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The Feel Good Book - Todd Parr (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780316072069
Publication Date: 2002-09-01
Parr's feel-good list includes acts of kindness ("Giving somebody something special feels good"), pastimes ("Reading a book under a tree feels good"), emotions ("Being brave feels good"), and silly fun ("Brushing your hair with a lion feels good"), and his childlike illustrations exude cheerfulness. The playful, bold art adds wit and humor to the simple statements: "Playing under the sprinkler feels good" shows a little girl being sprayed with water from a deep-pink elephant's trunk, and two green fish demonstrate how "Rubbing noses feels good." An author's note invites readers to reflect on what brings them happiness. A perfect pick-me-up for any child who is having a bad day.

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Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day - Judith Viorst; Ray Cruz (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780689711732
Publication Date: 1987-07-15
On a day when everything goes wrong for him, Alexander is consoled by the thought that other people have bad days too.

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Alone Together - Suzanne Bloom (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781620917367
Publication Date: 2014-10-01
Wondering if solitary Bear is sad, mad, or lonely, Fox learns that Bear sometimes enjoys just sitting quietly, a revelation that prompts Fox to enjoy some not-so-quiet time of her own.

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In My Heart - Jo Witek; Christine Roussey (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781419713101
Publication Date: 2014-10-14
A young girl explores what different emotions feel like, such as happiness which makes her want to twirl, or sadness which feels as heavy as an elephant.

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Mouse Was Mad - Linda Urban; Henry Cole (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780152053376
Publication Date: 2009-05-04
Mouse struggles to find the right way to express his anger, modeling the behavior of Hare, Bear, Hedgehog, and Bobcat, only to discover that his own way may be the best way of all

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Love Monster - Rachel Bright
ISBN: 9780374346461
Publication Date: 2013-12-24
A googly-eyed misfit struggles to find a place among the adorable and fluffy residents of Cutesville, an effort that compels him to search high, low, and middle-ish to find a friend who will accept him just the way he is.

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Two - Kathryn Otoshi
ISBN: 9780972394666
Publication Date: 2014-09-23
Two's best friend is One...until Three jumps in between them. A powerful story of friendship, loss, letting go, and self-discovery.--Publisher.

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Mad Isn't Bad - Michaelene Mundy; R. W. Alley (Illustrator)
ISBN: 0870293311
Publication Date: 1999-06-01
You can be good -- and angry. After all, everyone gets angry once in a while. That's normal. But what should we do with our anger? Do we have any choices?Mad Isn't Bad says children do have choices. Just as importantly, caring adults have choices about what to teach children about anger. By helping children and ourselves better understand what anger really is -- and knowing what it feels like and what makes us angry to begin with -- we can learn and teach healthy ways to handle it.Mad Isn't Bad is a book every parent, teacher, and caring adult will appreciate -- because it offers children of all ages a positive and honest view of anger -- and what to do with it

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The Feelings Book - Todd Parr (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780316691314
Publication Date: 2000-09-01
A surprising and silly book about moods, featuring such musings as "Sometimes I feel like staying in the bathtub all day", and "Sometimes I feel brave", illustrated with bold, bright, childlike drawings. Perfect for parents and teachers to use as a springboard for discussion about feelings.

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One - Kathryn Otoshi
ISBN: 9780972394642
Publication Date: 2008-10-01
A number/color book reminds us that it just takes one to make everyone count

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Dealing with Feeling... Angry - Isabel Thomas
ISBN: 9781432971120
Publication Date: 2013-01-01
Explains what to do when experiencing feelings of anger.

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Today I Feel Silly and Other Moods That Make My Day - Jamie Lee Curtis; Laura Cornell (Illustrator)
ISBN: 0060245603
Publication Date: 2007-07-31
A child's emotions range from silliness to anger to excitement, coloring and changing each day

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When Sophie Gets Angry - Really, Really Angry... - Molly Bang (Illustrator)
ISBN: 0590189794
Publication Date: 1999-03-01
A young girl is upset and doesn't know how to manage her anger but takes the time to cool off and regain her composure

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When I Feel Sad - Cornelia Maude Spelman; Kathy Parkinson (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780807588918
Publication Date: 2002-01-01
A young guinea pig describes situations that make him sad, how it feels to be sad, and how he can feel better.

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Big Rabbit's Bad Mood - Ramona Badescu; Delphine Durand (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780811866668
Publication Date: 2009-03-25
Big Rabbit is in a very bad mood, and though he tries to make it go away, nothing he does seems to work

One - Kathryn Otoshi
ISBN: ISBN: 9780972394642
Publication Date: 2008-10-01

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The Way I Feel - Janan Cain (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781884734717
Publication Date: 2000-01-01
This full color book is filled with vivid, expressive illustrations that help children ages 2 to 8 describe their emotions and understand that feelings are a normal part of life.

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How Are You Peeling? - Saxton Freymann; Joost Elffers
ISBN: 0439104319
Publication Date: 1999-10-01
Brief text and photographs of carvings made from vegetables introduce the world of emotions by presenting leading questions such as "Are you feeling angry?"

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When I Feel Angry - Cornelia Maude Spelman; Nancy Cote (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780807588888
Publication Date: 2000-01-01
Anger is a scary emotion for young children, their parents, and caregivers. As this little bunny experiences the things that make her angry, she also learns ways to deal with her anger--ways that won't hurt other

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That's Not Mine - Anna Kang; Christopher Weyant (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781477826393
Publication Date: 2015-09-01
Two fuzzy creatures both want to sit in the same comfy chair. The trouble is, they can’t agree who it belongs to. They get madder and madder, until…

With expressive illustrations and simple text, this giggle-inducing tale about (not) sharing and (not) being a good friend features the endearing characters from Theodor Seuss Geisel Award winner You Are (Not) Small.

