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Special Book Collection and Poetry

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Special Collection Index-- A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

Ingmarie Ahvander
Pancake Dreams


Anderson, M. T.
Me, All Alone, at the End of the World [A boy enjoys the small pleasures and treasure of the world until a "Professional Visionary," builds an inn and an amusement park, demanding that tourists come and have "Fun Without End!"] Gorgeous! Don't miss this book.

Paint Me Like I Am: Teen Poems from Writerscorps is a powerful and remarkable collection of nearly 100 poems written by homeless and at-risk teens taking part in writing programs run by a national alliance called WritersCorps. Recommended for any teen.
[Foreward by Nikki Giovanni]

Arnold Adoff
Roots and Blues: A Celebration (Ages 9-12) (2011) [celebrates that uniquely American form of music called the blues. In his signature “shaped speech” style, Adoff creates a narrative of moments and joyous music, from the drums of the ancestors, the red dirt of the plantations, the current of the mighty Mississippi, and the shackles, blood, and tears of slavery.] Brilliantly illustrated by R. Gregory Christie.

Martha Alexander
Max and the Dumb Flower Picture [Max's teacher wants the class to color-in pictures for Mother's Day presents, but Max knows that his mother would not want a dumb flower picture drawn by someone else. Determined to express his creativity, Max draw his own picture and not only inspires the rest of the class to create their own original artwork but also enlightens the teacher.] Ages 5-7
Jaime Adoff
The Song Shoots Out of My Mouth: A Celebration of Music - Ages 10-14+ [collection of 24 poems/free form/diverse/hits the high notes/author debut]

Jon Agee
Orangutan Tongs: Poems to Tangle Your Tongue (Ages 7-10)

Giles Andreae
Giraffes Can't Dance [Fitting in]
Jill Bennett
Grandad's Tree: Poems about Families
Berger, Carin
Not So True Stories & Unreasonable Rhymes
Maya Angelou
Life Doesn't Frighten Me
Berry, James
Around the World in Eighty Poems [imaginary journey through 51 countries/ invites children to share in the richness of cultures around the globe.

Blackaby, Susan
Nest, Nook, and Cranny - poems that explore the many kinds of homes animals make for themselves along with extensive back matter on animal habitats and the ins and outs of writing poetry. Wonderful line drawings by Jamie Hogan. (Ages 8-11)

The Emperor's New Clothes [Lesson Plan Included]
Once Upon a Fairy Tale: Four Favorite Stories [contemporary]
Brooks, Gwendolyn (1917-2000)
Bronzeville Boys and Girls - Ages 7-10 - poems that celebrate the joy, beauty, imagination, and freedom of childhood. Diversity.
Ashley Bryan [click here for Ashley Bryan]

Bulion, Leslie
At the Sea Floor Cafe: Odd Ocean Critter Poems (Ages 8-11)

Lewis Carroll
Jabberwocky [Uniquely sophisticated illustrations by Stéphane Jorisch. Read the Interview]

Miriam Chaikin
Don't Step on the Sky: A Handful of Haiku

Margaret Chodos-Irvine
My House Is Singing (Ages 4-8] [celebrates the places and spaces that make a house a home.]

Kathi Appelt
Incredible ME! [what makes you special?/celebration of Self]
Bats on Parade
Coombs, Kate
Water Sings Blue [Ocean Poems/endless resonance of the sea] (Ages 3-8)

Crisler, Curtis L.
Tough Boy Sonatas [powerful and hard-hitting]

June Cotner, Compiler
Amazing Graces: Prayers and Poems for Children

cummings, e. e.
E. E. Cummings: A Poet's Life by Catherine Reef [well-rounded portrait of Cummings while examining the culture in which he lived as he developed his craft/comprehensive biography includes Cummings’s original sketches and paintings, quotes from friends and family, photographs, and the poetry of Cummings and his peers. Bibliography, endnotes, index.
Edward Ardizzone (1900-1979)
Little Tim Series
Kalli Dakos
Put Your Eyes Up Here: And Other School Poems [poems and mini plays/challenges and triumphs in the classroom] (Ages 7-10)
If You're Not Here, Please Raise Your Hand: Poems About School (Ages 7-10)
Emily Dickinson
Emily Dickinson's Letters to the World [introduction to Emily Dickinson]
Meshack Asare
Sosu's Call [disability/handicap/prejudice/courage] Ages 6 Up
Roald Dahl
Roald Dahl's Revolting Rhymes
Richard Bach
Jonathan Livingston Seagull
Messiah's Handbook: Reminders for the Advanced Soul
Rebecca Kai Dotlich
Lemonade Sun: And Other Summer Poems
Sweet Dreams of the Wild: Poems for Bedtime
Castles: Old Stone Poems
Bella & Bean [this sweet, clever tale will remind you there is perfect poetry to mismatched friends.]

Sheila Bailey
The Wizard and King Whifflegroan
Special People, Special Ways
We're All Special

Julia Durango
Under the Mambo Moon [music store customers tell of a favorite form of Latin dance or music—from salsa to tango to the cha-cha-cha. Back matter includes a map, an author's note, and further information about the diverse musical heritage of Latin America. Poetry.] (Ages 8-11)

Wallace Edwards
Mixed Beasts [bizarre beasts, such as the Bumblebeaver and the Rhinocerostrich in their natural environment/exotic flora and fauna hidden in each remarkable painting and poem.]

Engle, Margarita
The Poet Slave of Cuba: A Biography of Juan Francisco Manzano [Powerful poetry. Brief Afterword fills in historical background.] Ages 12 Up
Karen English
Speak to Me: (And I Will Listen between the Lines) [six inner-city third-graders talk about their school day/perceptive/free-verse poems]
James M. Barrie
Peter Pan [Lesson Plan Included]
Lost Boy: The Story of the Man Who Created Peter Pan by Jane Yolen (2010) Ages 7-10 [picture-book biography of James Barrie, the creator of Peter Pan. Barrie’s young childhood was marked by sorrow, but also held great adventure. His adult life and relationship with the Davies family brought about a second childhood that helped him to create his lasting triumph. Masterfully illustrated by Steve Adams. Using Barrie’s own words, Jane Yolen tells the story of the author and the boys who changed his life.]
Paul Fleischman
Big Talk: Poems for Four Voices (Ages 10-13) - A collection of poems to be read aloud by four people, with color-coded text to indicate which lines are read by which readers.

Ralph Fletcher
Hello, Harvest Moon - Ages 4-8
Twilight Comes Twice - Ages 4-7

Graeme Base
The Sign of the Seahorse: A Tale of Greed and High Adventure in Two Acts
My Grandma Lived in Gooligulch
The Eleventh Hour: A Curious Mystery
The Discovery of Dragons
Doug Florian [ Books in Nature Section]
Poem Runs: Baseball Poems
Zoo's Who (2005)
Omnibeasts (2004)
Lizards, Frogs, And Polliwogs (2001)
Mammalabilia: Poems And Paintings (2000)
Laugh-Eteria (1999)
Insectlopedia (1998)
In The Swim: Poems And Paintings (1997)
On The Wing: Bird Poems And Paintings
Beast Feast (1994)
L. Frank Baum
The Wizard of OZ - 100th Anniversary Edition 2000
Extensive Resources

Karen Beaumont
I LIKE MYSELF! [an ode to self-esteem for ages 3-7/self acceptance] No matter if they stop or stare,/ no person/ ever/ anywhere/ can make me feel that what they see/ if all there really is to me. Now available in Lap Board Book

Betsy Franco
Messing Around on the Monkey Bars: and Other School Poems for Two Voices (Ages 7-9)

Kristine O'Connell George
Hummingbird Nest: A Journal of Poems
Little Dog Poems [Lesson Plan]
The Great Frog Race and Other Poems
Old Elm Speaks: Tree Poems
Swimming Upstream: Middle School Poems "Where do I fit?/Nothing is clear./Can already tell/this will be/a jigsaw year."
Emma Dilemma: Big Sister Poems

Ludwig Bemelmans
Mad About Madeline: The Complete Tales
Charles Ghigna (Father Goose)
Giovanni, Nikki
COTTON CANDY ON A RAINY DAY - Collection of Giovanni's Poems
Barbara Helen Berger
Grandfather Twilight
Jan Greenberg (Editor)
Heart to Heart: New Poems Inspired by Twentieth-Century American Art - Ages 10 Up [more info in Art Section ]

Eloise Greenfield
Honey, I Love and Other Love Poems [25th Anniversary edition with pictures by Diane and Leo Dillon] All Ages. Simply beautiful.
In the Land of Words: New and Selected Poems
The Friendly Four [four young people explore the bonds of friendship, family, and community]
Brothers & Sisters: Family Poems [Brothers and sisters can be dear, can be company, can bring cheer, can start arguments, can make noise, can cause tears, can break toys . . . a powerful and special bond] (Ages 5-9)

