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Picture Books: Empathy, Friendship & Respecting Others

Empathy is ability to understand or feel what another person is experiencing from the other person’s point of view. It is the ability to put oneself in another’s position, imagining how someone else is thinking or feeling; understanding that other people have feelings and those feelings count. By mastering empathy children develop compassion and the ability to make and nurture friendships and connections to other people. We often ask children to think about “walking in someone else’s shoes” to help them learn to consider the feelings and experiences of others and to act on it, like being polite to others, even when they are in a bad mood. Picture books are a great way to help children develop empathy. Through them, children can live the experiences of someone else. Anna Dewdney, author of the Llama Llama books, is well know for speaking about the role picture books can play in the development of empathy in children.

When we open a book, and share our voice and imagination with a child, that child learns to see the world through someone else’s eyes.” ~ Anna Dewdney, The Wall Street Journal: How Books Can Teach Your Child to Care

Listed below are several picture books that celebrate the differences of others and highlight the experience of empathy as well as the friendships and strength of community that results from it.

 

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All Kinds of FamiliesAll Kinds of Families – Families of all shapes, sizes, and colors, including celery stalks and buttons, are presented in this colorful picture book celebrating the diversity, familiarity, and importance of togetherness.


Beryl a Pig's TaleBeryl: a Pig’s Tale – Tired of being mistreated and cooped up, Beryl the piglet escapes her farm and meets a group of wild pigs, whose settlement splits up over the decision of whether to let her stay, and with her new “family” she sets out to find a new home.


The Chickens Build a WallThe Chickens Build a Wall – When a friendly hedgehog visits the farm, the chickens build an enormous wall to keep out “prickly invaders.


The Colors of UsThe Colors of Us – Seven-year-old Lena and her mother observe the variations in the color of their friends’ skin, viewed in terms of foods and things found in nature.


Freedom SummerFreedom Summer – In 1964, Joe is pleased that a new law will allow his best friend John Henry, who is black, to share the town pool and other public places with him, but he is dismayed to find that prejudice still exists.


Hello My Name is OcticornHello My Name is Octicorn – The octicorn– half octopus and half unicorn– introduces himself and tells readers why, though strange and unique, octicorns make great friends.


June and AugustJune and August – Two animals who share a love of the night sky meet in the daylight and are surprised to discover how different they are.


Let's Talk About RaceLet’s Talk about Race – The author introduces the concept of race as only one component in an individual’s or nation’s “story.”


The Little Bit Scary PeopleThe Little Bit Scary People – Some people are a little bit strange or a little too loud, and just a little bit scary. But I bet, if you knew them, and knew their favorite things, you’d think that maybe, (probably) most people aren’t so scary after all.


Little Sweet PotatoLittle Sweet Potato – A sweet potato, lost and trying to get back home, rolls down the road looking for other vegetable and flower patches, trying to fit in. Told repeatedly he’s lumpy and bumpy and doesn’t belong, Little Sweet Potato finally finds acceptance at the “hodge-podge patch” (a garden).


Looking After LouisLooking After Louis – When a new boy with autism joins their classroom, the children try to understand his world and to include him in theirs.


My Grandma's a NinjaMy Grandma’s a Ninja – When Ethan’s grandma suggests they take a zip line to school, Ethan realizes that his grandma is a little different. In fact, she’s a ninja! Ethan is soon the hit of the school when his grandma drops from the ceiling at show-and-tell, and teaches the kids karate moves and how to do backflips in slow motion. But when his grandma deflates his team’s soccer ball, everyone is upset–including Ethan. Why can’t he just have a regular grandma? But when Ethan tries out his new karate moves during the championship game, he’s happy that his grandma isn’t ordinary.


The Name JarThe Name Jar – After Unhei moves from Korea to the United States, her new classmates help her decide what her name should be.


Once Green AppleOne Green Apple – 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.


The Other BearsThe Other Bears – Mother and Father Koala are suspicious of the ‘other’ bears. They don’t like the panda bears and they don’t trust the polar bears. But their grumpiness melts away as they watch their little Koalas play together with ‘other’ bears.


The Other SideThe Other Side – Two girls, one white and one black, gradually get to know each other as they sit on the fence that divides their town. Young Hoosier Book Award, 2004-2005, K-3 Nominee.


The Peace BookThe Peace Book – Describes peace as making new friends, sharing a meal, feeling good about yourself, and more.


Some Monsters are DifferentSome Monsters are Different – A warmhearted celebration of individuality describes the many differences found among monsters, from beasts who are picky or will eat anything to creatures who chatter or remain quiet, explaining that all monsters are wonderful just the way they are.


