Book Review: I'm Gonna Push Through

Author: Jasmyn Wright
Illustrator: Shannon Wright

From the Book Jacket: No matter what stands in the way of your dreams, remember this: YOU can push through anything! Inspired by a mantra written for her third-graders, Jasmyn Wright's uplifting call to "push through" is an invitation to young readers to announce their own power and to recognize and reaffirm that of others, regardless of setbacks. 

By diminishing doubt, encouraging community, and reaffirming that we're all here to make a difference, her empowering words show children how to lift themselves up and seize their potential. 

Why It's On My Bookshelf: I have a lot of books for kids on not giving up and having a growth mindset. This is such a great new resource to encourage kids to push through, aim high, don't quit, and infinity is the limit!!!! We can do hard things and push through. Yes!

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Book Review: Way Past Mad

Author: Hallee Adelman
Illustrator: Sandra de la Prada

From the Book Jacket: Keya is mad. Way past mad. The kind of mad that starts and swells and spreads like a rash. She kicks rocks and yells at her best friend and says things that hurt. Now Keya doesn't like what her mad made her do. Can she find a way past mad?

Why It's On My Bookshelf: Keya is so upset that on the way to school she takes it out on her friend Hooper. This hurts his feelings and he walks away from her. She immediately realizes how her hurt has now hurt him. Running after him she is determined to apologize and tell him why she was really upset. I loved this book because when our anger hurts people, we have the power to make it better. I highly recommend this awesome resource!

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Book Review: The Thank You Letter

Author/Illustrator: Jane Cabrera

From the Book Jacket: Grace writes thoughtful Thank You Letters for all her birthday gifts. She thanks her grandparents for Bob, a toy puppy. She sends a note to her cousins to say thanks for her sparkly shoes and to Taye for the magic wings. But that is only the beginning. This sweet and lively story reminds us that gratitude can be contagious. 

Why It's On My Bookshelf: This is a lovely reminder that we can give thanks to everyone for all that they are and do. I used this book to teach my kids how to write thank you letters but it has a deeper message about how we can also thank people for the simple acts of kindness they do for us daily. 

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