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The Power of Gratitude

Bobbie Kalman (author)

Publisher: Crabtree Publishing Company ISBN: 9781427124203

Gratitude is an attitude that helps change negative feelings to positive ones. It helps us appreciate everything in life, even the simple things. Through many fun activities, such as practicing mindfulness, starting a gratitude journal, volunteering in a school or community, young readers will experience the power of gratitude. They will also learn to express their gratitude to friends, parents, teachers, and community workers verbally and in writing. 

Kindness is Cool!

Bobbie Kalman (author)

Publisher: Crabtree Publishing Company ISBN: 9781427124197

This fascinating book introduces children to the “butterfly effect,” a theory that states that a small change in the present, such as the simple flapping of a butterfly’s wings, can cause big changes to happen in the future. Children will learn how even their small acts of gentleness, kindness, and compassion to family, friends, classmates, and community can have huge positive impacts where they live, around the world, and most importantly on themselves.

Creating a Happy School Community

Bobbie Kalman (author)

Publisher: Crabtree Publishing Company ISBN: 9781427124180

This instructive book looks at schools as safe places where children of all backgrounds and abilities can build strong social and emotional skills and improve attitudes about themselves and others. Showing kindness, accepting differences, learning to resolve conflicts, and expressing gratitude makes school a happy place for both students and teachers. 

Genius Jolene

Sara Cassidy (author) Charlene Chua (illustrator)

Publisher: Orca Book Publishers ISBN: 9781459825307

On her annual trip in her father’s 18-wheeler, eight-year-old Jolene is headed to Los Angeles on a six-day road trip to deliver some newsprint with her dad. Just like last year, they tell each other stories and listen to music. They also keep up their favorite tradition: critiquing one type of food at every stop. This time it’s onion rings. But this year is also different. Unlike last year, Jolene’s parents are no longer together. They split up when her father came out as gay. These are big changes for Jolene, but she is spunky and smart and has a good heart. She’s ready for new adventures and to stand up for what’s right—both on and off the road.

Possum's Three Fine Friends

Barbara Bannister (author) Kathy Baron (illustrator)

Publisher: Kaeden Books ISBN: 9781641324441

Possum thinks he's happy, but his friends aren't sure. Readers will enjoy the efforts they make to cheer Possum up, and using picture clues to determine who's right.

Paula's Pickle Picnic

Barbara J. Underwood (author) Judith Pfeiffer (illustrator)

Publisher: Kaeden Books ISBN: 9781641324403

When her mom gets sick, Paula is worried that their plans might get cancelled. Can Paula save their special day?

Ethel the Emu

Pamela Wiley (author) Robin Dewitt (illustrator)

Publisher: Kaeden Books ISBN: 9781641323512

When Mr. Reynolds sells his farm, he discovers that Ethel the Emu doesn't want to move. Will anyone be able to change her mind, or with Ethel convey?

Recuerdos de la señorita Alita

Henrietta Barbara Sims (author) Barbara Spurll (illustrator)

Publisher: Kaeden Books ISBN: 9781641321693

Miss Alita enjoys a busy day of exploring her new home and meeting new friends. When she encounters a stranger, will she remember the advice of her friends and stay safe? This whimsical story weaves engaging characters with interesting facts about insects.

Cuervo dijo no

Angela B. Haight (author) Barbara Spurll (illustrator)

Publisher: Kaeden Books ISBN: 9781641321679

Crow does not want to share his tree, until an unexpected visitor shows him what he's been missing.

La rana, Bumpy

Steven Beers (author) Steven Beers (illustrator)

Publisher: Kaeden Books ISBN: 9781641321662

Join Bumpy the Frog, an accident prone young amphibian, as he learns his strengths and limitations through adventures with his friends.

La montaña rusa del dragón rojo

Kathy Yevchak (author) Judith Pfeiffer (illustrator)

Publisher: Kaeden Books ISBN: 9781641321617

Sophie Bean cannot bear to spend another summer watching Ryan and Parker ride The Red Flyer Roller Coaster. Unfortunately, all she keeps hearing from Measuring Man is "TOO SMALL!" When will she be able to ride?

Día de campo de los pepinillos de Paula

Barbara J. Underwood (author) Judith Pfeiffer (illustrator)

Publisher: Kaeden Books ISBN: 9781641321228

When her mom gets sick, Paula is worried that their plans might get cancelled. Can Paula save their special day?

The Red Flyer Roller Coaster

Kathy Yevchak (author) Judith Pfeiffer (illustrator)

Publisher: Kaeden Books ISBN: 9781641323116

Sophie Bean cannot bear to spend another summer watching Ryan and Parker ride The Red Flyer Roller Coaster. Unfortunately, all she keeps hearing from Measuring Man is "TOO SMALL!" When will she be able to ride?

