These are some titles of books that you can check out at the Library and read it to your child and with your child.

Promoting Peace Building and Celebrating Diversity through Children’s Literature Compiled by Dr. Ashworth BOOKS FOR PEACEThe books we read should be chosen with great care, that they may be, as an Egyptian king wrote over his library, "The medicines of the soul." - Paxton Hood
Books are a wonderful way to bond interpersonally with children when shared together and to explore concepts of peacemaking that aren’t readily available in everyday life for children. The following books have been helpful in illustrating the abstract concepts of peace, social justice, and civil rights, and helping explicitly teach children how to construct their own moral behavior. Exemplary books for children about peace and justice, resolving conflicts, diversity and being a member of a global family are more important than ever.

Promoting Peace/Social Justice Books:

A Million Visions of Peace Jennifer Garrison ISBN 1-57025-079-0

The Big Book of Peace Collection by many authors ISBN 0-525-44605-2

Peace Begins with You Katherine Scholes ISBN 0-316-77436-7

Peace in 100 Languages Multiple authors ISBN 0-915190-74-5

A Piece of Peace Young authors ISNN 1-883280-05-2

Peace Crane Sheila Hamanaka ISBN 0-688-13815=2

Sadako and the Thousand Crans Eleanor Coerr ISBN 0-439-16824-4

Faithful Elephants Tomoko Tsuchiya Dykes ISBN 0-395-46555-9

Seven Brave Women Betsy Hearne ISBN 0-688-14502-7

Peace Week in Miss Fox’s Class Eileen Spinelli ISBN 978-0-8075-6379-3

The Peace Book Todd Parr ISBN 0-316-83531-5

The Butterfly Patricia Polacco ISBN 0-399-23170-6

The 12 Gifts of Birth Charles Costanzo ISBN 0-06-621104-2

The 11th Commandment The Children of America ISBN 1-879045-46-X

God In Between Sandy Eisenberg Sasso ISBN 1-879045-86-9 God Inside of Me Della Reese ISBN 0-7868-0434-3 The Hating Book Charlotte Zolotow ISBN 0-06-443197-5

The Allegory Eve Bunting ISBN 0-15-225962-7

We Share One World Jane E. Hoffelt ISBN 0-9701907-8-6

The Peace Seekers Nathan Aaseng ISBN 0-8225-9604-0

Peace Flower Ada Aharoni ISBN 9659013914 You and I Can Change the World Ada Aharoni ISBN 965901399X

Seeds of Change Jen Cullerton Johnson ISBN 978-1-60060-367-9

Planting the Seeds of Kenya Claire A. Navoli ISBN-13:9780374399184

Mama Titi (story of Wangari Maathia) Donna Jo Napoli ISBN 13:9781416935056

Wangari’s Trees of Peace: A True

Story from Africa Jeanette Winter ISBN 978-0-15-206545-4

Planting The Trees of Kenya: The story

Of Wangari Maathai Claire A. Nivola ISBN 978-0-374-39918-4 When I Grow Up I will Win the Isabel Pin ISBN 10-0-374-38313-8

Noble Peace Prize

Can You Say Peace? Karen Katz ISBN 0-8050-7893-2

A Little Peace Barbara Kerley ISBN 978-1-4263-0086-8
Peaceful Pieces: Poems and Quilts

About Peace Anna Grossnickle Hines ISBN 978-0-8050-8996-7

Somewhere Today: A Book of Peace Shelley Moore Thomas ISBN 0-8075-7544-5

One Of Us Peggy Moss ISBN 978-0-8848-322-9

What Does Peace Feel Like? Vladimir Radunsky ISBN 978-0-689-86676-0

Peace One Day the Making of World

Peace Day Jeremy Gilley & Karen Blessen ISBN 978-0-399-24330-1

We Are All Born Free Anmesty International UK Section 2008 ISBN 978-1-84507-650-4