The SneetchesThe Sneetches – The Star-Belly Sneetches think they are the best, and look down upon Sneetches without stars. The Plain-Belly Sneetches remain depressed and oppressed, prohibited from associating with their star-bellied counterparts, until Sylvester McMonkey McBean comes along & begins to give stars to the Plain-Belly Sneetches. The original Star-Belly Sneetches are angry at no longer being different and special, so they get Sylvester to remove all their stars. This continues back and forth until no one can remember which Sneetches were originally what, and an epiphany strikes them all at once: that it really doesn’t matter whether a Sneetch has a star belly or not – they are all really the same, and can coexist and be friends with one another.Shades of People – Explores the many different shades of human skin, and points out that skin is just a covering that does not reveal what someone is like inside.


SplashdanceSplashdance – Ursula, a bear, and Ricardo, a human, are preparing for the water ballet competition. But a new regulation at the community pool–no bears–leaves Ursula cut from the contest. Luckily, she encounters a group of undaunted animal swimmers at a local pond, and Ursula and her new team figure out a way to participate in the competition and make sure everyone is welcome at the pool once and for all.


Strictly No ElephantsStrictly No Elephants – A boy is excluded from joining his friends’ pet club because of his unusual pet.


Tilt Your Head Rosie RedTilt Your Head, Rosie Red – Classmate Fadimata is teased because of her hijab until Rosie a high-energy child who wears a red cape, listens carefully and always tries to see things “from every angle,” finds a way to celebrate Fadimata’s unique head covering, inspiring others to follow suit.


We Came to AmericaWe Came to America – Celebrates United States immigration and the country’s diverse immigrant heritage.


Who We AreWho We Are – Join Nellie, Gus, baby Jake, and their parents at Funland as they go on rides, watch performers, and play games along with many other children and grown-ups. As they enjoy their excursion, they notice that people are the same as one another in lots of ways, and different in lots of ways too. Helps children realize why it’s important to treat others the way they want to be treated whether a person is a lot like you or different from you, a good friend or someone you have just met or seen for the first time.


Whoever You AreWhoever You Are – Despite the differences between people around the world, there are similarities that join us together, such as pain, joy, and love.


You and Me TogetherYou and Me Together: Moms, Dads, and Kids Around the World – From a festival in India to a bus in Germany, from a park in China to a campfire in Australia, loving moms, dads, and kids share their lives.


Yo YesYo! Yes? – Two lonely characters, one black and one white, meet on the street and become friends.

 

 

 

Read Right Now! CHRISTMAS

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FREE Online eBooks about Christmas:

The Polar ExpressHow the Grinch Stole ChristmasDecemberBrave IreneBunbun's Christmas Counting BookChristmasJourneyChristmasShipHoHoHoTuckerJingleAllMaisyGingerbreadThe Night Before ChristmasNightBrettSchnitzelFirstSesameCelebrateWaldos Christmas Surprise

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Printables, Crafts & More about Christmas:

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Read Right Now! Maisy Makes Gingerbread

  • Maisy Makes Gingerbread FriendMaisy Read Maisy Makes Gingerbread Maisy the mouse makes gingerbread cookies and shares them with her friends Charley and Tallulah.

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Tips for Reading the Free Online Books:

  • iPad Users – Many eBooks and games require Adobe Flash. Adobe Flash is not supported on iOS devices, including the iPad and iPad 2. If you want to view eBooks & games on an iPad you will need an app web browser that does support Flash. Some of these browsers are Puffin, Skyfire, Photon, iSwifter & Cloud Browse. They are very inexpensive – from 2.99 to 7.99.

Read Right Now! Llama Llama Holiday Drama

  • Llama Llama Holiday Drama PenguinGroup Listen to Llama Llama Holiday Drama – Llama Llama becomes overwhelmed as Christmas preparations progress, until his mother reminds him of the real gift the holiday brings.

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Tips for Reading the Free Online Books:

  • iPad Users – Many eBooks and games require Adobe Flash. Adobe Flash is not supported on iOS devices, including the iPad and iPad 2. If you want to view eBooks & games on an iPad you will need an app web browser that does support Flash. Some of these browsers are Puffin, Skyfire, Photon, iSwifter & Cloud Browse. They are very inexpensive – from 2.99 to 7.99.

