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

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

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

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

Fanny by Holly Hobbie

Fanny by Holly Hobbie

Fanny by Holly Hobbie

today’s children storybook summary is

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

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

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

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

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

Umbrella by Taro Yashima

Umbrella by Taro Yashima

Umbrella by Taro Yashima

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Umbrella

By Taro Yashima

The Takeaway

Patience is the key word for this book. Children learn to hold on their impulses. They are taught that there is a right time for everything. Continue reading