Jody Bergsma


Binkow, Howard
Howard B. Wigglebottom Learns It's OK to Back Away [how to handle  anger issues and back away from conflicts] Ages 4-7
Howard B. Wigglebottom Learns to Listen [improve listening skills and pay attention] Ages 4-7
Howard B. Wigglebottom Listens to His Heart [wanting to belong/ fitting in/self esteem/to be true to himself.
Howard B. Wigglebottom Learns About Bullies [being bullied at school/feeling safe] Ages 4-8
Howard B. Wigglebottom Learns About Mud and Rainbows [teaches children how to indentify situations that can not be changed and make the best of it by looking for the positive side of things.] Ages 4-8
Howard B. Wigglebottom and the Monkey on His Back: A Tale About Telling the Truth [Even though Howard's conscience told him lying was wrong; he chose to lie anyway- why not? It was easy and he got away with it most of the time. Soon he realized that he felt sad and uncomfortable with himself. How can he make this bad feeling go away?] Ages 4-8
Howard B. Wigglebottom Learns Too Much of a Good Thing Is Bad Over-eating and over-doing. Too much! Pleasures and Consequences. Howard learns that through discipline and moderation, he can have a sense of personal power. Lessons and Reflections included. Ages 3-7
Howard B. Wigglebottom and the Power of Giving: A Christmas Story [Howard liked owning but not sharing. At Christmas time, he learned the joy of giving and to value real things instead of stuff. Tips/lessons included.]
Howard B. Wigglebottom Learns about Sportsmanship [Introduces 4-8 year olds to concepts like respect, camaraderia, teamwork and the plasures of playing sports and games for the fun of it.]
Howard B. Wigglebottom Learns About Courage [This book explains to 4-8 year olds in a simple playful way how to work with fear issues. Educator and counselor approved. Tips and lessons included.
Howard B. Wigglebottom On Yes or No: A Fable About Trust [This picture book, through gentle humor introduces to young children, ages 4-8, the concepts that trust is earned and that it¹s OK to say no. Educator and Counselor approved. Tips and lessons are included.
Heard, Georgia
This Place I Know: Poems of Comfort [18 picture book artists are featured in thie collection, each illustrating a poem by esteemed poets. Their words and images of grief, comfort, and hope are for all to find our way.]
William J. Higginson
Haiku Handbook: How to Write, Share, and Teach Haiku
Haiku World: An International Poetry Almanac

Gilchrist, Jan Spivey
MY AMERICA - developing an appreciation of each other and celebrating our country's wealth of natural resources. - Ages 4 and Up

Anne Blackshaw & Tim McKee
No More Strangers Now: Young Voices from a New South Africa [first person stories - experiences under Apartheid]

Bloom, Suzanne
A Mighty Fine Time Machine [It may look like an ordinary box, but an Aardvark named Grant and an Armadillo named Antoine see it for what it really is - a time machine! Under the supervision of their friend Samantha, an Anteater, they cobble together a bunch of thingmabobs and hoozie-doozies to turn the empty box into a marvellous device for travelling through time. The time machine is a total flop, but.... (bookmobile!)] Build your own!

Nikki Grimes
Thanks a Million [sixteen extraordinary poems that range in form from a haiku to a rebus to a riddle, Nikki Grimes reminds us how wonderful it is to feel thankful, and how powerful a simple "thank you" can be.]
Words with Wings (Ages 8-12) Daydreamers. (70 poems)
Barbara Bottner
Charlene Loves to Make Noise [shyness]
The Scaredy Cats (2003) [blowing our fears way out of proportion]
Wallace's Lists [over-programmed kids/trying new experiences/unlikely friends/spontaneity].
Linda Oatman High
Sister Slam and the Poetic Motormouth Roadtrip - YA

Anna Grossnickle Hines [See Special Collection]
Pieces: A Year in Poems and Quilts
Winter Lights: A Season in Poems & Quilts

Corinne Demas Bliss
Matthew's Meadow - [learning to "think beyond your thoughts"] - All Ages

Michael Bond
A Bear Called Paddington: 50th Anniversary Edition [In 1958, the story of a little bear found in London's Paddington Station wearing the sign "Please look after this bear" was first published and has been beloved by children around the world ever since. At the time of its publication, one reviewer said, "It should be compulsory reading for all children from six to sixty." This deluxe anniversary edition includes full-color art throughout by the original artist, Peggy Fortnum.]

Lee Bennett Hopkins
Hoofbeats, Claws & Rippled Fins: Creature Poems - Ages 9-12 [14 poems inspired by artist Stephen Alcorn's woodcuts]
Wonderful Words: Poems About Reading, Writing, Speaking, and Listening - Ages 6-11
Oh, No! Where Are My Pants? and Other Disasters [14 poems for kids 5-9. Ever wonder whether anyone else knows what it's like to have a really bad day?]
Give Me Wings [encourages imagination]
Amazing Faces (Ages 6-11) - our faces mirror emotions/what brings us together/
Connie Bowen
I Believe in Me
Patricia Hubbell
City Kids
A Grass Green Gallop
Sandra Boynton
YAY YOU: Moving Out, Moving Up, Moving on [All Ages - transition, change, graduation]
The Going To Bed Book (preK Board Book)
Langston Hughes [more in Black History]
The Dream Keeper and Other Poems
Vanita Braver
Madison's Patriotic Project [Trying your best and accepting that you will not always win are what truly counts.]
Madison and the Two Wheeler [emphasizes that determination is a key ingredient in achieving your goals.]
Denise Brennan-Nelson
Someday Is Not a Day of the Week "We can't always make room for the things that matter most," Sunday said kindly. "If you want to do something, Max, don't wait for Someday, pick one of us."
Paul B. Janeczko (Editor)
Stone Bench in an Empty Park - Ages 10 Up [Haiku/black and white photographs/20 contributors/a reflection of all that is city life]
Requiem: Poems of the Terezin Ghetto YA - collection of poems goes inside the walls of the notorious camp to portray the indomitable spirit of those incarcerated there.
Normal Bridwell
Paul B. Janeczko; Chris Raschka, Illustrator
A Kick in the Head: An Everyday Guide to Poetic Forms [lively examples of twenty-nine poetic forms, demonstrating not only the (sometimes bendable) rules of poetry, but also the spirit that brings these forms so wonderfully to life.] Must have! Ages 8-11
Foot in the Mouth: Poems to Speak, Sing and Shout [More than three dozen poems that simply beg to be read aloud. A range of gems, from classic Shakespeare and Lear to anonymous rhymes to contemporary riffs on everything under the sun. Another must-have. Ages 8-12
Tor Age Bringsvaerd
When Two Are Angry at Each Other (Ages 3 & up) [hilarious picture book that shows children (and adults) how silly we can appear when we’re angry. Children will learn that they don’t have to stay angry. Anyone can be the first to say “I’m sorry."]
Ruffen: The Sea Serpent Who Couldn't Swim (Ages 6 & up) [Visit the mythical world of the seven seas in this classic children’s tale about Ruffen—a very small sea serpent who lives on a mysterious, invisible island. Ruffen braves the world of waves and travels to America to become a hero. This is a happy world of castles, and a lovable sea serpent who makes new friends, conquers his inability to swim, and becomes a hero. Brilliantly illustrated by Thore Hansen].
Alan Katz
Take Me Out of the Bathtub (Ages 2-6)
OOPS! (Ages 7-10)
Smelly Locker: Silly Dilly School Songs (Ages 4-8) [snappy new lyrics to familiar songs touch on everything that goes on at school -- from backbreaking backpacks and troublesome tests to antics in the lunchroom, at recess, and more.]
Going, Going, Gone!: And Other Silly Dilly Sports Songs (Ages 6-8)
Poems I Wrote When No One Was Looking [Follow-up to OOPS!. 100 more fun poems... "Do not click!/ And do not clunk!/ I'm onomatopoeiaing"] (Ages 6 up)
Walter R. Brooks

Twenty-nine (29) titles which chronicle the adventures of Freddy, a talking pig and his Bean Farm friends. First published between 1927 and 1958, and illustrated by Kurt Wiese.

Jeff Brown
Flat Stanley [The Flat Stanley Project]
Bobbi Katz
Pocket Poems [collection of 50 short, easy to recite, easy to memorize, fun poems]
Laurie K. Brown & Marc Brown

Marc Brown
What's The Big Secret? Talking About Sex With Girls and Boys
How To Be A Friend: A Guide To Making Friends and Keeping Them
When Dinosaurs Die: A Guide To Understanding Death
Dinosaurs Divorce

Margaret Wise Brown (1910-1952 )
Goodnight Moon - 50th Anniversary
The Runaway Bunny
The Little Island
Two Little Trains [newly illustrated by Diane and Leo Dillon]
The Important Book
Robin's Room
Sneakers the Seaside Cat (2003)

Caroline Kennedy (John J. Muth, Illustrator)
A Family of Poems: My Favorite Poetry for Children

X.J. Kennedy
Exploding Gravy: Poems to Make You Laugh
X.J. Kennedy and Dorothy M. Kennedy
Talking Like The Rain: A Read-to-Me Book of Poems

Marcia Brown
Stone Soup
Robert Kinerk
Oh, How Sylvester Can Pester!: And Other Poems More or Less About Manners (Aes 4-7) Feel good. Feel glad. Feel proud. Feel right. / And the secret to that is to just be polite.

Dean Koontz
The Paper Doorway: Funny Verse and Nothing Else - Ages 9-12

Anthony Browne
Voices in the Park
Willy the Champ, Willy the Dreamer, Willy the Wimp
My Dad
Ruth Krauss, Maurice Sendak (Illustrator)
I'll Be You and You Be Me
Karla Kuskin
Moon, Have You Met My Mother: The Collected Poems of Karla Kuskin - Ages 6-9
Jeff Brumbeau
The Quiltmaker's Gift [generosity]
Quilts from the Quiltmaker's Gift
Miss Hunnicutt's Hat [being yourself]
Edward Lear
The Owl and the Pussycat - A new and brilliantly illustrated reinterpretation of a classic. The artist's vision begins in a segregated world where different species never mix and everyone hides behind a mask. An artstocratic owl and a bohemian pussycat find each other and excape society's disapproval by sailing in their pea green boat to "the land where the bong-tree grows," a utopia of mismatched creatures living together, their masks doffed for good.

