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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Flood by Alvaro F. Villa

Flood by Alvaro F. Villa

Flood by Alvaro F. Villa

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Flood

By Alvaro F. Villa

Storyline: It is a bright day. The sun is shining over the grassland and a bird is flying over the river. Two children are playing with their dog under an old but proud tree, not far from their white and blue house, with red and pink flower beds and a short white fence around. Continue reading

My Chincoteague Pony by Susan Jeffers

My Chincoteague Pony by Susan Jeffers

My Chincoteague Pony by Susan Jeffers

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My Chincoteague Pony

By Susan Jeffers

Storyline: Based on several true accounts, this book tells the story of a little girl determined to pass on the gift she had received from strangers, that made her dream come true. This book is not to be confused with “Misty of Continue reading

Wolf by Sara Fanelli

Wolf by Sara Fanelli

Wolf by Sara Fanelli

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Wolf

By Sara Fanelli

Storyline: Wolf is a story about dealing with prejudice and exclusion, and learning from it. About trying to fit in and, ultimately, despite rejection, remaining positive.

Wolf is, as you may correctly think, a wolf. He has black fur, red eyes, gray teeth(?) and colored boots, one red, one yellow. He wants to make new friends Continue reading

The Birthday Party by Ronald and Juanita Destra

The Birthday Party by Ronald and Juanita Destra

The Birthday Party by Ronald and Juanita Destra

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The Birthday Party

By Ronald & Juanita Destra

Storyline: Children love birthday parties. There’s balloons, presents, cake, and all their friends together. And they are promised few hours, the least, of full of fun. All day long they are waiting for the party, building up excitement and anticipation.   Continue reading

Journey by Aaron Becker

Journey by Aaron Becker

Journey by Aaron Becker

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Journey

By Aaron Becker

Storyline: The heroin of this book, a girl about seven years old, lives in a big city. There, people are very busy and everything is monochromatic, shades of brown perhaps (or rather gray which, as right now, I find it highly inappropriate to speak of, thanks to that writer, you know who). The only bright spots are her toys, a scooter, a kite, a pencil, all red. Continue reading

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

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

Turtle’s Penguin Day by Valeri Gorbachev

Turtle’s Penguin Day by Valery Gorbachev

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Turtle’s Penguin Day

By Valery Gorbachev

Storyline:  One night, after learning interesting facts about penguins when his father read to him at bed time, Little Turtle dream that he was a penguin. He dreamed that he was swimming on the ocean and played on the ice. Continue reading

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