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The Giraffe who was Afraid of Heights

David A. Ufer (author), Kirsten Carlson (illustrator)

Publisher: Arbordale Publishing ISBN: 9781607180098

Modeled after The Wizard of Oz, this enchanting story describes a young giraffe who suffers from a fear of heights. On his way to the doctor, he befriends a monkey who is afraid of climbing and a hippo who is a afraid of water. What causes the three new friends to face and overcome their fears? The "For Creative Minds" section includes fun facts and animal adaptation information, as well as a "Match the Feet" game and a mix-and-match activity. Encourages children to overcome their fears and to help friends in trouble.

Simon Steps Into the Ring

Marylène Monette (author) Marion Arbona (illustrator)

Publisher: Orca Book Publishers ISBN: 9781459821828

Simon tries to be kind. But sometimes he loses his temper and acts without thinking, which almost always gets him into trouble. As Simon begins to understand his outbursts, he imagines himself in a boxing ring with his emotions. Can he come out on top and learn how to acknowledge his feelings?

Create Positive Habits

Susanne M. Bushman (author)

Publisher: Jump Library ISBN: 9781645272014

In this book, readers learn the benefits of positive habits, ways to form them, and how to use them to enhance mindfulness. Forming positive habits helps readers create constructive attitudes, build confidence, and foster positive peer networks. Social and emotional learning (SEL) concepts support growth mindset throughout, while Try This! and Grow with Goals activities at the end of the book further reinforce the content. Vibrant, full-color photos and carefully leveled text engage young readers as they learn more about creating positive habits. Includes sidebars, a table of contents, glossary, index, and tips for educators and caregivers.

Respecting Others Online

Ann Truesdell (author) Rachael McLean (illustrator)

Publisher: Cherry Lake Publishing ISBN: 9781534160224

Using the AASL Standards Framework for Learners, the Create and Share: Thinking Digitally series provides younger readers with the necessary tools to successfully and safely navigate the digital world. In Respecting Others Online, readers learn the importance of being respectful online. Activities throughout the book prompt students to think more deeply, be creative, share information and resources, and grow their knowledge. Book includes a table of contents, glossary, index, author biography, sidebars, and educational matter.

Stand Up for Sportsmanship

Frank Murphy (author)

Publisher: Cherry Lake Publishing ISBN: 9781534148895

Stand Up for Sportsmanship in the Growing Character series teaches young readers about the value of being a good sport in all aspects of their lives. This book is intended to help build a foundation for students to develop into morally responsible, compassionate citizens and, with examples, show them how to make the choices that will let them grow into people of character. All books in the 21st Century Skills Junior library encourage readers to think critically and creatively, and use their problem-solving skills. Book includes table of contents, sidebars, glossary, index, activities, and author biography.

Stand Up for Citizenship

Frank Murphy (author)

Publisher: Cherry Lake Publishing ISBN: 9781534148840

Stand Up for Citizenship in the Growing Character series teaches young readers about the value of being a good citizen. This book is intended to help build a foundation for students to develop into morally responsible, compassionate citizens and, with examples, show them how to make the choices that will let them grow into people of character. All books in the 21st Century Skills Junior library encourage readers to think critically and creatively, and use their problem-solving skills. Book includes table of contents, sidebars, glossary, index, activities, and author biography.

The Frog Who Wanted to See the Sea

Guy Billout (author, illustrator)

Publisher: The Creative Company ISBN: 9781566603041

A curious frog leaves comfort behind to embark on the adventure of a lifetime, encountering big cities, new animals, and other wonders as she seeks the biggest pond of all—the sea.

The Forever Flowers

Michael J. Rosen (author) Sonja Danowski (illustrator)

Publisher: The Creative Company ISBN: 9781566605069

In this tender story about the virtues of finding, keeping, and letting go, a young grouse is waylaid on her seasonal migration and carries her precious cargo to a new land. As the bird’s favorite Forever Flowers grow from planted seeds to blooming flowers, she discovers how unexpectedly one can stumble upon happiness and breathe into the contentment of life’s quiet moments, even amidst the winter’s dark. When spring arrives again, though, the grouse must make a decision: should she stay or fly away?

