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    Beautiful,  Being Yourself

    What If…

    Written by Samantha Berger, illustrated by Mike Curato Imaginations soar while reading this. What if you were compelled to create but didn’t have a pencil, or weren’t able to draw? What if you didn’t have a canvas? If you look close enough, there are materials all around you. You can carve, craft, build, scrape, plant, dance, so many ways to create! If you find you have nothing, and are in a space of nothing, look inside yourself. Just beautiful.

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    Being Yourself,  Friendship,  Silly Fun

    Too Much! Not Enough!

    by Gina Perry Moe and Peanut have differing ideas of how much is too much and when enough is enough. These guys are totally lovable characters. I relate to Moe for sure. I bet many caregivers would. Peanut is perfectly jubilant, always ready to play and add more to the fun. Moe gets overwhelmed by the whirling dervish that is Peanut. Moe needs a break. Super sweet Peanut knows just what to to do help Moe. Deep down, they are good friends. These colorful buddies will sink into your heart right away.

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    Beautiful,  Being Yourself

    Gondra’s Treasure

    Written by Linda Sue Park, illustrated by Jennifer Black Reinhardt Dragons, family, differences, similarities, treasures. This is a lovely book, told from Gondra’s perspective, about ancestry, the traits she gets from her parents, and the treasure she is to her mom and dad. Her mom, a fire breathing dragon from the west, and her dad, a mist blowing dragon from the east. The magic of flying, living in caves or rivers, having gold or green scales, it’s all part of Gondra’s heritage. The colorful illustrations have sweet little surprises, like Dragon Puffs cereal, or a dragon umbrella. I am a sucker for red striped pajamas too.

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    Being Yourself,  Kindness

    Hector the Collector

    Written by Emily Beeny, illustrated by Stephanie Graegin It all began with an acorn…Hector collected acorns on the way to school. He loves all their differences and similarities. He loves their beauty. He fills his desk with them. He fills it so full, that it looks like a squirrel stashed them there for the winter. So, when the teacher says it’s time to check desks, Hector is worried. But, this super teacher helps Hector feel better. Collections come in all shapes and sizes, a lot of people have collections, and they are all beautiful. Scraps of fabric, baseball cards, and stamps. Museums are made of giant collections of things people…

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    Being Yourself,  Friendship

    Giraffe Problems

    Written by Jory John, illustrated by Lane Smith This is a great story about feeling like there is a part of yourself that isn’t great. Perhaps you’re not a fan of your freckles, or your regular brown hair. (Well, both those things are beautiful BTW) But Edward the Giraffe is having trouble with his seriously looooong neck. He is not a fan, it gets in the way, it’s not like everyone else’s and it makes life difficult. But, what if you needed to reach super high? Wouldn’t a long neck be helpful? Edward meets Cyrus, a turtle that doesn’t feel like his short neck is doing him any favors. Once…

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    Being Yourself,  Silly Fun

    Just Add GLITTER

    Written by Angela DiTerlizzi, illustrated by Samantha Cotterill Glitter adds joy, color and glitz to any humdrum moment. Today is a humdrum day, so let’s add some GLITTER! Add it to EVERYTHING and ANYTHING! Add SO MUCH! Too much? No such thing! It’s not just for art projects… think BIGGER! GLITTER in your bedroom, your toy room, the living room, the walls, the furniture, SO MUCH GLITTER! Uh-oh, looks like there is a teeny bit of glitter that needs cleaning up. Well, clean up will be sparkling and glitzy, so not humdrum. The illustrations are created using lots of glitter filled diorama scenes and there is even more glitter added…