Book of the Week

May 11-15, 2015

Chester's Way

By Kevin Henkes 

 Chester's Way
Courage 
Sometimes courage can be as simple or complex as opening up to someone different.  Chester has his own way of doing things, so he closes himself off from a new girl, Lilly. 
Will Chester have the courage to allow new people into his life? 
Can he break from the familiar?
 
Quote of the Week
William Shedd  Wiliam G T Shedd
There remains a bit of controversy as to the origin of this quote. 
William Shedd, Grace Hopper and John Shedd have all been credited
at times for this quote. Regardless of origin I find it inspires courage
in beginning something new and stepping out of one's comfort zone. 
 
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Book of the Week

May 4-8, 2015

Ish

By Peter H Reynolds

 
 Ish by Peter Reynolds
 Courage
Peter Reynolds creates wonderfully engaging stories that encourage children to be true to their own self and creativity.  Using the universal language of emotion readers can easily relate to his characters and find inspiration in their actions. 
 From The Author:
I wrote and illustrated The Dot and Ish as a way to help children and “grown-up children” be brave enough to “make their mark.”
While the books are about art, they really are about process —about ideas, creative thinking, bravery, expression, original ideas, and sharing.
 
  Quote of the Week
Courage  
 
 
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Book of the Week

March 2-6, 2015

Michael Recycle

By Ellie Bethel

Michael Recycle by Ellie Bethel  
 Cooperation
 
Michael Recycle is a story that promotes recycling and the benefits of cooperation.
 It is through the Michael's initiative that the town begins to work together to achieve the improbable. 
 
Quote Acronym of the Week 
 TEAM
 
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Book of the Week

February 9-20, 2015

Little Blue and Little Yellow

By Leo Lionni

little blue and little yellow by Leo Lionni  
 
Tolerance 
 

In this, the first of Leo Lionni’s picture books, two round blobs of color share

friendship and frolic in their neighborhood. Named for their hue, Little Blue

and Little Yellow embrace one day and find that their colors combine to

make green. Although they do not stay green, they are forever changed by

knowing that friends rub off on friends, and color proves no boundary.

 Quote of the Week
JFK  
 
 
 
 
 
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Book of the Week

February 2-6, 2015

Abe Lincoln's Dream

By Lane Smith

Abe Lincoln's Dream by Lane Smith  
 
Tolerance 
From the bestselling author of It's a Book comes a funny, touching tale about the legacy of America's greatest president.  When a schoolgirl gets separated from her tour of the White House and finds herself in the Lincoln bedroom, she also discovers the ghost of the great man himself. Together they embark on a journey across the country to answer Lincoln's questions and quiet his concerns about the nation for which he gave his life. This wholly original tale is signature Lane Smith; Abe Lincoln's Dream is funny, touching, and surprising in a way only possible from this master picture book creator. 
 

 Quote of the Week

Malcolm X  
 
 
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Book of the Week

January 26 - 30, 2015

The Moon Over Star

By Dianna Hutts Aston

The Moon Over Star  

Perseverance 

In July 1969, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin became the first humans to set foot on the Moon. That historic event inspires a young African-American girl to dream big, in this moving tribute to the Apollo 11 mission published just in time to commemorate its 40th anniversary on July 20, 2009.

 
Quote of the Week


Jesse Owens  
 
 
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Book of the Week

January 12 - 16, 2015

Flora and the Flamingo

By Molly Idle

Flora and the Flamingo by Molly Idle  
Perseverance 
 A 2014 Caldecott Honor Book

In this innovative wordless picture book, Flora and her graceful flamingo friend explore the trials and joys of friendship through an elaborate synchronized dance. With a twist, a turn, and even a flop, these unlikely friends learn at last how to dance together in perfect harmony.
 
Quote of the Week 
 
Charles Kettering  
 
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Book of the Week

January 5 - 9, 2015

Amazing Grace

By Mary Hoffman
Amazing Grace by Mary Hoffman  
Perseverance 
When her class decides to do Peter Pan, Grace wants to play Peter. 
With the support of her family, Grace learns that she can be anything
she wants to be, and the results are amazing! 
 

Quote of the Week

 Julie Andrews
 
 
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Book of the Week 
December 15-19, 2014
 
Stellaluna 
by Janell Cannon
 
Stellaluna by Janell Cannon  
 
 When baby bat, Stellaluna, finds herself in a bird’s nest, Mother bird shows kindness and compassion
by accepting her as a part of their family. Through the friendship of the three little birds
and Stellaluna we learn that everyone is unique and that uniqueness should be celebrated.
 
 Quote of the Week
 
Madame De Stael  
 
 
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Book of the Week 
December 8-12, 2014
 
Ladybug Girl  
by David Soman and Jackie Davis



Ladybug Girl  


Ladybug Girl is a fun story about individuality and this is the first title in a wonderful series that

has entertaining musings on compassion, compromise, responsibility and so much more.


Quote of the Week

Thomas Merton  
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Book of the Week:  
December 1-5, 2014  

I Am Too Absolutely Small For School

by Lauren Child

I am too absolutely small for school  

Lauren Child skillfully crafts a fun and quirky tale of compassion.

