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Catching the Moon by Crystal Hubbard; Randy Duburke (Illustrator)
Call Number: B STONE
If there was anything in the world better than playing baseball, Marcenia Lyle didn't know what it was. As a young girl in the 1930s, she chased down fly balls and stole bases, and dreamed of one day playing professional ball. With spirit, spunk, and a great passion for the sport, Marcenia struggled to overcome the objections of family, friends, and coaches, who felt a girl had no place in the field. When she finally won a position in a baseball summer camp sponsored by the St. Louis Cardinals, Marcenia was on her way to catching her dream. Readers everywhere will be inspired by her courage to dream and determination to succeed.
Take a Picture of Me, James Van der Zee! by Andrea J. Loney; Keith Mallett (Illustrator)
Call Number: B VanDerZee
James Van Der Zee was just a young boy when he saved enough money to buy his first camera. He took photos of his family, classmates, and anyone who would sit still for a portrait. By the fifth grade, James was the school photographer and unofficial town photographer. Eventually he outgrew his small town and moved to the exciting, fast-paced world of New York City. After being told by his boss that no one would want his or her photo taken "by a black man," James opened his own portrait studio in Harlem.
When Sophie Thinks She Can't... by Molly Bang
Call Number: E BAN
Three-time Caldecott Honor illustrator Molly Bang helps children solve problems by showing a different -- and highly effective -- approach: "I can't do it" becomes "I can't do it. . .yet." When Sophie can't solve a math puzzle, she feels upset and inadequate. "I CAN'T DO IT!" she shouts, expressing the frustration all of us feel when we try and fail. Will she ever be "smart" like her sister? Maybe she isn't smart at all. Luckily Sophie's teacher steps in. What does it mean to be smart? Using current, popular "mindset" techniques, Sophie's class is taught that we get smarter when we exercise our brains, such as when we work harder at solving a puzzle. Struggling to solve a problem doesn't mean "I can't do it!" Sophie and her classmates just can't do it. . .yet!
Rosie Revere, Engineer by Andrea Beaty; David Roberts (Illustrator)
Call Number: E BEA
Rosie may seem quiet during the day, but at night she's a brilliant inventor of gizmos and gadgets who dreams of becoming a great engineer. When her great-great-aunt Rose (Rosie the Riveter) comes for a visit and mentions her one unfinished goal--to fly--Rosie sets to work building a contraption to make her aunt's dream come true. But when her contraption doesn't fly but rather hovers for a moment and then crashes, Rosie deems the invention a failure. On the contrary, Aunt Rose insists that Rosie's contraption was a raging success: you can only truly fail, she explains, if you quit.
I Just Want to Do It My Way! by Julia Cook
Call Number: E COO
RJ's way of doing things isn't working out for him, especially in math class. His teacher is upset because so many of his assignments are missing or incomplete. RJ blames Norma "the booger picker" and Rodney "the alphabet burper" for distracting him during class. With support from his mom and dad, RJ learns how to ask for help and stay on task. By learning how to do things the right way the first time, RJ discovers he no longer has to do his work over and over and over again.
But It's Not My Fault by Julia Cook
Call Number: E COO
Elementary school kids will identify with Noodle as he makes one excuse after another for his behavior and choices that lead to unwanted consequences. It just isn't his fault that his brother's game ran late, and he didn't finish his homework. Or that his mom forgot to remind him to turn in his library book. By learning to accept responsibility he finds instead how to use mistakes as opportunities for problem-solving and to turn negatives into positives.
Thanks for the Feedback, I Think by Julia Cook
Call Number: E COO
This entertaining story follows RJ as he goes about his day doing the things he enjoys, such as blowing bubbles, playing soccer, and hanging out with friends. But when a couple of friends give him compliments, he just isn't sure how to respond! As RJ continues through the day, he hears from his teacher and parents that while there are many things he's doing very well, there are some things he needs to work on. His first reaction is to argue and make excuses. Throughout the story, RJ learns what it means to receive positive and negative feedback, and how to respond appropriately to that feedback.
I Just Don't Like the Sound of No! by Julia Cook
Call Number: E COO
"No" is RJ's least favorite word... and he tries his best to convince his dad, his mom, and his teacher to turn "No" into "Maybe" or "We'll see" or "Later" or "I'll think about it." Even though he doesn't have much success, RJ keeps arguing until his teacher suggests that he try to join her classroom's Say YES to NO Club. If RJ can learn how to accept "No" for an answer and to disagree appropriately with his teacher and parents, he can add his name to the club's Star Board. RJ finds that lots of praise and some rewards come his way when he uses these skills the right way!
The Big Test by Julie Danneberg; Judy Love (Illustrator)
Call Number: E DAN
Are Mrs. Hartwell's students ready to show what they know? Mrs. Hartwell is preparing her class to take the Big Test. Knowing they have studied and are well-prepared, she helps the students practice how to sit quietly, fill in the bubbles, and follow the directions. She even instructs them on proper morning-of-the-test nutrition. As her students grow increasingly anxious about the Big Test, Mrs. Hartwell realizes she has to teach the most valuable test-taking skill of all: learning to relax!