Constance Levy
Splash! Poems of Our Watery World - Ages 8 Up [collection of 34 poems about water, mist, fog, waves, etc.]
A Crack In The Clouds And Other Poems - Ages 8-11
When Whales Exhale: And Other Poems - Ages 8-11

Eve Bunting
Your Move [Making good decisions]
Can You Do This, Old Badger? [intergenerational story/grandpa's wisdom]
J. Patrick Lewis
The Underwear Salesman: And Other Jobs for Better or Verse [Have you ever talked at length with an exterminator? Or had a heart-to-heart with an ice sculptor? Or waxed philosophical with an acrobat? This is the poetry book for you! Employment possibilities? About 50 set to poetry. This is clever!] (Ages 7-11)
Edgar Allan Poe's Pie: Math Puzzlers in Classic Poems [Is this poetry? Math? A brainteaser? Yes! It’s all that and more. These reimagined classic poems—such as Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Raven” and Langston Hughes’s “April Rain Song”—add a dash of math. With Silly parodies and the Wacky art, kids won’t guess they’re learning! Answers appear unobtrusively on each page, and engaging information about the original poets is included. Math games and concepts, poetry and poet biographies—it’s all so cleverly put together.] Another must-have! (Ages 6-9)

John Lithgow
The Poets' Corner: The One-and-Only Poetry Book for the Whole Family - Every reader will enjoy reciting or listening to these poems with the entire family, appreciating how each one comes to life through the spoken word in this superlative poetry collection.

Lessie Jones Little
Children of Long Ago: Poems (All ages) [seventeen poems that detail the daily pleasures of the African American childhood during the early 1900s.]

Low, Alice
The Fastest Game on Two Feet and Other Poems about How Sports Began (Ages 6-10)

Sandford Lyne
Soft Hay Will Catch You: Poems by Young People [100 young people, from ages 8 to 18, share their thoughts and feelings about the world they live in.]
Ten-Second Rainshowers: Poems by Young People [130 young people share poems about childhood, home and family, challenges, friendship and love, solitude and spirit]

Hugh Lupton
The Songs of Birds: Stories and Poems from Many Cultures

Frances Hodgson Burnett (1849-1924)
Inside the Secret Garden: A Treasury of Crafts, Recipes and Activities
The Secret Garden
A Little Princess
Magsamen, Susan H.
The Classic Treasury of Childhood Wonders: Favorite Adventures, Stories, Poems, and Songs for Making Lasting Memories (Ages 3-8) A lot packed into this book.

Martin, Jr. Bill (1916-2004)
The Bill Martin Jr Big Book of Poetry (Ages 4-10) [anthology of Bill Martin Jr.'s favorite poems (almost 200).

Milker, Kate
Poems in Black and White - Ages 6 and Up

Laura Ann Campbell
Storybooks for Tough Times
Tony Mitton
Plum [delicious, mysterious, thoughtful, captivating collection of poetry and art]. "As I went walking down Green Man Lane / I met a stranger there. / His clothes were all of foliage / and tangled was his hair."
The Jungle Run [Being small can be best of all! Cub may be little compared to the other animals, but she's quick and clever. And she knows just how to show the rest of the jungle what a winner she is!]
Janell Cannon
Little Yau
David McCord
Every Time I Climb a Tree
[ collection of 25 poems for young children demonstrating McCord's gift of "making serious ideas unforgettable and ordinary events extraordinary."]
Eric Carle
Panda Bear, Banda Bear, What Do You See? [endangered animals] 2003
The Very Busy Cricket
From Head to Toe [self esteem and confidence builder]
The Very Hungry Caterpillar [metamorphosis of a butterfly]
A House For Hermit Crab [embracing change, cooperation]
The Very Busy Spider [use of senses]
The Tiny Seed [life cycle of a flower]
Tom Thumb [Four tales written by the Brothers Grimm: Tom Thumb, The Fisherman and His Wife, Hans in Luck, and The Seven Swabians].
Heidi Mordhorst
Pumpkin Butterfly: Poems from the Other Side of Nature [23 thought-provoking poems about the other side of nature. Chock full of wonder and beauty. Epiphany Forest/Winter Linens/Cauldron Full of Compost/Guest List: Charles Darwin's Garden Party] (Ages 7-11)

Jeffrey Moss
The Butterfly Jar

Myers, Christopher
Jabberwocky Reimagined by Myers as a face-off on the basketball court with his signature exuberant, high-energy art.

Nancy Carlson
Smile a Lot! [life's ups/downs; power of positive thinking/working through it]
How to Lose All Your Friends
I Like Me!
Marilyn Nelson
Carver: A Life in Poems - YA. Biographiy of George Washington Carver in poems.
Giora Carmi
Circle of Friends - All Ages - A young boy shares his snack with a homesless man/cycle of good will/you get back what you give/wordless picture book/powerful message]
Judith Nicholls
The Sun in Me: Poems About the Planet [collection of poets/our connection to earth]

Alfred Noyes
The Highwayman illustrated by Murray Kimber. [doomed love] - Ages 10 up.

Lewis Carroll, DeLoss MGraw, Illustrator
About Charles Lutwidge Dodgson (1832-1898) aka Lewis Carroll
Lewis Carroll, the photographer
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland [Lesson Plans ] [Carroll's Online Texts ]
Alice Through the Looking Glass
Lewis Carroll, Photographer
The Annotated Alice : Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland & Through the Looking-Glass [Ages 9 Up]
Naomi Shihab Nye
Come With Me: Poems for a Journey
The Space Between Our Footsteps:
Poems and Paintings from the Middle East
The Tree Is Older Than You Are:
Bilingual Poems and Stories from Mexico
Lullaby Raft
This Same Sky: A Collection of Poems from Around the World
Honeybee: Poems and Short Prose
Nancy L. Carlson
I Like Me ! [Love yourself. Self-respect/self-portrait/self-esteem. Good for all ages]
Okutoro, Lydia
Quiet Storm: Voices from Young Black Poets [YA]
Cecil Castellucci
Grandma's Gloves [A child who loses a beloved grandparent finds comfort in carrying on the activities they shared in this sweet, genuine look at a universal rite of passage.]

Peter Catalanotto
Dad & Me [relationship between fathers and sons]

Susan Pearson (Selected by)
The Drowsy Hours: Poems for Bedtime
Denys Cazet
Minnie and Moo Series [Early Chapter Books]

Neil Philip (Selected by)
The Fish is Me: Bathtime Rhymes
Miguel de Cervantes
Don Quixote retold by Martin Jenkins and beautifully illustrated by Chris Riddell (Ages 10 up) [Don Quixote has forever memorialized the story of a Spanish gentleman who reads so many books about chivalric knighthood that he is convinced his own destiny is to become a knight-errant. And so he embarks upon a series of fantastical adventures across sixteenth-century Spain, accompanied by his faithful and philosophical squire, Sancho Panza. This is must-have purchase]
Charlotte Pomerantz
Thunderboom! Poems for Everyone (Ages 7-10) [fun, fun, fun...good read-aloud]
William Henry Channing
My Symphony
Jack Prelutsky
The Frogs Wore Red Suspenders
Awful Ogre's Awful Day
It's Raining Pigs & Noodles
The Beauty of the Beast: Poems from the Animal Kingdom
The Gargoyle on the Roof
My Dog May Be a Genius (2008)
...and more
Janet Charters
The General Anniversary Edition - 50 years of celebrating peace and beauty. [There once was a general who fell off his horse, only to discover the beauty of flowers and nature. From that day on, he vowed to change the world around him by embracing peace.] Michael Forman, illustrator. All ages.
Chih-Yuan Chen
Guji Guji [being different/acceptance/family values/loyalty]
James Clavell (1924-1994)
Lucille Clifton
One of the Problems of Everett Anderson [Use to explore child abuse]
Ryan Price [Visions in Poetry Series]
The Raven
Diana Cohn
Namaste! [Gentle story about recognizing and honoring the sacred in one another are delightful details of daily life in Nepal. Afterword and glossary of terms.] Ages 5-8

Barbara H. Cole
Anna & Natalie [Anna and her seeing-eye dog Natalie are chosen by Anna’s teacher to participate in the wreath-laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery.] (Teaching Tools)
James Proimos
If I Were in Charge the Rules Would Be Different [poetry] - Ages 7-9
Evelyn Coleman
White Socks Only
To Be a Drum
The Riches of Oseola McCarty
Bob Raczka
GUYKU: A Year of Haiku for Boys ["The wind and I play/ tug-of-war with my new kite./ The wind is winning." "If this puddle could/ talk, I think it would tell me/ to splash my sister." Halfdan Rasmussen
A Little Bitty Man and Other Poems for the Very Young PreS-Age 7
Ross Collins
Busy Night [calming nighttime anxiety/taking charge of your bad dreams] [humorous]
Catherine Reef
Walt Whitman [Ages 12 Up] [Resource: The Walt Whitman Archive ]
Charlene Costanzo
The Twelve Gifts of Birth (1998)
Michael Rosen
A Spider Bought a Bicycle: and Other Poems For Young Children (Ages 6-10) [features the work of such classic poets as Tennyson, Shakespeare, and Coleridge, as well as traditional playground rhymes and folk songs from around the world./Selected poems address many different themes and moods, including funny, sad, wistful, and intriguing poems.]
The Cuckoo's Haiku: and Other Birding Poems [A joyful primer on the pleasures of bird-watching merges haiku, notes for identifying species, and exquisite watercolor illustrations.] Ages 6-10. Adults, too. Must have.
Sharon Creech
Fishing in the Air [creating Father and Son memories]
Deborah Ruddell
A Whiff of Pine, a Hint of Skunk: A Forest of Poems [23 poems take a lighthearted romp through the four seasons.]
Robin Cruise
Little Mama Forgets [Every morning, Lucy tiptoes into her grandmother’s room to wake her with a gentle tickle. Little Mamá always remembers to tickle Lucy right back! But Lucy knows there are things her abuelita sometimes forgets – like the way to the park or how to tie her shoes. Still, there’s much that Little Mamá remembers and shares. / A lyrical text with Spanish words and phrases and vibrant art spiced with cultural details capture the give-and-take in this lively Hispanic family and celebrate the special bonds that exist between young and old.
Liz Rosenberg (Editor)
Light-Gathering Poems - Ages 12 Up. An anthology of mostly classic poems by famous poets:  Byron, Dickinson, Frost, Ginsberg, Hughes, Issa, Keats, Oliver, Rilke,  Rumi, Stafford, Yeats, and lots more. Biographical information at the end of the book.  Beautiful collection.

