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Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Need Books About Differences? Then Enter to Win These Two Wonderful Books from Candlewick Press!!

So today is my first ever book giveaway sponsored by the lovely folks at Candlewick Press! I will be using lots of exclamation points in this post because I am so excited about giving FIVE of my faithful followers not just one book, BUT TWO!!! Yes, you will get both books which are delightful, kid adored, and awesome! And here they are.......

Delightful, Kid Adored, Awesome Book #1
Alex and Lulu: Two of a Kind
Author: Lorena Siminovich
Why It's On My Bookshelf: Alex and Lulu are best buds. Alex begins to notice the many personality differences in their likes and dislikes. Not to mention that Alex is a dog and Lulu is a cat, does it get any different than that!? He starts worrying maybe they are too different to continue a friendship. Will he lose his dear friend because they both don't like the same things like soccer, running, or jumping. When Alex asks Lulu, "Are we opposites?" she responds like a TRUE friend would. She points out they have more things in common then they do different. Lulu says, "But different is OK. It doesn't matter how different we are." This is an important one to share with kids. I depend on stories like Alex and Lulu Two of a Kind to teach children to reach out to one another, no matter our likes or dislikes. Just having one common thread might spark a beautiful friendship. Love it.              

Delightful, Kid Adored, Awesome Book #2 
Author: Cece Bell
Why It's On My Bookshelf: All Jerry Bee wants is a friend. But everyone is terrified of him because he is an enormous bee. They are afraid his sting would really hurt! Jerry tries to change people's perception of him by changing the way he looks. One day he discovers a wig on the sidewalk and he puts it on hoping it will work as a disguise. And it works! No one is afraid of him anymore. By the end of the day he makes friends with everyone at school and the kids adore him. They like his helpfulness, humor, artistic abilities, and his generous spirit. He's a good friend! The wig changes Jerry's life. But one day the wind blows Jerry's wig off. Everyone immediately runs away until.....the wig starts talking. Turns out the wig is a squirrel who saves the day by reminding everyone of Jerry's many positive qualities. Don't we all sometimes need a perception check? This book cracked me up the first time I read it. I also like how the "wig" stands up for Jerry Bee. Good life lesson to take a stand when someone is being perceived in the wrong light. The squirrel/wig surprise will get giggles while delivering an important message.                   
So how do you enter?


Go to the comments section below. Leave a comment on this post. Just tell me your favorite book you like to read to kids about differences. That's it!

Make sure you leave an email address if your profile doesn’t have one or I won’t be able to notify you if you won. All entries will be assigned a number and the winner will be chosen by Giveaway closes at midnight PDT on Thursday, August 19th, 2010. This is open to US residents. Winners will be announced Friday, August 20th, 2010. Your books will be shipped to you care of Candlewick Press.

A Personal Note About Candlewick Press:
I have many of their titles. I've got an upcoming review on a book called How to Heal a Broken Wing by Bob Graham. It's a beautiful story about helping and caring.  Download their catalog at their website for more good ones!


  1. One of my favorite books to read to kindergartners is "Chrysanthemum" by Kevin Henkes on the differences in children's names. I have so many favorite books though!


  2. I love My Brother Martin by Christine King Farris - it really shows Dr. King as a precocious child and makes him more HUMAN by having it told from the perspective of his little sister.

  3. One of my favorites is Cappy the Lonely Camel. It's a story about forgiveness, acceptance and friendship! Wonderful!

    Sue Landreth

  4. I like Leo the Late Bloomer. Wonderful story about how we are all different but there's nothing wrong with it! I love how the dad worries throughout the story but then realizes that Leo is wonderful how he is.

  5. I really like "Why Am I Different?".


  6. any of our books on adoption since Charlie is adopted and Hispanic but we also read "More Alike than Different" by Carolyn Ross Tomlin. It's about a little boy named Matthew and the different friends he has/meets through out the week.

  7. I like Smoky Night by Eve Bunting. A little heavy (inspired by the L.A. riots), but my students are always so engaged/concerned whenever I read it. I like how the characters reconcile their differences at the end.

    Whoever You Are by Mem Fox is another good one. It's a book about peace and how despite our differences we are all similar ... might be opposite the direction you're looking for?

    Holly L.

  8. The Crayon Box that Talked by Shane Derwolf is one of my favorites. I like how the crayons began to like each other at the end of the book. I like to tell the students that you just cannot choose to like someone because they are different than you. It is really important to get to know one another. Even though all of us are different, we are the same in many ways.

  9. I really like One For All - All For One by Brigitte Weninger. I love how it shows that we are all different and can use those differences to work together to accomplish something. The kids at my schools have loved it too.

  10. A Porcupine Named Fluffy by Helen Lester. What a name implies is not always the soul of the character. Good humor, kindness and illustrations.

  11. We have a high Hispanic population in our elementary school and my students love the book, "Speak English for Us, Marisol!" by Karen English. It's a great book to help kids learn more about cultural differences.


  12. One of my favorites is Martin's Big Words: The Life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by Doreen Rappaport. This book highlights Martin's "big words" in a beautiful and accessible way for young children. This book is one whose message about differences sticks with children for days, weeks or beyond. Children seem to want to take action after reading this one.

    Love your blog Rox!


  13. I'm still seeking that favorite book as I am a new school counselor...planning to use The Skin You Live In by Michael Tyler.


  14. A really great book is "Say Something" by Peggy Moss.


  15. I am still looking for that ideal book but thanks to the posts and comments here I have several to look at now.

  16. I love "Stand Tall, Molly Lou Melon"! Its a GREAT classroom read and kids LOVE Molly! Completely awesome for talking about how our differences make us special and something to celebrate!!


  17. I love to read "Not Better, Not Worse, Just Different" to my 4th or 5th graders because it deals with acceptance. It is witten from the perspective of a cockerspaniel who learns and gets along with different pets, dogs and then also cats,in his home. Kids are real receptive to this=) The book is written by Sharon Scott (and Nicholas, the dog).

  18. I like the oldfashioned green eggs and ham. Its all about the differences in people.

  19. melissa at
    It's hard to pick just one --- Naked Mole Rat Gets Dressed is my current favorite. (by Mo Willems)

    :) Melissa

  20. Panda and Polar Bear (Junior Library Guild Selection) [Hardcover]
    Matthew Baek (Author, Illustrator) Kids love it!

  21. Great giveaway. My favorite story to read to my kids about differences is Todd Parr's "It's Okay to Be Different".

    happybirthdayblog at att dot net

    Thank you!

  22. We're Different, We're the Same (Sesame Street) (Pictureback)) (Paperback)
    I have used this book for many, many years as an Elementary School Counselor. It is a simple and repetitive book which immediately captures my students'attention.I often have 6th Graders who remind me of our using this book when they were back in Kindergarten.
    Marvellous book.

  23. Between your post and your commenters, what a fantastic list of books about differences. I've got a nice number to add to my son Boo's borrowing list for the future. Thank you everyone!