Tag Archives: Self-Esteem & Self-Respect

Fish is Fish

Author: Leo Lionni Publisher: Dragonfly Books Product Description Two best friends, a minnow and a tadpole, are practically inseparable until the tadpole grows legs and decides to explore the world beyond the pond. When the tadpole, now a frog, returns to tell his friend of the extraordinary things he’s seen, the minnow, now a fish, […]

We Beat the Street: How a Friendship Led to Success

Author: Sampson Davis Publisher: Dutton Books Product Description Sampson, George, and Rameck could easily have followed their childhood friends into drug dealing, gangs, and prison. Like their peers, they came from poor, single-parent homes in urban neighborhoods where survival, not scholastic success, was the priority. When the three boys met in a magnet high school […]

Walk Two Moons (Newbery Medal Book)

Author: Sharon Creech Publisher: HarperCollins Product Description Gramps says that I am a country girl at heart, and that is true. Thirteen-year-old Salamanca Tree Hiddle, proud of her country roots and the “Indian-ness in her blood,” travels from Ohio to Idaho with her eccentric grandparents. Along the way, she tells them of the story of […]

Story of a Girl

Author: Sara Zarr Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers Product Description When she is caught in the backseat of a car with her older brother’s best friend–Deanna Lambert’s teenage life is changed forever. Struggling to overcome the lasting repercussions and the stifling role of “school slut,” she longs to escape a life defined by […]

The Fashion Disaster That Changed My Life

Author: Lauren Myracle Publisher: Puffin Product Description “Out of all the people in the world, why do I have to be the freak who went to school on the very first day of the year with a pair of PANTIES stuck by static cling to the leg of my pants?!!!” Seventh grade was supposed to […]

Marsupial Sue Presents “The Runaway Pancake”: Book and CD

Rating: (24 reviews) Author: John Lithgow Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing Product Description “I’m too fast, you’re too slow. Pan, pan, patty-cake pan, I can get away from you, I can!” The much-loved story of the Runaway Pancake who pops out of the oven and is sure he can escape all who want to […]

Scaredy Squirrel

Rating: (33 reviews) Author: Melanie Watt Publisher: Kids Can Press, Ltd. Product Description Scaredy Squirrel never leaves his nut tree. It’s way too dangerous out there. He could encounter tarantulas, green Martians or killer bees. But in his tree, every day is the same and if danger comes along, he’s well-prepared. Scaredy Squirrel’s emergency kit […]

The Little Engine That Could

Rating: (26 reviews) Author: Watty Piper Publisher: Philomel Product Description Everyone loves The Little Engine That Could, that classic tale of the determined little engine that, despite its size, triumphantly pulls a train full of toys to the waiting children on the other side of a mountain. Now the great Loren Long (Mr. Peabody’s Apples) […]

It’s Time to Sleep in Your Own Bed (Transition Times)

Rating: (4 reviews) Author: Lawrence E. Shapiro Publisher: New Harbinger Publications Product Description In this book, children learn that sleeping in their own bed makes them feel more grown-up and more independent. This book includes helpful advice and tips for parents to deal with this problematic situation. Growing up is hard, but when children have […]

Smiles to Go

Rating: (13 reviews) Author: Jerry Spinelli Publisher: HarperCollins Product Description Everything changes the day ninth-grader Will Tuppence learns one startling fact: protons-those tiny atomic particles, the building-blocks to the building-blocks of life-can die. The one thing that was so certain in this world to Will has an expiration date. And Will′s carefully planned-out life? Not […]

The Little Engine That Could and the Snowy, Blowy Christmas

Rating: (2 reviews) Author: Watty Piper Publisher: Grosset & Dunlap Product Description Poor Santa! All eight of his reindeer are sneezing so hard they can’t fly. Who will help him deliver his last present? “I think I can,” says everyone’s favorite Little Blue Engine!

