LIFESKILLS Books to reinforce the concepts

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LIFESKILLS: Books to reinforce the concepts


    Picture books:

     Brumbeau, Jeff. The Quiltmaker’s Gift. When a generous quiltmaker finally agrees to make a quilt for a greedy king but only under certain

    conditions, she causes him to undergo a change of heart. E Bru

     Cooney, Barbara. Miss Rumphius. Great-aunt Alice Rumphius was once a little girl who longed to visit faraway places and wished to do

    something to make the world more beautiful. E Coo

     Fox, Mem. Wilfrid Gordon McDonald Partridge. A small boy tries to

    discover the meaning of "memory" so he can restore that of an elderly

    friend. E Fox

     Marshall, James. George and Martha series. Relates several episodes in the friendship of two hippopotamuses. E Mar

    Polacco, Patricia. Mrs. Katz and Tush. A long-lasting friendship develops between Larnel, a young African-American, and Mrs. Katz, a

    lonely Jewish widow, when Larnel presents Mrs. Katz with a scrawny kitten

    without a tail. E Pol


    Codell, Esme Raji. Sahara Special. Struggling with school and her feelings since her father left, Sahara gets a fresh start with a new and

    unique teacher who supports her writing talents and the individuality of

    each of her classmates. F Cod

    Paterson, Katherine. Bridge to Terabithia. Jess and Leslie discover the undying bonds of friendship. F Pat

    Spinelli, Jerry. Stargirl. Stargirl, a teen who animates quiet Mica

    High with her colorful personality and acts of kindness, suddenly finds

    herself shunned for her refusal to conform. F Spi


    Picture books:

     Buehner, Caralyn. Fanny’s Dream. Fanny Agnes is a sturdy farm girl who dreams of marrying a prince, but when her fairy godmother doesn't

    show up, she decides on a local farmer instead. E Bue

     Kellogg, Steven (reteller). The Three Sillies. A young man believes his sweetheart and her family are the three silliest people in the world until

    he meets three others who are even sillier. 398.2 Thr

     MacDonald, Margaret Read. The Girl Who Wore Too Much: a Thai Folktale. Spoiled and vain, Aree cannot decide which of her many silken

    dresses and lavish jewels to wear to the dance, so she wears them all.

    398.2 Mac

     Salley, Coleen (reteller). Epossumondas. A retelling of a classic tale in which a well-intentioned young possum continually takes his mother's

    instructions much too literally. 398.2 Sal

    Wood, Audrey. King Bidgood’s in the Bathtub. Despite pleas from his court, a fun-loving king refuses to get out of his bathtub to rule his

    kingdom. Who will get him out? E Woo


     Blume, Judy. Freckle Juice. Sharon has a secret recipe that will

    give Andrew all the freckles he could ever want. However, it will cost him

    five weeks of allowance. Are freckles worth that much to Andrew? Will the

    Freckle Juice actually work? F Blu

    Brittain, Bill. The Wish Giver. What if you could have any wish in the

    world for just fifty cents? Be careful what you wish for! F Bri

     Karr, Kathleen. The Great Turkey Walk. Fifteen-year-old Simon, who has lots of common sense but little book learning, narrates the story of

    how he makes his fortune by walking a huge flock of turkeys over a

    thousand miles from Missouri to Denver in 1860. F Kar


    Picture books:

     Grimm Brothers. The Bremen Town Musicians. A retelling of the Grimm tale in which an old donkey, dog, cat, and rooster, no longer

    wanted by their masters, set out for Bremen to become musicians. They’ll have to work together to thwart some robbers and find a home. 398.2 Bre

    Ernst, Lisa Campbell. Zinnia and Dot. Zinnia and Dot, self-satisfied hens who bicker constantly about who lays better eggs, put aside their

    differences to protect a prime specimen from a marauding weasel. E Ern

    Henkes, Kevin. Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse. Lilly loves everything about school, especially her teacher, but when he asks her to wait a while

    before showing her new purse, she does something for which she is very

    sorry later. E Hen

    Lobel, Arnold. Frog and Toad Are Friends. Classic stories of two best friends. ER Lob