Carl Sandburg (1878-1967) Vagabond. Soldier. Reporter. Musician. Husband. Father. Storyteller. Historian. People's Poet. [Learn More: Carl Sandburg Historic Site Association]
Carl Sandburg: Adventures of a Poet

Cynthia Rylant
God Went to Beauty School - Ages 12 Up [creative, thought provoking, what if?]

Salas, Laura Purdie
BookSpeak!: Poems About Books [A collection of wacky, whimsical poems about books and all the treasures they contain]

Jamie Lee Curtis
I'm Gonna Like Me: Letting Off a Little Self-Esteem (2002)
Where Do Balloons Go? (2000)
Today I Feel Silly & Other Moods That Make My Day (1998)
Tell Me Again About the Night I Was Born (1998)
BIG WORDS for Little People (September 2008)

Dave Cutler
When I Wished I Was Alone [feelings/anger/resolution]
Once when I was a little child, I was very angry at my family.
I told them that I didn't love them.
I told them that I wished I never had a family and could always be alone...

Alice Schertle
Button Up!: Wrinkled Rhymes [Do the clothes in your closet have a life all their own? What about the critters who wear them?] (Ages 4-8)

Christine San Jose and Bill Johnson
Every Second Something Happens: Poems for the Mind and Senses (Ages 6-10) [ "a path" to interpreting the world through Gardner's theory of multiple intelligences]

Cat in the Hat
Dr. Theodor Seuss Geisel "Dr. Seuss"
Oh, the Places You'll Go!
The Cat in the Hat
Happy Birthday to You !
One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish
Green Eggs and Ham
My Many Colored Days
The Lorax
Listen to Mustn'ts, child, listen to the Don'ts.
Listen to the Shouldn'ts, the Impossibles, the Won'ts.
Listen to the Never Haves, then listen close to me.
Anything can happen, child, Anything can be.

-Shel Silverstein
Lawrence David
Beetle Boy [hearing your children/paying attention]
Shel Silverstein [book descriptions]
The Giving Tree
Where The Sidewalk Ends
A Light In the Attic
Falling Up
A Giraffe and a Half
Runny Babbit: A Billy Sook (2005)
Don't Bump the Glump!: And Other Fantasies (2008)
Katie Davis
Mabel the Tooth Fairy and How She Got Her Job [very clever/children will be certain to brush and floss after reading]
Marguerite W. Davol
Why Butterflies Go by on Silent Wings
Jennifer Donnelly
Humble Pie [selfishness/spoiled rotten/tantrums]

Mike Downs
You See a Circus. I See [First impressions are not always what they seem/"You see trapeze artists...I see my parents..." "But when I see a circus, I see...Home!"]

Sidman, Joyce
Dark Emperor and Other Poems of the Night (Ages 8-11) [Welcome to the night, where mice stir and furry moths flutter. Where snails spiral into shells as orb spiders circle in silk. Where the roots of oak trees recover and repair from their time in the light. Where the porcupette eats delicacies—raspberry leaves!—and coos and sings]
Marianne Dubuc
In Front of My House (Ages 4 up) [a whimsical celebration of a child's imagination and all the places it can travel. This circular story begins and ends in a tidy front yard, but in between takes the reader to mountains and mysterious caves, up to outer space, down into the ocean and beyond. It's a journey as boundless and surprising as young imaginations] Use as an example of creative storytelling.
Siegen-Smith, Nikki
Sea Dreams: Poems From Under the Waves - Ages 6-10
Alan Durant
Always and Forever (Ages 3-7) [experiencing loss of loved one and finding joy in memories]

Sarah Dyer
Five Little Fiends [selfishness/joy of sharing]

Singer, Marilyn
Footprints on the Roof: Poems About the Earth
Creature Carnival [poems that celebrate the weird] 2004
The Company of Crows: A Book of Poems
Turtle in July (1989)
Fireflies at Midnight (2003)
A Stick Is an Excellent Thing: Poems Celebrating Outdoor Play (2012)
Marian Wright Edelman
I Can Make a Difference (All Ages) [compilation of stories, poems, songs, quotations, and folktales that speak to all children to let them know that they can make a difference in today's world.]
Soto, Gary
Canto Familiar - Ages 9-12
Neighborhood Odes - Ages 9-12
Partly Cloudy: Poems of Love and Longing [teen love] Ages 11 up
Pamela Duncan Edwards
Rude Mule
Clara Caterpillar
HONK!: The Story of a Prima Swanerina
Livingstone Mouse
Four Famished Foxes and Fosdyke [alliteration]
Some Smug Slug [alliteration]
The Worrywarts [alliteration]
WARTHOGS IN A BOX: Counting-Colors-Sound
Dear Tooth Fairy [Letters to and from the Tooth Fairy/impatient for the first loose tooth]
Elizabeth Spires
The Mouse of Amherst -Ages 9 Up - introduction to Emily Dickinson
"I'm Nobody! Who are you? / Are you--Nobody--too? / Then there's a pair of us! / Don't tell! they'd banish us--you know!"
Emmaline... "It matters what we think, / What words we put in ink, / It matters what we feel / What feelings we conceal."
Laura Malone Elliott
Hunter's Best Friend at School
"Being a best friend doesn't mean always following along. Sometimes being a best friend means you have to help your friend be his best self."
Smith, Jr., Charles R.
Poems that capture the unique talents and determination of some of the best men and women in professional basketball.
Hoop Kings (Ages 8 and up)
Hoop Queens (Ages 8 and up)
Emberley, Ed and Anne Miranda
Glad Monster, Sad Monster: A Book About Feelings (PreK/K) [Glad, sad, silly, mad - monsters have all kinds of different feelings! In this innovative die-cut book you'll try on funny masks as you walk through the wide range of moods all little monsters (and kids!) experience. Fun, interactive way to explore the many different ways we feel!]
Rene Escudie and Ulises Wensell
Paul and Sebastian [children teach their parents about acceptance]
Eleanor Estes (1906-1988)
The Moffats
The Middle Moffat
Rufus M.
The Moffat Museum
Ginger Pye
The Alley
The Tunnel of Hugsy Goode
The Curious Adventures of Jimmy McGee
Eileen Spinelli [Interview]
Feathers: Poems About Birds (Ages 6-9)
When You Are Happy (Ages 3-6) "When you are afraid, / I will take your hand / and not let go-- / except once to borrow one hundred tiny stars / to spell out the words: YOU ARE SAFE."

James Stevenson
No Laughing, No Smiling, No Giggling

Betsy Everitt
Mean Soup [getting rid of frustrations]
Paul Fleischman [see also]
Weslandia [Meet an independent thinker, unafraid of new possibilities and open to change. ]
Elizabeth Swados
Hey You! C'Mere: A Poetry Slam [free-verse/rap-style poems/urban] Use to encourage your kids to write poetry.
Laura Fox, M.A.
I Am So Angry, I Could Scream: Helping Children Deal With Anger
Alfred Tennyson, Baron Tennyson, with superb illustrations by Genevieve Cote
The Lady of Shalott
Fitzpatrick, Marie-Louise
There [A little girl ponders what the future holds, steadfast in her determination to find out for herself. "Will there be a sign that says, 'Here is There'?" "Will I be really BIG, There?" "Will I wear sensible shoes and say sensible things?" "Will I know how to count the stars and how to fix the broken things?" Gorgeous landscapes and the briefest of text speak to the power of imagination and a lifelong journey toward tomorrow.]
Thomas, Joyce Carol
The Blacker the Berry [A collection of poems, including "Golden Goodness," "Cranberry Red," and "Biscuit Brown," celebrating individuality and Afro-American identity.] (Ages 6-8)

Trapani, Iza [entire collection here] [includes interview]

Debra Frasier
On The Day You Were Born
Out Of The Ocean
Miss Alaineus: A Vocabulary Disaster [should be in every classroom]
Lisa Wheeler
The Pet Project: Cute and Cuddly Vicious Verses [methodical, meticulous, and funny quest for the perfect pet]

Richard Wilbur
The Pig in the Spigot [Poetry] Ages 6-9

April Halprin Wayland
Girl Coming in for a Landing: A Novel in Poems - YA [Young girl nearing adolescence/poems span a school year] End notes offer suggestions for writing and submitting poetry.

Lisa Rowe Fraustino
The Hickory Chair [blind child] [intergenerational]
Robert Weinstock
Food Hates You, Too and Other Poems [playful, quirky poems highlight all the delightful absurdities of our most favorite -- and hated -- meals.] Ages 7-9.
Can You Dig It? [humorous collection that focuses on paleontologists, dinosaurs, and stone age people. Join the dig.] (Ages 4-7)
Russell Freedman
Confucius: The Golden Rule (Ages 9-12)
Nancy Wood
Spirit Walker: Poems
Sacred Fire: Poetry and Prose
Also read: How the Tiny People Grew Tall: An Original Creation Tale. Ages 7-9. [loosely based on Native American "emergence" myths.]
Saxton Freymann
How are You Peeling?
One Lonely Sea Horse
Mem Fox
Time For Bed
Wilfrid Gordon McDonald Partridge
Koala Lou
Possum Magic
Whoever You Are
Patrice Vecchione (Editor)
The Body Eclectic: An Anthology of Poems - YA
Truth and Lies: An Anthology of Poems - Ages 11 Up
Revenge and Forgiveness: An Anthology of Poems
Campbell Geeslin
Elena's Serenade - Ages 4-7 [Set in Mexico. Elena wants to be a glass blower. "Who ever heard of a girl glassblower?"/self-confidence/determination/gender roles. Spanish-English glossary precedes the text.]
Jane Yolen
A Mirror to Nature: Poems about Reflection (Ages 9-12) [connect science and poetry]
An Egret's Day
My Uncle Emily [Gilbert has an uncle (Emily Dickinson). She writes poetry about everything. But it’s a poem about truth that, after a fracas in school, he remembers best. “Tell all the Truth,” the poem begins... no matter how difficult it might be.]
Switching on the Moon: A Very First Book of Bedtime Poems
Birds of a Feather [Each poem and picture combination beautifully and thoughtfully captures both bird and a moment of time. Brief facts about each bird are included.]

