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.
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→
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→
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→
Everybody needs to put a little order in their homes; even adults need help to get organized. Because when you have a lot of stuff, you risk losing your most important things. Take Alfred Crabtree for example…. He lost his smile… well, it wasn’t an actual smile but very similar. Continue reading Crabtree by Jon & Tucker Nichols→
Storyline: Ike LaRue, the wire fox terrier dog, is back with a new adventure. This time, he is solving a crime involving a burglary and the disappearance of the neighbor’s cats. We find out about it through a series of letters he sends to his master Gertrude LaRue.
Storyline: Written when pottery wasn’t such an exotic occupation as it seems today, this book tells us all there is about this craft. Of course, it was designed for children but even adults could learn about the daily life of a potter. Continue reading The Pottery Place by Gail Gibbons→
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 Flood by Alvaro F. Villa→
Storyline: This book is about a school day in the live of Bailey, the dog. At the first glimpse it may seem boring, a common place, or just another school day. But it’s not. For the simple reason that Bailey is a dog, and, unlike humans, dogs don’t go to school, as far as we know. Continue reading Bailey by Henry Bliss→
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 My Chincoteague Pony by Susan Jeffers→
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→
Storyline: Barnaby is a school age rabbit (yes, rabbits go to school too) that has a problem: he is, sometimes, forgetful. But who isn’t, you’d say and you’d be right. Barnaby, for example, forgot where he put his glasses (yes, yes, rabbits can wear glasses too, can’t they?). Continue reading Barnaby Never Forgets by Pierre Collet-Derby→
Storyline: There’s not much happening in George’s life. His days are the same: school and back home, at his grandmother’s, a sad place and an empty one for the boy. We don’t know what happened to his parents but they are absent from his life hence the emptiness he feels. His grandma is a kind lady but they are not too close and George feels they are on different planets. Continue reading The Big Little Book of Happy Sadness by Colin Thompson→
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 Journey by Aaron Becker→
Storyline: What do you do when your dog is home alone? You can try a toy, a bone, a sleeping pill (just kidding), your old shoes, the kennel, or anything else that may come to your mind. But if nothing works, then turn to this book. It says that if your dog gets lonely then it’s time to find him a friend. Continue reading Rescued by Love by Lindsay Jouet→
Storyline: This story is a clever tale that touches on diversity, confidence and inner strength, written with beat and imagination. Though a little too lengthy for a picture book, it has the potential to ignite children’s curiosity about the creatures of the deep ocean.
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→