The Librarian of Basra: A True Story

From Iraq Jeanette Winter ISBN 978-0-15-205445-8

If Peace Is… Jane Baskwill ISBN 1-59034-448-0

The Butterfly Patricia Polacco ISBN 0-399-23170-6

Authentic Multicultural and Miscellaneous Books for Promoting and Affirming Diversity:
Hello World Manya Stojic ISBN 0-439-36202-4
Families Around the World, One Kid at a Time Uwe Ommer ISBN 0-7893-1009-0
Courage (in Japanese & English) Bernard Waber ISBN 4-946491-31-7
On the Day you Were Born Debra Frasier ISBN 0-15-257995-8
Amazing Grace Mary Hoffman ISBN 0-8037-1040-2
Lenore’s Big Break Susan Pearson ISBN 0-670-83474-2
These Hands Hope Lynne Price ISBN 0-439-25390-6
Whoever You Are Mem Fox ISBN 0-590-20027-5
Something Beautiful Sharon Dennis Wyeth ISBN 0-440-41210-2
For Every Child Caroline Castle (UNICEF) ISBN 0-8037-2650-3
Thank You, Mr. Falker Patricia Palacco ISBN 0-439-09836-X
Mr. Lincoln’s Way Patricia Palacco ISBN 0-439-43011-9
January’s Sparrow Patricia Palacco ISBN 987-0-399-25077-4
The Junkyard Wonders Patricia Palacco ISBN 978-0-399-25078-1
In Our Mothers’ House Patricia Palacco ISBN 978-0-399-25076-7
Pink and Say Patricia Polacco ISBN 0-590-54210-9
The Colors of Us Karen Katz ISBN 0-439-22116-1
Love Can Build a Bridge Naomi Judd ISBN 0-06-027206-6
If the World Were a Village David Smith ISBN 1-55074-779-7
Miss Rumphius Barbara Cooney ISBN 0-440-84411-8
The Crayon Box that Talked Shane DeRolf ISBN 0-590-81928-3
A Bad Case of Stripes David Shannon ISBN 0-439-08191-2
When I Feel Angry Cornelia Maude Spelman ISBN 0-439-63772-4
Encounter Jane Yolen ISBN 0-15-225962-7
Is There Really A Human Race? Jamie Lee Curtis ISBN 10: 0-06-075346-3
Old Turtle Douglas Wood ISBN 0-938586-48-3
Old Turtle and the Broken Truth Douglas Wood ISBN0439321093
Smoky Night Eve Bunting ISBN 0-15-269954-6
Martin’s Big Words Doreen Rappaport ISBN 0-439-39004-4
Rosa Nikki Giovanni ISBN0805071067
The Story of Ruby Bridges Robert Coles ISBN 0-590-43968-5
Sister Anne’s Hands Marybeth Lorbiecki ISBN 0-8037-2038-6
Goin’ Someplace Special McKissack & Pinkney ISBN 0-439-45624-X
Harlem Walter Dean Myers ISBN 0-590-54340-7
I Dream of a World… Pershing Accelerated School ISBN 0-439-36887-1
I Hate English Ellen Levine ISBN 0-590-42304-5
A To Zen Ruth Wells ISBN 0-88708-175-4
The Whispering Cloth Pegi Deitz Shea ISBN 1-56397-134-8
Usborne Book of Peoples of the World Doherty & Claybourne ISBN 0-439-40127-5
Many Nations Joseph Bruchac ISBN 0-8167-4389-4
Families Around the World Uwe Ommer ISBN 0-7893-1009-0
The Skin You Live In Michael Tyler ISBN 0-9759580-0-3