     Sturges, Philemon (reteller). The Little Red Hen (Makes a Pizza). In

    this version of the traditional tale, the duck, the dog, and the cat refuse to

help the Little Red Hen make a pizza but do get to participate when the

    time comes to eat it. 398.2 Lit


     Fleischman, Sid. The Whipping Boy. A bratty prince and his whipping boy have many adventures when they inadvertently trade

    places after becoming involved with dangerous outlaws. F Fle

     Klise, Kate. Letters from Camp. Sent to Camp Happy Harmony to learn how to get along with each other, pairs of brothers and sisters

    chronicle in letters home how they come to suspect the intentions of the

    singing family running the camp. F Kli

     Park, Linda Sue. The Kite Fighters. In Korea in 1473, Young-sup overcomes his rivalry with his older brother Kee-sup, who as the first-born

    son receives special treatment from their father, and combines his kite-

    flying skill with Kee-sup's kite-making skill in an attempt to win the New Year

    kite-fighting competition. F Par


    Picture books:

     Coles, Robert. The Story of Ruby Bridges. For months six-year-old Ruby Bridges must confront the hostility of white parents when she

    becomes the first African American girl to integrate Frantz Elementary

    School in New Orleans in 1960. 921 Bri

     Henkes, Kevin. Sheila Rae, the Brave. When brave Sheila Rae, who usually looks out for her sister Louise, becomes lost and scared one day,

    Louise comes to the rescue. Ej Hen

     Peet, Bill. Cowardly Clyde. For a war horse, Clyde is an abysmal coward, but he finally decides that even if he isn't brave he can at least

    act brave. E Pee

     Polacco, Patricia. Thunder Cake. Grandma finds a way to dispel her grandchild's fear of thunderstorms. E Pol


     Anderson, Lonzo. Zeb. An accident leaves Zeb alone to survive winter in the wilderness west of the Delaware River without gun or food. F


     Avi. The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle. In 1832, thirteen-year-

    old Charlotte finds herself the only passenger aboard a sailing ship bound

    from England to Rhode Island and is drawn into a maelstrom of evil and

    danger when the crew revolts. F Avi

     Lowry, Lois. Number the Stars. In 1943, during the German occupation of Denmark, ten-year-old Annemarie learns how to be brave

    and courageous when she helps shelter her Jewish friend from the Nazis. F



    Picture books:

     Lasky, Kathryn. The Librarian Who Measured the Earth. Describes

    the life and work of Eratosthenes, the Greek geographer and astronomer

    who accurately measured the circumference of the Earth. Begins with his

    very curious childhood. 921 Era

     Root, Phyllis. Kiss the Cow! Annalisa, the most curious and stubborn of Mama May's children, disobeys her mother and upsets the family cow

    by refusing to kiss her in return for the milk she gives. E Roo

     Say, Allen. Grandfather’s Journey. A young Japanese man travels alone across the Pacific and then throughout the U.S. during the early

    20th century. He marveled at the expanses of ocean and land. Though

    he moves back to Japan, his grandson, the author, relocates to the States.

    E Say

    Woodson, Jacqueline. The Other Side. Two girls, one white and one

    African-American, gradually get to know each other as they sit on the

    fence that divides their town. E Woo


     Balliett, Blue. Chasing Vermeer. When seemingly unrelated and strange events start to happen and a precious Vermeer painting

    disappears, eleven-year-olds Petra and Calder combine their talents to

    solve an international art scandal. F Bal

     Cushman, Karen. Catherine, Called Birdy. The thirteen-year-old daughter of an English country knight keeps a journal in which she records

    the events of her life, particularly her longing for adventures beyond the

    usual role of women and her efforts to avoid being married off. F Cus

     DiCamillo, Kate. The Tale of Despereaux. The adventures of Desperaux Tilling, a small mouse of unusual talents, the princess that he

    loves, the servant girl who longs to be a princess, and a devious rat

    determined to bring them all to ruin. F DiC


    Picture books:

     Bloom, Becky. Wolf! A wolf trades in his growl for spoken words in

    order to impress a group of educated farm animals he has met. E Blo

     Friedman, Ina. How My Parents Learned to Eat. An American sailor courts a Japanese girl and each tries, in secret, to learn the other's way of

    eating. E Fri

     Krull, Kathleen. Wilma Unlimited: How Wilma Rudolph Became the

    World's Fastest Woman. A biography of the African-American woman

    who overcame crippling polio as a child to become the first woman to

    win three gold medals in track in a single Olympic. 921 Rud

    Ziefert, Harriet. A New Coat for Anna. Even though there is no money, Anna's mother finds a way to make Anna a badly needed winter coat. E Zie


     Cleaver, Vera & Bill. Where the Lilies Bloom. Set in the Appalachian hills, this story tells of 14-year-old Mary Call's efforts to keep

    her family together and independent after their sharecropper father dies.

