Scanlon and Audrey Vernick

Illustrated by Chris Raschka

The takeaway: When teachers must miss a day at school, a substitute takes over. But the sub cannot replace the beloved teacher and the class grows anxious. This book shows exactly what children feel when their teacher is gone for the day and helps them get through the day and even enjoy it. Continue reading Dear Substitute by Liz Garton Scalon and Audrey Vernick

Samurai Scarecrow, A Very Ninja Halloween by Rubin Pingk

Samurai Scarecrow, A very Ninja Halloween by Rubin Pingk
Samurai Scarecrow, A very Ninja Halloween by Rubin Pingk

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Samurai Scarecrow, A Very Ninja Halloween

By Rubin Pingk

The takeaway: If you don’t treat someone with kindness, you may get “tricked” by them (or don’t be mean to your baby sister!) – A perfect example of the Halloween trick or treat, applied to human behavior – Continue reading Samurai Scarecrow, A Very Ninja Halloween by Rubin Pingk

The Funeral by Matt James

The Funeral by Matt James
The Funeral by Matt James

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The Funeral

By Matt James

The takeaway: Through the eyes of a child, a funeral is not an ordinary day. There are many unfamiliar places, people behavior is sober, and the whole day has an unexplained solemnity to it. But the best part of the day is when you get together with your family, thus make it comfortable and welcoming. Continue reading The Funeral by Matt James

Elmore by Holly Hobbie

Elmore by Holly Hobbie
Elmore by Holly Hobbie

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Elmore

By Holly Hobbie

The takeaway: Make yourself known before asking for understanding and friendship from others. Show them that the rough side of you is nothing else then a shield for your protection. And they have nothing to fear. Continue reading Elmore by Holly Hobbie

A Hen for Izzy Pippik by Aubrey Davis

A Hen for Izzy Pippik by Aubrey Davis
A Hen for Izzy Pippik by Aubrey Davis

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A Hen for Izzy Pippik

By Aubrey Davis

Illustrated by Marie Lafrance

The takeaway: Sometimes is hard to keep doing the right thing especially when others push you in the wrong direction. But as hard at it may be and long as it may take, doing the right thing feels good and sooner or later others will follow. Continue reading A Hen for Izzy Pippik by Aubrey Davis

Albert's Tree by Jenni Desmond

Albert’s Tree by Jenni Desmond

Albert's Tree by Jenni Desmond
Albert’s Tree by Jenni Desmond

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Albert’s Tree

By Jenni Desmond

The takeaway: There are no big hairy monsters under the bed, or in the closet, or up high and down below…just creatures you haven’t meet yet, and things you are still to find out about. That’s all there is! And once you realize what made you afraid, you’ll see you had the wrong idea altogether. This is a book about being scared of (nonexistent) monsters. Continue reading Albert’s Tree by Jenni Desmond

The Thumbtack Dancer by Leslie Tryon

The Thumbtack dancer by Leslie Tryon
The Thumbtack dancer by Leslie Tryon

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The Thumbtack Dancer

By Leslie Tryon

Illustrated by Jan Spivey Gilchrist

The takeaway: When you have a talent to share with the rest of the world, but you don’t have money to buy a pair of shoes…don’t give up. Show up every morning and knock on faith’s door and one day it will open for you.   Continue reading The Thumbtack Dancer by Leslie Tryon

Whiffy Wilson the wolf who wouldn't go to bed by Caryl Hart

Whiffy Wilson, the wolf who wouldn’t go to bed by Caryl Hart

Whiffy Wilson the wolf who wouldn't go to bed by Caryl Hart
Whiffy Wilson the wolf who wouldn’t go to bed by Caryl Hart

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Whiffy Wilson, the wolf who wouldn’t go to bed

By Caryl Hart

Illustration by Leonie Lord

The takeaway:  Here is how to make bedtime more attractive for children that don’t want to go to sleep. This book is as much for grown ups as it is for kids. Continue reading Whiffy Wilson, the wolf who wouldn’t go to bed by Caryl Hart

Little Penguin's Tale by Audrey Wood

Little Penguin’s Tale by Audrey Wood

Little Penguin's Tale by Audrey Wood
Little Penguin’s Tale by Audrey Wood

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Little Penguin’s Tale

By Audrey Wood

The takeaway

This storybook, about a runaway penguin, encourages children to stay together as a group, showing what could happen if one decides to take off on their own. Continue reading Little Penguin’s Tale by Audrey Wood

Fanny by Holly Hobbie

Fanny by Holly Hobbie
Fanny by Holly Hobbie

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Fanny

By Holly Hobbie

The takeaway

This book is about not taking “no” for an answer. If you believe in something, you can do it. Just like little Fanny. When her mother said “no”, she doesn’t give up (which, to be realistic, should just be the exception from the rule, not the norm). When her friends say “no”, she also perseveres until they change their minds. Continue reading Fanny by Holly Hobbie

The Adventures of Tom Thumb by Marianna Mayer

The Adventures of Tom Thumb by Marianna Mayer
The Adventures of Tom Thumb by Marianna Mayer

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The Adventures of Tom Thumb

By Marianna Mayer

Pictures by K.Y. Craft

The takeaway

Doesn’t matter your size, you can still defeat a giant if you put your mind to it. Continue reading The Adventures of Tom Thumb by Marianna Mayer

I am Peace by Susan Verde

 

I Am Peace by Susan Verde
I Am Peace by Susan Verde

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I Am Peace

By Susan Verde

Art by Peter H. Reynolds

The takeaway

Mindfulness exercises can help children manage their feeling, relax and get rid of anxiety. Continue reading I am Peace by Susan Verde

How To Get Your Teacher Ready by Jean Reagan

How To Get Your Teacher Ready by Jean Reagan
How To Get Your Teacher Ready by Jean Reagan

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How to Get Your Teacher Ready

By Jean Regan

Illustrated by Lee Wildish

The takeaway

Read this book to kindergarten kids or first and second grader to get them motivated to work with other towards a common goal, to teach them good behavior, and give them inspiration to be helpful in the classroom and listen to the teacher. Continue reading How To Get Your Teacher Ready by Jean Reagan

These Hands by Margaret H. Mason

These Hands by Margaret H. Mason
These Hands by Margaret H. Mason

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These Hands

By Margaret H. Mason

Illustrated by Floyd Cooper

The takeaway

About sixty years ago, the African American workers at the Wonder Bread, Awrey, and Tastee bakery factories were not allowed to work as bread mixers or bread handlers. As a matter of fact, there were a lot of jobs that were given to “whites only”. The Civil Rights act, passed in 1964, made it against the law to employ people based on their skin color. This book is based on a true story and is intended as a life and history lesson. Continue reading These Hands by Margaret H. Mason

Stephen and the Beetle by Jorge Lujan

Stephen and the Beetle by Jorge Lujan
Stephen and the Beetle by Jorge Lujan

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Stephen and the Beetle

By Jorge Lujan

Illustration by Chiara Carrer

The takeaway

Life is made up of small things, grace is universal, and empathy is better learned through play and observation.    Continue reading Stephen and the Beetle by Jorge Lujan