Authentic Multicultural and Miscellaneous Books for Promoting and Affirming Diversity:
Rubies Wish Shirin Yim Bridges ISBN 8811834905
Listen to the Wind Greg Mortenson & Susan Roth ISBN 978-0-8037-3058-8
Giving Thanks: A Native American Good Morning message Chief Jake Swamp ISBN 1-880000-15-6
Gift Horse: A Lakota Story S.D. Nelson ISBN 0-8109-4127-9
Crazy Horse’s Vision Joseph Bruchac ISBN 1-88-0000-94-6
Buffalo Bird Girl: A Hidatsa Story S.D. Nelson ISBN 9781419703553
Shota and the Star Quilt Margaret Bateson-Hill ISBN 1-84089-023-1
Saltypie: A Choctaw Journey From Darkness into Light Tin Tingle ISBN 978-1-933693-67-5
I’m in Charge of Celebrations Bryd Baylor ISBN 0-84-18579-2
Everybody Needs a Rock Bryd Baylor ISBN 0-689-71051-8
The Table Where Rich People Sit Bryd Baylor ISBN0-684-19653-0
The Way to Start a Day Bryd Baylor ISBN 13: 978-0689710544
Let’s Talk About Race Julius Lester ISBN 978-0-06-028596-8
14 Cows for America Carmen Agra Deedy ISBN 978-1-56145-490-7
Imagine A Day Sarah L. Thomson ISBN 978-0-689-85219-0
Imagine A Place Sarah L. Thomson ISBN 978-1-4169-6802-3
Pitching In For Eubie Jerdine Nolen ISBN 978-0-688-14917-8
Family Isabell Monk ISBN 978-1-57505-917-4
Throw Your Tooth on the Roof:Tooth Traditions From Around The World Selby B. Beeler ISBN 978-0-618-15238-4
So Far From the Sea Eve Bunting ISBN 978-0-547-23752-7
How & Why Stories: World Tales Kids Can Read & Tell Martha Hamilton & Mitch Weiss ISBN 978-0-87483-561-8
The Bracelet Yoshiko Uchida & Joanna Yardly ISBN 0-698-11390-X
Our World of Water: Children and Water Around the World Beatrice Hollyer ISBN 978-0-8050-8941-7
Mirror Jeannie Baker ISBN 978-0-763-64848-0
The Day the Rains Fell Anne Faundez ISBN 978-1-848-53015-7
Amazing Faces Lee Bennett Hopkins & Chris Soentpiet ISBN 978-1-60060-334-1
People Peter Spier ISBN 0-385-13181-X
Show Way Jacqueline Woodson ISBN 0-399-23749-6
The Barefoot Book of Earth Tales Dawn Casey & Anne Wilson ISBN 978-1-84686-224-3
Bringing The Rain To Kapiti Plain Verna Aardema ISBN 0-590-42870-5
Our Children Can Soar: A Celebration Of Rosa, Barak, and the Pioneers of Change Michelle Cook ISBN 978-1-59990-418-4
Of Thee I Sing: A Letter To My Daughters Barack Obama ISBN 978-0-375-83527-8
Four Feet, Two Sandals Karen Lynn Williams & Khadra Mohammed ISBN 978-0-8028-5296-0
W Is For World:Round-The-World ABC Kathryn Cave ISBN 978-1-84507-314-5
Elephant Dance: A Journey To India Theresa Heine ISBN 1-905236-79-4
The Village That Vanished Ann Grifalconi ISBN 0-14-240190-0
Wish: Wishing Traditions Around the World Roseanne Thong ISBN 978-0-8118-5716-1
Seeking Serenity Pilar Stella ISBN 978-1-60037-451-7
The Story Tree: Tales to Read Aloud Hugh Lupton & Sophie Fatus ISBN 978-1-84686-301-1
A Cool Drink of Water Barbara Kerley ISBN 978-0-7922-5489-8
Sensing Peace Suzana E. Yoder ISBN 978-0-8361-9515-6
Our Favorite Stories From Around the World Jamila Gavin ISBN 0-7894-1486-4
An Awesome Book Dallas Clayton ISBN 978-0-9792748-3-1
Giraffes Can’t Dance Giles Andreae & Guy Parker- Rees ISBN 0-439-28719-7
Books on the Holocaust for Children and Youth: Hilde and Eli David Adler ISBN 0-8234-1091-9
Flowers on the Wall Miriam Nerlove ISBN 0-689-50614-7
The Feather-Bed Journey Paula Kurzband Feder ISBN 0-8075-2330-5
When the Soldiers Were Gone Vera Propp ISBN 0-43910402-5
Let the Celebration Begin Margaret Wild and Julie Vivas ISBN 0-531-05937-5
Rose Blanche Roberta Innocenti ISBN 9780898123852
The Big Lie Isabella Leitner ISBN 0-590-45570-2
Terrible Things: an Allegory of the Holocaust Eve Bunting ISBN 0-827603258
The Cats in Krasinski Square Karen Hesse ISBN 0-439-79424-2
I never saw another butterfly…Children’s Drawings and Poems from Terezin Concentration Camp edited by Hana Volavkovd ISBN 0-8052-4115-9
Six Million Paper Clips Schroeder &Schroeder-Hildebrand ISBN 9 791580 131766
The Harmonica Tony Johnston ISBN 1-57091-547-4
The Grey Striped Shirt Jacqueline Jules ISBN 1-1881283-21-6
The Tattooed Torah Marvell Ginsburg ISBN 0-8074-0252-4
The Number on My Grandfather’s Arm David A. Adler ISBN 0-8074-0328-0
Number the Stars Lois Lowry ISBN 978-0-547-57709-8
Behind the Bedroom Wall Laura Williams ISBN 0-439-31591-3
Stones in Water Donna Jo Napoli ISBN 0-7807-9614-4
Marika Andrea Cheng ISBN 0-439-5566-1
Four Perfect Pebbles A Holocaust Story Lila Perl and Marion Blumenthan Lazan ISBN 0-590-30196-2
Daniel’s Story Carol Matas ISBN 0-590-46588-0
Hidden Child of the Holocaust Stacy Cretzmeyer ISBN 0-439-65346-0

