Book Review: Together We Grow

Author: Susan Vaught
Illustrator: Kelly Murphy

From the Book Jacket: A storm drives all the farm animals indoors except for a lonely fox family. The barn isn't there home. But where will they go for safety? Can the animals come together despite their differences. Together We Grow explores the power of compassion and kindness. 

Why It's On My Bookshelf: Such a wonderful picture book that explores themes of acceptance and belonging. It's really a must read that celebrates inclusivity, acceptance, and the importance of rebuilding a community in the wake of disaster. 

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Book Review: Rita and Ralph's Rotten Day

Author: Carmen Agra Deedy
Illustrator: Pete Oswald

From the Book Jacket: 
In two little houses,
on two little hills, lived two best friends
So begins the story of Rita and Ralph. Every day they meet to play beneath the apple tree. It's always fun and games - until one roundly rotten day when a new game means someone ends up crying. Who knew it could be so hard to say "I'm sorry"? Just when it seems nothing will ever be right again, a surprising thing happens. The old friends try something new, that isn't new at all. Something they've done a hundred times. 

Why It's On My Bookshelf: I teach a lot of conflict resolution and problem solving to students so I was so excited to come across this book. This one will be helpful to teach the art of the apology. It's a great story to teach the size of the problem and sincere apologies. Love this one!

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Book Review: When You Are Brave

Author: Pat Zietlow Miller
Illustrator: Eliza Wheeler

From the Book Jacket: Some days, when everything around you seems scary, you have to be brave. Saying goodbye to neighbors. Worrying about new friends. Passing through a big city. Seeing a dark road ahead. In these moments, a young girl feels small and quiet and alone. But when she breathes deeply and looks inside herself, a hidden spark of courage appears, one she can nurture and grow until she glows inside and out. 

Why It's On My Bookshelf: Really love this book. It reminds kids they have a light inside of them. And that it might start out small like a spark but you can turn it into a flame. If you picture it in your mind it will become bigger and bolder! That courage will brighten your heart and fill your body. The story also tells us to think about what we are good at. What do we love to do or who do we love. Those positive thoughts will guide you out of the dark. No matter what happens - you'll be all right. 

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