Character Education Book Selections ~ October 2020

For Elementary,  K-3: (picture books)

Swing by Michael Hall
Simple, joyful and colorful artwork enhance a story of kindness and acceptance among letters of the alphabet (O,V, E and L) on a playground swing.

Ordinary Mary’s Positively Extraordinary Day by Emily Pearson
Mary is just an ordinary girl, but her one act of kindness spreads through an entire school in a truly extraordinary way.

Kindness Grows by Britta Teckentrup
This unique picture book with diecut pages uses the analogy of a tree to illustrate how a crack can start in a relationship when people are unkind to each other, but also how a relationship can blossom when we show care for each other.

Becoming a Good Creature  by Sy Montgomery
A picture book adaption of the best-selling memoir (for grown-ups) of the same title, this beautifully illustrated book can show us the many surprising lessons animals have to teach us about compassion, empathy, friendship, and how to be a better creature in the world.


Little Bird by Cynthia Voigt
Little Bird goes on a quest to recover a good luck charm stolen from her nest.  Along the way, she develops survival skills, and friendships,  and returns home braver, stronger, and wiser. 

Here In The Real World by Sara Pennypacker
Two misfit tweens discover truths about themselves as they work, in different ways, to transform a vacant lot.


Emmy in the Key of Code by Aimee Lucido
A novel, in verse,  that explores coding, music and finding out who you really are. 

Itch by Polly Farquhar  (an Ohio author)
Having just moved to rural Ohio,  Isaac is still getting used to how crazy everyone is about football, to being the new kid in school, the one everyone calls ‘Itch’ because of a chronic condition he has that makes him want to scratch all over, all the time.   Will he ever find a way to fit in?


Within These Lines by Stephanie Morill
A story of love, family, hope and justice amidst the dark backdrop of Japanese internment in America during WWII.

All The Days Past, All The Days To Come by Mildred Taylor
A continuation of the story of the Logan family we met in Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry.  Cassie Logan 

A Very Large Expanse of Sea by Tahereh Mafi
Shirin struggles with the negative attention she receives as a Muslim-American in the wake of the tragedy of 9/11.  She has put up emotional walls to protect herself,  but then meets Ocean,  who seems to really want to know the real Shirin.  Can she learn to let him in?