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My Mouth Is a Volcano! - Julia Cook; Carrie Hartman (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781931636858
Publication Date: 2008-10-01
All of Louis thoughts are very important to him. In fact, his thoughts are so important to him that when he has something to say, his words begin to wiggle, and then they do the jiggle, then his tongue pushes all of his important words up against his teeth and he erupts, or interrupts others. His mouth is a volcano! My Mouth Is A Volcano takes an empathetic approach to the habit of interrupting and teaches children a witty technique to capture their rambunctious thoughts and words for expression at an appropriate time. Told from Louis' perspective, this story provides parents, teachers, and counselors with an entertaining way to teach children the value of respecting others by listening and waiting for their turn to speak.

Five Minutes' Peace - Jill Murphy (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780399213540
Publication Date: 1986-09-22
Mrs. Large tries to take a peaceful, relaxing bath but her family has other ideas.

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Heartprints - P. K. Hallinan
ISBN: 9780824965648
Publication Date: 2004-10-01
In this delightful and warm book, author/artist P K Hallinan weaves a story of children helping others and leaving heartprints all along the way. Bright illustrations will make this book a childhood favourite.

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Kindness Is Cooler, Mrs. Ruler - Margery Cuyler; Sachiko Yoshikawa (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780689873447
Publication Date: 2007-06-26
When Mrs. Ruler asks five of her kindergarteners to miss recess, she's got a special plan up her sleeve. She's about to teach a new golden rule:

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A Handful of Quiet - Wietske Vriezen (Illustrator); Thich Nhat Hanh
ISBN: 9781937006211
Publication Date: 2012-10-16
Pebble meditation is a groundbreaking and completely unique technique to introduce children to the calming practice of meditation. Developed by Zen master, best selling author, and peace Nobel Prize nominee Thich Nhat Hanh A Handful of Quiet contains complete instructions for pebble meditation designed to involve children in a hands-on and creative way that touches on their interconnection with nature. Whether practiced alone or with the whole family, pebble meditation can help relieve stress, increase concentration, nourish gratitude, and can help children deal with difficult emotions.

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Sometimes I'm Bombaloo - Rachel Vail; Yumi Heo (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780439669412
Publication Date: 2005-02-01
Sometimes, Katie loses her temper.Sometimes she uses her feet and her fists instead of words. When Katie is this mad, she's just not herself. Sometimes, she's BOMBALOO.

Being BOMBALOO is scary. But a little time-out and a lot of love calm BOMBALOO down and help Katie feel like Katie again!

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Mouse Was Mad - Linda Urban; Henry Cole (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780547727509
Publication Date: 2012-03-20
Who knows the best way to be mad? Bear stomps. Hare hops. Bobcat screams. Mouse? He just can't get it right. But when he finds the way that works for him--still and quiet--he discovers that his own way might be the best of all.

Linda Urban's story about self-expression and managing anger is both sweet and sly, and Henry Cole's cast of animal friends is simply irresistible.

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"I Have a Little Problem" Said the Bear - Silke Leffler; Heinz Janisch
ISBN: 9780735840942
Publication Date: 2012-11-01
The bear has a problem. He asks everyone for help, but no one seems to have time to talk with him. What will it take to get someone listen to him?

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Howard B. Wigglebottom Learns to Listen - Howard Binkow; Susan F. Cornelison (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780971539013
Publication Date: 2006-04-01
Howard gets into a lot of trouble for not listening. When he becomes a better listener, his life improves dramatically. Tips and lessons and a poster are included. The first book in the award winning series. Teacher and counselor endorsed. For more reviews, the Listen Up song and other free, fun resources that support the book, visit wedolisten (dot) org.

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Lacey Walker, Nonstop Talker - Christianne C. Jones; Richard Watson (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781479521562
Publication Date: 2013-08-01
Lacey Walker loves to talk. She talks all day, and sometimes all night. But when she loses her voice, Lacey learns the importance of listening.

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Why Should I Listen? - Claire Llewellyn; Mike Gordon (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780764132193
Publication Date: 2005-09-01
When children are caught up by the excitement of the moment, they sometimes forget to listen—and the result might be an accident or an avoidable mistake. This book helps them understand the importance of listening to parents and teachers.

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Me First - Helen Lester; Lynn Munsinger (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780395720226
Publication Date: 1995-03-27
Being first isn't always best, as Pinkerton Pig finds out after an encounter with a mean Sand Witch. As always, Helen Lester's wonderfully offbeat humor and Lynn Munsinger's whimsical illustrations result in a hilarious lesson about piggishness.

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Hurty Feelings - Helen Lester; Lynn Munsinger (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780618840625
Publication Date: 2007-03-26
Fragility was a solid piece of work. But despite her sturdy exterior, Fragility was fragile. Anything and everything hurt her feelings. In the most benign compliment, Fragility heard an insult. No one could even say she looked nice without evoking images of big, squishy cupcakes—since they are also nice—and causing Fragility to flop on the ground and weep. Fragility’s friends stop speaking to her for fear of another fit, but Rudy, a very rude bully, has other ideas. In the face of real insults, will Fragility finally learn to take a compliment?

