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Favorite KidLit Books!

“A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops.” Henry Brooks Adams


Some of my favorite Children’s Books: Themes

Themes are a great way to connect to the interests of our students.  This list is shared with inspiration from Page Ahead, a Washington State organization whose Mission is “Guided by the fact that literacy is essential to lifelong success, Page Ahead provides new books and develops reading activities that empower at-risk children”  (I have been a volunteer with Page Ahead since 2010, providing interactive storytimes to Pre-K Head Start and Kindergarten children.  This organization ROCKS!  Feel free to make a donation to Page Ahead to help get even more books in the hands of at-risk children)

 

Theme: Being Me

all-the-colors-of-the-earth-theme-me-book-cover   i-accept-you-as-you-are-book-cover-theme-me   i-like-myself-book-cover-theme-me   wild-about-us-theme-me-book-coverchrysanthemum-theme-mei-love-monkey-theme-me-book-coverhere-are-my-hands-theme-me  its-ok-to-be-different-book-cover-theme-me  what-i-like-about-me-theme-me-jpg-pagespeed-ic-p_4b2u6oiq  stand-tall-molly-lou-melon-book-cover-theme-me  me-i-am-theme-me-book-cover  when-i-grow-up-i-want-to-me-me-book-cover-theme-me  bad-case-of-stripes-theme-me  colorful-world-theme-me  i-love-you-bc-youre-you-book-cover-theme-mewhoever-you-are-book-cover-theme-me

ruby-the-copycat-theme-me        odd-velvet-theme-me       free-to-be-you-and-me-theme-mejpg


 

Theme: Books and Reading

bats-at-the-library-theme-books-and-reading-book-cover   beveryly-billingsly-borrows-a-book-theme-books-and-reading-book-cover   have-i-got-a-book-for-you-by-melanie-watt   whos-afraid-of-the-big-bad-book-by-lauren-child

duncan-the-story-dragon-by-amanda-driscoll   i-dont-like-to-read-by-nancy-carlson   i-took-my-frog-to-the-library-by-eric-kimmelleo-the-late-bloomer-by-robert-kraus  library-mouse-by-daniel-kirk   lola-at-the-library-by-anna-mcquinn   maybe-a-bear-ate-it-by-robie-h-harris-michael-emberley   lola-loves-stories-by-anna-mcquinn   read-it-dont-eat-it-by-ian-schoenherr

the-best-place-to-read-by-debbie-bertram  the-book-with-no-pictures-by-b-j-novak   the-librarian-from-the-black-lagoon-by-mike-thaler   wolf-by-becky-bloomwe-are-in-a-book-by-mo-willems  my-librarian-is-a-camel-theme-reading that-book-woman-theme-readinglibrary-mouse-theme-reading


Theme: Silly

silly-theme-dogs-dont-wear-sneakers-by-laura-numeroff    silly-theme-baghead-by-jarett-krosoczka    silly-theme-april-foolishness-by-teresa-batemansilly-tilly-by-eileen-spinelli

to-market-to-market-by-anne-miranda  silly-sally-by-audrey-wood    silly-goose-by-marni-mcgee never-take-a-shark-to-the-dentist-by-judi-barrett    rhyming-dust-bunnies-by-jan-thomas    sally-and-the-purple-socks-by-lisze-bechtold    mrs-mcnosh-hangs-up-her-wash-by-sarah-weeks make-way-for-dumb-bunnies-by-sue-denim    38-dont-be-silly-mrs-millie-by-judy-cox    dont-let-the-pigeon-drive-the-bus-theme-silly   parts-theme-sillysome-dogs-do-silly-theme


Theme: Growth Mindset

Mary Cay Ricci (2013) defines a growth mindset as “a belief system that suggests that one’s intelligence can be grown or developed with persistence, effort, and a focus on learning.”

Dr. Carol Dweck describes mindset as a simple idea:  In a fixed mindset, one believes their talents and abilities are “fixed” traits.  Belief: Talent alone creates success, without effort. Time is spent documenting instead of developing

In a growth mindset, one believes that their most basic abilities can be developed through dedication and hard work.  Brains and talent are just a starting point.  A growth mindset creates a love of learning and a resilience that is essential for great accomplishments

The following is a selection of books for the Theme of Growth Mindset:

amazing-grace-by-mary-hoffman

 

Amazing Grace by Mary Hoffman  

Resistance and perseverance, success despite opposition

 

 


making-a-splash-gobrain-growth-mindset-for-kids-by-carol-e-reiley

 

Making a Splash – GoBrain! Growth Mindset for Kids by Carol E. Reiley  Hard work and effort really can lead to success as two siblings find out

 

 


miss-malarkey-leaves-no-reader-behind-by-kevin-omalley

 

Miss Malarkey Leaves No Reader Behind by Kevin O’Malley   Finding the right book for every student

 

 


mistakes-that-worked-by-charlotte-jones

 

Mistakes That Worked by Charlotte Jones   Fascinating stories behind mistakes like popsicles and potato chips. Hilarious cartoons and weird facts!

