Suggested Reading for Children
Baicker, Karen. I Can Do It Too! Handprint Books, 2003. Supported by her family an African American girl is self confident about what she can do. Ages 3 – 6.
Brown, Marc. Arthur’s Nose. Little Brown, reissue 2001. Unhappy with his nose, Arthur visits the rhinologist to get a new one. Ages 4-8.
Calvert, Patricia. Picking Up the Pieces. Silhoutte, 2005. A girl who has suffered a paralyzing spinal cord injury begins the process of emotional healing. Ages 12 - 15.
Cannon, Janell. Pinduli. Scholastic, 2004. A young hyena gets teased about her looks. Her looks change when she rolls in the white dirt, causing the other animals to think she is a great spirit. She advises them to make peace and reconciliation occurs. Ages 5 – 9.
Carle, Eric. A House for Hermit Crab. Aladdin, reprint 2002. A soothing upbeat story about change. Ages 5-10.
Carlson, Nancy. ABC, I Like Me! Puffin, c 1999. Different adjectives starting with all the letters of the alphabet talk about many wonderful traits a person has. Ages 4 - 9.
Carlson, Nancy. I Like Me! Puffin, 1993. Ages 3-9.
Churchill, Vicki. Sometimes I Like To Curl Up In A Ball. Sterling Pub. Co, 2001. Wombat tells the reader all the things he likes to do. A celebration of self. Ages 3 – 8.
Cosgrove, Stephen. Leo the Lop. Price/Stern/Sloan, revised ed. 2002. Leo's ears hang down causing the other rabbits to laugh at him. Leo learns that normal" is whatever you are. Ages 5-9.
Coyle, Carmela LaVigna. Do Princesses Wear Hiking Boots? Rising Moon, 2003. When a little girl asks her mother about princesses, she learns they are much like herself. Ages 4 – 7.
Curtis, Jamie Lee. I’m Gonna Like Me: Letting Off a Little Self-Esteem. Joanna Cotler Books, c 2002. Perky rhymes are delivered by two young children who are confident enough to shake off embarrassment and to feel proud of personal achievements. Ages 4 – 8.
Henkes, Kevin. Chrysanthemum. Mulberry Books, c 1996. Chrysanthemum loves her name until other children make fun of it. Her parents and teacher help her overcome and stand strong. Ages 5 - 9.
Hoffman, Mary. Amazing Grace. Scott Foresman, 1991. Grace discovers that she can do anything that she sets her mind to. Ages 6 - 10.
Keats, Ezra Jack. Whistle for Willie. Viking Children’s Books, 1998. Peter wanted very much to learn how to whistle. Finally he achieves his goal. Ages 5-8.
Kessler, Leonard. Here Comes the Strikeout. HarperCollins, 1992. Bobby overcomes his 21 strikeouts by hard work. Ages 4-8.
Kupchella, Rick. Girls Can! Make It Happen. Tristan Pub.Inc., 2004. Encourages girls to set their own course, knowing that they can do and be anything when they set their minds to it. Ages 7 – 10.
Lawrence, Iain. Ghost Boy. Dell Laurel Leaf, reprint 2002. An albino youth runs off to find comfort among members of a circus troupe. Readers are led to look beyond other’s outward appearances and into their inner souls. Ages 12 up.
Lucado, Max. You Are Special. Crossway Books, Wheaton, IL, c 1997. A woodcarver helps Punchinello understand just how special he is, marks and all. Ages 5 - 9.
Mills, Joyce C., Ph.D. Little Tree, A story for Children with Serious Medical Problems. Magination Press, N.Y., c 1992. Little Tree is saddened by the storm damage that caused her to lose some of her branches, but draws strength from friends and the knowledge that she still has a strong trunk, deep roots, and a beautiful heart. Ages 6 - 10.
Moser, Adolph. Don't Feed the Monster On Tuesdays! Landmark Editions, MO, c 1991. Discusses how to develop and maintain healthy self esteem and a positive attitude. Ages 9 - 14.
Piper, Watty. The Little Engine That Could. Grosset & Dunlap, 1978. You can do it if you think you can and try. Ages 4-8.
Richmond, Marianne. Hooray For You!: A Celebration of “You-ness”. Waldman House Press, c 2001. A delightful rhyming text celebrates diverse cultures, different physical traits, and individual needs. Ages 5 – 8.
Sose, Bonnie. Designed by God So I Must Be Special. Character Builders for Kids, Winter Park, FL, 1991. Describes the uniqueness of our bodies in rhyming text, has colorful childlike illustrations. Ages 2 - 7.
Stadler, John. Hooray for Snail. Harper Trophy, c 1989. Snail overcomes odds to win the game. Ages 2 - 6.
Useman, Sharon. Tibby Tried it. Magination Press, c 1999. A tree swallow with a broken wing discovers new found abilities. Ages 5-9.
Viorst, Judith. Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day. Aladdin, c 1987. Alexander knew it was going to be a miserable day from the moment he woke up with his gum in his hair. He realizes in the end that some days are just like that. Ages 5-10.
Waber, Bernard. Ira Sleeps Over. Scott Foresman, 1975. Ira worries that he will be teased for wanting to take his teddy bear for an overnight stay at a friend's house. Ages 6-10.
Winter, Susan. Yo Puedo/I Can. Ediciones/Banco Metmi Pub., 2002. A little boy tells how his sister tries to do everything he does. (Spanish/English version.) Ages 2 – 6.
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