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Words Are Not for Hurting - Elizabeth Verdick; Marieka Heinlen (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781575421568
Publication Date: 2004-04-15
The older children get, the more words they know and can use—including hurtful words. This book teaches children that their words belong to them: They can think before they speak, then choose what to say and how to say it. It also explores positive ways to respond when others use unkind words and reinforces the importance of saying “I’m sorry.”

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The Name Jar - Yangsook Choi (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780440417996
Publication Date: 2003-10-14
Being the new kid in school is hard enough, but what about when nobody can pronounce your name? Having just moved from Korea, Unhei is anxious that American kids will like her. So instead of introducing herself on the first day of school, she tells the class that she will choose a name by the following week. Her new classmates are fascinated by this no-name girl and decide to help out by filling a glass jar with names for her to pick from. But while Unhei practices being a Suzy, Laura, or Amanda, one of her classmates comes to her neighborhood and discovers her real name and its special meaning. On the day of her name choosing, the name jar has mysteriously disappeared. Encouraged by her new friends, Unhei chooses her own Korean name and helps everyone pronounce it—Yoon-Hey.

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Enemy Pie - Derek Munson; Tara Calahan King (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780811827782
Publication Date: 2000-09-01
Hoping that the enemy pie which his father makes will help him get rid of his enemy, a little boy finds that instead it helps make a new friend.

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The Sandwich Swap - Tricia Tusa (Illustrator); Queen Rania of Jordan Al Abdullah Staff; Kelly DiPucchio; Kirstie S. Kelly; Rania Al Abdullah
ISBN: 9781423124849
Publication Date: 2010-04-20
Lily and Salma are best friends. They like doing all the same things, and they always eat lunch together. Lily eats peanut butter and Salma eats hummus-but what's that between friends? It turns out, a lot. Before they know it, a food fight breaks out. Can Lily and Salma put aside their differences? Or will a sandwich come between them?

The smallest things can pull us apart-until we learn that friendship is far more powerful than difference. In a glorious three-page gatefold at the end of the book, Salma, Lily, and all their classmates come together in the true spirit of tolerance and acceptance.

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May I Please Have a Cookie? - Jennifer E. Morris (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780439738194
Publication Date: 2005-10-01
Alfie, a young alligator, learns the best way to ask for a cookie from his mother.

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Richard Scarry's Please and Thank You Book - Richard Scarry
ISBN: 9780394826813
Publication Date: 1973-08-12
Join Richard Scarry's beloved characters Huckle Cat, Lowly Worm, and more as they learn about the importance of manners. From how to behave at school, to sharing, to important safety rules - and featuring bright and fun illustrations - young children will gain an understanding of the right ways to behave in a variety of situations.

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Magic of Patience - Rosalyn White
ISBN: 9780898004274
Publication Date: 2009-02-16
A monkey constantly teases a buffalo, who endures his teasing with endless patience, unlike the other animals of the area. A forest sprite sees this, and asks the buffalo how he does it. The monkey overhears the buffalo telling the forest sprite how he views the monkey as a true friend, because he is teaching him how to be patient, and the monkey himself vows to become a true friend in return.

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The Rabbit Who Overcame Fear - Dharma Publishing Staff (Other Primary Creator)
ISBN: 9780898004922
Publication Date: 2013-04-16
A little white rabbit, startled by a loud noise and shaking, springs into flight in fear of an earthquake. His panic spreads to the other forest animals, endangering all who rush after him blindly. When they reach a dangerous cliff, a lion saves them from disaster and teaches them how to cope more wisely with fear.

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Big Rabbit's Bad Mood - Ramona Badescu; Delphine Durand (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780811866668
Publication Date: 2009-03-25
Big Rabbit is in a very bad mood, and though he tries to make it go away, nothing he does seems to work.

 

Grades 2-5 Tool Box Book Suggestions

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Sea Otter Cove - Lori Lite
ISBN: 9781937985080
Publication Date: 2012-06-28
Children will love to experience belly breathing with playful sea otters and a sea child. This effective, self-calming technique also known as diaphragmatic breathing can have a positive impact on your child s health. Proper breathing can lower stress and anxiety levels. It can be used to decrease pain and anger as it opens up and balances the nervous system affecting the entire body

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Secret of the Peaceful Warrior - Dan Millman; T. Taylor Bruce (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780915811236
Publication Date: 1992-12-28
When Danny's family moves to a new neighborhood, he is confronted by a frightening bully. One night in a dream, Danny meets an old man with shining white hair--a man who will soon appear in real life and share a wonderful secret. An inspirational story about courage and love.

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Tar Beach - Faith Ringgold (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780517580301
Publication Date: 1991-01-16
Illus. in full color. "Ringgold recounts the dream adventure of eight-year-old Cassie Louise Lightfoot, who flies above her apartment-building rooftop, the 'tar beach' of the title, looking down on 1939 Harlem. Part autobiographical, part fictional, this allegorical tale sparkles with symbolic and historical references central to African-American culture. The spectacular artwork resonates with color and texture. Children will delight in the universal dream of mastering one's world by flying over it.

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The Other Side - Jacqueline Woodson; Earl Lewis (Illustrator); E. B. Lewis (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780399231162
Publication Date: 2001-01-15
Two girls, one white and one black, gradually get to know each other as they sit on the fence that divides their town.