Books that Promote Kids with Disabilities

Arnie and the New Kid Nancy Carlson ISBN 0-14-050945-3

The Balancing Girl Berniece Rabe ISBN 0-14-054876-9

The People on the Corner Leslye Orr ISBN 0-9740269-0-5

Eagle Eyes Jeanne Gehret ISBN 0-9625136-4-4

I’m Deaf and it’s Okay Lorraine Aseltine ISBN 0-8075-3472-2

Be Kind to Eddie Lee Virginia Fleming ISBN 0-698-11582-1

How Smudge Came Nan Gregory ISBN 0-8027-7522-5

Looking for Louis (autism) Lesely Ely & Plly Dunbar ISBN 978-0-8075-4746-5

Since We’re Friends (autism) Celeste Shally & David Harrington ISBN 978-0-979413-0-8

Don’t Laugh At Me Steve Seskin & Allen Shamblin ISBN 978-1-58246-058-1 I'm Like You, You're Like Me Cindy Gainer ISBN-1-57542-039-2

What It's Like to Be Me Helen Exley ISBN-0-377-00144-9

We’ll Paint the Octopus Red Stephanie Stuve-Bodeen ISBN-1-890627-06-2

Stellar Websites for Peace resources for Children and Youth: (Tremendous resources for teaching tolerance and acceptance) (Enriching the lives of children through the pursuit of peace for all) (People from all over the world form a community where each can share their effective grassroots methods for building peace) (Children’s Music Network~songs about peace and justice) (Peace & Justice Support Network~resources for children) (Children as problem-solvers, rather than witnesses, or victims of their surroundings}

Authentic Native American Literature
Encounter by Jane Yolen
Gift Horse: A Lakota Story by S.D. Nelson
Crazy Horse’s Vision by Joseph Bruchac
Everybody Needs a Rock by Byrd Baylor
Children of the Earth and Sky by Stephen Krensky
The Legend of The Bluebonnet by Tomie DePaola
The Legend of the Indian Paintbrush by Tomie DePaola
Hiawatha by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Voices of Children by Howasteya Kin Wakanyeja
All My Relations: A Prayer by L.T. Sparrow
Crow and Weasel by Barry Lopez
Plate Full of Color by Georgia Perez
Through the Eyes of the Eagle by Georgia Perez
Dancing Teepees by Virginia Driving Hawk Sneve
Enduring Wisdom by Virginia Driving Hawk Sneve
Shota and the Star Quilt by Christine Fowler
Bad River Boys: A Meeting of the Lakota Sioux with Lewis and Clark by Vriginia Driving Hawk Sneve
Proud to be a Blacksheep by Roberta John
The Stone Cutter and the Navajo Maiden by Vee F. Browne
Powwow by George Ancona
Keelboat Anne by Janet P. Johnson
Quillworker: A Cheyenne Legend by Terri Cohlene
Knots on a Counting Rope by Bill Martin Jr. and John Archambault
Dreamcatcher by Audrey Osofsky
Fire in the Heart by Matthew VanBockern
Novels for Teens young Adults:
Code Talker: A Novel about the Navajo Marines of World War Two by
Whispering in Shadows by Jeanette Armstrong
The Winter People by Joseph Bruchac
Winter Count by Chief Eagle
Perma Red by Ebra Magpie Earling
Four Souls by Louise Erdrich
Neither Wolf Nor Dog by Kent Nerburn
Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie

See the City by David F. Marx
I Love You Sun, I Love You Moon by Tomie dePaola
Silly Sally by Betsy Franco-Feeny
Let’s Go Visiting by Sue Williams
From Sheep to Sweater by Ellen Tarlow
How Many Fish? by Caron Lee Cohen
Who Lives in a Tree? by Betsey Chessen and Susan Canizares
Rick is Sick by David McPhail
A Lunch with Punch by Jo S. Kittinger
I Like Stars by Margaret Wise Brown
Game Day by Cari Meister
Come Here, Tiger by Alex Moran
I Can Ski by Melanie Davis Jones
Field Day by Melanie Davis Jones Melanie Davis Jones
Have You Seen My Cat? by Eric Carle
The Bus for Us by Suzanne Bloom
Car Wash Kid by Cathy Goldberg Fishman
Ollie by Oliver Dunrea
Growing Vegetable Soup by Lois Ehlert
Hoptoad by Jane Yolen
Bear Play by Miela Ford
Wake Up, Big Barn by Suzanne Tanner Chitwood
Hide and Seek by Brenda Shannon Yee

Bears In The Night by Stan and Jan Berenstain
Bears on Wheels by Stan and Jan Berenstain
The Blue Bug series by Virginia Poulet
Brown Bear, Brown Bear by Bill Martin
The Chick and the Duckling by Mirra Ginsberg
Dinosaurs Galore by Audrey Eaton
Mary Wore Her Red Dress by Merle Peek
Sid and Sam by Nola Buck

