Director's choice

Director’s Choice features a glimpse of my ever-changing favorite picture books… 

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"Puppies for Sale" by Dan Clark


"That puppy is worth just as much as all the others." - abilities and disabilities

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"Here We Are: Notes for living on planet earth" by Oliver Jeffers


"You're never alone on earth." - a glimpse of earth and the bonds that unite us together.

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"All Are Welcome" by Alexandra Penfold


"We're part of a community. Our strength is our diversity." - diverse classroom of students and families

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"The Undefeated" by Kwame Alexander


"This is for the ones who survived America by any means necessary. And the ones who didn't." - honoring African Americans

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cover image of "What If the Zebras Lost Their Stripes?" children's book

"What If the Zebras Lost Their Stripes?" by John Reitano


“ ... and some lost black and some lost white?” - ponder the concept of race and humanity

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"Different Just Like Me" by Lori Mitchell


“I’m glad everyone is different... just like me!” - noticing and appreciating similarities and differences

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"Come With Me" by Holly McGhee


“One step at a time, they understood what they could do to make the world a better place.” - your part matters

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"A Family is a Family is a Family" by Sara O'Leary


“My family is not like everybody else’s.” - a whimsical glimpse of many types of families

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"I Like, I Don't Like" by Anna Baccalliere


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"No Water No Bread" by Luis Amavisca Guridi


"Why are our parents like this?" - children’s perspectives of borders, limited resources and parents’ attitudes

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"What We Wear: Dressing up around the world" by Maya Ajmera


“Dressing up means celebrating who we are...” - a global glimpse of people and clothing

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"A Small Thing... But Big" by Tony Johnson


“Before today, I was afraid of dogs.” - courage and confidence to do tough things

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"I'm New Here" by Anne Sibley O'Brien


“Here there are new beginnings.” - immigration, classroom experiences of three new students

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"If Nathan Were Here" by Mary Bahr


“But Nathan’s not here. And nobody’s laughing.” - child’s perspective of loss and grief

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Teammates

"Teammates" by Peter Golenbock


“I want a man with the courage not to fight back.” - Jackie Robinson’s early baseball experience

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"For Every Child, A Better World" by Louise Gikow, Ellen Weiss


“Every child needs... but sometimes...” - a global glimpse of resources and belonging

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"A Chance to Shine" by Steven Seskin & Allen Shamblin


“Every heart needs a chance to shine” - music CD included, new perspective on stereotypes

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"New Kid in Town" by Claire Freedman


“This is a very friendly place...
but beware of the horrible wolf” - dispelling stereotypes and first impressions

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"Riding the Tiger" by Eve Bunting


“Why don’t you hop on my back and we’ll take a ride.” - consequences of making poor decisions

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"Dear Willie Rudd" by Moore Gray


“Most of all, I’m writing to say I wish you could come see me once again.” - new understanding of early childhood experiences and racial inequality

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"We're All Wonders" by R.J. Palacio


“I can’t change the way I look but just maybe, people can change the way they see.” - appreciating differences

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"Voices in the Park" by Anthony Browne


- first impressions, stereotypes from different perspectives

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"I am Enough" by Grace Byers


“Like the winner, I’m here to win, and if I don’t, get up again.” - loving yourself, respecting others and being kind to everyone

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"Be Kind" by Pat Zietlow Miller


“Maybe I can only do small things.  But...” - being kind isn’t always easy but it’s important

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"A Special Trade" by Sally Wittman


“Now it’s my turn...” - a changing friendship with older friend as child grows up

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"Wilfrid Gordon McDonald Partridge" by Mem Fox


“Poor old thing... she’s lost her memory.” - friendship between young boy and elderly friends

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"A Terrible Thing Happened" by Margaret M. Holmes


“Sherman Smith saw the most terrible thing.” - resource for children who have witnessed traumatic incidents

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"We Are All Different" by Rebecca Rissman


“Our difference make us special.” - disabilities and differences

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"Willy & Max: a Holocaust story" by Amy Littlesugar


- unlikely friendship

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"Snow in Jerusalem" by Deborah da Costa


“You can’t prove it!” - unlikely friendship

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"Pink and Say" by Patricia Polocco


- unlikely friendship

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"I Call My Hand Gentle" by Amanda Haan


“It can’t do things without me. It does what I want it to do.”