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The Hundred Dresses - Eleanor Estes; Louis Slobodkin (Illustrator); Helena Estes (Introduction by)
ISBN: 9780152052607
Publication Date: 2004-09-01
None of her classmates pay much attention to Wanda Petronski, a Polish-American girl, until she announces she has 100 dresses in her closet. Everyone laughs and teases her so much that she stops coming to school. Then, her classmates discover she really does have 100 dresses and discover something about teasing and themselves.

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Thank You, Mr. Falker - Patricia Polacco
ISBN: 9780399231667
Publication Date: 1998-05-04
At first, Trisha loves school, but her difficulty learning to read makes her feel dumb, until, in the fifth grade, a new teacher helps her understand and overcome her problem. An autobiographical tribute to Polacco's fifth-grade teacher, the first adult to recognize her learning disability and to help her learn to read.

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Fly Away Home - Eve Bunting; James Cross Giblin (Editor); Ronald Himler (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780395559628
Publication Date: 1991-03-18
A homeless boy who lives in an airport with his father, moving from terminal to terminal trying not to be noticed, is given hope when a trapped bird finally finds its freedom.

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Hot Issues, Cool Choices - Sandra McLeod Humphrey
ISBN: 9781591025696
Publication Date: 2007-09-30
Did you know that there are kids out there who don’t even want to get out of bed in the morning because they know what going to school means for them?

• being teased and taunted ...
• being excluded and rejected ...
• being afraid that you’re going to be assaulted and possibly hurt…
• Sometimes it can even mean that you just can’t hang in there any longer, so you give up and take your own life.

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Decibella and Her 6-Inch Voice - Julia Cook; Anita DuFalla (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781934490587
Publication Date: 2014-03-01
Isabella is a spirited girl who enjoys shouting out her thoughts, ideas and feelings. In fact, she loves using her loud voice so much; it's earned her the nickname,Decibella! Young readers will be entertained as they see how Isabella learns the five volumes of voice and discovers that different situations require a different tone.

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The Feelings Book - Lynda Madison; Norm Bendell (Illustrator); Bonnie Timmons (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781584855286
Publication Date: 2002-09-01
Discusses a variety of emotions girls might experience and suggests ways of dealing with them.

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A Smart Girl's Guide to Knowing What to Say - Patti Kelley Criswell
ISBN: 9781593697723
Publication Date: 2011-06-01
A friend talks about you behind your back. What do you say to her? You want to watch a TV show that's on past your bedtime. How do you ask your parents? You break your friend's favorite CD. How do you apologize? In American Girl's latest Smart Girl's Guide, you'll learn the exact words to say in these situations, plus more than 200 others!. Tell a friend that you're sorry for her loss. Ask a teacher for more help. Stand up to a bully. Let someone how much they mean to you. Inside this book, you'll find the tools, tips, techniques, (and actual words!) to help you untangle your tongue and speak out with confidence and grace.

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When Marian Sang - Pam Muñoz Ryan; Brian Selznick (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780439269674
Publication Date: 2002-10-01
An introduction to the life of Marian Anderson, extraordinary singer and civil rights activist, who was the first African American to perform at the Metropolitan Opera, whose life and career encouraged social change.

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Rosa - Nikki Giovanni; Bryan Collier (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780805071061
Publication Date: 2005-10-01
On December 1, 1955, Rosa Parks boarded a Montgomery, Alabama city bus and refused to give up her seat to a white man, an act that ignited a movement that changed modern history.

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Coretta Scott - Ntozake Shange; Kadir Nelson (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780061253652
Publication Date: 2009-01-06
Walking many miles to school in the dusty road, young Coretta Scott knew the unfairness of life in the segregated south. A yearning for equality began to grow. Together with Martin Luther King, Jr., she gave birth to a vision of change through nonviolent protest. It was the beginning of a journey—with dreams of freedom for all.

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Separate Is Never Equal - Duncan Tonatiuh
ISBN: 9781419710544
Publication Date: 2014-05-06
Almost 10 years before Brown vs. Board of Education, Sylvia Mendez and her parents helped end school segregation in California. An American citizen of Mexican and Puerto Rican heritage who spoke and wrote perfect English, Mendez was denied enrollment to a “Whites only” school. Her parents took action by organizing the Hispanic community and filing a lawsuit in federal district court. Their success eventually brought an end to the era of segregated education in California.

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Martin's Big Words - Doreen Rappaport; Bryan Collier (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780786807147
Publication Date: 2001-10-01
A picture book biography introduces the ideas and accomplishments of a gifted and influential speaker by using some of his own words to tell the story.

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Say Something - Peggy Moss; Lea Lyon (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780884483601
Publication Date: 2013-10-15
A child who never says anything when other children are being teased or bullied finds herself in their position one day when jokes are made at her expense and no one speaks up.

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Beatrice's Goat - Page McBrier; Lori Lohstoeter (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780689869907
Publication Date: 2004-07-01
A young girl's dream of attending school in her small Ugandan village is fulfilled after her family is given an income-producing goat. Based on a true story about the work of Heifer Project International.

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One Hen - Katie Smith Milway; Eugenie Fernandes (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781554530281
Publication Date: 2008-02-01
Based on a true story, tells of how a poor Ghanaian boy buys a chicken through a community loan program, which eventually helps lift him, his mother, and his community out of poverty.

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The Memory String - Eve Bunting; Ted Rand (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780395861462
Publication Date: 2000-08-21
Each button on Laura’s memory string represents a piece of her family history. The buttons Laura cherishes the most belonged to her mother—a button from her prom dress, a white one off her wedding dress, and a single small button from the nightgown she was wearing on the day she died. When the string breaks, Laura’s new stepmother, Jane, is there to comfort Laura and search for a missing button, just as Laura’s mother would have done. But it’s not the same—Jane isn’t Mom. In Eve Bunting’s moving story, beautifully illustrated by Ted Rand, Laura discovers that a memory string is not just for remembering the past: it’s also for recording new memories.