Ear Book by Al Perkins
Farmer in the Dell by Kathy Parkinson
Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed by Eileen Christelow
Foot Book by Dr. Seuss
Go, Dog, Go by Philip D. Eastman
Inside, Outside, Upside Down by Stan and Jan Berenstain
Monkey See, Monkey Do by Marc Gave
Morris the Moose by Bernard Wiseman
Where’s Spot? by Eric Hill


Buzz Said the Bee by Wendy Lewison
The Carrot Seed by Ruth Krauss
Cars by Anne Rockwell
The Fat Cat Sat on a Mat by Nurit Karlin
The Great Race by David McPhail
Itchy, Itchy Chicken Pox by Grace Maccarone
P.J. Funnybunny Camps Out by Marilyn Sadler
Pizza Party by Grace Maccarone
Sheep in a Jeep by Nancy Shaw
Soccer Game by Grace Maccarone
The Teeny, Tiny Woman by Jane O’Connor
Who Will Be My Friends? by Syd Hoff

Alligators All Around by Maurice Sendak
Buzz, Buzz, Buzz by Byron Barton
George Shrinks by William Joyce
Put Me In the Zoo by Robert Lopshire
Sammy the Seal by Syd Hoff
Whose Mouse Are You? by Robert Kraus

Are You My Mother? By Philip D. Eastman
Benny Bakes A Cake by Eve Rice
Charlie Needs a Cloak by Tomie DePaola
Clocks and More Clocks by Pat Hutchins
Corduroy by Don Freeman
Curious George series by Margaret Rey
Danny and the Dinosaur series by Syd Hoff
Fox series by James Marshall
Golly Sisters series by Betsy Byars
Hattie and the Fox by Mem Fox
He Bear, She Bear by Stan and Jan Berenstain
Henry and Mudge series by Cynthia Rylant
Jamberry by Bruce Degan
Little Bear series by Else H. Minarik
M & M series by Pat Ross
Madeline by Ludwig Bemelmans
Mr. Putter series by Cynthia Rylant
Nate the Great series by Marjorie Weinman Sharmat
Poppleton series by Cynthia Rylant
Ruby the Copycat by Peggy Rathman
Soccer Cousins by Jean Mazollo
Three Stories You can Read To Your Cat by Sara Swan Miller
Two Crazy Pigs by Karen Berman Nagel
When I get Bigger by Mercer Mayer


Arthur series by Lillian Hoban
Ask Mr. Bear by Marjorie Flack
Bear’s Bargain by Frank Asch
Best Nest by Philip D. Eastman
Best Teacher in the World by Bernice Chardiet
Big Max by Kin Platt
The Big Sneeze by Ruth Brown
Buzby by Julia Hoban
The Cat in the Hat by Dr. Seuss
Clifford series by Norman Bridwell
Commander Toad series by Jane Yolen
Curious George series by Margaret Rey
Franklin series by Paulette Bourgeois
If You Give a Mouse a Cookie by Laura Numeroff
Lionel series by Stephen Krensky
Nate the Great series by Marjorie Weinman Sharmat
Three Days on a River in a Red Canoe by Vera B. Williams
Three Stories You Can Read to Your Dog by Sara Miller


Alexander and the Wind-Up Mouse by Lio Lionni
Amelia Bedelia series by Peggy Parish
The Best Worst Day by Bonnie Graves
Cam Jansen series by David Adler
Commander Toad series by Jane Yolen
The day Jimmy’s Boa Ate the Wash by Trinka Noble
The Dragons of Blueland series by Ruth Stiles Gannett
Frog and Toad series by Arnold Lobel
Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crockett Johnson
Jamaica’s Find by Juanita Havill
Magic Treehouse series by Mary Pope Osborne


Abe Lincoln’s Hat by Martha Brenner
The Art Lesson by Tomie DePaola
Arthur chapter books by Stephen Krensky
Bailey School Kids series by Debbie Dadey
Blueberries for Sal by Robert McClosky
Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs by Judi Barrett
George and Martha by James Marshall
Gregory the Terrible Eater by Mitchell Sharmat
Happy Birthday Martin Luther King by Jean Marzollo
Horrible Harry series by Suzy Kline
Junie B. Jones series by Barbara Park
The Littles series by John Peterson
The Three Little Pigs by James Marshall
Magic Tree House series by Mary Pope Osborne
Marvin Redpost series by Louis Sacher
Miss Nelson series by Harry Allard
Mr. Gumpy’s Motor Car by John Burningham
Pinky and Rex series by James Howe
Rats on the Roof by James Marshall
Triplet Trouble series by Debbie Dadey