Judy Young
R is for Rhyme: A Poetry Alphabet [collection of poems illustrating poetic tools, terms, and techniques. (Ages 5-10) Use in classroom for grades 3-5

Marc Gellman, Ph.D.
AND GOD CRIED, TOO: A KID'S BOOK OF HEALING AND HOPE by Marc Gellman, Harry Bliss (Illustrator) - Ages 7 Up
"This is a book for children, but it's also a book for adults who aren't sure how to bring hope to children who are sad or scared," says Gellman. "All kids deal with loss on some level, and helping them deal with resulting feelings of angers, sadness, and fear is an important part of every parent's job."
Margot Zemach
Some from the Moon Some from the Sun: Poems and Songs for Everyone - Ages 5-8. [Posthumous collection of 26 poems, Autobiography at end of book.
"When a big tree falls and people aren't near,/Does it really make a noise if no one can hear?"
Rabbi Marc Gellman and
Monsignor Thomas Hartman
Lost & Found: A Kid's Book for Living Through Loss
Tracie Vaughn Zimmer [Interview]
Sketches from a Spy Tree (Ages 9-12)
Reaching for Sun
42 Miles (Ages 10-13)
Cousins of Clouds: Elephant Poems (Ages 5-9)
Mordicai Gerstein
The Wild Boy [based on true story of a boy living all alone in France 1800]
Mountains of Tibet
Sparrow Jack [little known story of how the sparrow came to America/1868 Philadelphia/John Bardsley]
How to Paint the Portrait of a Bird
Charlotte Zolotow
When the Wind Stops
Seasons: A Book of Poems
Vanessa Gill-Brown
Rufferella [the importance of being yourself]
Judith Heide Gilliland
Not in the House, Newton! [color red/imagination/creativity]
Paul Goble
Beyond The Ridge
The Girl Who Loved Horses
Jeff and Martha Gottlieb
Spriggles Motivational Books for Children
Kenneth Grahame (1859-1932)
The Wind in the Willows (2009 Candlewick Classics). Kenneth Grahame's exuberant yet whimsical The Wind in the Willows belongs to the golden age of children's classic novels. These charming, exciting and humorous tales of the riverbank and its life featuring the wonderfully imagined Ratty, Mole, Badger and the irrepressible but conceited Toad of Toad Hall — whose passion for motor cars ("The only way to travel! Here today — in next week tomorrow") lands him in many scrapes — still continue exert their charm over adults as well as children.
Kate Greenaway (1846-1901)
Kate Greenaway's Book of Games
Kate Greenaway Almanacs : An Online Exhibit
Kate Greenaway's A, Apple Pie
Francesca Greco
Cyril the Mandrill [making fun of/diversity/acceptance]
David Greenberg
Don't Forget Your Etiquette!: The Essential Guide to Misbehavior [Meet Miss Information, the world’s foremost expert on bad behavior, as she offers upside-down advice about the etiquette of absolutely everything. In twenty impishly off-center poems she states her views on such important topics as bathing (with and without gerbils), kissing (Komodo dragons as well as teachers), and eating.] Use this at home and in the classroom to demonstrate how NOT to act.
Valiska Gregory
Kate's Giants [overcoming fear]
Half of an Elephant [All of a sudden, the world split in two. Faced with this unexpected event - and with half of his considerable body missing - an elephant begins a journey to find his missing half. Along the way, he discovers the many different ways there are of rebuilding and reinventing oneself.... an adventure of a lifetime, not just for our hero, but for every reader who has ever struggled to find himself. ] [Teaching Tips]
Gramatky, Hardi (1907–1979)
LITTLE TOOT [First published in 1939, this classic story of the energetic tugboat is brought to new life in this restored edition. With the help and support of Hardie Gramatky’s estate, to mark the 100th anniversary of his birth, we have used archived first editions and Hardie’s original paintings to restore Little Toot to its full glory, bringing back a richness of color that has been lost in decades of reprintings. This new edition also features several of the artist’s full-color manuscript sketches, never before seen in print, and reintroduces the book’s exquisite original endpapers.]
Charise Mericle Harper
When Randolph Turned Rotten [Jealousy/friendship/emotions. Kids' squirmier feelings are conveyed with good humor and empathy in this reassuring tale about the icky feelings we all have, even though we are mostly very, very nice.]
Bell Hooks
Skin Again [The skin I'm in/is just a covering./If you want to know who I am/you have got to come inside/and open your heart way wide.]
Happy to Be Nappy [An ode to Hair]
Be Boy Buzz [In celebration of boys/"I be boy" /"All bliss boy"/"I be boy jumping"/"all think and dream time"... "in love with being a boy"] Wonderful!
Sarah Hanken
Sky Castle
Felicity Hansen
The First Bear
Warren Hanson
The Next Place
Older Love
It's Monday, Mrs. Jolly Bones!
Stephan J. Harper
One Christmas Story [the one good little girl Santa has forgotten.]
One Black Sheep [Once upon a time there was a black lamb born to a flock of white sheep/adventure and discovery/diversity/acceptance.
Robie H. Harris [more here]
Goodbye Mousie [ When I woke up this morning, I tickled Mousie's tummy. But Mousie didn't wake up./ understanding death]
Rebecca Hazel
The Barefoot Book of Heroic Children
Betsy Hearne
Who's in the Hall? [stranger danger] Ages 5-8
Tom Hegg
A Cup of Christmas Tea
Memory of Christmas Tea
Peef: The Christmas Bear
Kevin Henkes |Interview, Author Study, Lesson Plans|
Wemberly Worried (2000)
Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse |Lesson Plan Activities|
Herman, Debbie
Carla's Sandwich [exploring the joy of being unique][check it out for school lunches]
Russell Hoban |More in Picturebooks |

