Being committed to their own learning, persevering and showing self-discipline and responsibility.

BLEAGH and BLEEP! A second book about values written by Leana Lyn Doray
After his first successful day at school, BLEAGH the monster returns home eager to share his new experiences but someone gets in his way…BLEEP, his baby sister! BLEAGH learns important values such as respect and independence and the two siblings team up to become an unstoppable learning force.
Commitment, Curiousity

Hugo The Happy Starfish - ONE STEP AT A TIME by Liebermann, Suzy. Happy Language Kids LLC., 2011.
Hugo is a little starfish with a big sense of adventure. One day he finds an empty candy wrapper on the bottom of the ocean which sparks his interest for a trip to Europe in which he has to use all kinds of transportation. In this story Hugo learns to take one step at a time and to enjoy the journey as much as the destination. ONE STEP AT AT TIME is a story about the need for perspective, whatever mountains we face and is the perfect way to teach kids to divide big challenges into little chunks and to take things one step at a time. ages (3+) COMMITMENT

Brown, Marc. Arthur’s Pet Business. Scholastic Inc.,1990.
Arthur has his heart set on a puppy of his own, but his parents insist that he first prove that he is capable and responsible for the care of a pet. Opening his own pet care business Arthur quickly understands the commitment necessary but performs well with all the responsibility he has taken on and is rewarded with a new puppy in the end.

Buehner, Caralyn. Superdog: The Heart of a Hero. [New York] : HarperCollins, c2004.
Tired of being overlooked because he is so small, a big-hearted dog named Dexter transforms himself into a superhero.

Bunting, Eve. The Wednesday Surprise. Clarion, 1989.
Anna and her paternal grandmother share a close relationship and have planned a special surprise for her Dad’s birthday. On Wednesday evenings when her grandma comes for dinner and taking care of the grandchildren, seven-year old Anna patiently and proudly teaches her grandma to read.

Burton, Virginia Lee. Katy and the Big Snow. Houghton Mifflin, 1971.
Katy the snow plow helps the city of Geopolis cope with a huge snowstorm.

Thoennes Keller, Kristin. Responsibility

Piper, Watty. Little Engine That Could. Platt & Munk, 1993.
All kinds of toys are traveling by train over the mountain to be delivered to the children. Encountering engine problems the little train seeks help from others but is denied until the little blue engine comes along demonstrating determination and kindness.

Polacco, Patricia. Thank you, Mr. Falker. 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.

Roop, Peter. Keep the Lights Burning. Abbie. Carolrhoda Books, 1985.
In the winter of 1856, a storm delays the lighthouse keeper's return to an island off the coast of Maine an dhis daughter Abbie must keep the lights burning by herself.

Silverstein, Shel. A Light in the Attic. “Homework Machine”, “Overdues”, “Somebody Has To” Cape, 1981.
Each of these poems reflects a theme of completing a task or making the “right” decision. Humor is nicely incorporated into the text and the black and white illustrations highlight the mood of the verse.

Steig, William. Brave Irene. Farrar, Straus, Giroux, 1986.
Plucky Irene, a dressmaker's daughter, braves a fierce snowstorm to deliver a new gown to the duchess in time for the ball.

Junior School
Naylor, Phylis Reynolds. Shiloh. Bantam Doubleday, 1991.
Well developed characterizations and plot engage the reader in this story of an 11-year old boy named Marty who lives in rural West Virginia and feels its his responsibility to rescue a young beagle from its mean owner. Marty wrestles with tough decisions involving Judd Travers, wins the upper hand when he catches him hunting out of season and makes a deal to work for Judd in order to purchase Shiloh.

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