Amber Brown series by Paula Danziger
The Chalk Box Kid by Clyde Robert Bulla
Chicken Sunday by Patricia Polacco
The Cloud Book by Tomi DePaola
Flat Stanley series by Jeff Brown
Song Lee series by Suzy Kline
The Trojan Horse by Emily Little

Babysitter’s Club series by Ann M. Martin
Herbie Jones series by Suzy Kline
The King’s Equal by Katherine Paterson
Meg Mackintosh series by Lucinda Landon
Mr. Popper’s Penguins by Richard Atwater
Pony Pals series by Jeanne Betancourt
Ralph S. Mouse by Beverly Cleary
Ramona series by Beverly Cleary
Sideways Stories from Wayside School by Louis Sachar
Story of Ruby Bridges by Robert Coles
Tornado by Betsy Byars
What’s the Big Idea, Ben Franklin? by Jean Fritz


Aldo Ice Cream by Johanna Hurwitz
Boxcar Children series by Gertrude Chandler Warner
Bunnicula series by James Howe
Chocolate Fever by Robert Smith
A Dragon in the Family by Jackie French Koller
Encyclopedia Brown series by Donald Sobol
George’s Marvelous Medicine by Road Dahl
Henry series by Beverly Cleary
Magic School Bus series by Joanna Cole
Time Warp Trio by John Scieszka
The Twits by Road Dahl

Alphabet Books
• Azarian, Mary. A Farmer’s Alphabet
• Calmenson, Stephanie. It Begins With an A
• Campbell Ernst, Lisa. The Letters Are Lost
• Chwast, Seymour. Alphabet Parade
• Dr. Suess. Dr. Suess’s ABC
• Ehlert, Lois. Eating the Alphabet
• Glaser, Byron, & Neumeier, Marty. Action Alphabet
• Kirk, David. Miss Spider’s ABC
• Pashuk, Lauren. Fun From A-Z
• Schwager, Istar. Active Minds Alphabet

Rhyming Books
• Connelly, Luella. Bears, Bears, Everywhere
• Dr. Suess. Green Eggs and Ham
• Florian, Douglas. A Summer Day
• Florian, Douglas. A Winter Day
• Martin, Bill Jr. Chicka Chicka Boom Boom
• Guarino, Deborah. Is Your Mama a Llama?
• Hoberman, Mary Ann. A House is a House for Me
• Morrison, Bill. Squeeze a Sneeze
• Parkes, Brenda. Crunchy Munchy
• Silverstein, Shel. A Giraffe and a Half

Other Books
• Cuyler, M. That’s Good! That’s Bad
• Degan, B. Jamberry
• Duke, K. Aunt Isabel Tells a Good One
• Geraghty, P. Over the Steamy Swamp
• Hay, E. Silly Sarah
• Joyce, W. Dinosaur Bob
• Martin, B. Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?
• Mayer, M. What Do You Do With a Kangaroo?
• Numeroff, L. If you Give a Moose a Muffin
• Turkle, B. Do Not Open

Magic Tree House Series resources
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Lesson Plans
Magic Tree House