The Mouse and His Child
- Ages 9 Up. Originally published in 1967.
The Little Brute Family [a little good "feeling" can transform a family]
Mary Ann Hoberman
You Read to Me, I'll Read to You: Very Short Stories to Read Together
You Read to Me, I'll Read to You: Very Short Fairy Tales to Read Together
You Read to Me, I'll Read to You: Very Short Scary Tales to Read Together
One of Each [sharing]
And to Think That We Thought That We'd Never Be Friends
Whose Garden Is It?
and more...
Benjamin Hoff
The Tao of Pooh
Robert Ingpen, Bryan Mellonie
Lifetimes: The Beautiful Way to Explain Death to Children
Shirley Jackson (1916-1965)
9 Magic Wishes [Imagination]
Jarrell, Randall (1914-1965)
The Gingerbread Rabbitt [a classic read-aloud] [Illustrated by Garth Williams (1912-1996)]
The Animal Family - All Ages [Illustrated by Maurice Sendak]
Emily Jenkins
My Favorite Thing (According to Alberta) [Liking yourself - "What you like and who you are, these are not the same. But they are not so very different either."]
The 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. Amusing and wise.]
Dinah Johnson
Sitting Pretty: A Celebration of Black Dolls
Spencer Johnson, M.D.
Who Moved My Cheese? for Teens: An A-Mazing Way to Change and Win!
A ValueTales Treasury: Stories for Growing Good People [The Value of Believing In Yourself Louis Pasteur; The Value of Helping Harriet Tubman; The Value of Honesty Confucius; The Value of Determination Helen Keller; The Value of Humor Will Rogers ]
Johnston, Tony
The Worm Family [being different is not a bad thing/fitting in/family love]
Voice from Afar: Poems of Peace (Ages 10 and up) [The poems in this timely collection present haunting images of war and peace. Set all over the world, these lyric snapshots show the effects of war on ordinary people, as well as the hope that marks their journey to survive.]
Barbara M. Joose
Mama, Do You Love Me? [unconditional love]
Richard Jorgensen
Reading With Dad
Marie-Odile Judes
Max, The Stubborn Little Wolf [Good Father's Day Book]
Norton Juster, Author of The Phantom Tollbooth. This is his first picture book. (2005)
The Hello, Goodbye Window (Illustrated by Chris Raschka)(2005) - This is a love song devoted to that special relationship between grandparents and grandchild. The kitchen window at Nanna and Poppy's house is, for one little girl, a magic gateway. Everything important happens near it, through it, or beyond it. Told in her voice, her story is both a voyage of discovery and a celebration of the commonplace wonders that define childhood, expressed as a joyful fusion of text with evocative and exuberant illustrations.The world for this little girl will soon grow larger and more complex, but never more enchanting or deeply felt.
Sourpuss And Sweetie Pie (Ages 3-7) (Illustrated by Chris Raschka)(2008) [Is it Sourpuss or Sweetie Pie? That's the question whenever Nanna and Poppy are treated to a visit from their granddaughter. Most of the time she's Sweetie Pie, some of the time she's Sourpuss, and then there are those occasions when she's both at once. You can never be sure which it will be. Happy and sad, joyful and furious, delighted and dejected, loving and impossible. She can change in the blink of an eye!]
The Odious Ogre [This is the story of a really rotten Ogre who is extraordinarily large, exceedingly ugly, unusually angry, constantly hungry, and absolutely merciless. He terrorizes the entire countryside and all the surrounding towns, wreaking havoc, sowing confusion, and dining happily on the hapless citizens. Nothing can stop him. But then he takes a wrong turn and encounters a kind and friendly young lady who does her best to help him--with a surprising result.] All ages.
Roberta Karim
This Is A Hospital, Not a Zoo! [Bring animal crackers!] - Ages 4-8 (and grownups who act like kids)
Mandy Sue Day [Living with blindness]
Katharine Kenah
The Dream Shop [making the right choices]
Garbiela Keselman
Marc Just Couldn't Sleep (PreK) [a young boy can't sleep. He's scared of just about everything. What If? What if? Mom to the rescue (and quite creatively).]
Haven Kimmel
Orville: A Dog Story [An abused ugly dog searching for love who can "feel" humans. Terrific debut book]
Stephen Michael King
Leaf [When a little boy runs in a panic from a haircut, a bird sees to it that his luxuriously follicated head is put to good use and drops a single seed right on top. Time passes, and wait...could it be? Something grows. A leaf! Instead of trying to rid himself of his new living hairstyle, the boy learns how to make the leaf grow, and, in turn, winds up growing a lot himself. Almost wordless with a sprinkle of onomatopoeia and an abundance of charm, this is a wonderful little book.
Sandy Kleven
The Right Touch: A Read-Aloud Story to Help Prevent Child Sexual Abuse
Leah Komaiko
Annie Bananie [best friends and separation]
Klise, Kate
Why Do You Cry?: Not a Sob Story [Little Rabbit is about to turn five, and he decides he’s all through with crying. He doesn’t want crybabies at his birthday party, so he tells his friends they can come only if they’re big, like him, and don’t cry anymore. When all of his friends admit to crying sometimes, Little Rabbit is shocked. Does everybody cry? Why?]
Ruth Krauss (1901- )
The Carrot Seed
Hole Is to Dig: A First Book of First Definitions
I Want to Paint My Bathroom Blue
A Very Special House
Open House for Butterflies
Steven Kroll
That Makes Me Mad! ["But it makes me feel better when you let me tell you how angry I am!"]
Martha Lambert
I Won't Get Lost [the importance of knowing your phone number and address]
Munro Leaf
The Story of Ferdinand [See more Bully Books Here]
How to Behave and Why
Spike Lee & Ronya Lewis Lee
Giant Steps to Change the World ["On some days your dreams may seem too away far to realize… Listen to the whispers of those that came before..."] [an inspirational picture book about activism and taking the big steps to set things right set to beautiful illustrations by the award-winning Sean Qualls. Using examples of people throughout history who have taken "giant steps", this book urges kids to follow in their footsteps and not be hindered by fear or a sense that you are not good enough. Despite the challenges, even the smallest step can change the world. So, what's your next step going to be?]
Marie Leonard
TIBILI: The Little Boy Who Didn't Want to Go to School [The wise spider tells Tibili that the magical Box of Knowledge will give him what he is looking for. He realizes he has to learn to read]
Helen Lester
Hooway For Wodney Wat [Bullies]
Tacky the Penguin
Tacky in Trouble
Three Cheers for Tacky
Princess Penelope's Parrot
It Wasn't My Fault
Listen Buddy
A Porcupine Named Fluffy
Julius Lester
Shining [for older readers] - In a small mountain village, a young girl named Shining is born. As she grows, Shining runs, plays, and smiles like other children, but she does so silently. The villagers fear and shun her, but Shining remains silent and waits for the right moment, and for the right sound, to come--a sound so true, it will win the hearts of her people . . . and win Shining her rightful place as their leader…"The One who will be." The "One" guards the souls of the living and the dead.
Levis, Caron
Stuck with the Blooz [What do you do when you're feeling blue--especially when your mood takes the form of a drippy, oozy monster called the Blooz? Do you ignore it? Do you ask it lots of questions? Do you give it an ice-pop and hope it goes away? Through trial and error, the child in this story discovers that while it may not be easy, it's not impossible to shake the Blooz.] Talk about emotions. Ages 4 and up
Libster, Bernard
The Bonsai Bear
Pija Lindenbaum
When Owen's Mom Breathed Fire - Owen’s mom is usually pretty frantic in the morning because of all she has to do before going to work. Owen finds he can block her out with his dragon head on. But one morning Owen wakes up and discovers that his mom has turned into a dragon. What’s even worse is that she can’t remember how to do mom stuff – like make breakfast and wash dishes. Instead she eats bugs and breathes fire. What is he to do with her?
Jonathan London
The Lion Who Had Asthma
Leo Lionni  [Included: Teaching with Lionni Books]
On My Beach There Are Many Pebbles
A Color of His Own
Frederick's Fables
Matthew's Dream
It's Mine
Little Blue and Little Yellow
Alexander and the Wind Up Mouse
A Flea Story
I Want to Stay Here! I Want to Go There
Diane Loomans
The Lovables in the Kingdom of Self-Esteem [The animals in the Kingdom of Self-Esteem illustrate the different qualities that contribute to being lovable and having self-esteem.]
Kate Lum
Princesses Are Not Quitters! [trading places with the servants/ a dose of compassion and reality]
Patty Lovell
Stand Tall, Molly Lou Melon [being yourself/self assurance]
Max Lucado
You are Special [self acceptance]
Hugh Lupton
Tales of Wisdom and Wonder
The Story Tree: Tales to Read Aloud
Ana Marie Machado
Nina Bonita [bias and differences]
Kyo Maclear
Spork (Ages 4-7) [His mum is a spoon. His dad is a fork. And he's a bit of both. He's Spork! Spork sticks out in the regimented world of the cutlery drawer. The spoons think he's too pointy, while the forks find him too round. This "multi-cutlery" tale is a humorous and lively commentary on individuality and tolerance. Its high-spirited illustrations capture the experience and emotions of anyone who has ever wondered about their place in the world.]
Daniel J. Mahoney
The Perfect Clubhouse [friendship/compromise/negotiation]
James Marshall
George and Martha: The Complete Stories of Two Best Friends
25th Anniversary Compilation of 35 books.
Bill Martin,Jr. & John Archambault
Knots on a Counting Rope [challenge of blindness/universal message]

Bill Martin, Jr. and Eric Carle
Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? (1967)
Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear? (1991)
Panda Bear, Panda Bear, What Do You See? [endangered species] August 2003

Alice McLerran
The Mountain That Loved a Bird [Friendship and Hope]
Sam McBratney
Guess How Much I Love You (now available in many languages) Go through any of the following links.
I'll Always Be Your Friend [No one likes to stop playing when they're having fun. So when Mother fox says its time to go home, her little fox tells her, "I'm not your friend anymore," and scampers off. But as daylight fades and dark shadows loom, little fox starts to have second thoughts.]
A Surprise for the Nutbrown Hares: A Guess How Much I Love You Storybook (Board book) (2009)
Guess How Much I Love You All Year Round (2010) [Little Nutbrown Hare has lots of questions when growing things start to sprout in the spring—and wonders what he will turn into one day. By summer, he notices colors everywhere, but there’s one that he’s sure he likes best. The autumn wind inspires hiding and chasing—and a funny surprise for Big Nutbrown Hare. And when wintertime comes, playing "I Spy" games is especially fun in the snow.]
Lisa McCourt
I Love You, Stinky Face
I Miss You, Stinky Face
Patricia C. McKissack
The Honest-to-Goodness Truth [finding the right balance between a lie and the honest-to-goodness truth]
David McPhail
Mole Music 1999 [Stop and hear the music.]
The Teddy Bear [A boy's lost bear is found by a homeless man][compassion]
Drawing Lessons from a Bear [See ART for more resources]
Edward and the Pirates [Imagination]
Big Brown Bear's Up and Down Day [friendship/sharing/excess]
J. Philip Miller and Sheppard M. Greene
We All Sing with the Same Voice [CD included]
"I live across the street,/In the mountains, /On the beach. /I come from everywhere. /And my name is you."
Dan Millman - overcoming fear:
Quest For the Crystal Castle
Secret Of The Peaceful Warrior
Isaac Millman
Moses Goes to School [Diversity in school/ sign language]
Moses Goes To A Concert [feeling the music/sign language]
Moses Goes to the Circus [Big Apple’s Circus of the Senses]
A.A. Milne
Winnie the Pooh
The Big Little Book of Pooh - Extensive
Lori Mitchell
Different Just Like Me [Acknowleging our differences/diversity] [sign language]
Judi Moreillon
Read to Me [A gentle rhyme filled with multicultural images that encourages parents to read to their children.] PreK
Toni and Slade Morrison
The Big Box [conformity]
The Book of Mean People
The Tortoise or the Hare [Updated version of this Aesop's fable with a twist. Is it winning that's important or the story of the race itself? Winners may disagree, but true friends have a story to tell each other.] Ages 4-8
Dean Morrissey
Ship of Dreams
The Great Kettles : A Tale of Time
The Christmas Ship
The Moon Robber [Magic Door Series]
Robert Munsch
Love You Forever
"I'll love you forever/ I'll like you for always/As long s I'm living/my baby you'll be."
Get Out of Bed! 1998
We Share Everything
Frank Murphy
The Legend of the Teddy Bear
Jon J. Muth
The Three Questions: Based on a story by Leo Tolstoy ["When is the best time to do things? Who is the most important one? What is the right thing to do?"]
Zen Shorts [being in the moment, and letting go. Highly recommend for all ages as a reminder to slow down and experience being alive—and stillwater]
Zen Ties [a disarming story of compassion and friendship that reaffirms the importance of our ties to one another.]
Colin McNaughton
Once Upon an Ordinary School Day [an ordinary boy woke from hsi ordinary dreams, got out of his ordinary bed, had an ordinary pee and an ordinary bath, put on his ordinary clothes, and ate his ordinary breakfast...brushed his teeth, kissed his ordinary mom goodbye, and set off for his ordinary school. And there he met his new extraordinary teacher!]
Leslea Newman
Too Far Away to Touch [Loss of close relationship by disease]
Jill Newton
Bored! Bored! Bored! [cooperation/pitching-in]
Lennart Nilsson
How I was Born
A Child is Born
Claire A. Novola
The Forest [overcoming fear]
Josephine Nobisso
Grandma's Scrapbook
Grandpa Loved
Show; Don't Tell!: Secrets of Writing
Take it to the Queen: A Tale of Hope
David Ogden
Dreambirds [Follow the journey of Natsama as he discovers the power and wonder of his own spirit.]
Todd Parr
It's Okay To Be Different
Things That Make You Feel Good/Things That Make You Feel Bad
The Okay Book
Reading Makes You Feel Good
Katherine Patterson
Brother Sun, Sister Moon - Award-winning author Katherine Paterson reimagines a hymn of praise originally written by Saint Francis of Assisi in 1224. Illuminated with the exquisite illustrations of cut-paper artist Pamela Dalton, this picture book offers a stunningly beautiful tribute to nature.
Trina Paulus
Hope For The Flowers

