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

Book cover
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

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

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

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

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

Here I Am by Patti Kim

Here I Am by Kim and Sanchez
Here I Am by Kim and Sanchez

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Here I am

By Patty Kim

Illustration by Sonia Sanchez

Storyline: Looking down from the airplane window, the boy sees the city below. But he is not smiling, he is not excited, he is sad. Coming out of the plane, with his parents and a younger sibling, he keeps looking back. Continue reading Here I Am by Patti Kim

Tommy Two-Toes by Dayton and Darci Mason

Tommy Two-Toes by Dayton and Darci Mason
Tommy Two-Toes by Dayton and Darci Mason

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Tommy Two-Toes

by Dayton and Darci Mason

Illustrator: Argha Mondal

Storyline: Our character is a sloth called Tommy Two-Toes, that, for the majority of time, lives up on the tree tops. Continue reading Tommy Two-Toes by Dayton and Darci Mason

The Patchwork Quilt by Valerie Flournoy

The Patchwork Quilt by Valerie Flournoy
The Patchwork Quilt by Valerie Flournoy

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The Patchwork Quilt

By Valerie Flournoy

Illustrated by Jerry Pinkney

Storyline: It is just about spring when a little girl, Tanya learns that her grandmother, who seems to be sick, is thinking to start a special project. Continue reading The Patchwork Quilt by Valerie Flournoy

Our Family Tree, An Evolution Story by Lisa Westberg Peters

Our Family Tree, An Evolution Story by Lisa Westberg Peters
Our Family Tree, An Evolution Story by Lisa Westberg Peters

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 Our Family Tree, An Evolution Story

By Lisa Westberg Peters

Illustrated by Lauren Stringer

Storyline: This book tells the story of the making of mankind through a biological point of view. It is, therefore, as the title say, an evolutionary tale. So be warn that creationism, as a religious perspective, is nowhere to find in this book. Continue reading Our Family Tree, An Evolution Story by Lisa Westberg Peters

How the Leopard Got His Spots retold by Stephanie P. Gilman

How the Lepord Got His Spots by Stephanie P. Gilman
How the Lepord Got His Spots by Stephanie P. Gilman

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Title How the Leopard Got His Spots

Retold by Stephanie P. Gilman

Illustration by T.J. Tjornehoj

Storyline: This story is based upon the classic tales of Rudyard Kipling, the author of the Jungle Book, and it is one of the numerous version out there. Its protagonist, is a playful leopard named Henry. Continue reading How the Leopard Got His Spots retold by Stephanie P. Gilman

Congratulation, Miss Malarkey by Judy Finchler & Kevin O’Malley

Congratulation, Miss Malarkey by Judy Finchler and Kevin O'Malley
Congratulation, Miss Malarkey by Judy Finchler and Kevin O’Malley

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Congratulations, Miss Malarkey!

By Judy Finchler & Kevin O’Malley

Illustration by Kevin O’Malley

Storyline: The fifth-grade children from Miss Malarkey’s class are very worried that there’s something going on with their teacher. She seems easily distracted and often she giggles and sings to herself. She even made the school principal, Mr. Wiggins, laugh. Continue reading Congratulation, Miss Malarkey by Judy Finchler & Kevin O’Malley

Crow Call by Lois Lowry

Call Crow by Lois Lowry
Call Crow by Lois Lowry

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Crow Call

By Lois Lowry

Illustration Bagram Ibatoulline

Storyline: It is an early November morning and Liz and her dad have gone hunting. Liz is a little shy and doesn’t know her dad very well. Her father had just returned home after being out to war. Continue reading Crow Call by Lois Lowry

Little Ree by Ree Drummond

Little Ree by Ree Drummond
Little Ree by Ree Drummond

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Little Ree

By Ree Drummond

Illustrated by Jaqueline Rogers

Storyline: Little Ree is about seven or eight years old when she moves to her grandparents’ ranch to be a country girl. She brings with all her toys, her pets, the brother and the parents. And of course, all her excitement. But she’s not sure if this life is for her. Continue reading Little Ree by Ree Drummond

Paddington by Michael Bond

Paddington by Michael Bond
Paddington by Michael Bond

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Paddington

By Michael Bond

Illustration by R.W. Alley

Storyline: Judy was just about to arrive in town and her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Brown were waiting for her on the Paddington railway station. Continue reading Paddington by Michael Bond

What to Do When You Are Sent to Your Room by Ann Stott

what to do when you are sent to your room by ann stott
what to do when you are sent to your room by ann stott

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What to Do When You Are Sent to Your Room

By Ann Stott

Illustration by Stephen Gilpin

Storyline: Ben has enough experience to write a self-help book about what to do when you are sent to your room. He has it mastered, a sign that he has done it a lot. He says that he gets sent to his room for feeding the dog his dinner but, from what we read, we pick at other reasons as well. Continue reading What to Do When You Are Sent to Your Room by Ann Stott

Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day by Judith Viorst

Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, Not Good, Very Bad Day By Judith Viorst
Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, Not Good, Very Bad Day
By Judith Viorst

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Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, Not Good, Very Bad Day

By Judith Viorst

Illustration by Ray Cruz

Storyline: Alexander is having a very bad day. In fact, it is a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day, as he says. It starts early in the morning when he noticed gum in his hair because he had gone to sleep with gum in his mouse (a very bad idea, I should say). Continue reading Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day by Judith Viorst

Diary of a Wombat by Jackie French

Diary-of-a-wombat by Jackie French
Diary-of-a-wombat by Jackie French

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Diary of a Wombat

By Jackie French

Illustration by Bruce Whatley

Storyline: What does a day in the life of wombat looks like? Well, let’s read the diary of Mothball, the wombat. Continue reading Diary of a Wombat by Jackie French

Hogwash! by Karma Wilson

Hogwash! by Karma Wilson
Hogwash! by Karma Wilson

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Hogwash!

By Karma Wilson

Illustration by Jim McMullan

Storyline:  It’s spring cleaning at the farm. After scrubbing clean his horses, ducks, cows, dogs, goats and other animals and birds on Farmer’s yard, all was left, were the hogs. So Farmer took his pail and soap and headed to the pigs’ pen. Continue reading Hogwash! by Karma Wilson

Goin’ Someplace Special by Patricia C. McKissack

Goin' Someplace Special by Patricia McKissack and Jerry Pinkney
Goin’ Someplace Special by Patricia McKissack and Jerry Pinkney

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Goin’ Someplace Special

By Patricia C. McKissack

Illustration by Jerry Pinkney

Storyline: Mama Frances is in the kitchen, preparing vegetables for cooking when ‘Tricia Ann asks her if she can go Someplace Special all by herself. She’s all dressed up in a nice blue dress with a yellow ribbon, a hat, and a hand purse. ‘Tricia Ann is about 12 years old but as her grandmother, Mama Frances, says, “goin’ off alone is a mighty big step”. Continue reading Goin’ Someplace Special by Patricia C. McKissack