The Bad Seed by Jory John; Pete Oswald (Illustrator)
Call Number: E JOH
This is a book about a bad seed. A baaaaaaaaaad seed. How bad? Do you really want to know? He has a bad temper, bad manners, and a bad attitude. He's been bad since he can remember! This seed cuts in line every time, stares at everybody and never listens. But what happens when one mischievous little seed changes his mind about himself, and decides that he wants to be--happy? The Bad Seed is a funny yet touching tale that reminds us of the remarkably transformative power of will, acceptance, and just being you. Perfect for readers young and old, The Bad Seed proves that positive change is possible for each and every one of us.
Pearla and Her Unpredictably Perfect Day by Lloyd Jones; Rochel Lieberman
Call Number: E JON
Pearla loves to bake! Her favorite foods are cookies and cupcakes, which she sells at her dad's bakery. She always tries very hard to make her baking absolutely perfect, but one day Pearla is so busy that she makes a huge mistake! Have fun with Pearla as she learns how to adapt when her day doesn't go to plan and realizes it could turn out to be pretty perfect after all. This is a scrumptious tale that demonstrates that you can't succeed unless you try and that it's ok to make mistakes.
Dream Big by Dave McGillivray; Nancy Feehrer; Ron Himler (Illustrator)
Call Number: E McG
Have you ever had a dream? How did you make that dream come true? Dave McGillivray is a world-renowned athlete, entrepreneur, captivating motivational speaker, and philanthropist. He's also the director of the Boston Marathon, the world's oldest and maybe most famous annual race! But he wasn't always so accomplished. In Dream Big: A True Story of Courage and Determination, his nonfiction picture book for readers ages 6 to 10, Dave shares his unique, true story about reaching deep and showing extreme determination in the face of doubt, disappointment, and loss.
Yes I Can! by Mari C. Schuh
Call Number: E SCH
Jada's working on her science project. She's finding out whether plants grow best in water, milk, juice, or soda. There's just one problem--she keeps getting interrupted! From her cousin texting and her friends stopping by to her little brother playing with the plants, Jada runs into one obstacle after another. Find out how Jada relies on grit to keep on going.
The Most Magnificent Thing by Ashley Spires (Illustrator)
Call Number: E SPI
Award-winning author and illustrator Ashley Spires has created a charming picture book about an unnamed girl and her very best friend, who happens to be a dog. The girl has a wonderful idea. She is going to make the most MAGNIFICENT thing! She knows just how it will look. She knows just how it will work. All she has to do is make it, and she makes things all the time. But making her magnificent thing is anything but easy, and the girl tries and fails, repeatedly. Eventually, the girl gets really, really mad. She is so mad, in fact, that she quits. But after her dog convinces her to take a walk, she comes back to her project with renewed enthusiasm and manages to get it just right.
Brave Irene by William Steig (Illustrator)
Call Number: E STE
Brave Irene is Irene Bobbin, the dressmaker's daughter. Her mother, Mrs. Bobbin, isn't feeling so well and can't possibly deliver the beautiful ball gown she's made for the duchess to wear that very evening. So plucky Irene volunteers to get the gown to the palace on time, in spite of the fierce snowstorm that's brewing-- quite an errand for a little girl. But where there's a will, there's a way, as Irene proves in the danger-fraught adventure that follows. She must defy the wiles of the wicked wind, her most formidable opponent, and overcome many obstacles before she completes her mission. Surely, this winning heroine will inspire every child to cheer her on.
Hana Hashimoto, Sixth Violin by Chieri Uegaki; Qin Leng (Illustrator)
Call Number: E UEG
In this beautifully written picture book, Hana Hashimoto has signed up to play her violin at her school's talent show. The trouble is, she's only had only three lessons. Hana's brothers insist she isn't good enough. 'It's a talent show, Hana,' they tell her. 'You'll be a disaster!' Hana remembers how wonderfully her talented grandfather, or Ojiichan, played his violin when she was visiting him in Japan. So, just like Ojiichan, Hana begins to practice every day. When her confidence wavers on the night of the show, she's frightened it won't pay off...
What Do You Do with a Problem? by Kobi Yamada; Mae Besom (Illustrator)
Call Number: E YAM
This is the story of a persistent problem and the child who isn't so sure what to make of it. The longer he avoids the problem, the bigger it seems to get. But when the child finally musters up the courage to face it, the problem turns out to be something quite different indeed.
What Do You Do with a Chance by Kobi Yamada
Call Number: E YAM
The story of a child who is visited by a chance but because he isn't sure what to do with it, lets it go. Later on, when a new chance comes around he reaches for it, but this time he misses and falls. Now he is afraid. Will he be brave enough to take another chance when it comes around?
What Do You Do with an Idea? by Kobi Yamada
Call Number: E YAM
What do you do with an idea? Especially an idea that¿s different, or daring, or a little wild? This is the story of one brilliant idea and the child who helps to bring it into the world. It¿s a story for anyone, at any age, who¿s ever had an idea that seemed too big, too odd, too difficult. It¿s a story to inspire you to welcome that idea, to give it space to grow, and to see what happens next.
When I Feel Good about Myself by Cornelia Maude Spelman
Call Number: E SPE
This book offers children positive and upbeat examples about being themselves. The author portrays a very young guinea pig and friends feeling good about themselves through common situations readers will relate to.
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