Lola is sure she is "too absolutely small for school,"
but her older brother Charlie patiently convinces her otherwise
by presenting a series of imaginative and funny reasons she needs to go to school.  
 
 
 
 Quote of the Week
“Look into your own heart, discover what it is that gives you pain and then refuse, under any circumstance whatsoever, to inf  
 
 
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Book of the Week 
November 10-14, 2014  

Two of a Kind

by Jacqui Robbins and Matt Phelan

Two of a Kind  
 
 

Meet Kayla and Melanie- these girls tease, whisper, and get their way all of the time,

even when that means turning one friend against another. Anna is too smart to fall for their charms. . . .
Well, almost. But after an early falter, Anna discovers she’s stronger when
she stands up for herself and for her friend Julisa.
 
 Quote of the Week
 
 Charles Kingsley
 
 
 
 
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Book of the Week
November 3-7, 2014 

Let's  Do Nothing!

by Tony Fucile

fucile- Let's do nothing  

Friendship:  Sometimes friendship is about the time you spend doing nothing together.

 
Quote of the Week
 
Ali  
 
 
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Book of the Week  
October 27-31, 2014 
 
I Like Myself!

by Karen Beaumont

I Like Myself by Karen Beaumont  
Self Respect 

 A young girl describes her looks and personality in an amusing way.

She is happy with who she is because there is no one else she would rather be.
 
 
Quote of the Week
 
Shannon L. Alder - Author  
 
 
 
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Book of the Week 
October 20-24, 2014 

The Sneetches

by Dr. Seuss

The Sneetches by Dr. Seuss  
Respecting Differences 
 "Now, the Star-Belly Sneetches / Had bellies with stars. / The Plain-Belly Sneetches / Had none upon thars."
Bamboozled by one Sylvester McMonkey McBean ("the Fix-it-up Chappie"),
who teaches them that pointless prejudice can be costly.

Quote of the Week

 Quote by Bono
 
 
 
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Book of the Week
 October 13-17, 2014

The Cloud Spinner

by Michael Catchpool  

 
The Cloud Spinner by Michael Catchpool  
Respecting Our Earth 

From author Michael Catchpool and illustrator Alison Jay comes a magical tale about the

beauty and fragility of our natural world, and the wisdom and courage needed to protect it.
 
 
 
 
 Quote of the Week
 
Gandhi  
 
 
 
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Book of the Week:  October 6-10, 2014

Hey, Little Ant

by Phillip and Hannah Hoose

Hey, Little Ant
Respecting All Creatures / Perspective Taking

What would you do if the ant you were about to step on looked up and started talking? Would you stop and listen?

What if your friends saw you hesitate? That’s what happens in this funny, thought-provoking book.
Originally a song by a father-daughter team, this conversation between two creatures, large and small,
is bound to inspire important discussions. It might even answer that classic childhood question:
To squish or not to squish?
 Quote of the Week
Quote of the Week by Abraham Lincoln  

 

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Book of the Week
September 29 - October 3, 2014 

The Sandwich Swap

by Queen Rania Al Abdullah
The Sandwich Swap  
Respecting Others 

Lily and Salma are best friends. They like doing all the same things, and they always eat lunch together. Lily eats peanut butter and Salma eats hummus-but what's that between friends? It turns out, a lot. Before they know it, a food fight breaks out.Can Lily and Salma put aside their differences? Or will a sandwich come between them? The smallest things can pull us apart-until we learn that friendship is far more powerful than difference. In a glorious three-page gatefold at the end of the book, Salma, Lily,and all their classmates come together in the true spirit of tolerance and acceptance.

 
Quote of the Week
 
quote of the week by Tim Burton
 
 
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Book Of the Week
  September 22-26 , 2014

Sylvester and the Magic Pebble 

by William Steig
 

On a rainy day, Sylvester finds a magic pebble that can make wishes come true. But when a lion frightens him on his way home, Sylvester makes a wish that brings unexpected results. How Sylvester is eventually reunited with his loving family and restored to his true self makes a story that is beautifully tender and filled with true magic. Illustrated with William Steig's glowing pictures, this is a modern classic beloved by children everywhere. Sylvester and the Magic Pebble is a winner of the Caldecott Medal.

Quote of the Week
 
 Quote of the Week by Albert Einstein
 
 
 
 
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 Book of the Week
September 15-19, 2014
 
The Three Questions 
by Jon J. Muth
 
 The Three Questions by Jon Muth
 

A short story by Tolstoy is recast into a tale about Nikolai, who wants answers to his three questions

on how to be a good person. He finds the answers by helping others and listening to others.
 
Quote of the Week
 
 Quote of the Week by Leo Tolstoy
 
 
 
 
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Book Of the Week
September 8-12, 2014

The Dot

by Peter H. Reynolds

The Dot by Peter H. Reynolds

For anyone who has been afraid to express themselves - from a child in art class to an adult

whose fear has shut down a long-held dream, Peter H. Reynolds' book The Dot
(Candlewick Press) is there to remind us all to  "Make your mark, and see where it takes you."
 
Quote of the Week
 
Quote of the Week by Brad Henry (Former Governor of Oklahoma
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