["a tale - partly about life, partly about revolution and lots about hope….
For adults and others (including caterpillars who can read)]"

Tom Paxton Michael Dooling , Illustrator
The Story of the Tooth Fairy
The Story of Santa Claus

Peet, Mal and Elspeth Graham
Cloud Tea Monkeys (Ages 5 and up) - Tashi lives in a tiny village at the foot of the mountains, below the tea plantations where her mother works. When her mother falls ill, Tashi goes alone to the plantation, hoping to earn money for the doctor. But she is far too small to harvest the tender shoots, and her clumsy efforts anger the cruel Overseer. She is desolate, until — chack-chack-chack! — something extraordinary happens. Inspired by a centuries-old legend of tea-picking monkeys, here is a richly told tale full of vivid characters: the heartless Overseer, the enigmatic Royal Tea Taster, and — far away — an empress with a penchant for tea. [acts of kindness, child labor and working poor]
Audrey Penn
The Kissing Hand
A Kiss Goodbye [Chester Racoon's family is moving] [cutting down trees]
Chester the Brave [learns the meaning of being brave]
Marcus Pfister
Milo and the Magical Stones
The Rainbow Fish
Rainbow Fish To The Rescue
Dazzle the Dinosaur
A Gift from the Rainbow Fish (sharing)
Isabel Pin
When I Grow Up, I Will Win the Nobel Peace Prize - The boy in this book is having trouble admitting – much less closing – the large gap between his aspirations and his everyday actions. This boy knows that when he’s older he will love his neighbor, but for now he’s all too happy to pick on his sister. This boy even knows that one day he will be given the Nobel Peace Prize: for standing up to bullies, helping the poor, protecting animals and the environment – for all his good deeds. But with his bold claims continually contrasted by pictures that tell a very different story, even this boy eventually has to admit it’s time to stop boasting and take the first step.
Jan Phillips
Just for Today [In this hectic, stressful, overscheduled world, Just for Today describes one family's decision to set aside one day to enjoy time together—without cell phones, play dates, classes, etc.][A good reminder of the importance of Family]
Patricia Polacco
Thank you, Mr. Falker
Pink and Say
Appelemando's Dreams
I Can Hear the Sun
Babushka Baba Yaga
The Keeping Quilt
Thunder Cake
The Bee Tree
Boat Ride With Lillian Two Blossom
In Enzo's Splendid Gardens
Beatrix Potter
Biography, Unit Study and Worksheets for Reading, Penmanship, New Files, Language Arts, Science, Math, Household, and Homeschool
Niloklai Popov
WHY? [wordless picture book about fighting. Powerful]
Simon Puttock
A Story for Hippo: A Book About Loss - Ages 5-7
Jennifer Rae
Gilbert de la frogponde
Peggy Rathmann
Officer Buckle and Gloria [ importance of safety]
Mark Reibstein
Wabi Sabi [Using spare text and haiku, Mark Reibstein weaves an extraordinary story about finding real beauty in unexpected places. Caldecott Medal-winning artist Ed Young complements the lyrical text with breathtaking collages. Together, they illustrate the unique world view that is wabi sabi. Translations provided for the Japanese text. Notes on haiku and the history of wabi sabi. Wabi Sabi's origins are in Acient Chinese ways of understanding and living known as Taoism and Zen Buddhism. Lovely book.]
Margret Rey and H.A. Rey
The Complete Adventures of Curious George
[see resources]
Peter H. Reynolds The North Star [ideal for "the journey" and graduation]
David Rice
Lifetimes [Dear Fellow Earth Residents]
Marianne Richmond
Hooray for You! [celebrating "you-ness" uniqueness]
The Gift of an Angel [guardian angel for every new baby]
The Gift of Memory [Expressing feelings of loss through recording memories]
Bethany Roberts
Rosie to the Rescue ["What if...what if... a tiger ate them?" Losing your parents on a family outting/child's worse fears/reassurance]
Shen Roddie
Sandbear [patience, sacrifice/creativity/being responsible/friendship]
"Mr." Fred Rogers
The Giving Box: Create a Tradition of Giving with Your Children
Vera Rosenberry
Vera Runs Away [acknowledgement]
Rosenthal, Amy Krouse
Cookies: Bite-Size Life Lessons (Ages 4-6) [this book is a new kind of dictionary, one that defines mysteries such as "fair" and "unfair" and what it really means to "cooperate." The book is by turns clever, honest, inspirational, and whimsical.]
Dave Ross
The Book of Hugs
The Book of Kisses
J. K. Rowling
Vladimir Radunsky
(one) #1: A Nice Story About an Awful Braggart [a child's search for sense of self in a family of siblings]
I Love You Dude [compelling tale of courage, perseverance, and finding beauty in unexpected places.]
Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
The Little Prince - See versions, including Pop-UP
Camille Saint-Saens, Composer
Carnival of the Animals [See Music Section also]
Marjane Satrapi
Monsters Are Afraid of the Moon [Poor Marie! Every night as she climbed into bed, she got a visit from three monsters. They only came out in darkness, so she knew they must be afraid of the light. Marie took a huge pair of scissors, and cutting the moon out of the sky, hung it right in her bedroom. No darkness, no monsters! Her plan worked perfectly, or so she thought . . . but without a moon in the sky...] Clever bedtime story for monster fear.
Sattler, Jennifer
Sylvie [“Mama, why are we pink?” asks an irrepressible and ever-curious young flamingo named Sylvie. When she learns that it’s due to the little pink brine shrimp they eat, Sylvie takes the maxim “You are what you eat!” to a whole new level. Her new diet leads to some very interesting new looks—from scarlet to stripey to positively purple! Like Leo Lionni’s chameleon in A Color of His Own, Sylvie eventually comes to learn that being yourself is the best thing to be—though with her own flair! ] (Ages 3-6)
Harriet May Savitz, Ferida Wolff
Is a Worry Worrying You? (Ages 4-8) [humorously addresses common childhood worries-a bully, a first day at school, and a monster under the bed-and some not-so-common worries-an eagle making a nest in tangled hair, a rhino in the neighborhood, and a herd of elephants waiting for their tea. It does this through the entertaining use of perspective (the rhino may not even be looking around) and creative problem-solving (an eagle can't fly away with you if you cut your hair!). With its use of second-person narration, this title provides concrete yet simple suggestions to kids.]
Heidi Charissa Schmidt
Too Many Murkles (Ages: 5 Up) [Allowing for/solving problems/through the eyes of a child]
Maurice Sendak
In The Night Kitchen
Chicken Soup With Rice
Where The Wild Things Are
Higglety Pigglety Pop!: Or There Must Be More to Life [Rereleased June 2001]
Outside Over There
Many rereleased books Sendak has illustrated and sketches of Jennie from Higglety Pigglety Pop and a real picture of Jennie.
Dr. Seuss Theodor Seuss Geisel (1904-1991)
Roni Schotter
In the Piney Woods [death/rebirth/grandparent]
Missing Rabbit [joint custody]
Room for Rabbit [small children affected by divorce and remarriage]
David Shannon
No David!
David Goes to School
David Gets In Trouble
A Bad Case of Stripes [Bullies, being yourself]
Alice the Fairy [Alice has a nose for trouble, but luckily she's a fairy--a Temporary Fairy.]
TOO Many TOYS (2008)
Maria Shriver
What's Wrong with Timmy? [Special Needs/Down Syndrome]
What's Happening to Grandpa? [confronting Alzheimer's disease and other forms of memory loss/explaining to children]
Uri Shulevitz
What Is a Wise Bird Like You Doing in a Silly Tale Like This
The Fool of the World and the Flying Ship
Share -A-Story Series For Ages 3-6 to encourage active storytime participation as a first step to creating independent and thoughtful readers.
Not Now, Mrs. Wolf!
Are You Spring?
The Caterpillar That Roared
Neil's Numberless World
Steven J. Simmons
Alice and Greta: A Tale of Two Witches
Jasper: The Fish Who Saved a Marriage
Marilyn Singer (Compiler)
I Believe in Water: Twelve Brushes with Religion
Face Relations: Eleven Stories About Seeing Beyond Color
Nina Simonds, Leslie Swartz and The Children's Museum of Boston
Moonbeams, Dumplings & Dragon Boats: A Treasury of Chinese Holiday, Tales Activities and Recipes
Peter Sis
Tibet: Through the Red Box
Starry Messenger: Galileo Galilei
The Tree of Life: Charles Darwin
Pat Skene [bio/interview]
The Whoosh of Gadoosh [gentle verse, magic, healing laughter, letting go, living, and hope.]
David Michael Slater
The Ring Bear: A Rascally Wedding Adventure [complicated struggle of a little boy encountering his new blended family/remarriage.]
Will Smith
Just the Two of Us [Fatherhood]
Barbara Soros
Grandmother's Song
Art Spiegelman and Francoise Mouly
Strange Stories for Strange Kids [Little Lit Book 2]
Folklore & Fairy Tale Funnies [Litle Lit]
Peter Spiers
Noah's Ark
Eileen Spinelli
Sophie's Masterpiece: A Spider's Tale
Naptime Laptime
A Safe Place Called Home [fears: real and imagined]
Moe McTooth: An Alley Cat's Tale [finding the right balance between adventure and wellbeing]
What Do Angels Wear? [Tell me this, are angels real?/Yes, my love, that's how I feel./Real as love and wind and light,/Real as Mama's kiss good night.]
The Best Time of Day [rhyming celebration of everyday life]
Jerry Spinelli
I CAN BE ANYTHING! (Ages 3-6) - When I grow up, what shall I be? An imaginative joyride about hopes and dreams, and a reminder of all the possibilities life has to offer. Simple and charming rhymes are accompanied by internationally-renowned illustrator Jimmy Liao's vibrant and fantastical illustrations. So, what do you want to be? Remember--you can be anything!]
Gennady Spirin
The Easter Story
The Christmas Story
Once There Was A Tree
The Story of Noah and the Ark
The Night Before Christmas
Diana Spyropulos
Cornelius and the Dog Star
William Steig (1907-2003)
Which Would You Rather Be?
Sylvester and the Magic Pebble
Brave Irene
Pete's a Pizza
Mathilde Stein
Brave Ben (Ages 5-7) [conquering Fear]
Javaka Steptoe
In Daddy's Arms I am Tall: African Americans Celebrating Fathers