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One Green Apple - Eve Bunting; Ted Lewin (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780618434770
Publication Date: 2006-06-12
While on a school field trip to an orchard to make cider, a young immigrant named Farah gains self-confidence when the green apple she picks perfectly complements the other students' red apples.

 

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Each Breath a Smile - Thuc Nghiem; Thich Nhat Hanh; Nguyen Dong (Illustrator); Nguyen Thi Hop (Illustrator); Sister Susan; Parallax Press Staff
ISBN: 9781888375220
Publication Date: 2002-01-02
Each Breath a Smile introduces preschool-aged children to mindful breathing. Through beautiful color illustrations, children learn to connect with their breathing to help them experience calmness and enjoy a deeper relationship with their friends and family. Illustrations of trees, frogs, crickets, and birds remind them of the many simple joys available in the world around .

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I Did It, I'm Sorry - Caralyn Buehner; Mark Buehner (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780803720107
Publication Date: 1998-05-01
Ollie Octopus, Ima Scalebody, Bucky Beaver, Flora Flamingo, and other animal characters encounter moral dilemmas involving obedience, tidiness, swearing, tattoos, and respect for property. Includes hidden pictures, as well as "correct answers ... concealed in the pictures.".

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Peaceful Piggy Meditation - Kerry Lee MacLean (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780807563809
Publication Date: 2004-01-01
PreS-Gr 3 –The young pigs in this story balance a stressful, hectic life with regular meditation. Using straightforward–though somewhat saccharine–language and images, MacLean, a certified children's meditation instructor, describes this practice and explores its benefits, which include increased self-confidence and feelings of peace and well-being. The vibrant illustrations featuring the blissed-out pigs are childlike in their simplicity. At the end of the book, the author offers instructions on how to breathe and describes her experiences with using family meditation in her own life and in her practice.

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Anh's Anger - Gail Silver; Christiane Krömer (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781888375947
Publication Date: 2009-08-11
Children experience anger on a regular basis, but lack the coping skills to guide them through these difficult moments. In Anh's Anger, five-year-old Anh becomes enraged when his grandfather interrupts playtime with a summons to the dinner table. When Anh’s grandfather takes the time to help Anh fully experience his anger by suggesting he go to his room and "sit with his anger," Anh discovers a positive method by which to work through his feelings. This remarkable book teaches children to both acknowledge and resolve their difficult emotions, making it an invaluable tool for parents and teachers alike.

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Sorry! - Norbert Landa; Tim Warnes (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781561486625
Publication Date: 2013-05-01
Rabbit and Bear enjoy the wonderful feeling of being best friends, until they find a strange object in the woods and argue over whose picture appears within.

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Lacey Walker, Nonstop Talker - Christianne C. Jones; Richard Watson (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781404867963
Publication Date: 2012-01-01
Lacey Walker loves to talk. She talks all day, and sometimes all night. But when she loses her voice, Lacey learns the importance of listening.

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I'm Sorry - Mercer Mayer (Illustrator); Gina Mayer
ISBN: 9780307132819
Publication Date: 2000-12-01
Through this humorous and touching story, young readers can learn about the true meaning of saying "I'm sorry", as Little Critter does when he says it too much.

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You'll Be Sorry - Josh Schneider (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780618819324
Publication Date: 2007-09-17
Young Samantha does not believe her parents when they tell her to stop hitting her brother or she will be sorry, but she soon learns just how right they are when his tears flood their entire town.

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A Quiet Place - Douglas Wood; Dan Andreasen (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780689815119
Publication Date: 2002-04-01
A place that's far away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life -- a place that isn't ringing or talking or roaring or blaring or playing. But sometimes that place isn't easy to find.
You could look under a bush in your own backyard, where the world seems far away...and you could be a pirate on a desert island.
Or you could sit on an old stump in the woods amidst the glittering sunlight and mossy shadows and be a timber wolf.
You could look by the sea or in the desert or in a cool dark cave, but if none of these places are right, you could come home and discover another quiet place.
Perhaps the very best quiet place of all -- the one that's inside of you.

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Martha Doesn't Say Sorry! - Samantha Berger; Bruce Whatley (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780316066822
Publication Date: 2009-05-01
Young Martha learns that she must apologize for her bad behavior if she wants people to cooperate with her.

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The Feel Good Book - Todd Parr (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780316072069
Publication Date: 2002-09-01
Relates things that make people feel good.

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A Boy and a Bear - Lori Lite; Meg Hartigan (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781886941076
Publication Date: 2003-09-01
A Boy and a Bear teaches young children how to relax and calm themselves. Written for children 3 - 10 years old, this book tells the story of a young boy who encounters a polar bear while they are both climbing a snow covered mountain. The boy and bear become friends and learn an important lesson in relaxation together. As the bear watches the boy breathing, children mirror their movements and learn valuable breathing skills to enhance their own relaxation. Children will not only enjoy the story, but will benefit by learning a self-calming technique to reduce stress, prepare for sleep, and improve self-confidence.