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"Can you Say Peace" by Karen Katz


“No matter how we say it, we all want peace.” - peace in many languages and homelands

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"Boxes for Katje" by Candace Fleming


“You have brought us a miracle!” - care packages from America after World War II

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"People" by Peter Spicer


“People everywhere.  And all different.” - celebration of uniqueness and similarities

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"The Barefoot Book Children" by Tessa Strickland


“It’s easier to understand someone when you know their story.” - recognizing similarities, differences and all the possibilities

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"William's Doll" by Charlotte Zolotow


“... so that when he’s a father like you, he knows how to take care of a baby...” - addressing gender norms 

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"Hey, Little Ant" by Phillip & Hannah Hoose


“If you were me and I were you,
what would you want me to do?” - addresses power and vulnerability

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"The Story of Ruby Bridges" by Robert Coles


“Then Ruby stopped talking and walked into the school.” - true experience of desegregating schools in 1960

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"Feathers and Fools" by Mem Fox


“... not one remained alive.  Silence hung over the gardens..." - fable about fearing differences

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"Enemy Pie" by Derek Munson


“What kind of things - disgusting things - would I put into a pie for an enemy?” - a wise Dad provides an opportunity for friendship

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"Cups Held Out" by Judith L. Roth


“[Dad] wants me to know the poor are part of this world.” - a child’s glimpse of poverty

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"Don't Laugh at Me" by Steve Seskin & Allen Shamblin


“Don’t get your pleasure from my pain.” - song on CD accompanies book with characters asking for tolerance, stops short of acceptance

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"The Other Side" by Jacqueline Woodson  


“A fence like this was made for sitting on.” - racial segregation from a child’s perspective

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"Each Kindness" by Jacqueline Woodson


“...my throat filled with all the things I wished I would have said to Maya.” - kindness matters

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"One World, One Day" by Barbara Kerley


“Recess rocks!  And so does lunch.” - a global glimpse of a day in the life of children

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  "Unspoken: a story from the Underground Railroad" by Henry Cole


- wordless story, unspoken gifts unite girl and runaway slave

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"Wangari’s Trees of Peace: a true story from Africa" by Jeanette Winter


“The earth was naked. For me, the mission was to try to cover it with green.” - environmentalist’s determination inspires great change

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"Across the Alley" by Richard Michelson


“I take a break to practice my windup
so I pass my violin out the window to Willie.” - unlikely friendship

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cover image of "Tear Soup: A Recipe for Healing After Loss" children's book

"Tear Soup: A Recipe for Healing After Loss" by Pat Schwiebert & Chuck DeKlyen


"[Grandy] suffered a big loss in her life. Pops, her husband suffered the same loss, but in his own way." - helpful resource for loss and grief

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"A Pen Pal for Max" by Gloria Rand


“These are all addressed to you and your classmates.” - children’s compassionate response to an earthquake in Chile

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"One Green Apple" by Eve Bunting


“The students know each other but they don’t know me and I don’t know them.” - an empathetic glimpse at cultural differences

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"I Walk with Vanessa: a story about a simple act of kindness" by Kerascoet


- wordless story how one person inspires an entire community

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"Ordinary Mary's Extraordinary Deed" by Emily Pearson


“... love was sent to every person everywhere.” - one good deed is multiplied by others

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"Lend a Hand" by John Frank


“... but the spread of warmth should have no bounds.” - poems about giving

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"Amazing Faces" by Lee Bennett Hopkins


“You made my unhappy thoughts scamper away.” - poems about relationships

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"I Am Not a Number" by Jenny Kay Dupuis and Kathy Kacer


“We don’t use names here. All students are known by numbers.” - Native American history, mandatory removal of Native children from their families to attend residential school

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"All the Lost Things" by Kelly Canby


“... so that anyone who may have lost it might find it once again.” - a child’s search for hope

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"Susan Laughs" by Jeanne Willis


“That is Susan Through and through – just like me, just like you.” - focus on abilities rather than dis-abilities

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"The Enemy: a book about peace" by Davide Cali and Serge Bloch


“I wasn’t expecting him to have a family.” - reflects the pointlessness of war

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"Cory & the Seventh Story" by Brian D. McLaren


“But the truth is, there is no them. We are all part of one great big beautiful wonderful us.” - an alternate view of power, greed, oppression, control over others and our global community

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"Ruthie and the (Not So) Teeny Tine Line" by Laura Rankin


“I have something to tell you...” - a lesson in telling the truth

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