November 9, 2016 | Thorndyke
Sometimes the world is a rough place, so I'm taking a minute today to remind myself to be kind to others. It can be hard to show kindness when we're feeling angry or scared, but nothing makes me feel better than finding something nice to do for someone else. So if you're looking for books that might help you show understanding or compassion to someone who needs it, these are some of my favorite. I hope they inspire you, too. If you have your own inspiring books, please share them as a comment below.
When her parents find a baby wolf on their doorstep and decide to raise him as their own, Dot is certain he will eat them all up until a surprising encounter with a bear brings them closer together.
A true story of a boy who lives with a stutter. He struggles to overcome his own challenges, but finds inspiration in advocating for those who cannot speak for themselves: animals.
When a little clown gets lost after falling off a train, a farmer finds him and befriends him until the train returns.
Amos McGee, a friendly zookeeper, always made time to visit his good friends: the elephant, the tortoise, the penguin, the rhinoceros, and the owl. But one day he woke with the sniffles and the sneezes. Though he didn't make it into the zoo that day, he did receive some unexpected guests.
A little girl collects wildflowers while walking through town with her father. She silently distributes beauty as she goes.
For hundreds of thousands of years Great Auks thrived in the icy seas of the North Atlantic, bobbing on the waves, diving for fish and struggling up onto rocky shores to mate and hatch their fluffy chicks. But by 1844, not a single one of these magnificent birds was alive. A combination of their own biological features and the sudden and swift influence of human activity sealed their fate.
Depicts various families, from England to California and from 1710 to 2010, preparing and eating the dessert called blackberry fool. Includes a recipe and historical notes.
Depicts families of different colors and orientations as they play at a park, swim, and celebrate at a block party.
Julie welcomes all lost and homeless creatures into her house, whether they be cats or trolls, ghosts or dragons, but soon realizes that each must have a chore in order for the arrangement to work.
A boy is excluded from joining his friends' pet club because of his unusual pet, but he refuses to be discouraged.
Red Knit Cap Girl and her animal friends create a library inside a mighty oak tree, where they can read and exchange books.
What happens if your family doesn't fit the traditional mold? Stella brings her two fathers to school to celebrate Mother's Day.
Ordered by his parents to tame a dragon, a gentle knight who prefers reading to fighting arms himself with a book.