I Can Do Anything!

Kim Mitzo Thompson, Karen Mitzo Hilderbrand (author) Iesha Wright (illustrator)

Publisher: Twin Sisters ISBN: 9781645803553

I Can Do Anything! is a wonderful way to teach young children social-emotional skills that will help them develop self-confidence through working hard, trying new things, dreaming big, practicing difficult tasks, understanding feelings, learning from others, and more! Adorable art sweetly illustrates important life skills.

I Am Brave!

Kim Mitzo Thompson, Karen Mitzo Hilderbrand (author) Iesha Wright (illustrator)

Publisher: Twin Sisters ISBN: 9781645803560

I Am Brave! is a wonderful way for young children to learn social-emotional skills that will help them develop courage in everyday life. Real-life, relatable examples include trying something new, making friends, standing up for what’s right, persevering, making wise choices, speaking up, and more. Adorable art sweetly illustrates important life skills.

Everyday Superheroes

Kim Mitzo Thompson, Karen Mitzo Hilderbrand (author) Iesha Wright (illustrator)

Publisher: Twin Sisters ISBN: 9781645803577

Everyday Superheroes is a wonderful way for young children to learn social-emotional skills with relatable examples of fun, positive ways to serve others, including: helping with family chores, taking turns with friends, including others in activities, having manners, and learning about recycling and volunteering. Adorable art sweetly illustrates important life skills.

Do The Right Thing!

Kim Mitzo Thompson, Karen Mitzo Hilderbrand (author) Iesha Wright (illustrator)

Publisher: Twin Sisters ISBN: 9781645803584

Do the Right Thing! is a wonderful way to teach children what it means to have integrity. Children will encounter real-life examples of doing what’s right, including: following rules, being honest, being accountable, having the courage to say no, keeping promises, being responsible, kind, patient, and trustworthy, and making good choices. Adorable art sweetly illustrates important life skills.

The Good Ship Crocodile

J. Patrick Lewis (author), Monique Felix (illustrator)

Publisher: The Creative Company ISBN: 9781566603003

A crocodile named Snout assists his animal neighbors by ferrying them across a swollen river, then is repaid for his good deeds when he is in need of help.

It?

Etienne Delessert (author, illustrator)

Publisher: The Creative Company ISBN: 9781640003200

In this modern fable of imaginative inquisition, a boy finds and follows IT, wondering along the way if IT is a monster, a furry bear, or perhaps a wild thing. In the process, he makes a surprising new friend.

The Greatest Table

Michael J. Rosen (author) Becca Stadtlander (illustrator)

Publisher: The Creative Company ISBN: 9781566609869

In a world of bountiful food yet increasing food insecurity, we are called to remember that all creatures have a place—and may be fed sustainably—at the greatest, communal table offered by our planet.

A Song

James Christopher Carroll (author, illustrator)

Publisher: The Creative Company ISBN: 9781640001473

A girl who responds to the song that calls to her serves as an example to those who have forgotten how to listen to their lives, how to discern music from noise, how to follow the path of mystery and adventure set before them.

Otis P. Oliver Protests

Keri Claiborne Boyle (author) Daniel Duncan (illustrator)

Publisher: Sleeping Bear Press ISBN: 9781534166783

Otis P. Oliver is taking a stand. He is NOT taking another bath--ever. But when your opinions matter to the rest of the family about as much as the opinions of the family dog (who, it's worth mentioning, only has to bathe once a month), you have to get serious. So Otis borrows a spiffy suit from his dad and rouses a rabble of neighbor kids to stand up for what the know is right: a bathtub ban. This hilarious story about standing up for what you believe in, compromise, and family will have readers of all ages ready to hit the pavement for their cause--whatever it may be.