    F Cle

     Moeri, Louise. Save Queen of Sheba. After miraculously surviving a Sioux Indian raid on the trail to Oregon, a brother and sister set out with

    few provisions to find the rest of the settlers. F Moe

     Park, Linda Sue. Project Mulberry. While working on a project for an after-school club, Julia, a Korean American girl, and her friend Patrick

    learn not just about silkworms, but also about tolerance, prejudice, effort,

    friendship, patience, and more. F Par


    Picture books:

     Cannon, Janell. Stellaluna. After she falls headfirst into a bird's nest, a baby bat is raised like a bird until she is reunited with her mother. E Can

     Henkes, Kevin. Chester’s Way. Chester and Wilson share the same exact way of doing things, until Lilly moves into the neighborhood and

    shows them that new ways can be just as good. E Hen

     Stevens, Janet. Tops and Bottoms. Hare turns his bad luck around by striking a clever deal with the rich and lazy bear down the road. 398.2


    Taback, Simms. Joseph Had a Little Overcoat. A very old overcoat

    is recycled numerous times into a variety of garments. 398.2 Som

     Winter, Jeanette. The Librarian of Basra: a True Story from Iraq. Alia

    Muhammad Baker secretly moves thirty thousand books into the safety of

    friends' homes when her government refuses to help get them out of the

    war zone. 921 Bak


     Choldenko, Gennifer. Al Capone Does My Shirts. A twelve-year-old

    boy named Moose moves to Alcatraz Island in 1935 when guards' families

    were housed there, and has to contend with his extraordinary new

    environment in addition to life with his autistic sister. F Cho

     Creech, Sharon. Love That Dog. A young student, who comes to love poetry through a personal understanding of what different famous

    poems mean to him, surprises himself by writing his own inspired poem. F


     Cushman, Karen. The Ballad of Lucy Whipple. In 1849, a girl who

    calls herself Lucy is distraught when her mother moves the family from

    Massachusetts to a small California mining town, where Lucy helps run a

    rough boarding house and looks for comfort in books while trying to find a

    way to get "home." F Cus

     Haddix, Margaret Peterson. Running Out of Time. When a

    diphtheria epidemic hits her 1840 village, thirteen-year-old Jessie discovers

    it is actually a 1995 tourist site under unseen observation by heartless

    scientists, and it's up to Jessie to escape the village and save the lives of

    the dying children. F Had


    Picture books:

     Brown, Laurie K. How to Be a Friend: a Guide to Making Friends and

    Keeping Them. Dinosaur characters illustrate the value of friends, how to

    make friends, and how to be and not to be a good friend. 158.2 Bro

     Clements, Andrew. Big Al. A big, ugly fish has trouble making the friends he longs for because of his appearance--until the day his scary

    appearance saves them all from a fisherman's net. E Cle

    Hoberman, Mary Ann. And to Think That We Thought That We’d Never Be Friends. A brother and sister learn that friendship is better than

    fighting and they soon spread their message all over the world. E Hob

    Lobel, Arnold. The Frog and Toad series. Timeless tales of friendship. ER Lob

     Raschka, Chris. Yo? Yes! Two lonely characters meet and become friends. E Ras


     Byars, Betsy. The Seven Treasure Hunts. Two boys make up a series

    of treasure hunts for each other , with disastrous and hilarious results. F Bya

     Paterson, Katherine. Bridge to Terabithia. The life of a ten-year-old

    boy in rural Virginia expands when he becomes friends with a newcomer

    who subsequently meets an untimely death trying to reach their

    hideaway, Terabithia, during a storm. Keep your tissue handy! F Pat

     Selden, George. The Cricket in Times Square. The adventures of a

    country cricket who unintentionally arrives in New York and is befriended

    by Tucker Mouse and Harry Cat.

     White, E. B. Charlotte’s Web. No book list about friendship would be complete without it. Classic!


    Picture books:

     Fleischman, Paul. Weslandia. Wesley's garden produces a crop of huge, strange plants which provide him with clothing, shelter, food, and

drink, thus helping him create his own civilization and changing his life. E


     Funke, Cornelia. The Princess Knight. Violetta, a little princess, is determined to become as big and strong as her brothers. She secretly

    teaches herself to become the bravest and cleverest knight in the land

    until she must face the king's best knights in a jousting tournament. Will she

    be ready? E Fun

     Lester, Helen. Tacky the Penguin. Tacky the penguin does not fit in

    with his sleek and graceful companions, but his odd behavior comes in

    handy when hunters come with maps and traps. E Les

     Priceman, Marjorie. How to Make and Apple Pie and See the World.

