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  • "Reading is the sole means by which we slip, involuntarily, often helplessly, into another's skin, another's voice, another's soul." -Joyce Carol Oates

    Come on, admit it! Books can inspire us, make us feel something, and even broaden our understanding of ourselves and the world around us.  Talk about making an impact!  Here are a few of the titles that our community seems to have fallen in love with...

     

Inspirational Books

  • How Full is Your Bucket?

    How Full is Your Bucket?

    by Tom Rath, Mary Reckmeyer Year Published: Average
    Through the story of a little boy named Felix, this charming book explains to children how being kind not only helps others, it helps them, too. As he goes about his day, Felix interacts with different people — his sister Anna, his grandfather, other family and friends. Some people are happy, but others are grumpy or sad. Using the metaphor of a bucket and dipper, Felix’ grandfather explains why the happy people make Felix feel good, while the others leave him feeling bad — and how Felix himself is affecting others, whether he means to or not. This beautifully illustrated adaptation takes the original book’s powerful message — that the way we relate to others has a profound effect on every aspect of our lives — and tailors it to a child’s unique needs and level of understanding.
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  • How to Heal a Broken Wing

    How to Heal a Broken Wing

    by Bob Graham Year Published: Average
    "No one saw the bird fall." In a city full of hurried people, only young Will notices the bird lying hurt on the ground. With the help of his sympathetic mother, he gently wraps the injured bird and takes it home. In classic Bob Graham style, the beauty is in the details: the careful ministrations with an eyedropper, the bedroom filled with animal memorabilia, the saving of the single feather as a good-luck charm for the bird's return to the sky. Wistful and uplifting, here is a tale of possibility — and of the souls who never doubt its power.
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  • Is There Really A Human Race?

    Is There Really A Human Race?

    by Jamie Lee Curtis Year Published: Easy Reading
    Is there really a human race? Is it going on now all over the place? When did it start? Who said, "Ready, Set, Go"? Did it start on my birthday? I really must know. With these questions, our hero's imagination is off and running. Is the human race an obstacle course? Is it a spirit? Does he get his own lane? Does he get his own coach? Written with Jamie Lee Curtis's humor and heart and illustrated with Laura Cornell's worldly wit, Is There Really a Human Race? Is all about relishing the journey and making good choices along the way—because how we live and how we love is how we learn to make the world a better place, one small step at a time.

    Note: This book is available in our Library.
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  • The Boy Who Loved Words

    The Boy Who Loved Words

    by Roni Schotter Year Published: Average
    Words. Selig collects them, ones that stir his heart (Mama!) and ones that make him laugh (giggle). But what to do with so many luscious words? After helping a poet find the perfect words for his poem (lozenge, lemon, and licorice), he figures it out: His purpose is to spread the word to others. And so he begins to sprinkle, disburse, and broadcast them to people in need.

    Note: This book is available in our Library.
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  • The Dot

    by Peter H. Reynolds Year Published: Average
    A frustrated grade school artist, Vashti sits slumped over her blank piece of paper at the end of art class. "I just CAN'T draw!" she tells her teacher. Her teacher first uses wit, then subtle yet clever encouragement to inspire her student to go beyond her insecurities and become, in the words of a younger boy who "can’t" draw either, "a really great artist."
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  • The Name Jar

    by Yanjsook Choi Year Published: Average
    The new kid in school needs a new name! Or does she? Being the new kid in school is hard enough, but what about when nobody can pronounce your name? Having just moved from Korea, Unhei is anxious that American kids will like her. So instead of introducing herself on the first day of school, she tells the class that she will choose a name by the following week. Her new classmates are fascinated by this no-name girl and decide to help out by filling a glass jar with names for her to pick from. But while Unhei practices being a Suzy, Laura, or Amanda, one of her classmates comes to her neighborhood and discovers her real name and its special meaning. On the day of her name choosing, the name jar has mysteriously disappeared. Encouraged by her new friends, Unhei chooses her own Korean name and helps everyone pronounce it—Yoon-Hey.
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Second Grade Recommendations

  • As An Oak Tree Grows

    As An Oak Tree Grows

    by G. Brian Karas Year Published: Average
    This inventive picture book relays the events of two hundred years from the unique perspective of a magnificent oak tree, showing how much the world can transform from a single vantage point. From 1775 to the present day, this fascinating framing device lets readers watch as human and animal populations shift and the landscape transitions from country to city. Methods of transportation, communication and energy use progress rapidly while other things hardly seem to change at all. This engaging, eye-opening window into history is perfect for budding historians and nature enthusiasts alike, and the time-lapse quality of the detail-packed illustrations will draw readers in as they pore over each spread to spot the changes that come with each new era. A fact-filled poster is included to add to the fun.

    Note: This book is available in our Library.
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  • Atlantic

    Atlantic

    by G. Brian Karas Year Published: Average
    Lapping at the sandy shores, stretching from the North Pole to the South Pole and from North America to Africa, the Atlantic Ocean is constantly changing shape and size and is always traveling. It has fascinated people for ages and still does today. Scientists study the Atlantic, fishermen search for its schools of fish, artists paint it, and poets write about it. Here, the power and grace of the Atlantic Ocean are beautifully captured in Brian Karas's sparkling text and paintings.

    Note: This book is available in our Library.
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  • On Earth

    On Earth

    by G. Brian Karas Year Published: Average
    Climb aboard a giant spaceship . . . the Earth! In glorious art, G. Brian Karas illuminates our Earth and its cycles and does a brilliant job of making the concepts of rotation and revolution understandable. As you travel, watch shadows disappear into night, and feel the sun on your face as winter turns into spring. All these amazing things happen because the Earth is constantly in motion, spinning and circling, gliding and tilting. As passengers of the Earth, our voyage never ends!

    Note: This book is available in our Library.
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  • The Other Way to Listen

    The Other Way to Listen

    by Byrd Bayler Year Published: Average
    The Caldecott Honor author/illustrator team that brought readers "The Desert Is Theirs" and "The Way to Start a Day" returns with this tale of truly listening to the world around us. In "The Other Way to Listen", a young boy is eager to learn and an old man is happy to share his wisdom.

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  • The Wise Woman and Her Secret

    The Wise Woman and Her Secret

    by Eve Merriam Year Published: Average
    Once, not so long ago, in the hills past the hollow, there lived a wise woman... The wise woman is so wise that people come from far and wide to learn the secret of her wisdom. "You will have to discover it for yourselves," she tells them. So they search and search, but there is nothing to be found! Is something strange going on? Perhaps the old woman is nothing but a mischief maker! Only one little girl named Jenny lags behind, her lingering eyes noticing things that the others don't. Will Jenny discover the secret that everyone else has missed? Acclaimed author Eve Merriam has written a wise and wonderful tale that speaks to the child in each of us

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