Book Title & Author
Grade Level
Crankenstien by Samantha Berger
Throwing fits, anger & frustration
Mixed Me! by Taye Diggs
Mixed racial identity struggles
Betty Goes Bananas by Steve Antony
Throwing fits and not asking for help
My Two Blankets by Irena Kobald & Freya Blackwood
Refugee child's perspective on moving to America and not knowing English
The New Baby by Mercer Mayer
Adjusting to another baby
All By Myself by Mercery Mayer
Being independent
A Color of His Own by Leo Lionni
Daring to be different
Grumpy Bird by Jeremy Tankard
How your friends feel when you are grumpy
The Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister
Chrysanthemum by Kevin Henkes
Being different
David Gets in Trouble by David Shannon
Consequences for misbehavior
The Peace Book by Todd Parr
Inspiring kids with compassion and hope
Sloppy Joe by Dave Keane
Being true to yourself
When Marian Sang by Pam Munoz Ryan
A famous African American opera singer who sang during the Civil Rights Movement
2nd through 4th
The Story of Ruby Bridges by Robert Colse
1st & 3rd
Do you want to be my friend? By Eric Carle
A quest for friendship
Grumpy Cat by Britta Teckentrup
Sharing your feelings when you are having a bad day
The Bramble by Lee Nordling & Bruce Zick
Standing up for yourself and being brave
2nd through 4th
Should I Share My Ice Cream? By Mo Willems
It can be hard to share at times
RAWR! by Todd H. Doodler
Perspectives on people's lives
THe Peanut by Simon Rickerty
Journey by Aaron Becker
The quest to find friendship
2nd & 3rd
Daisy Gets Lost by Christ Raschka
The scary feeling when you get lost from your loved ones
Oh, the Places You'll Go! By Dr. Seuss
Following your dreams
1st and up
Telephone by Mac Barnett
When you gossip the truth can get distorted
1st and up
What do you do with an idea? by Kobi yamada
When you have an idea that seems impossible, give it space to grow
1st and up
Not Norman A Goldfish Story by Kelly Bennett
When things don't go the way you had planned
1st and up
I Was So Mad by Mercery Mayer
How to handle anger
K and 1st
The Shark Who Was Afraid of Everything! by Brian James
How to overcome your fears
K and 1st
First Day Jitters by Julie Danneberg
Overcoming the jitters of your 1st day at school
K and 1st
Too Loud Lily by Sofie Laguna
Using your talents to follow your dreams
1st and 2nd
How Full Is Your Bucket? By Tom Rath and Mary Reckmeyer
How your actions affect others
K and up
The Brand New Kid by Katie Couric
Reaching out to others who are lonely or different
K and up
My Teacher Is a Monster! By Peter Brown
Our teachers care about us even when they have to redirect us :)
K and up
Miss Nelson is Missing by Harry Allard and James Marshall
Have respect for your teachers and adults
1st and up
Salt in His Shoes-Deloris Jordan
This is about the true story of Michael Jordan (following your dreams)
2nd and up
Me…Jane-Patrick McDonnell
This is about the true story of Jane Goodall who works with monkeys (following dreams)
1st and up
The Farmer and the Clown by Marla Frazee
Empathy of loneliness and friendship
K and up
Unspoken by Henry Cole
Risking your life for others
2nd and up
Flood by Alvoro F. Villa
How natural disasters affect families
2nd and up
Mr. Lincoln's Way by Patricia Pollacco
3rd and up
The Book of Bad Ideas by Laura Huliska Beith
Finding humor in bad ideas and understanding the difference between good/bad
2nd and up
The Lion and the Mouse by Jerry Pickney
Helping others
K and up
Hooway for Wodney Wat by Helen Lester
The main character has a speech impairement
1st through 3rd
The Butter Battle Book by Dr. Seuss
Fighting with others because they are different

The Invisible Boy by Trudy Ludwig

Stand in My Shoes by Bob Sornson

Red- A Crayon's Story by Michael Hall
Staying true to yourself while dealing with peer pressure
The New Bear at School by Carrie Weston
Showing empathy for a new student in class

The Other Side by Jacqueline Woodson
Sparks a conversation about race, history and world issues

The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein

A Sick Day for Amos McGee by Philip C.Stead
Empathy and caring for others

A Bad Case of Stripes by Camilla Cream
A girl is worried about what others will think of her

Last Stop on Market Street by Matt De La Pena
Teaches about the difference between material poverty and spiritual and imaginative poverty.

The Can Man by Laura E. Williams
Acts of kindness and sharing make a difference.

Be A Friend by Salina Yoon
Making friends and being yourself. Communicating in ways other than speaking

Louise Loves Art by Kelly Light
Looking for the good in others behavior/choices

Maple and Willow series (3 picture books) by Lori Nichols
dealing with changes in family (new siblings)

Rosie Revere Engineer by Andrea Beaty
Dealing with failure, working through teasing and doubt, perseverance

Interstellar Cinderella by Deborah Underwood
Achieving goals and Independence

Mr. Tiger Goes Wild by Peter Brown
Being yourself

Isabella Girl on the Go
Setting and Achieving goals

I am Yoga by Susan Verde
Calming body and mind in difficult situations

My Cousin Momo by Zachariah OHora
Accepting differences and apologizing when you make a mistake

Little Elliot Big Family by Mike Curato
Friendship, family and being aware of the feelings of others

Orion and the Dark by Emma Yarlett
Overcoming Fears and helping others

One Family by George Shannon
All families are different

Llama llama series by Anna Dewdney
Variety of skills (patience, dealing with anger...)

Free books in other languages

This website that has free online books in a number of languages. Add the language that you want to read in the Keyword section

AudioLiterate | Audiobooks:

This site has nice a collection of audio books with something for all ages. Most titles are free to download.

Tar Heel Reader

Tar Heel Reader, a collection of free, easy-to-read, and accessible books on a wide range of topics. The books may be downloaded as slide shows in PowerPoint, Impress, or Flash format.