Read Right Now! WINTER & SNOW

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FREE Online eBooks about Snow:

Friendly Frosty MonstersThe MittenIsItColdOutsideA Blanket of SnowIts WinterBrave Irene

Snow eBooks & eAudiobooks to Check out with your Library Card:

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Printables, Crafts & More about Snow:

Winter FrostyWinter Ice SkateWinter Color HatsWinter Let It Snow

Favorite Winter & Snow Stories:

Oliver and Amanda and the Big SnowSnowThe Jacket I Wear in the SnowLemonade in WinterCliffords First Snow DaySnowFrostySnowflake BentleyKaty and the Big SnowSnowLadybugThe Snowy DayFroggy Gets Dressed

Winter & Snow Non-Fiction:

SnowCreatingSnowKnowSnowWeKnowSnowFortsBuild Your Own Fort IglooThe Kids Winter Fun Book

Read Right Now! HALLOWEEN

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FREE Online eBooks about Halloween:

I Need My Monster

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Click Clack BooHaunted House Haunted MouseHalloween IsBy the Light of the Halloween MoonLos Gatos Black on HalloweenSpace CaseA Very Brave WitchBats at the LibraryScaredy Cat SplatFancy Nancy Halloween or BustShake Dem Halloween BonesNate the Great and the Halloween HuntThe Berenstain Bears Trick or TreatHumbug WitchMonster Needs a CostumeHalloweenGeorgeGeorgeCostumeRottenTrickBooCowMarthaHauntedOldLadyOverLittle Goblins Ten

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Printables, Crafts & More about Halloween:

Candy Corn TracerHalloween LettersTrick or TreatBat Connect the Dots

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Favorite Halloween Books:

Ten Trick or TreatersThe 13 Nights of HalloweenAlph Oops H is for HalloweenBabymouse Monster MashBig PumpkinClick Clack BooFive Little Monkeys Trick or TreatThe Hallo WienerHalloween HuntHalloween IsHappy Haunting Amelia BedeliaIt's the Great Pumpkin Charlie BrownLittle Goblins TenMinerva Louis HalloweenNate the Great and the Halloween HuntNational Geographic HalloweenScaredy Cat SplatSpace CaseThree Bears HalloweenTrick or Treat a Happy Haunter's Halloween

Books Selected By: Janet Spaulding, Selection Services

Staff Pick: That’s Not a Hippopotamus!

That’s Not a Hippopotamus!

On a visit to Don’s Safari, the students in class 2B attempt to find a missing hippopotamus.

“Ms. Wiskersniff’s class is on a field trip at Don’s Safari. The kids really want to see a hippopotamus, but can’t find it. The class identifies every new animal as a hippopotamus, until they take a closer look and find it isn’t a hippo- instead it might be a snake, an elephant or a skunk. Kids diving into pools and getting wrapped up by snakes keep Ms. Wiskersniff on her toes. Vibrant illustrations add to the book’s gentle humor while rhyming text moves the story along. This a great book to read aloud to kids in preschool through first grade.”

Recommended by Erin Murphy – Irvington Library

Read Right Now! PUMPKINS

Going to the pumpkin patch or orchard is often a favorite Halloween activity for small children. Here are some free online books, printables, games & music about pumkins, visiting a pumpkin patch and carving a jack ‘o lantern.

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FREE Online eBooks about Pumpkins:

Investigate PumpkinsPumpkin Pumpkin

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pumpkin-timepumpkin-circlePrizePumpkinFindPumpkinSeedsPumpkinPumpkinPiggiesPickPumpkinFallPumpkinsPumpkinTimePumpkinsFarmerDoraPumpkinPumpkinsNelsonMarleyPumpkinPumpkinParablePumpkinPrayer

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Printables, Crafts & More about Pumpkins:

P is for Pumpkinpumpkin-mini-bookPp PumpkinClifford Pumpkin Maze

Favorite Pumpkin Books:

The Berenstain Bears and the Prize PumpkinBig PumpkinThe Biggest Pumpkin EverInto the PumpkinIt's the Great Pumpkin Charlie BrownPumpkin TroublePumpkinheadGrow Your Own SoupHow Big Could Your Pumpkin GrowHow did That Get To My Table Pumpkin PieThe Pumpkin BookPumpkin LightPumpkinsReady for PumpkinsThe Story of the Jack O LanternWe Harvest Pumpkins in Fall

Recommended By: Janet Spaulding, Selection Services

Favorite Teacher Stories

 

World Teachers Day
October 5, 2016, World Teacher’s Day & May 3, 2016 National Teacher Appreciation Day are both great times to remember favorite teachers, both real and imagined. Talk to your child today about his or her teacher. Maybe this is the year for a thank-a-teacherfavorite who will be remembered for a long time. Here are some of our favorite storybook teachers. We love them all for so many reasons. They all care, plus they’re clever and funny!