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Moody Cow Meditates - Kerry Lee MacLean
ISBN: 9780861715732
Publication Date: 2009-09-01
Peter the cow is having a BAD day. After missing the bus and wiping out on his bike he loses his temper and gets in trouble. To make matters worse all the other kids are teasing him, calling him Moody Cow. Peter's day just seems to get worse until his grandfather comes over and teaches him how to settle his mind and let go of his frustration through a simple and fun exercise. This vibrant and funny children's book is a playful way to introduce children to the power of meditation. With full color illustrations by the author, Moody Cow Meditates is a wonderful book for parents and children to share together.

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Mindful Monkey, Happy Panda - Lauren Alderfer; Kerry Lee MacLean (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780861716838
Publication Date: 2011-07-26
This wonderful picture book for children and adults alike introduces the powerful practice of mindfulness in a fun and exciting way. With the delightful Monkey and his serene friend Happy Panda guiding readers to a calmer and more attentive mind, this whimsical yet warm presentation will delight all readers.

As our story begins, Monkey is not so mindful - his Monkey Mind constantly jumping from one thing to another - but he encounters a mysterious and playful friend in Happy Panda. Panda helps Monkey recognize the simple joy of doing what you're doing while you're doing it.

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Sam's Pet Temper - Sangeeta Bhadra; Marion Arbona (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781771380256
Publication Date: 2014-09-01
Gr 1–3—Sam gets mad very easily. He doesn't like to wait in line for a swing on the playground or eat his dinner when his parents tell him to. One day, when he is particularly angry, he discovers a new pet: his temper. It is personified as a black ball of fuzz with long gray-and-white arms and legs and a big bright red tongue. It follows him wherever he goes until he discovers a way to control his temper so it doesn't affect his life or those around him. This is a noble effort that borders on the didactic. By having Sam's anger physically manifested as his pet, Bhadra hits young readers over the head with her message. Arbona's pencil, goauche, and Photoshop illustrations are a playful alternative to the heavy-handed text.

 

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I Take a Deeep Breath - Sharon R. Penchina; Imagine Staff (Produced by); Stuart Hoffman (Created by)
ISBN: 9780974068466
Publication Date: 2006-01-15
I Take a DEEEP Breath! encourages children to take a deep breath in-accessing their own courage, strength and inner peace and then breath out fears and doubts in order to face challenges they may encounter throughout their lives. A powerful coping mechanism as well as the perfect starting place for children to learn breath education, this book is the first step to good health!

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Angry Octopus - Lori Lite
ISBN: 9780983625681
Publication Date: 2011-10-01
Children love to unwind and relax with this fun exercise known as progressive muscular relaxation . Children relate to the angry octopus in this story as the sea child shows him how to take a deep breath, calm down, and manage his anger. This effective stress and anger management technique focuses awareness on various muscle groups and breath to create a complete resting of the mind and body.

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The Kindness Quilt - Nancy Elizabeth Wallace
ISBN: 9780761453130
Publication Date: 2006-09-01
Minna does a lot of thinking about her project to do something kind, make a picture about what she did, and share it with her classmates, but finally comes up with an idea that spreads to the whole school.

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Mary Wrightly, So Politely - Shirin Yim Bridges; Maria Monescillo (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780547342481
Publication Date: 2013-04-16
Meek Mary Wrightly never has to be reminded to say "please" and "thank you." In fact, she's so well-mannered that she apologizes when someone steps on her toes. When she's overlooked due to her quiet ways, Mary doesn't make a fuss. But when it looks like the ideal birthday present for her baby brother is at risk, Mary finds the courage to raise her voice. --

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Willow Finds a Way - Lana Button; Tania Howells (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781554538423
Publication Date: 2013-03-01
Willow's bossy classmate Kristabelle is having a birthday party and she has invited the whole class, but in order to say on her birthday party list, her classmates must do everything she demands. Willow has often wished she could say "no" to Kristabelle, and when people start getting uninvited from the party, she finally finds the courage, in her own quiet way, to do so.

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Bootsie Barker Bites - Barbara Bottner; Peggy Rathmann (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780399221255
Publication Date: 1992-09-16
Bootsie Barker only wants to play games in which she bullies until one day her friend comes up with a better game.

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Ruby the Copycat - Peggy Rathmann
ISBN: 9780590474238
Publication Date: 1993-08-01
Bootsie Barker only wants to play games in which she bullies until one day her friend comes up with a better game.

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Bully - Laura Vaccaro Seeger (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781596436305
Publication Date: 2013-07-16
A little bull discovers that he has been a big bully.

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A Bad Case of Tattle Tongue - Julia Cook; Anita DuFalla (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781931636865
Publication Date: 2008-10-01
Josh the Tattler doesn't have any friends. He tattles on his classmates, on his brother, and even on his dog! He tattles so much that he wakes up one night to find that his tongue is yellow, unusually long, and covered in bright purple spots! Will a bad case of Tattle Tongue teach him a lesson? A Bad Case of Tattle Tongue gives teachers and counselors a humorous, cleverly creative way to address the time-consuming tattling-related issues that often sap classroom energy and thwart teaching opportunities. Parents who "battle the tattle" at home, on the playground, in the grocery store, or anywhere else, can use this book to both entertain and enlighten their children about "The Tattle Rules." Every adult that desires to help children understand the differences between unnecessary tattling and the necessity of warning others about important matters needs this book!

 

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Each Kindness - Jacqueline Woodson; E. B. Lewis (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780399246524
Publication Date: 2012-10-02
When Ms. Albert teaches a lesson on kindness, Chloe realizes that she and her friends have been wrong in making fun of new student Maya's shabby clothes and refusing to play with her.

