Appreciating the wonder and beauty of the world and its people.
Hugo The Happy Starfish - "IT'S GOOD TO BE ME!"
by Liebermann, Suzy. Happy Language Kids LLC., 2010.
Hugo is a little starfish with a big heart. One day he begins to feel small and ugly, convinced that nobody likes him. When granted some magic wishes he decides to change a few things he doesn't like about himself. Join Hugo on his journey as he discovers that being himself is the best way to be—and the only way to be happy. Hugo's story is a good way to teach kids about having a healthy self-esteem and to be happy with the way they are. (3-9 years)
Belonging by Jeannie Baker
This book depicts an inner city suburb which is bleak in its drabness, ugly signs, graffitti and dilapidated houses and the way it changes over several generations. The street is gradually transformed as a little girl and her family begin to plant native trees and flowers. Gradually the whole community becomes involved and the ugly signs are removed, houses are painted, gardens are made and trees are planted in the street. The birds return to the area bringing life and splashes of colour. The community has gradually transformed their suburb into a pleasant, living place. (7 - 11 years)
Appreciation, Cooperation, Creativity, Respect

Grandpa and Thomas by Pamela Allen
Grandpa and Thomas spend a delightful day at the beach enjoying each other's company as they paddle, picnic and feed the screeching seagulls. Lots of familiar rhythmic repetition as the sea swooshes and swishes in the background. (4 - 6 years)

Nana Upstairs and Nana Downstairs by Tomie de Paola
These are the childhood memories of Tomie de Paola as he lovingly recreates a time when he was four years old and had a 94 year old grandmother who lived upstairs and a younger grandmother living downstairs and they all shared the same house.
Appreciation, Respect

One World by Michael Foreman
A beautiful picture book in which a young girl and boy playing in a rock pool at the beach is seen as a microcosm of the world. (5 - 8 years)

Salmon Forest by David Suzuki and Sarah Ellis illustrated by Sheena Lott
A beautifully illustrated book in which Kate and her dad enthusiastically explore the forest and the river where the salmon live and spawn. Her father talks about the amazing relationship between the sea, the land, the river and all of life. (6 - 10 years)
Appreciation, Curiosity, Enthusiasm

We Are Best Friends by Aliki Mulberry, 1982.
When Roberts best friend Peter moves away both are unhappy, but they learn that they can make new friends and still remain best friends. (4 - 6 years)

Feelings by Aliki 1984
Pictures, dialogs, poems and stories portray various emotions we all feel: jealousy, sadness, fear, anger joy, love and others.

Dear Brother by Asch, Frank. Scholastic Inc., 1992.
Two mice named Joey and Marvin discover some old letters in the attic written by their great-great-granduncles, Henry and Timothy, which they read together late at night. The two mice learn about family ties and the bonds of brotherhood despite physical distances. (4 - 6 years)

Arthur’s Birthday by Brown, Marc. Scholastic Inc., 1989.
Arthur and Muffy have planned their birthday parties on the same day. Now all their friends must choose whose party to attend. Arthur remedies the problem with a special plan that includes everyone and surprises Muffy. (4 - 6 years)

Do You Want to be my Friend? by Carle, Eric. Scholastic Inc., 1997.
This vivid picture book with eight carefully selected words of text illustrates Little Mouse’s wanderings to locate a playmate, which he successfully finds close to a hollow in a tree after following many a tail on his journey. (4 - 6 years)

Bagels for Benny by Davis, Aubrey. Toronto, ON ; Tonawanda, NY : Kids Can Press, c2003.
Benny takes his grandfather's suggestion that he thank God for bagels to heart and learns a valuable lesson about God and helping others. (4 - 6 years)

Corduroy by Freeman, Don. Viking, 1968
Corduroy the bear is spotted by a young girl named Lisa, who thinks he is perfect despite his missing button when shopping in a department store. Willing to spend all her savings on the bear Lisa returns to purchase Corduroy the next day and immediately finds companionship with her new friend. (4 - 6 years)

Chrysanthemum by Henkes, Kevin. Green Willow Books, 1991.
After beginning school a young mouse named Chrysanthemum struggles with her name and identity despite daily assurance by her parents that she is absolutely perfect. Once her teacher shares her own long name, Delphinium, and the desire to call her unborn baby Chrysanthemum, then the little mouse regains her sunny nature. (4 - 6 years)

Best Friends for Frances by Hoban, Russell. Harper Collins, 1969.
When Albert and his buddies have a "no girls" baseball game, Frances and her sister organize a "Best Friends Outing—No Boys." Frances uses her considerable ingenuity and efforts of persuasion to show Albert how friendship should work. (4 - 6 years)

Pet Show! by Keats, Ezra Jack. Aladdin, 1972.
When he can't find his cat to enter in the neighborhood pet show, Archie must do some fast thinking to win a prize. (4 - 6 years)

Peter's Chair by Keats, Ezra Jack. Penguin, Putnam Inc.,1967.
When Peter discovers his blue furniture is being painted pink for a new baby sister, he rescues the last unpainted item, a chair and runs away. (4 - 6 years)

A Letter to Amy by Keats, Ezra Jack. Puffin Books, 1998.
Peter wants to invite Amy to his birthday party, but he wants it to be a surprise. (4 - 6 years)

Frog and Toad are Friends by Lobel, Arnold. Harper Trophy, 1979.
Throughout their adventures of waking for spring, storytelling, finding a lost button, going for a swim in a comical swimsuit and writing letters, Frog and Toad demonstrate a true companionship and camaraderie. (4 - 6 years)

Thank you, Mr. Falker by Polacco, Patricia. New York : Philomel Books, c1998
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. (6 - 8 years)

The Giving Tree by Silverstein, Shel. Harper Collins, 1964.
As a boy progresses through the stages of life, he uses all the tree has to offer until the tree has nothing left to give. At the end of the story the old man is finally content to sit on the stump of the tree and the tree as always is happy to give.

A Friend Like Ed by Wagner, Karen. Walker Publishing Co., 1998.
Mildred and Ed have a special friendship, which endures a spell of Ed feeling excluded when Mildred spends time with Pearl skating, attending a costume party and attempting to sled. Coming to her senses and knowing that Ed is a special individual, Mildred makes amends by sending Ed a pen with a special note encouraging him to write more poetry and share his gifted talents in that respect with her. (6 - 8 years)

A New Coat for Anna by Ziefert, Harriet. New York : Knopf :Distributed by Random House, c1986. Even though there is no money, Anna's mother finds a way to make Anna a badly needed
winter coat. (4 - 6 years)

Mick Harte Was Here. by Park, Barbara. Random House, Inc., 1995.
Phoebe and her family mourn the death of her brother after his bicycle accident. Each of them deals with the tragedy in different ways, but they slowly come to terms with their grief and grow as a family. (8 - 10 years)

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