Reading Groups Session

Story online

Stellar Websites for Peace resources for Children and Youth: (Tremendous resources for teaching tolerance and acceptance) (Enriching the lives of children through the pursuit of peace for all) (People from all over the world form a community where each can share their effective grassroots methods for building peace) (Children’s Music Network~songs about peace and justice) (Peace & Justice Support Network~resources for children) (Children as problem-solvers, rather than witnesses, or victims of their surroundings}

100 free short English stories for ESL learners~with listening, grammar, comprehension, dictation exercises, and crossword puzzles

Tumblebooks through the SD State Library but put a shortcut on our library homepage. You don't need a password for this.


Literature Suggestions- Elementary

Coming to America
The Butterfly Seeds, Mary Watson
Grandfather’s Journey, Allan Say
How Many Days in America, Eve Bunting
One More Border, William Kaplan
Painted Words, Aliki
When the World was New, D.H. Figueredo
Cultural Comparisons and Contrasts
All in a Day, Mitsumasa Anno
All the Colors of the Earth, Sheila Hamanaka
All the Colors We Are, Katie Kissinger
A My Name is Alice, Jane Bayer
Birthdays- Celebrating Life Around the World, Eve Feldman
Celebrations, UNICEF
Children Just Like Me, B. & A. Kindersley
Different Just Like Me, Lori Mitchell
Here are My Hands, Bill Martin Jr.
This is My House, Arthur Dorros
We’re All Special, Arlene Maguire
Whoever You Are, Mem Fox
Teach About Cultures Through Stories and Celebrations
Abuela, Arthur Dorros
Babushka’s Doll, Patricia Polacco
Bringing the Rain to Kapiti Plain, Verna Aardema
Chicken Sunday, Patricia Polacco
Cinco de Mayo, Janet Riehecky
Chinese New Year’s Dragon, Rachel Sing
The Distant Talking Drum, Isaac Olaleye
Golden Tales: Myths and Legends from Latin America, Lulu Delacre
Grandfather’s Tang’s Story, Ann Tompert
In My Family/En Mi Familia, Carmen Lomas Garza
Lon PoPo, Ed Young
One Hundred is a Family, Pam Munoz Ryan
Ramadan, Suhaib Hamid Ghazi
Under the Sunday Tree, Eloise Greenfield
Yeh-Shen, Ai-ling Louie
Multicultural Poetry Collections
Cool Melons Turn to Frogs, Matthew Gollub (Japanese haiku)
De Colores and Other Latin-American Folk Songs for Children, Jose Luis Orozco
Families- Poems Celebrating the African American Experience, Dorothy Strickland
I Dream of Peace: Images of War by Children of Former Yugoslavia, UNICEF
Love to Mama, Pat Mora
My Song is Beautiful, Mary Ann Hoberman
Street Rhymes Around the World, Jane Yolen
Under the Sunday Tree, Eloise Greenfield


Literature Suggestions- Secondary

Esperanza Rising
First Crossing: Teen Stories About Teen Immigrants
Tae’s Sonata
Letters from Rifka
A Library for Juana
The Color of My Words
Alia’s Mission
Romiette and Julio
Breaking Through
Facing the Lions: Growing Up Masai on the African Savannah
The Other Side of the Sky
Out of War
Thura’s Diary
America Street: A Multicultural Anthology of Stories
Black, Like Me
How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents
Immigrant Kids
The Skin I’m In
Warriors Don’t Cry
Series- In their Own Voices
Included in the series are:
Palestinian Teenage Refugees and Immigrants Speak Out
Teenage Refugees from Rwanda Speak Out
Teenage Refugees from Somalia Speak Out
Young People' Letters to the President Teenage
Refugees from Bosnia-Herzegovina Speak Out
Teenage Refugees from Ethiopia Speak Out
Teenage Refugees from Eastern Europe Speak Out
Teenage Refugees from Guatemala Speak Out
Teenage Refugees from Haiti Speak Out
Teenage Refugees from India Speak Out
Teenage Refugees from Mexico Speak Out
Teenage Refugees from Vietnam Speak Out


Professional Literature for Teachers

Understanding Cultural Narratives
The Ethnic Cultures of America: A Reference Source for Educators, Librarians, …
Multicultural American History Through Children’s Literature
Skin That We Speak
Understanding Your International Students: An Education, Cultural and Linguistic
Immigrant Students and Literacy: Reading, Writing, and Remembering
Multicultural Strategies for Education and Social Change
We Can’t Teach What We Don’t Know: White Teachers, Multiracial Schools
Identifying Race and Transforming Whiteness in the Classroom
Multicultural Children’s Literature
They Poured Fire on us from the Sky
Top 10 picture books