    Since the market is closed, the reader is led around the world to gather

    the ingredients for making an apple pie. E Pri

     Small, David. Ruby Mae Has Something to Say. Tongue-tied Ruby

    Mae Foote fulfills her dream of speaking for world peace at the United

    Nations when her nephew Billy Bob invents a device to solve her speech

    problem. E Sma

     Williams, Suzanne. Library Lil. A formidable librarian makes readers not only out of the once resistant residents of her small town, but out of a

    tough-talking, television-watching motorcycle gang as well. E Wil


     Clements, Andrew. Frindle. When he decides to turn his fifth-grade teacher's love of the dictionary around on her, clever Nick Allen invents a

    new word and begins a chain of events that quickly moves beyond his

    control. F Cle

     Klise, Kate. Regarding the Fountain. When the principal asks a fifth-grader to write a letter regarding the purchase of a new drinking fountain

    for their school, he finds that all sorts of chaos results. F Kli

     Spinelli, Jerry. Maniac Magee. Jeffrey Lionel Magee's life becomes legendary, as he accomplishes athletic and other feats which awe his

    contemporaries. F Spi


    Picture books:

    Demi (reteller). The Empty Pot. When Ping admits that he is the only child in China unable to grow a flower from the seeds distributed by the

    Emperor, he is rewarded for his honesty. 398.2 Emp

     Golenbock, Peter. Teammates. Describes the racial prejudice experienced by Jackie Robinson when he joined the Brooklyn Dodgers to

    become the first African-American player in Major League baseball and

    depicts the acceptance and support he received from his white

    teammate Pee Wee Reese. 920 Gol


     Avi. Nothing But the Truth: a Documentary Novel. A ninth-grader's

    suspension for singing "The Star-Spangled Banner" during homeroom

    becomes a national news story. F Avi

     Babbitt, Natalie. Tuck Everlasting. Doomed or blessed with eternal life after drinking from a magic spring, the Tuck family wanders about trying to live as inconspicuously as they can. F Bab

     Naylor, Phyllis Reynolds. Shiloh. When he finds a lost beagle in the hills behind his West Virginia home, Marty tries to hide it from his family and

    the dog's real owner, a mean-spirited man known to mistreat his dogs. F



    Picture books:

     Krull, Kathleen. Harvesting Hope : the Story of Cesar Chavez. A

    biography of Cesar Chavez, from age ten when he and his family lived

    happily on their Arizona ranch, to age thirty-eight when he led a peaceful

    protest against California migrant workers' miserable working conditions.

    921 Cha

     Mahy, Margaret. Keeping House. Ashamed to let the housekeeper see how untidy her house has become, Lizzie Firkin cleans it herself. E Mah

     Teague, Mark. Pigsty. When Wendell doesn't clean up his room, a

    whole herd of pigs comes to live with him. E Tea

    Tucker, Kathy. The Seven Chinese Sisters. When a dragon snatches the youngest of seven talented Chinese sisters, the other six come to her

    rescue. E Tuc

     Young, Ed (reteller). Seven Blind Mice. Retells the Indian fable of the blind men, now mice, discovering different parts of an elephant and

arguing about its appearance. It is only when they organize all of their

    information that they know what the mysterious “thing” is. 398.2 Sev


     Curtis, Christopher Paul. Bud, Not Buddy. A motherless boy living during the Great Depression sets out in search of the man he believes to

    be his father. Bud tries to make sense of a disorganized life by making

    endless hilarious lists of “rules and things to remember.” F Cur

     Konigsburg, E. L. From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler.

    A sister and brother run away to the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Can

    they solve an art mystery which fits together like a jigsaw puzzle? And can

    they understand Mrs. Frankweiler’s unique filing system? F Kon

     Tolan, Stephanie. Surviving the Applewhites. Twelve-year-old E.D. Applewhite is the sensible, organized sister in a free-wheeling family of

    artists and writers. F Tol


    Picture books:

     Kraus, Robert. Leo the Late Bloomer. Leo, a young tiger, finally blooms under the anxious eyes of his parents. E Kra

     Krauss, Ruth. The Carrot Seed. Despite everyone's dire predictions, a little boy has faith in the carrot see he plants. E Kra

     Yolen, Jane. Owl Moon. On a winter's night under a full moon, a

    father and daughter trek into the woods to see the Great Horned Owl. E


     Young People’s Stories of Patience. The Impatient Mule Drivers; The Wasp and the Bee; The Lion's Whisker; The Brother Who Understood

    Little. 398.2 You


     Creech, Sharon. Walk Two Moons. After her mother leaves home suddenly, thirteen-year-old Sal and her grandparents take a car trip

    retracing her mother's route. Along the way, Sal recounts the story of her

    friend Phoebe, whose mother also left. Keep a handkerchief nearby! F


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