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The Art Lesson Mrs. Brown in The Art Lesson – Tommy knows he wants to be an artist when he grows up. He can’t wait to get to school and have real art lessons. When Tommy gets to school and finds out that the art lessons are full of “rules”, he is surprised and dismayed. How the wise art teacher finds a way to give Tommy the freedom to create and stay within the “rules” makes a wonderfully perceptive picture book about growing up and keeping one’s individuality.
Arthurs Teacher Trouble Mr. Ratburn in Arthur’s Teacher Trouble – On the first day of school Arthur discovers he’s got the toughest teacher in the third grade! The pressure is on to study hard for the all-school Spellathon. Can Arthur beat last year’s champion speller? Or will he let Mr. Ratburn d-o-w-n.
Chrysanthemum Mrs. Delphinium Twinkle in Chrysanthemum – Chrysanthemum thinks her name is absolutely perfect–until her first day of school. “You’re named after a flower!” teases Victoria. “Let’s smell her,” says Jo. Chrysanthemum wilts. What will it take to make her blossom again?
The Dot The Art Teacher in The Dot – Vashti believes that she cannot draw, but her art teacher’s encouragement leads her to change her mind.
The Handkerchief Quilt Miss Anderson in The Handkerchief Quilt – When a disastrous flood damages Parkland School, forcing it to close for lengthy repairs, Miss Anderson, an elementary teacher, devises a way to raise money to help buy replacement books.
Lillys Purple Plastic Purse Mr. Slinger in Lily’s Purple Plastic Purse – Lilly loves everything about school, especially her teacher, but when he asks her to wait a while before showing her new purse, she does something for which she is very sorry later.
The Magic School Bus and the Electric Field Trip Miss Frizzle in The Magic School Bus and the Electric Field Trip – Ms. Frizzle takes her class on a field trip through the town’s electrical wires so they can learn how electricity is generated and how it is used.
Miss Bindergarten Gets Ready for Kindergarten Miss Bindergarten in Miss Bindergarten Gets Ready for Kindergarten – Introduces the letters of the alphabet as Miss Bindergarten and her students get ready for kindergarten. More Miss Bindergarten Books
Miss Foxs Class Shapes Up Miss Fox in Miss Miss Fox’s Class Shapes Up – When Miss Fox realizes that her students do not have healthy habits, she teaches them that healthful living is fun and rewarding, which they find to be true on Field Day. More Miss Fox Books
Miss Malarkey Leaves No Reader Behind Miss Malarkey in Miss Malarkey Leaves No Reader Behind – Miss Malarkey vows to find each of her students a book to love by the end of the school year, but one video-game loving boy proves to be a challenge. More Miss Malarkey Books
Miss Mingo and the First Day of School Miss Mingo in Miss Mingo and the First Day of School – Miss Mingo helps all of the animal students in her class overcome their shyness on the first day of school by encouraging them to share something special about themselves. Includes facts about animals. Young Hoosier Book Award, 2011-2012, K-3 Nominee. More Miss Mingo Books
Miss Nelson is Missing Miss Nelson in Miss Nelson is Missing – The kids in Room 207 take advantage of their teacher’s good nature until she disappears and they are faced with a vile substitute. More Miss Nelson Books
My Kindergarten Miss Cribbage in My Kindergarten – Through a month-by-month review of a year in kindergarten, Emily shares the stories of the many happy experiences she has at her school with her new classmates, including first day introductions, a review of the changing seasons, learning how to read a map, and taking a special field trip to the local library.
My Teacher The Teacher in My Teacher – A student wonders why her teacher has chosen to teach in her school for so long, and highlights all the special things her teacher does for her class.
My Teacher is a Monster Mr. Kirby in My Teacher Is a Monster – Bobby thinks his teacher, Ms. Kirby, is horrible, but when he sees her outside of school and they spend a day in the park together, he discovers she might not be so bad after all.
Olivia and the Best Teacher Ever Mrs. Hoggenmuller in Olivia and the Best Teacher Ever – Mrs. Hoggenmuller is being considered for teacher of the year, and Olivia goes all out to see that the class performs its best. Will her favorite teacher get the award?
You Are My Wonders The Teacher in You Are My Wonders – Illustrations and rhyming text combine in a celebration of the relationship between teacher and student.
Substitute Creature Mr. Creacher in Substitute Creature – Mr. Creacher, a multi-tentacled substitute teacher, warns his prankish students not to misbehave, recounting rhyming cautionary tales of the weird, spooky, and unexpected.
Teach Us Amelia Bedelia Amelia Bedelia in Teach Us, Amelia Bedelia – The very literal-minded Amelia Bedelia is up to her ears in trouble when she becomes a substitute teacher for a day, and her confused antics include handing out lightbulbs to the children when she is told to “plant bulbs.”
The Teacher From the Black Lagoon Mrs. Green in The Teacher From the Black Lagoon – On the first day of school, a young boy expects only the worst when he discovers that his new teacher is the “monstrous” Mrs. Green. More Black Lagoon Books
Thank You Mr Falker Mr. Falker in Thank you, Mr. Falker – 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.