Feeling confident in their ability as learners, having the courage to take risks, applying what they have learned and making appropriate decisions and choices.

Cleversticks by Bernard Ashley illustrated by Derek Brazell
Ling Sung decides he doesn't like school but all his problems disappear when he discovers there is something he can do that others can't - he can use chopsticks.
Confidence, Enthusiasm

Dear Greenpeace by Simon James Big Book
When a whale suddenly appears in the garden pond, the little girl decides to write to Greenpeace for advice. She shows great ingenuity in her letters.
Confidence, Curiosity

Sharon keep your hair on by Gillian Rubinstein illus by David Mackintosh
This rap poem is great fun to read aloud. It is a virtuoso rhyming performance about an extended family which grows and then shrinks. Sharon’s husband shows great ingenuity in adding on the house and then taking the extensions away as needed. (5 – 10 years)
Confidence, Creativity

The Sign on Rosie's Door by Maurice Sendak
Rosie is a very imaginative little girl. She delights in performing as Alinda the lady singer for her friends and manages to convince them to wait till she is magically transformed back to being Rosie.
Confidence, Creativity, Independence

Sheila Rae, The Brave by Henkes, Kevin. Greenwillow Books, 1987.
Sheila Rae, a fearless mouse, learns she is not as brave as she thought when she gets lost on a long walk. Her sister, Louise who had secretly followed her despite her own worries demonstrates her new- found bravery and shows the way home safely exhibiting all the traits her sister, Sheila Rae possesses.

Amazing Grace by Hoffman, Mary. Scholastic, 1991.
The consummate actress of any role, Grace with the support of her family is convinced she can play the part of Peter Pan in her school performance. Winning the approval of her classmates during the audition, Grace clearly demonstrates determination, a confident nature, a joy in performing and a streak of independence.

Whistle for Willie by Keats, Jack Ezra. Viking Press, 1964.
Young Peter hopes to master the art of whistling so their dog, Willie will respond to his new skill. The simple text and bright illustrations provide a pleasing sense of setting in his city neighborhood.

John Henry by Lester, Julius. Alfred A. Knopf Inc., 1965.
Describes the life of the legendary steel-driving man who was born and who died with a hammer in his hand.

Mirette on the High Wire by McGully, Emily. G. P. Putnam’s Sons, 1992.
A sad, retired tightrope walker, Monsieur Bellini settles in Madame Gateau’s guesthouse in the quiet back ground floor room. Mirette discovers Bellini’s talents and begs to be taught the art of high wire, but Bellini must face his own fears. Mirette senses Bellini’s frozen fear during his staged return over a crowded Paris street and joins him on the high wire with outstretched hands.

The Call of the Wolves by Murphy, Jim. Scholastic, 1989.
A two-year old wolf is separated from his pack when hunting caribou and a plane of hunters soar in shooting at the wolves. Encountering many obstacles in the harsh Arctic terrain eventually the young wolf is reunited with his pack. Weatherby’s illustrations are finely crafted to depict the beauty of both the creatures and the setting.

Thunder Cake by Polacco, Patricia. Putnam & Grosset, 1990.
Overcoming the fear of a thunderstorm, the farm animals and places as well as climbing the trellis Babushka and her granddaughter bake a thunder cake just in time to enjoy it and a cup of tea at the height of the thunder and lightning storm. Babushka’s kind, calm and encouraging manner are reflected in the detailed illustrations of the Michigan farm.

Do Not Open by Turkle, Brinton. Puffin, 1981.
A delightful story of Miss Moody and her cat, Captain Kidd who scavenges after storms along the seacoast for treasures. Tricked into opening a small bottle with a child’s voice begging to come out, Miss Moody instead comes face to face with an ugly creature, which attempts to frighten her. Miss Moody utilizes her own common sense, Captain Kidd enjoys a “mouse” snack and they return home to her handsome banjo clock working properly.

Junior School
Harriet Beecher Stowe and The Beecher Preachers by Fritz, Jean. Putnam, 1994.
This biography serves as a perfect platform for discussion of many relevant issues and certainly showcases one woman’s confidence and determination to make a difference through the use of her pen and words to inform people of the darkness and evil of slavery. The black and white illustrations and photos add authenticity and an appropriate representation of the time period to the work.

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