Acoustic Rooster's Barnyard Boogie Starring Indigo Blume

Kwame Alexander (author) Tim Bowers (illustrator)

Publisher: Sleeping Bear Press ISBN: 9781534178861

On the eve of singing at a community festival, a bout of stage fright threatens a little girl's confidence. As Indigo Blume drifts off to sleep, she isn't sure she's brave enough to take the stage. But once she falls asleep, Indigo finds herself in a dream world with the characters of her favorite book, Acoustic Rooster and his Barnyard Band. The band's members, including Miss Dairy Parton and Chickee Minaj, are rehearsing, and they invite Indigo to join the group. But when a storm destroys their barn, the animals are left with almost nothing. Can Indigo rally the band to work together and save their home? And will she find her voice in time for the festival?

Letters from My Tooth Fairy

Brooke Hecker (author) Deborah Melmon (illustrator)

Publisher: Sleeping Bear Press ISBN: 9781534167391

Natalie and her devoted tooth fairy exchange letters, asking and answering questions about some of childhood's most important moments. From the loss of her first tooth as a first grader to losing her last two baby teeth as a confident eleven-year-old, Natalie's early milestones, including bad school pictures and best friend troubles, are lovingly told through this epistolary relationship. Readers of all ages--those with baby teeth and those years beyond--will cheer for Natalie as she experiences the highs and lows of this time of life. Energetic, colorful artwork perfectly captures the magic of this toothsome tale, making us all wish for our very own tooth fairy.

Tip and Tucker: Hide and Squeak

Ann Ingalls, Sue Lowell Gallion (author) André Ceolin (illustrator)

Publisher: Sleeping Bear Press ISBN: 9781534146198

Meet Tip and Tucker! These hamsters are best friends and like to stick together. But while little Tip is sometimes nervous about new situations, Tucker likes to explore and see new things. Everything changes when Mr. Lopez purchases them from the pet store and takes them to his classroom. In Hide and Squeak, Tip gets loose from their cage and lost in the school. Will Tucker be able to find him? In playful, simple stories written especially for the K-1 audience, Tip and Tucker will help beginning readers explore new feelings and learn to navigate classroom dynamics and relationships.

What Should I Wear?

Kim Mitzo Thompson, Karen Mitzo Hilderbrand (author) Dorothy Stott (illustrator)

Publisher: Twin Sisters ISBN: 9781575832753

Engaging art and simple sentences explain to young learners what to wear during the day. If it’s raining outside make sure to grab an umbrella along with your raincoat and boots. For swimming fun, a bathing suit and towel are needed. There are so many different kinds of clothes: shirts, pants, dresses, raincoats, sandals and much more!

Hello, How Are You

Kim Mitzo Thompson (author), Sharon Lane Holm (illustrator)

Publisher: Twin Sisters ISBN: 9781619385245

Learn basic English phrases like, "How are you?" and "What time is it?" through this interactive book. Early learners will find the simple text, paired with reassuring illustrations, easy to understand.

A veces me siento

Kim Mitzo Thompson, Karen Mitzo Hilderbrand (author) Sharon Lane Holm (illustrator)

Publisher: Twin Sisters ISBN: 9781599229829

¿Cómo te sientes hoy? Aprender diferentes sentimientos es fácil y divertido en el libro A Veces me siento/Sometimes I Feel. Learn simple English and Spanish words and phrases with the corresponding version Sometimes I Feel.

¿Cómo me visto?

Kim Mitzo Thompson, Karen Mitzo Hilderbrand (author) Dorothy Stott (illustrator)

Publisher: Twin Sisters ISBN: 9781599229805

¡Camisas, pantalones, calcetines y zapatos, hay tantos tipos de ropa! En ¿Cómo me visto? aprenderá sobre los tipos de ropa que la gente viste en ocasiones diferentes. Engaging art and simple sentences explain to young learners what to wear during the day. If it’s raining outside make sure to grab an umbrella along with your raincoat and boots. For swimming fun, a bathing suit and towel are needed

Our World is Whole

Gail Bush (author) Jennie Poh (illustrator)

Publisher: Sleeping Bear Press ISBN: 9781534166790

One little girl knows that our world is whole because the connections between us all makes it so--from the family cat to the chatty neighbor to Mom and Dad and cousin Jerry. Our World is Whole is a lyrical meditation on mindfulness that celebrates interconnectedness and the ways we support one another and keep our world whole and spinning.