Friendship, Skills Children Learn

How Do You Do? by Larissa Theule

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Back of Book:
Water Buffalo and Crane’s field is dry, empty, and hot–so hot that they can barely think of anything else. Every day is the same . . .
Until one day, they hear something new.
“How do you do?”
When Goat dances into their lives, Water Buffalo and Crane can’t help but join in. Suddenly their field doesn’t seem dry, empty, and hot at all. Even after Goat dances away, their world is no longer so small.
My Review:
I received a copy of this book from Bloomsbury publishing in exchange for an honest review.
The story follows Water Buffalo and a Crane as they as they go through life bored and hot. Until one day everything changes. When Goat enters their lives, their perspective changes. Goat brings fun and spontaneity to their days. Suddenly Water Buffalo and Crane are no longer hot or bored because they are to busy having fun. The story has a beautiful message of how life can change if you are willing to broaden your horizons and say hi to someone new. The illustrations are bright and show all the animals in an animated light. I think this is a great book to share in classrooms for social and emotional learning. It teaches readers that they should not be afraid to meet new people.
Ages 5 and up
40 Pages

Friendship, Skills Children Learn

Polar Bear Island By Lindsay Bonilla

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Back of Book:
“Welcome to Polar Bear Island. NO OTHERS ALLOWED!” Parker is the mayor of this peaceful, predictable island, and he wants to keep it just the way it is. But Kirby, a penguin, thinks the place is paradise, and she wants to stay. Parker says no, but the other polar bears love Kirby —and soon they’re begging Parker to let Kirby (and her family) move in. Will Parker agree . . . and make the island fun for EVERYONE?
My Review:
I received a copy of this book from publisher Sterling Children’s Books in exchange for an honest review.
This is a terrific story for children with an important message that everyone brings something new and different to our world. Parker loves the predictability of his world. When Kirby comes to town, it throws his entire perspective off. I love the way that this story discusses inclusion and diversity in a way that children will understand and appreciate. A perfect way to open up discussions in classrooms on accepting students from other countries and cultures. The end of the story shows all the animals enjoying time together. The illustrations are colorful and fun. I love this story and look forward to sharing it in my classroom.
Ages 5 and up
32 Pages

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Goat’s Coat By Tom Percival

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Back of Book:
Alfonzo couldn’t be happier. He just got an amazing new coat, and he feels like a million dollars. But when he discovers some creatures in need of help, will Alfonzo be able to give up his treasured possession to save the day?
This great big hug of a book shows that kindness is definitely the best recipe.
My Review:
I received a copy of this book from Bloomsbury Children’s books in exchange for an honest review. This is a touching story about Alfonzo the goat and his kindness to his friends. As Alfonzo wants through the woods he encounters many of his friends with troubles in the woods. He gives each of his friends a piece of the coat to help them. At the end of the story, his friends come together and repay his kindness. The book is told with a fun and upbeat rhyming scheme that will keep readers engaged throughout the book. The themes of kindness and friendship are perfectly tied into the story. The illustrations are bright and full of color. This is a fantastic book to share in the classroom about the importance of always being kind to others.
Ages 5 and up
32 Pages

Growth Mindset, Skills Children Learn

Even Superheroes Make Mistakes by Shelly Becker

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Back of Book:
Even superheroes sometimes slip up and err. And when that happens, do they say, “It’s not FAIR?” or give up in despair? NO! “Ashamed Superheroes who goofed up somehow . . . First STOP . . . then CONSIDER what’s best to do now.” Whether they’ve nabbed the wrong guy by mistake or bashed into a planet while zooming through space, all superheroes ‘fess up their mess-up, get on with their day, and keep on saving the world in the most super way!
I received a copy of this picture book from Sterling Book Publishers in exchange for an honest review.
I was so excited to see another story in Shelly Beckers superhero series. My students loved her first book and were just as excited to read another story about these hard working superheroes. This story is a perfect read aloud for a growth mindset project. It shares several examples of how superheroes mess up or fall short in what they are trying to accomplish. There are great reminders within the pages of how blaming others for your mistakes is never a good idea. The rhyming scheme allows the story to flow and lets readers follow along. The illustrations by Eda Kaban are full of color and detail. My students enjoyed this book very much and so did I. It is a perfect addition to any growth mindset unit!
Ages 5 and up
40 Pages

 

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Pearl By Molly Idle

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Back of Book:
Sometimes the tiniest light can shine the brightest! Like the other mermaids of the deep, Pearl longs to care for the endless beaches, coral reefs, and towering kelp forests of her vast ocean world. So when her mother asks her to tend to a mere grain of sand, Pearl is heartbroken. It takes all her patience and determination to discover how even the littlest mermaid can transform the world.
My Review:
I received a copy of this book from author Molly Idle in exchange for an honest review.
Pearl is a truly whimsical story that follows a small mermaid on her quest to do something truly important. I love the lesson that is within the pages. It shows readers that even the smallest act and create something beautiful! So often, my students complain to me that they are too small and cannot do anything important. When I shared this book with my class it held their attention the entire time. They were very curious as to what the grain of sand would turn into. I tied the tale into a growth mindset lesson and told my students that it sometimes takes patience and responsibility to go great things! The illustrations in this story are nothing short of magical. This is a truly stunning story with a valuable lesson.
Ages 5 and up
48 Pages