Stick Up for Yourself: Every Kid’s Guide to Personal Power & Positive Self-Esteem (Revised & Updated Edition)

Rating: (17 reviews) Author: Gershen Kaufman Publisher: Free Spirit Publishing Product Description First published in 1990, this perennial best-seller has helped countless children build self-esteem and assertiveness skills. Newly revised and updated, it’s the ultimate resource for any kid who’s ever been picked on at school, bossed around, blamed for things he or she didn’t […]

Stand Up for Yourself and Your Friends: Dealing with Bullies and Bossiness and Finding a Better Way

Rating: (6 reviews) Author: Patti Kelley Criswell Publisher: Amer Girl Product Description This book helps girls learn how to spot bullying and stand up and speak out against it. Quizzes, quotes from real girls, and “what would you do?” scenarios give readers lots of ideas for dealing with bullies, including clever comebacks and ways to […]

I Think, I Am!: Teaching Kids the Power of Affirmations

Rating: (10 reviews) Author: Louise Hay Publisher: Hay House Product Description        “Your thoughts create your life!” This is the message that Louise Hay has been teaching people throughout the world for more than 27 years. Now, children can learn and understand the powerful idea that they have control over their thoughts and words, and […]

Chalice

Rating: (33 reviews) Author: Robin McKinley Publisher: Putnam Juvenile Product Description As the newly appointed Chalice, Mirasol is the most important member of the Master’s Circle. It is her duty to bind the Circle, the land and its people together with their new Master. But the new Master of Willowlands is a Priest of Fire, […]

Chalice

Rating: (33 reviews) Author: Robin McKinley Publisher: Putnam Juvenile Product Description As the newly appointed Chalice, Mirasol is the most important member of the Master’s Circle. It is her duty to bind the Circle, the land and its people together with their new Master. But the new Master of Willowlands is a Priest of Fire, […]

Milton’s Secret: An Adventure of Discovery through Then, When, and the Power of Now

Rating: (2 reviews) Author: Eckhart Tolle, Robert S. Friedman Publisher: Hampton Roads Publishing Product Description For the first time ever, bestselling author Eckhart Tolle brings the core of his teachings to children, ages 7 to 100. Beautifully illustrated and artfully expressed, this charming story will bring joy to children and their parents for decades to […]

Impulse

Rating: (40 reviews) Author: Ellen Hopkins Publisher: Simon Pulse Product Description Sometimes you don’t wake up. But if you happen to, you know things will never be the same. Three lives, three different paths to the same destination: Aspen Springs, a psychiatric hospital for those who have attempted the ultimate act — suicide. Vanessa is […]

Where’s My Stuff?: The Ultimate Teen Organizing Guide

Rating: (10 reviews) Author: Samantha Moss, Lesley Schwartz Publisher: Orange Avenue Publishing Product Description Free time is great. Unless you spend all of it searching for your homework, your mobile phone, or a clean pair of shorts. Then free time is not so great. In fact, it’s non-existent. If chaos and disorganisation are swallowing all […]

I Am the Messenger

Rating: (64 reviews) Author: Markus Zusak Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers Product Description Meet Ed Kennedy—underage cabdriver, pathetic cardplayer, and useless at romance. He lives in a shack with his coffee-addicted dog, the Doorman, and he’s hopelessly in love with his best friend, Audrey. His life is one of peaceful routine and incompetence, until […]

How to Steal a Dog

Rating: (9 reviews) Author: Barbara O’Connor Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) Product Description Half of me was thinking, Georgina, don’t do this. Stealing a dog is just plain wrong. The other half of me was thinking, Georgina, you’re in a bad fix and you got to do whatever it takes to get yourself out […]

Listen!

Rating: (3 reviews) Author: Stephanie S. Tolan Publisher: HarperTrophy Product Description Learning to walk again is the easy part. For twelve-year-old Charley, recovering from the accident that shattered her leg is nowhere near as difficult as facing the solitude of a summer without her best friend and with a father who does nothing, now, but […]

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens Workbook

Rating: (12 reviews) Author: Sean Covey Publisher: Franklin Covey Product Description This hands-on personal workbook companion to the bestselling The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens provides engaging activities to help teens understand and apply the power of the 7 Habits. Sean Covey’s The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens has sold more than 2 […]

Ish

Rating: (21 reviews) Author: Publisher: Candlewick Product Description A creative spirit learns that thinking “ish-ly” is far more wonderful than “getting it right” in this gentle new fable from the creator of the award-winning picture book THE DOT. Ramon loved to draw. Anytime. Anything. Anywhere. Drawing is what Ramon does. It¹s what makes him happy. […]