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The Invisible Boy - Trudy Ludwig; Patrice Barton (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781582464503
Publication Date: 2013-10-08
Brian has always felt invisible at school, but when a new student, Justin, arrives, everything changes.

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Night Time Moods - Cara Bryant
ISBN: 9781410734624
Publication Date: 2003-07-30
This book gives examples of guided imagery to quiet the mind, open the heart and expand imagination.

Your Own Best Secret Place - Byrd Baylor; Baylor
ISBN: 9780684161112
Publication Date: 1991-04-01
Considers the pleasures to be found in one's very own private place, whether it be a hollow in a tree, a sandy gully, or a secret sand dune.

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Listen and Learn - Cheri Meiners
ISBN: 9780613944335
Publication Date: 2003-01-01
Introduces children to the importance of listening at school and at home.

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How to Behave and Why - Munro Leaf
ISBN: 9780789306845
Publication Date: 2002-05-17
Presents the four things people must be in order to live together pleasantly: honest, fair, strong, and wise.

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How Jackrabbit Got His Very Long Ears - Heather Irbinskas; Kenneth J. Spengler (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780873585668
Publication Date: 1994-05-01
When the Great Spirit creates the desert and the creatures who will live there, he designates the jackrabbit to guide the animals to their new homes and explain their special adaptations, which make them well suited to their environment. The flightly rabbit doesn't listen well, though, and when Tortoise asks why he's so slow, Jackrabbit hems and haws and finally makes up a disconcerting answer: "Because you're not as smart as I am." He also saddens Roadrunner and Bobcat with his fabricated answers to their questions, until the Great Spirit realizes what's happening and gives Jackrabbit a new adaptation of his own: big ears to help him listen better to what he's told.

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Understand and Care - Cheri J. Meiners
ISBN: 9781575421315
Publication Date: 2003-08-15
Empathy is key to positive, healthy relationships. This book builds empathy in children. In clear, child-friendly words and illustrations, it helps them to understand that other people have feelings like theirs—and different from theirs. It guides children to show they care by listening to others and respecting their feelings. Includes questions to discuss and empathy games to play.

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How Full Is Your Bucket? For Kids - Tom Rath; Mary Reckmeyer; Maurie J. Manning (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781595620279
Publication Date: 2009-04-01
Using the metaphor of a bucket, Felix's grandfather explains how being kind is the most fulfilling way to go about one's life and encourages him not to be dissuaded by those who choose a different path in this inspiring tale about how one person's actions can impact those of others.

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The Lion and the Little Red Bird - Elisa Kleven (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780140558098
Publication Date: 1996-02-01
A little bird discovers why a lion's tail changes color each day.

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Somebody Loves You, Mr. Hatch - Eileen Spinelli; Paul Yalowitz (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780689718724
Publication Date: 1996-01-01
One wintry day, a postman delivers a mysterious package with a big pink bow to a lonely man named Mr. Hatch.
"Somebody loves you," the note says.
"Somebody loves me!" Mr. Hatch sings as he dusts his living room. "Somebody loves me!" Mr. Hatch whistles as he does his errands in town. "But who," Mr. Hatch wonders, "could that somebody be?"
After some time, Mr. Hatch discovers just who his secret admirer is and, in doing so, enjoys the biggest surprise of his life!

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The Teddy Bear - David McPhail (Illustrator)
ISBN: 0805064141
Publication Date: 2002-05-01
A teddy bear, lost by the little boy who loves him, still feels loved after being rescued by a homeless man

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How Do I Stand in Your Shoes? - Susan DeBell (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781598500097
Publication Date: 2006-01-01
Miranda Peabody had no patience for the other students in class and just didn’t understand why they couldn’t be as smart and talented as she was. Her teacher, Mrs. Klemp, suggested that she try to understand other people by "standing in their shoes." After much searching, she learns the true meaning of "standing in someone else’s shoes" and having empathy for others. This full-color, illustrated storybook for grades PK-4 includes discussion questions as well as activities to enhance learning about empathy.

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The Napping House - Audrey Wood; Don Wood (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780152026325
Publication Date: 2000-09-01
In this cumulative tale, a wakeful flea atop a number of sleeping creatures causes a commotion, with just one bite.

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Personal Space Camp - Julia Cook; Carrie Hartman (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781931636872
Publication Date: 2008-10-01
Louis is back! And this time, he's learning all about personal space. Louis, a self-taught space expert is delighted to learn that his teacher has sent him to the principal's office to attend personal space camp. Eager to learn more about lunar landings, space suits, and other cosmic concepts, Louis soon discovers that he has much to learn about personal space right here on earth. Written with style, wit, and rhythm, personal space camp addresses the complex issue of respect for another person s physical boundaries. Told from Louis perspective, this story is a must-have resource for parents, teachers, and counselors who want to communicate the idea of personal space in a manner that connects with kids.

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Confessions of a Former Bully - Trudy Ludwig; Beth Adams (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781582463094
Publication Date: 2010-08-24
After Katie gets caught teasing a schoolmate, she's told to meet with Mrs. Petrowski, the school counselor, so she can make right her wrong and learn to be a better friend. Bothered at first, it doesn't take long before Katie realizes that bullying has hurt not only the people around her, but her, too. Told from the unusual point of view of the bullier rather than the bullied, Confessions of a Former Bully provides kids with real life tools they can use to identify and stop relational aggression.