 

 


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Moondance by Frank Asch   Bear learns to challenge negative beliefs and follow his desire

 

 


oh-the-places-youll-go-by-dr-seuss

 

 

Oh, The Places You’ll Go! by Dr. Seuss   The importance of staying determined

 


reginas-big-mistake-by-marissa-moss

 

Regina’s Big Mistake by Marissa Moss   A young girl learns that making mistakes is okay

 

 


sally-jean-the-bicycle-queen-by-cari-best

 

Sally Jean, the Bicycle Queen by Cari Best   Determination is needed to learn to ride a bike

 

 


spaghetti-in-a-hot-dog-bun-having-the-courage-to-be-who-you-are-by-maria-dismondy

Spaghetti in a Hot Dog Bun. Having the Courage to Be Who You Are by Maria Dismondy   Lucy is one of a kind and she learns to have the courage to make a good choice. Doing the right thing and being proud of yourself, even when you are faced with challenges, is empowering.

 

 


thanks-for-the-feedback-i-think-best-me-i-can-be-by-julia-cook

 

Thanks For the Feedback, I Think (Best me I can be!) by Julia Cook   RJ is doing well and also needs to work on some things. He learns how to respond appropriately to different kinds of feedback.

 

 


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Thank you, Mr. Falker by Patricia Polacco   Persistence and determination in learning to read

 

 

 


the-empty-pot-by-demi

The Empty Pot by Demi   Persistence and tenacity are recognized more than lack of production

 

 

 


the-girl-who-never-made-mistakes-by-mark-pett-and-gary-rubinstein

 

The Girl Who Never Made Mistakes by Mark Pett and Gary Rubinstein    Learning from your mistakes can be an enjoyable task!

 

 


the-kid-who-invented-the-popsicle-and-other-extraordinary-stories-behind-everyday-things-by-don-l-wulffson

The Kid Who Invented the Popsicle and other Extraordinary Stories Behind Everyday Things by Don L. Wulffson   114 everyday inventions and the fun stories behind them in anecdotal, fun-to-read text

 

 

 


the-most-magnificent-thing-by-ashley-spires

The Most Magnificent Thing by Ashley Spires   The story of a little girl and her canine friend in a clever story about perspective and perseverance

 

 

 


the-name-of-the-tree-by-celia-barker-lottridge

 

The Name of the Tree by Celia Barker Lottridge   Bantu folktale – the animal that tries the hardest, not the one endowed with the greatest talents, helps solve a problem.

 

 


the-power-of-self-d-willie-bohanon-friends-learn-the-power-of-self-determination-by-kip-jonesThe Power of Self-D: Willie Bohanon & Friends Learn the Power of Self-Determination by Kip Jones   Graphic novel/comic book style about the power of self-determination as the key to success

 

 

 


the-short-tree-and-the-bird-that-could-not-singThe Short Tree and the Bird That Could Not Sing   Bouncing back from feeling inadequate

 

 

 


the-tortoise-and-the-hare

 

The Tortoise and the Hare by Various Authors  Slow and steady wins the race

 

 


the-very-busy-spider-by-eric-carle

 

 

The Very Busy Spider by Eric Carle   Spider works very hard to create his web

 


wilma-unlimited-how-wilma-rudolph-became-the-worlds-fastest-woman-by-kathleen-krull  

Wilma Unlimited: How Wilma Rudolph Became the World’s Fastest Woman by Kathleen Krull Perseverance

 

 


would-you-rather-be-a-princess-or-a-dragon

 

Would You Rather… by Various Authors  You can be both…Consequences of the choices we make…

 

 


fantastic-elastic-brain-stretch-shape-it-by-joann-deakYour Fantastic Elastic Brain Stretch It, Shape It by JoAnn Deak   Trying new things without giving up is like lifting weights for your muscles

 


 Theme: Favorite Short Story Collections


best-shorts-favorite-stories-for-sharing-edited-by-avi-c-shuteBest Shorts: Favorite Stories for Sharing Edited by Avi, & C Shute   Newbery Medal–winning author Avi selected short stories in a variety of genres, about loyal pets, rogue waves, ghosts who use cell phones, and more.

 

 

 


scholastic-read-aloud-anthology-grades-5-up-by-janet-allen-and-patrick-daley Scholastic Read-Aloud Anthology Grades 5 & Up by Janet Allen and Patrick Daley short, captivating read alouds to keep your kids on the edge of their seat.

 

 

 


woman-hollering-creek-and-other-stories-by-sandra-cisnerosWoman Hollering Creek: And Other Stories by Sandra Cisneros   Sandra Cisneros has the amazing ability to choose the most moving vocabulary. As a storyteller, she experiments with bold prose. Each story is written in a individual literary voice and style.

 

 


shelf-life-stories-by-the-book-by-gary-paulsenShelf Life: Stories by the Book by Gary Paulsen  Newbery Honor author Gary Paulsen asked prominent authors to write an original story; the only restriction was that each story was to include mention of a book. This is a collection of ten original stories, with proceeds of the sale of the book to benefit ProLiteracy Worldwide, an international network whose mission is to change lives through literacy.

 


read-all-about-it-by-jim-trelease

 

Read All About It! by Jim Trelease   Great read-aloud stories, poems, & newspaper pieces for preteens and teens. Various genres represented

 

 


For more of My Favorite Children’s Picture and Chapter Books, Middle Grade and YA – Click on  Blog Posts Favorite Children’s Books, Favorite Middle Grade Books, and Favorite Teen Novels