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Eraser By Anna Kang

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Back of Book:
Eraser is always cleaning up everyone else’s mistakes. Except for Ruler and Pencil Sharpener, none of the other school supplies seem to appreciate her. They all love how sharp Pencil is and how Tape and Glue help everyone stick together. Eraser wants to create so that she can shine like the others. She decides to give it a try, but it’s not until the rubber meets the road that Eraser begins to understand a whole lot about herself.
My Review:
I was sent a copy of this story in exchange from author Anna Kang in exchange for an honest review.
I absolutely love that this story teaches readers several different lessons about character. It touches on teamwork, kindness, friendship, self-esteem, growth mindset, and more. It is an excellent story to read at the beginning of the school year. It follows a little eraser who is tired of being overlooked, and under apricated. As the story progresses Eraser realizes how important her role truly is. I loved that all writing tools are in this book and that they all play a unique role in the story line. The illustrations are terrific, and bring the cast of character’s to life. I highly recommend this book to all educators, and school librarians.
40 Pages
Ages 5 and up

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It’s Not Fair!: A Book About Having Enough Caryn Rivadeneira

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Back of Book:
Roxy Ramirez has saved up for weeks to buy a chemistry set, and now she’s headed to the toy store to buy it! There’s only one problem: along the way, she keeps running into friends who are in trouble, and need her to dip into her savings to help. Will she have enough money left over to buy something for herself?
My Review:
I received a copy of this book from author Caryn Rivadeneira in exchange for an honest review.
My district is adopting a social and emotional learning time in the classrooms. Every morning during breakfast. I am so excited to share this picture book with my class and discuss the concept of generosity
I often hear the words “Its not fair” coming from my students. It is a concept that all children struggle with. I love that this story focuses on how Roxy helps people turn their not fair moments into fun moments. I love that the text teaches readers about saving money, and spending it wisely. The end of the story has a satisfying and important ending. The back of the book has a note for parents, and educators about the importance of teaching generosity to children. The illustrations are fun and show a diverse group of friends. I am looking forward to sharing this story with my class.
Ages 5 and up
32 Pages

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The Recess Queen by Alexis O’Neill

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Back of Book:
Mean Jean was Recess Queen and nobody said any different. Until a new kid came to school!
With her irrepressible spirit, the new girl dethrones the reigning recess bully by becoming her friend in this infectious playground romp.
My Review:
I am gearing up for back to school, and finding all my social and emotional stories to read during our first week. I love reading the Recess Queen because it is such a good example of how to play and treat others on a playground. The story follows Mean Jean a girl who controls every aspect of the playground. No one is allowed to do anything until Mean Jean does it first. Until one day when a new girl enters and changes everything. I love that this story is engaging, while still teaching a lesson. The illustrations are vibrant and fun. The end of the story shows readers how friendship is a cure for bullying. The Recess Queen is a fantastic read aloud to teach social and emotional skills.
Ages 5 and up
32 Pages

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Wordy Birdy by Tammi Sauer

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Back of Book:
Wordy Birdy LOVES to talk. “Hello, sunrise. Hello, pink sky. Hello, orange sky. . . .” But does she love to listen? NOPE. One day, while she’s walking through the forest, her gift of the gab gets her into hot water: “That’s a pretty tree and that’s a pretty tree and that’s a pretty danger sign and that’s a pretty tree. . . .” Will this inattentive bird walk right into danger? Will her faraway thoughts lead her along a path of doom? It’s up to her long-suffering, heard-it-all-before pals Squirrel, Raccoon, and Rabbit to save their distracted friend.
My Review:
I love that there are several new picture books coming out about the importance of listening. I think that it is a very important skill that children need to learn. Tammi Sauer took this idea and created a humorous picture book that all readers can relate to. The love that when the characters in the story are talking, they are given thought bubbles so readers can distinguish between the narration, and the character speech. The story itself is fun and silly but, still holds an important message to readers. While it can be fun to talk, it is important to take the time to listen as well. The illustrations are fun and colorful. I look forward to reading more Wordy Birdy stories in the future.
Ages 5 and up
32 Pages

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Quiet Please, Owen McPhee! by Trudy Ludwig

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Back of Book:
Owen McPhee doesn’t just like to talk, he LOVES to talk. He spends every waking minute chattering away at his teachers, his classmates, his parents, his dog, and even himself. But all that talking can get in the way of listening. And when Owen wakes up with a bad case of laryngitis, it gives him a much-needed opportunity to hear what others have to say.
My Review:
I was sent this book from author Trudy Ludwig in exchange for an honest review. Every teacher and librarian can read this book with a smile and think of “that kid” who never stops talking. When Owen loses his voice, he realizes how much he can learn from others if he takes a minute to stop and listen. I love that the book has thought bubbles to show readers what Owen and the other characters are saying. I also love that Trudy centered the class assignment on a STEM project. This aspect of the story becomes very relatable to readers. to be very The illustrations are soft, and fun. I am going to use this book during the first of school for character building. It is an excellent tool to use to enforce the importance of listening to the teacher, as well as one another. I highly recommend this book.
Ages 5 and up

40 Pages

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