Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Ballerino Nate by Kimberly Bradley, 2006. Nate's dream of being a ballerina is initially discouraged by his older brother.

Belinda the Ballerina by Amy Young, 2002. Are Belinda’s feet too big for her to be a dancer?

Boy Who Looked Like Lincoln by Mike, Reiss, 2003. Benjy, who resembles Abraham Lincoln, is tired of always being Lincoln in the school play, but a special camp helps him to appreciate his appearance.

Courage of the Blue Boy by Robert Neubecker. A young boy learns first to accept, and then to add to, all the colors of the world.

Dancing in the Wings by Debbie Allen, 2000. Sassy tries out for a summer dance festival in Washington, D.C., despite the other girls' taunts that she is much too tall.

Fair Cow by Leslie Helakoski, 2010. Effie is determined to win a ribbon at the state fair, despite Petunia the Pig's discouragement.

Hooway for Wodney Wat by Helen Lester, 1999. Classmates make fun of Rodney because he can’t pronounce his name, but it is Rodney’s speech impediment that drives away the class bully.

Hurty Feelings by Helen Lester, 2004. It looks like trouble when Fragility, a hippo whose feelings are easily hurt, meets Rodney, a rude elephant, on the soccer field.

I Like Myself!  by Karen Beaumont, 2004. In rhyming text, a child expresses her self-esteem and exults in her unique identity.

Loretta, Ace Pinky Scout by Keith Graves, 2002. Loretta, unrelenting perfectionist, is devastated when she fails to earn the Golden Marshmallow Badge, but her grandmother's picture gives her a new perspective on things.

Alfred’s Nose by Vivienne Flesher, 2008. A dog longs for a ‘better’ nose.

The OK Book by Amy Krouse, 2007. A fabulous message that being "okay" at various different activities is enough.

Recess Queen by Alexis O’Neill, 2002. Mean Jean is the biggest bully on the school playground until a new girl arrives and challenges Jean’s status as the Recess Queen.

Stand Tall, Molly Lou Melon by Patty Lovell, 2001. Even when the class bully at her new school makes fun of her, Molly remembers what her grandmother told her and feels good about herself.

Wild About Us!  by Karen Beaumont, 2015. Zoo animals celebrate their differences.

Wow, It Sure Is Good to Be You!  by Cynthia Jabar. This jazzy story reaffirms that even when people you love are far away, they are thinking about you all the time and loving you.

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