The Princess and the Peas and Carrots

Harriet Ziefert (author)

Publisher: Blue Apple Books ISBN: 9781609052508

Most of the time she is good Princess Rosebud. But when there's a hole in her sock, or her sweater is itchy, or–ick!–the peas on her plate are smushed up right next to the carrots, this strong-willed little miss becomes the picky and prickly Princess Fussy. Sound Familiar? The clever rendition of The Princess and the Pea offers a funny, insightful reflection of how important having certain things be "just so" can be to certain kids. Everyone will cheer the surprising twist that reveals why Rosebud cannot get comfy at bedtime. Is it simply the return of Princess Fussy? Or might there be a more royal reason for her finicky convictions?

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.

Memoirs of a Tortoise

Devin Scillian (author) Tim Bowers (illustrator)

Publisher: Sleeping Bear Press ISBN: 9781534166806

Oliver the tortoise has had his human, Ike, for a very, very long time now. In fact, they're the same age--80 years old--and practically twins. They both enjoy the slowness of the garden, cool water from the hose on a hot day, and a nice slice of honeydew melon. But when Ike stops visiting the garden, Oliver wonders why his pet has left him so soon. So he makes the long journey to see his mother ten gardens away--she will certainly have the answer. This tender story from the author and illustrator that brought us Memoirs of a Goldfish reminds us to cherish all the days we have with our pets and loved ones.

Mae the Mayfly

Denise Brennan-Nelson (author)Florence Weiser (illustrator)

Publisher: Sleeping Bear Press ISBN: 9781534166745

When Mae the mayfly first hatches she learns she'll have just a day to enjoy the world. But soon a hungry trout has her racing for cover! As she peeks from her hiding spot and notices some of nature's most beautiful sights, she realizes she must live in the moment and experience everything the--sometimes scary--world has to offer. This tender story reminds us all--young and old--to be present and mindful in all we do.

You Can Be Responsible: Do it Now or Put it Off?

Connie Colwell Miller (author) Victoria Assanelli (illustrator)

Publisher: Amicus Publishing ISBN: 9781681517704

In this illustrated choose-your-own-ending book, Margo must choose between cleaning her room or putting it off to do something fun. Readers make choices for Margo and read what happens next, with each story path leading to different consequences. Includes four different endings and discussion questions.

You Can Encourage Others: Tease or Inspire?

Connie Colwell Miller (author) Victoria Assanelli (illustrator)

Publisher: Amicus Publishing ISBN: 9781681517711

In this illustrated choose-your-own-ending book, Connor sees a soccer teammate struggling at practice. Will he encourage her to keep trying or make fun of her? Readers make choices for Connor and read what happens next, with each story path leading to different consequences. Includes four different endings and discussion questions.

You Can Follow Rules: Cheat or Play Fair?

Connie Colwell Miller (author) Victoria Assanelli (illustrator)

Publisher: Amicus Publishing ISBN: 9781681517728

In this illustrated choose-your-own-ending book, Kirsten is playing Hide-and-Go Seek with her sister. Will she follow the rules or cheat? Readers make choices for Kirsten and read what happens next, with each story path leading to different consequences. Includes four different endings and discussions questions.

You Can Make Changes: Ask or Ignore?

Connie Colwell Miller (author) Victoria Assanelli (illustrator)

Publisher: Amicus Publishing ISBN: 9781681517735

In this illustrated choose-your-own-ending book, Yusra must choose between asking for help rebuilding her neighborhood park or ignoring the problem. Readers make choices for Yusra and read what happens next, with each story path leading to different consequences. Includes four different endings and discussion questions.

You Can Respect Differences: Assume or Find Out?

Connie Colwell Miller (author) Victoria Assanelli (illustrator)

Publisher: Amicus Publishing ISBN: 9781681517742

In this illustrated choose-your-own-ending book, Ben is uncomfortable when he meets Aisha, a girl in a wheelchair. Will Ben make assumptions or find out more about her? Readers make choices for Ben and read what happens next, with each story path leading to different consequences. Includes four different endings and discussion questions.

You Can Stop Bullying: Stand By or Stand Up?

Connie Colwell Miller (author) Victoria Assanelli (illustrator)

Publisher: Amicus Publishing ISBN: 9781681517759

In this illustrated choose-your-own-ending book, Elizabeth witnesses John getting bullied. Will she stand by and let it happen, or will she stand up and help John? Readers make choices for Elizabeth and read what happens next, with each story path leading to different consequences. Includes four different endings and discussions questions.

When Your Friend Is Scared

Allan Morey (author)

Publisher: Jump Library ISBN: 9781645272229

In this book, readers will discover how to recognize fear in others and how to best respond to it with empathy and understanding. 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 the emotion of fear. Includes sidebars, a table of contents, glossary, index, and tips for educators and caregivers.

Seated Yoga

Laura Villano, RYT (author)

Publisher: Jump Library ISBN: 9781645271895

In this book, illustrations and step by step instructions show and tell young readers how to do seated yoga poses. Breathing techniques, SEL concepts of wellness and mindfulness, and benefits of the practice are also introduced. Original illustrations and carefully leveled text engage young readers as they learn more about the basics of yoga and how they can easily incorporate it in their daily lives. Try This! and Grow with Goals activities at the end of the book further reinforce the content. Also includes sidebars, a table of contents, glossary, index, and tips for educators and caregivers.