Oliver Button Is a Sissy

Rating: (11 reviews) Author: Tomie dePaola Publisher: Voyager Books Product Description A little boy must come to terms with being teased and ostracized because he’d rather read books, paint pictures, and tap-dance than participate in sports. “There is a good balance between the simple text . . . and the expressive pictures . . . […]

Roxie and the Hooligans

Rating: (4 reviews) Author: Phyllis Reynolds Naylor Publisher: Aladdin Product Description Do not panic. Lord Thistlebottom’s Book of Pitfalls and How to Survive Them has taught Roxie Warbler how to handle all sorts of situations. If Roxie’s ever lost in the desert, or buried in an avalanche, or caught in a dust storm, she knows […]

Jeremy Fink and the Meaning of Life

Rating: (18 reviews) Author: Wendy Mass Publisher: Little, Brown Young Readers Product Description Jeremy Fink has been obsessed with the meaning of life ever since a box from his father arrived at his house five years after his father was killed in a car accident. Jeremy is determined to find the missing keys that will […]

I Ain’t Gonna Paint No More! (Ala Notable Children’s Books. Younger Readers (Awards))

Rating: (45 reviews) Author: Karen Beaumont Publisher: Harcourt Children’s Books Product Description A dab of blue here, a splash of red there, a goopy smear of green . . . everywhere. To the tune of “It Ain’t Gonna Rain No More,” one creative kid floods his world with color, painting first the walls, then the […]

You Are Special

Rating: (169 reviews) Author: Max Lucado Publisher: Crossway Books Product Description Every day the small wooden people called Wemmicks do the same thing: stick either gold stars or gray dots on one another. The pretty ones–those with smooth wood and fine paint–always get stars. The talented ones do, too. Others, though, who can do little […]

Yay, You! : Moving Out, Moving Up, Moving On

Rating: (12 reviews) Author: Publisher: Little Simon Amazon.com On the occasion of her son’s graduation from high school, Sandra Boynton, the well-loved creator of books and cards featuring hippos, dinosaurs, and sheep, has written a celebratory book for “onwardly mobile” readers. Everyone on the planet will compare this title to Dr. Seuss’s Oh, the Places […]

Miss Rumphius

Rating: (56 reviews) Author: Barbara Cooney Publisher: Puffin

Burned

Rating: (40 reviews) Author: Ellen Hopkins Publisher: Simon Pulse Book Description Raised in a religious — yet abusive — family, Pattyn Von Stratten starts asking questions — about God, a woman’s role, sex, love. She experiences the first stirrings of passion, but when her father catches her in a compromising position, events spiral out of […]

The Big Book Of Help (American Girl Library)

Rating: (8 reviews) Author: Nancy Holyoke Publisher: American Girl

Learning To Slow Down & Pay Attention: A Book for Kids About Adhd

Rating: (10 reviews) Author: Kathleen G. Nadeau, Ellen B. Dixon, Charles Beyl Publisher: Magination Press Book Description Parents, teachers and kids will love the checklists found in this book to help children organize their time and daily tasks. New edition includes more explanations about medication and how it works. Also, increased emphasis is placed on […]

Indigo Dreams: Relaxation and Stress Management Bedtime Stories for Children, Improve Sleep, Manage Stress and Anxiety (Indigo Dreams)

Rating: (61 reviews) Author: Lori Lite Publisher: Lori Lite Product Description Indigo Dreams is a 60 minute CD/audio book designed to entertain your child while introducing them to relaxation and stress-management techniques. Four unique bedtime stories incorporate breathing, visualizations, muscular relaxation and affirmations. These are the same techniques recommended for adults but presented in a […]

Hattie Big Sky

Rating: (30 reviews) Author: Kirby Larson Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers Book Description Alone in the world, teen-aged Hattie is driven to prove up on her uncle’s homesteading claim. For years, sixteen-year-old Hattie’s been shuttled between relatives. Tired of being Hattie Here-and-There, she courageously leaves Iowa to prove up on her late uncle’s homestead […]

Ella Takes The Cake

Rating: (6 reviews) Author: Carmela D’Amico Publisher: Arthur A. Levine Books Book Description Ella the elephant is too little to slice the cake in her mother’s bakery, and the oven is absolutely off-limits. It feels like she can’t do ANYTHING important – until Ella’s mother needs help with an emergency cake delivery. Then Ella peddles […]

