Category Archives: Behavior

Celebrating Every Boy and Girl

Of Course They Do!This booklist is inspired by the blog post “Girls Are Not Tomboys – They Are Girls” by Sharon Suchoval.

Some kids climb trees. Some kids wear dresses. Some kids climb trees while wearing dresses. Kids Girls Are Not Tomboysare Kids, In all their different and marvelous ways! Boys and girls can do anything! Here are some books that celebrate each kid in his or her own way.

 


Listen Right Now!

Amazing Grace Listen to Amazing Grace – Grace loves stories, whether they’re in books or in movies or the kind her grandmother tells. She acts out the most exciting parts of all sorts of tales…sometimes Hiawatha, or Aladdin, or Joan of Arc…there’s nothing that Grace enjoys more. Determined to play Peter Pan in the school play, African-American Grace meets opposition in her classmates, who insist that Peter Pan is a boy and white.


Books to Check-out with your Library Card:

Do Princesses Wear Hiking BootsElena's SerenadeFree To Be You and MeHappy to be GirlsHow to BeI like MyselfI Want to Be a CowgirlJust Like Josh GibsonKnit Your BitMade By RaffiMama Is a MinerMorris Micklewhite and the Tangerine DressNot All Princesses Dress in PinkNot Every PrincessOliver Button is a SissySam Johnson and the Blue Ribbon QuiltSwishWilliams DollGrandma Drove the SnowplowBig Bob Little BobDrum Dream GirlI'm a GirlJoy in MudvilleThe Worst PrincessWho Are You?The Paper Bag Princess

A Mighty Girl150Find more stories about Mighty Girls on the www.amightygirl.com reading list: Individuality

Read Right Now! HELPING

The Little Red Hen’s friends are lazy and don’t want to do any work to make the bread they want to eat…kind of like children sometimes! Books are a great way to help children understand what it means to help out and be part of a team that gets things done. Sometimes, the thing that needs done is keeping the toys picked up and the house clean. Sometimes, the thing is setting the table so the family can eat or simply saying, “thank you!”

FREE Online eBooks about Helping:

FarmerDuckSmallDoing ChoresHelpingMyMomICanHelpNot Too Little To Help

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LittleRedHenSmallLittleRedHen2LittleRedHen3BearsMannersBearsMessyLittleOinkCleanRoomBeeBimBopDinoDont

eAudiobooks:

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Printables, Crafts & More about Helping:


Not Too Little To Help! Raising Socially Conscious Kids

Can We Help?“Can I help?” is one of the most often repeated sentences of small children. Toddlers and preschoolers are typically curious and eager to learn, willing volunteers to be included in the projects and jobs they see going on around them.

Young children understand the concept of support, assistance, and teamwork. When everyone helps out, “many hands make light work.” To help within their own family, kids can pick up toys, select items from a low shelf to add to a shopping cart, or feed the dog. The books listed below will help you take helping out to a new level. Even small children can contribute to their community, the bigger world outside their own home. “Can I help?” Yes, you CAN!

You can find more books & activities about helping out at home at Read Right Right Now! Helping.

Your family can get started helping in the community by donating to the Gleaners Food Bank right here in Indianapolis. Donate non-perishable food items at any Library branch and earn 20 points for the Read It and Eat Summer Reading Program. (Limit 20 points per point card.)


eBooks:

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Just Critters Who CareMiss Fox's Class Goes GreenThe Berenstain Bears Get InvolvedCurious George Plants a TreeOne LoveThese Seas Count

Print Books:

How Can I Help? A Book About CaringA is for ActivistJoey and the Giant BoxMr. Tweed's Good DeedsMy Heart Will Not Sit DownOk GoRaising a HeroThe Berenstain Bears Go GreenThe Can Do ThanksgivingSomething BeautifulGood Deed Scouts Help Their NeighborsGood Deed Scounts to the RescueOlivia Helps Mother Nature

The Dark

Like a lot of kids, Laszlo is afraid of the dark. The dark is a hard thing to be afraid of because it lives right where kids are. You can have a night light, of course, but the dark, the dark still lurks in the corners.

The dark lived in the same house as Laszlo, a big place with a creaky roof, smooth, cold windows, and several sets of stairs. Sometimes the dark hid in the closet. Sometimes it sat behind the shower curtain. But mostly it spent its time in the basement.

In this story, The Dark is a character, just like Laszlo. It hangs out in all the places you would expect The Dark to like; the closet, behind doors, under the bed. Laszlo is a smart kid. He decides to face his fear. Armed with a flashlight, he goes to visit The Dark. When he does, he finds out that like a lot of unknown things, The Dark isn’t so bad. In fact, The Dark is pretty nice. It is especially nice when you close your eyes to go to sleep. A great book for re-imagining The Dark as a friend instead of something scary. Author: Lemony Snicket

One of the best things about the dark is stars…and also meteors! Watching meteor showers is a great way to appreciate the dark and there is a good one coming up that peaks in a few days. It is the Perseid Meteor Shower.

From NASA: Perseids
Peak Activity: Aug 11 – Aug  13, 2015
Peak Activity Meteor Count: Up to 100 meteors per hour

More books about facing up to fears from big bears to nightmares to monsters:

There's a Nightmare in My Closet Where's My Teddy?
Go Away Big Green Monster

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Too Shy for Show and Tell

Too Shy for Show and Tell

Sam doesn’t talk much. He likes trucks and dogs but none of the kids in his class know that. The thought of show-and-tell at school sends Sam into a panic fueled tummy ache. What if he says something dumb? What if he says the wrong words? What if he cries, or worse, throws up?!!

Other kids take turns before Sam. None of them cry or throw up. No one laughs at them either, so Sam works up the courage to try show-and-tell himself. The illustration of Sam’s friends sitting on the rug eagerly waiting to hear what he has to say is priceless. Mostly, friends just want to be your friends. No one is waiting for Sam to mess up – they want to know what his cool show-and-tell thing is!

Next time, show-and-tell is easier for Sam because that’s how shy works…practice helps make handling it easier. I should know. I routinely threw up in the morning in elementary school during the first fear fueled weeks of school.  Getting used to school can be hard!  I did not like at all being expected to speak in front of the class. Show-and-tell? No, thank-you! All of that lasted until about fifth grade. I guess that was finally enough practice!  If Sam and I can practice, your child can too! Author: Beth Bracken

If you have a shy child here are some websites that might give you ideas to help your child practice. Practice really does help.

Here are some more books like Sam’s; stories about other kids who are also shy. Knowing a friend understands, even an imaginary book friend, helps too!

Disappearing Desmond Disappearing Desmond – Desmond is so skilled at disappearing that sometimes even his teacher cannot find him but when he meets Gloria, a new student at school, his attitude slowly changes.
Shrinking Violet Shrinking Violet – Violet, who is very shy and hates for anyone to look at her in school, finally comes out of her shell when she is cast in a play about the solar system and saves the production from disaster.
Louder Lili Louder Lili – Lili is so shy that her voice is never heard in class until the day a good friend needs her help.
The Boys The Boys – A shy boy, seeking the courage to play baseball with the other children in a park, is coaxed out of his shell by some “old timers” sitting nearby who, in turn, discover they are still in the game.