June 25, 2018 | Thorndyke
Sometimes it's hard to challenge expectations and pre-conceived notions to just be who you are. Read on for many stories about people who defied stereotypes and limitations to be authentic. And don't forget to check out part 2 for even more great books about being yourself.
Red's factory-applied label clearly says that he is red, but despite the best efforts of his teacher, fellow crayons and art supplies, and family members, he cannot seem to do anything right until a new friend offers a fresh perspective.
When Taylor's block castle is destroyed, all the animals think they know just what to do, but only the rabbit quietly listens to how Taylor is feeling.
As a shy boy, Raffi is a loner and teased at school until one day he discovers knitting and decides to make a scarf for his father and a cape for the prince in the school play.
When his father leaves to fight in World War I, Mikey joins the Central Park Knitting Bee to help knit clothing for soldiers overseas.
Discover the true story of NFL star Ernie Barnes a boy who followed his dreams and became one of the most influential artists of his generation with this beautifully illustrated nonfiction picture book.
Tyler learns to make spaghetti and meatballs from the chef at his favorite restaurant and then makes it for his family at home.
Derek, a little green dinosaur, is somewhat worried that he likes to stay home and knit instead of acting like his ferocious brothers, but the onset of cold weather allows his knitting to become useful.
Jacob, who likes to wear dresses at home, convinces his parents to let him wear a dress to school, too.
After seeing a ballet performance, Nate decides he wants to learn ballet but he has doubts when his brother Ben tells him that only girls can be ballerinas.
Chronicles the rise of a television personality and fashion consultant Tim Gunn, known as on-air mentor to designers on the reality television program Project Runway.
A young boy faces adversity from classmates when he wears an orange dress at school.
Teddy's favorite toy has the best manners, and the sickest fighting skills, and the ability to pull off a number of fierce looks. But when his toy goes missing, it turns out there's another woman around who's pretty fierce--it's Teddy's mom, and she will stop at nothing to reunite Teddy with his favorite toy.
In a picture book portrait of the artistic director of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, a boy discovers his passion for dance, overcomes a childhood disability, and becomes a modern hero.
A child wishes for a unicorn without knowing how unruly they are as pets.
The story of a four-year-old boy who happily wears dresses, a princess tiara, and the color pink while he climbs trees and plays soccer, even though there are people who laugh and do not think that boys should wear dresses.
Ordered by his parents to tame a dragon, a gentle knight who prefers reading to fighting arms himself with a book.
While riding the subway home from the pool with his abuela one day, Julián notices three women spectacularly dressed up. When Julián gets home, daydreaming of the magic he's seen, all he can think about is dressing up just like the ladies in his own fabulous mermaid costume. But what will Abuela think about the mess he makes -- and even more importantly, what will she think about how Julián sees himself?.
A biography of the American poet whose compassion led him to nurse soldiers during the Civil War, to give voice to the nation's grief at Lincoln's assassination, and to capture the true American spirit in verse.
When Crispin Blaze turns seven, he's expected to breathe fire like all the other dragons. But instead of fire, he breathes a host of unusual things.
The son of a beekeeper, Jonathan is not sturdy enough to do some of the work, but with the support of his mother he finds a way to help the family and form a bond with his father. Includes bee facts.
A prince and a knight in shining armor find true love after fighting a dragon together.
Papa Wolf expects his son Max to be a hunter, like other wolves, but Max has different ideas about his future.
His classmates' taunts don't stop Oliver Button from doing what he likes best.
A child celebrates a close connection with her father, from how they play together and teach each other new things to how he protects her and always makes time for her.
While his mother makes chapatis, Neeraj transforms a piece of dough into different animals.
Woolbur, a sheep with a mind of his own, never seems to follow the flock, despite his parents' reminders about how he should behave.
Long ago, Vincent van Gogh was an eccentric man with wild red hair who used clashing hues to paint unusual-looking people and strange starry skies. Children and adults alike called him names and laughed at him. Nobody bought his art. But he kept painting.
No ordinary beast, Maurice is neat, polite, photogenic, and his roar is delightful to the ear, which leads his parents to enroll him at the Abominable Academy for Brutish Beasts, where he realizes he has a few things he can teach his fellow beasts.
A playful story...about a young boy's fascination with the dot on his mother's forehead.
Every kid faces unique challenges, fears and pressures. Every kid can be brave. This book encourages kids to be brave in all the ways they can: trying new things, speaking their mind, confronting bullies, and more.