Loser

Rating: (188 reviews) Author: Jerry Spinelli Publisher: HarperTrophy Amazon.com Donald Zinkoff is one of the greatest kids you could ever hope to meet. He laughs easily, he likes people, he loves school, he tries to rescue lost girls in blizzards, he talks to old ladies. The only problem is, he’s a loser. Until fourth grade, […]

I Don’t Have Your Eyes

Rating: (14 reviews) Author: Carrie A. Kitze Publisher: EMK Press Book Description Family connections are vitally important to children as they begin to find their place in the world. For transracial and transcultural adoptees, domestic adoptees, and for children in foster care or kinship placements, celebrating the differences within their families as well as the […]

Oh, the Places You’ll Go! (Classic Seuss)

Rating: (225 reviews) Author: Dr. Seuss Publisher: Random House, New York Product Description Description coming soon… Amazon.com Inspirational yet honest, and always rhythmically rollicking, Oh, the Places You’ll Go! is a perfect sendoff for children, 1 to 100, entering any new phase of their lives. Kindergartners, graduate students, newlyweds, newly employeds–all will glean shiny pearls […]

The Crayon Box that Talked

Rating: (14 reviews) Author: Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers Book Description “While walking through a toy store, the day before today, I overheard a crayon box with many things to say…” Once upon a time, Shane DeRolf wrote a poem. It was a deceptively simple poem, a charming little piece that celebrates the […]

Unstoppable Me!: 10 Ways to Soar Through Life

Rating: (16 reviews) Author: Wayne W. Dyer, Kristina Tracy Publisher: Hay House Book Description Following in the footsteps of Dr. Wayne Dyer’s first children’s book, the bestseller Incredible You! this work goes even further toward expressing Wayne’s positive message for children. In Unstoppable Me! Dr. Dyer teaches children how to hold on to the no-limit […]

Someday This Pain Will Be Useful to You

Rating: (10 reviews) Author: Peter Cameron Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) Book Description It’s time for eighteen-year-old James Sveck to begin his freshman year at Brown. Instead, he’s surfing the real estate listings, searching for a sanctuary—a nice farmhouse in Kansas, perhaps. Although James lives in twenty-first-century Manhattan, he’s more at home in the […]

Mean Chicks, Cliques, and Dirty Tricks: A Real Girl’s Guide to Getting Through the Day with Smarts and Style

Rating: (12 reviews) Author: Erika V. Shearin Karres Publisher: Adams Media Corporation

Real Beauty: 101 Ways to Feel Great About You (American Girl Library)

Rating: (10 reviews) Author: Therese Kauchak Publisher: American Girl

The Truth About Forever

Rating: (148 reviews) Author: Sarah Dessen Publisher: Puffin Amazon.com With her sixth novel, award-winning author Sarah Dessen offers up another generous helping of finely crafted storytelling about real teens dealing with real life. In The Truth About Forever, when asked how she is coping with her father’s death, invariably seventeen year old Macy Queen’s answer […]

Princess Academy

Rating: (1 reviews) Author: Shannon Hale Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Children’s Books Book Description Miri lives on a mountain where, for generations, her ancestors have quarried stone and lived a simple life. Then word comes that the king’s priests have divined her small village the home of the future princess. In a year’s time, the prince […]

The Little Engine That Could: The Complete, Original Edition (A Platt & Munk Classic)

Rating: (61 reviews) Author: Watty Piper Publisher: Grosset & Dunlap Product Description Watty Piper. ?I think I can, I think I can?. These famous words and their message of determination and selflessness will delight youngsters and parents alike. Paperback. Amazon.com The unknowing progenitor of a whole generation of self-help books, Wally Piper’s The Little Engine […]

The Mixed-Up Chameleon

Rating: (12 reviews) Author: Publisher: HarperTrophy Book Description The chameleon’s life was not very exciting until the day it discovered it could change not only its color but its shape and size,too. When it saw the wonderful animals in the zoo, it immediately wanted to be like them — and ended up likeall of them […]

The Last Holiday Concert

Rating: (14 reviews) Author: Andrew Clements Publisher: Aladdin Book Description For Hart Evans, being the most popular kid in sixth grade has its advantages. Kids look up to him, and all the teachers let him get away with anything — all the teachers except the chorus director, Mr. Meinert. When Hart’s errant rubber band hits […]