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The Recess Queen - Alexis O'Neill; Laura Huliska-Beith (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780439206372
Publication Date: 2002-02-01
A fresh & original twist on the common issue of bullying. Kids will relate, & parents & teachers will appreciate the story's deft handling of conflict resolution (which happens w/o adult intervention)

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Mr. Peabody's Apples - Loren Long (Illustrator); Callaway Editions
ISBN: 9780670058839
Publication Date: 2003-11-10
Mr. Peabodyís Apples takes place in 1949 in Happville, USA. Mr. Peabody is the beloved elementary school teacher and baseball coach, who one day finds himself ostracized when rumors spread through the small town. Mr. Peabody silences the gossip with an unforgettable and poignant lesson about how we must choose our words carefully to avoid causing harm to others.
Madonna dedicates Mr. Peabody's Apples to teachers everywhere."

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The Day the Crayons Quit - Drew Daywalt; Oliver Jeffers (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780399255373
Publication Date: 2013-06-27
Crayons have feelings, too, in this funny back-to-school story

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Sorry! - Trudy Ludwig; Maurie J. Manning (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781582461731
Publication Date: 2006-10-01
Jack's friend Charlie seems to know how to get away with just about anything. Adults always back down when you say you're sorry. But does an apology count if you don't really mean it? Jack learns that the path to forgiveness isn't always the easiest. Includes afterword by apology-expert Dr. Aaron Lazare, M.D., note from author, and discussion questions.

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The Day the Crayons Quit - Drew Daywalt; Oliver Jeffers (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780399255373
Publication Date: 2013-06-27
Crayons have feelings, too, in this funny back-to-school story

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Houndsley and Catina and the Quiet Time - James Howe; Marie-Louise Gay (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780763633844
Publication Date: 2008-09-09
When the first snow of winter falls, Catina worries about all her plans for the day being ruined, so it is up to her friend Houndsley to help Catina let go of her worries and enjoy the quiet time of a snowy day.

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Courage - Bernard Waber (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780618238552
Publication Date: 2002-10-28
What is courage? Certainly it takes courage for a firefighter to rescue someone trapped in a burning building, but there are many other kinds of courage too. Everyday kinds that normal, ordinary people exhibit all the time, like “being the first to make up after an argument,” or “going to bed without a nightlight.” Bernard Waber explores the many varied kinds of courage and celebrates the moments, big and small, that bring out the hero in each of us.

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Waiting Is Not Easy! (an Elephant and Piggie Book) - Mo Willems (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781423199571
Publication Date: 2014-11-04
Piggie tells Gerald she has a surprise for him, but it is not there yet, so Gerald must be patient.

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Emily's Magic Words - Peggy Post; Cindy Post Senning; Leo Landry (Illustrator); Cindy P. Senning
ISBN: 9780061116803
Publication Date: 2007-09-25
t takes only a few magic words to have good manners. Let please, thank you, and excuse me act as your magic wand. Just by waving around these simple phrases, you can open doors, bring smiles to faces, and make friends.

Try it and see! Thanks to the magical touch of Emily Post, the most trusted name in etiquette, learning good manners has never been more easy and fun.

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Time to Say Please! - Mo Willems (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780786852932
Publication Date: 2005-06-08
As a companion book to the popular Time to Pee!, Mo Willems has created a book on manners in his own signature style. Groups of ebullient mice narrate this humorous text as young children try in vain to get what they want, learning along the way that it is helpful to say "Please," "Thank you," "Excuse me," and "I'm sorry." Oh, and you have to mean it, too.

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Yes, Please! No, Thank You! - Valerie Wheeler; Glin Dibley (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781402717468
Publication Date: 2005-04-01
Wheeler encourages kids to interact with this humorous and instructive picture book. I have a game for you to play/about how you can spend your day./I'll ask you what you'd like to do./You'll say ˜Yes, please!' or ˜No, thank you!' With simple examples and Dibley's goofy color illustrations, the audience is led through a painless lesson in manners that encourages laughter and raucous participation. Although most questions are juxtaposed in a fairly obvious manner–Would you like to swim in the ocean on the back of a dolphin? versus Would you like that dolphin to steal your bathing suit?–others might be considered a bit less clear. Although forgetting your coat and mittens in the snow would be a definite No, Thank You! the answer to, Would you like to take a trip to the North Pole? is more subjective. Ultimately, however, the overall technique is quite effective and kids and the adults working with them will enjoy thinking up new possibilities to continue the fun.

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Feelings - Aliki (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780688065188
Publication Date: 1986-07-15
Pictures, dialogs, poems, and stories portray various emotions we all feel: jealousy, sadness, fear, anger, joy, love, and others.

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I Can't Wait - Elizabeth Crary; Marina Megale (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781884734229
Publication Date: 1996-01-01
Children learn by thinking through problems themselves.

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The Bad Mood! - Moritz Petz; Amelie Jackowski (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780735820357
Publication Date: 2006-01-01
Badger got up one morning feeling very grumpy. ""Humph!"" Badger said to himself. What was the point of being in a bad mood if nobody noticed? he thought. So Badger headed out, slamming the door behind him. Badger spreads his bad mood far and wide, greeting all his friends with angry, rude remarks that put them in bad moods, too. A comical, cautionary tale for anyone who has ever gotten up on the wrong side of the bed.

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Ruby's Wish - Shirin Yim Bridges; Sophie Blackall (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780811834902
Publication Date: 2002-07-01
In China, at a time when few girls are taught to read or write, Ruby dreams of going to the university with her brothers and male cousins.

 
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