Gary J. Stevens
If I Called You A Hippopotamus! ["You're stupid!" "You're ugly!" "You stink!" Teasing and name calling is common among children and often it hurts feelings and damages self-esteem.]

Sarah Stewart
The Gardener
The Library
The Journey
The Friend [relationship of caregiver and child]
Phoebe Stone
When the Wind Bears Go Dancing [beautiful explanation of a storm night to an anxious child]
Jessica Swaim
Nate by Night [perseverance] [Teachers Guide]
Sam Swope
Araboolies of Liberty Street [See also: Bullies ]
The Krazees ["I'm bored" and rainy day reading]
Sydor, Colleen
Camilla Chameleon [a wonderfully weird girl discovers that standing out isn't so bad after all]
Frank Tashlin
The Bear That Wasn't [Sense of Self]
Marlo Thomas
Free to Be ... You and Me and Free to Be ... A Family [book and CD] 35th Anniversary Edition (2008)
Thanks & Giving (2004)
Colin Thompson
The Tower to the Sun ["What use is all my money if I can't build dreams?']
The Great Montefiasco [there's more to life than great card tricks...making people laugh and joy is far more rewarding]
The Short and Incredibly Happy Life of Riley [RELEASE YOUR INNER RILEY!]
Kay Thompson (1909-1998)
The Absolutely Essential Eloise
Eloise in Paris
Eloise at Christmastime
Eloise in Moscow
Ann Tompert
The Errant Knight [lovely story/good message/enduring hardship/acts of kindness]
Iza Trapani [includes entire collection and interview]
Froggie Went a-Courtin
Shoo Fly!
Row Row Row Your Boat
How Much is That Doggie in the Window
The Itsy Bitsy Spider
I'm A Little Teapot
Twinkle Twinkle Little Star
Oh Where, Oh Where Has My Little Dog Gone
What Am I !
Rufus and Friends Rhyme Time
Jacques Taravant
The Little Wing Giver
Ann Warren Turner
Angel Hide and Seek
Lydia Ugolini
The Story of A Rich Dog and A Poor Dog
M. D. Usher
Wise Guy: The Life and Philosophy of Socrates [Greek Philosphy for Kids. The story of Socrates’ life unfolds through cheerful illustrations and a two-tiered text, one layer quite simple, the other full of juicy additional details about the philosopher’s life and times. The ending assembles a “School of Athens,” showcasing thinkers, from Erasmus to Martin Luther King, Jr., who have been inspired by Socrates’ philosophy.]
Rachel Vail
Sometimes I'm Bombaloo - PreK Up [Time out/controlling anger/saying I'm sorry]
Chris Van Allsburg
The Polar Express
Two Bad Ants
van de Vendel, Edward
For You and No One Else [Sometimes best friends forget to be thoughtful] Ages 4-7
Anais Vaugelade
The War - the futility of war and the wisdom of a young Prince to find a clever and peaceful end. - Recommend for all ages. Pair this book with Why? by Niloklai Popov for a powerful classroom discussion.

Waber, Bernard
Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile Storybook Treasury [Fifty years ago the Primms moved into the house on East 88th street and found a crocodile soaking in the bathtub. Since then, Lyle has won the hearts of all he meets. This anniversary collection features an introduction by Bernard Waber, Lyle’s creator, and four complete books: The House on East 88th Street, Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile, Lyle and the Birthday Party, Lyle Walks the Dogs

Neil Waldman
Dream Makers: Young People Share Their Hopes and Aspirations (Ages 8-11)

Jan Wahl
Candy Shop [prejudice/angry words scribbled on sidewalk/courage in face of prejudice]
Alice Walker
Finding the Green Stone [Friendship/Feelings]
Elizabeth Wellburn
Echoes from the Square [On a bomb-devastated street in Sarajevo in 1992, the midst of sniper bullets and exploding shells, Vedran Smailovic played his cello for 22 days in honour of the 22 victims of a horrendous bomb blast. His music was his personal stand against the insanity of war, and his courageous act touched people around the world.]
E. B. White
Charlotte's Web
The Trumpet Of The Swan
Stuart Little
Walter Wick
Can You See What I See?: Picture Puzzles to Search and Solve
C. K. Williams
A Not Scary Story About Big Scary Things [A boy walks through a forest full of snakes and wolves and bears, but this boy isn't afraid because he knows they'll stay out of his way. The scary monster in this forest won't stay out of his way, though. He pops out at the boy and growls! But the brave boy just keeps walking along because he doesn't believe in monsters. This sets the monster to begging and begging for the boy to believe in him, even just a smidge. Will the boy ever agree? This unusual monster story, with thrills and fangs and growls, shows that a little confidence and a lot of courage can shrink fears to a size that might even be a little cuddly.]

Laura E. Williams
The Can Man (Ages 7-10) [homelessness/Told with honesty and respect, this timely story shines a perceptive light on current social concerns. Readers will be encouraged to think beyond themselves and celebrate the simple acts of kindness and sharing that make a difference in people's lives.]

Sam Williams
Talk Peace [kids and animals from around the world invite you to dance and play and make the sounds of peace in this buoyant tribute to harmony.] Ages 4-6
Jeanne Willis
Susan Laughs [physical disabilities]
Pat Winston
Earl The EMU: *God Has a Purpose For Those Who Are Different [physical disabilities, fairness, acceptance, compassion and love]
Audrey Wood
Jubal's Wish
The Napping House [Includes CD and 6 original songs] (2004)
Piggy Pie Po by Audrey & Don Wood [Who is Piggy Pie Po? Just the smartest (maybe), messiest (probably), silliest (definitely) piggy you'll ever meet. three small and playful stories.
Nancy Wood
Old Coyote (Ages 5-8) [a loving story about a wise creature's last day/explaining death to the young]
Douglas Wood
Old Turtle
A Quiet Place
The Secret of Saying Thanks
Miss Little's Gift - author Douglas Wood tells of the teacher who led him to love reading, in spite of his ADHD.
Aunt Mary's Rose - family traditions - true story of a family linked through time by the tending of a beloved rosebush.
No One But You [looks at how each person’s experiences in the world are gloriously unique.]
Jacqueline Woodson
The Other Side - Ages 4-8 [segregation]
Don Wulffson
Toys: Amazing Stories Behind Some Great Inventions
Sharon Dennis Wyeth [See also: Recommended Section ]
Something Beautiful
Always My Dad
Ginger Brown: Too Many Houses
Ginger Brown: The Nobody Boy
Jane Yolen
Owl Moon: 20th Anniversary Edition [Interview with Jane Yolen 2007]
Baby Bear's Chairs [Lovely tribute to fathers who make children feel safe and comfy in their laps]
(See also Recommended Book Section)
Ed Young
Voices of the Heart
Mouse Match: A Chinese Folktale
Seven Blind Mice
Lon Po-Po: A Red Riding Hood Story From China
I, Doko
The Sons of the Dragon King
Beyond the Great Mountains A Visual Poem about China (August 2005)
Paul Zelinsky
The Wheels on the Bus
Margot Zemach (1931-1989)
Some From the Moon, Some From the Sun
Duffy and the Devil
All God's Critters Got a Place in the Choir
Eating Up Gladys [sibling relationships]
Gene (Eugene) Zion (1913-1975)
Harry the Dirty Dog (New Color Edition) Originally published 1956
No Roses for Harry!
Harry by the Sea
Charlotte Zolotow
When the Wind Stops
Seasons: A Book of Poems
Language Arts: Lesson Plans for K through 12 - Teacher developed
Poetry Zone - Classroom Resources [Write a poem about: School Bully, Scary Poem, Cut-up Poems, Poems With Adjectives, A poem about feelings, Labels and Report Poems, Wordsworth Poems (Literacy, Year 6), Jabberwocky, Character Poems and lots more]
Forms of Poetry for Children: Mother Goose, Haiku, Poems Set to Music, Limericks, Free Verse, Concrete Poetry, Cinquain, Ballads, Couplets - Teaching Poetry, Poetry Theater