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    Listening for Lions

    Gloria Whelan

    Hardcover (HarperColl, July 26, 2005)
    Historical fiction with a wicked twist. Listening for Lions is a breathtaking story of tragedy, deception, and triumph against all odds. National Book Award-winning author Gloria Whelan sets this richly historical coming-of-age adventure in British East Africa in the year 1918. This irresistible novel entangles an orphaned girl in a deceit-filled plot. Young Rachel Sheridan is made to leave her beloved Africa for England, where she must pose as the deceased daughter of a nefarious couple in an effort to gain them an enormous inheritance. Her irrepressible spirit and extraordinary wit turn her from victim to heroine in a surprising and empowering tale of a remarkable young woman.
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    Your Thoughts Matter: Negative Self-Talk, Growth Mindset

    Esther Pia Cordova, Mariya Elizarova

    Paperback (Power Of Yet, Dec. 2, 2019)
    Your child’s mindset matters, more than they realize.Help them understand the power of a growth mindset.Told in an engaging way that brings clarity to the subject of mindset, ‘Your Thoughts Matter’ gives concrete examples of what different mindsets sound like in our heads. ‘This is too hard, I’ll never learn it.’ vs‘It’s meant to be hard, we grow by challenging ourselves.’ What a difference!Romy has two voices in her head; one that causes her to doubt herself, and one that encourages her to keep trying. At times it’s confusing and hard to know which voice to listen to. With the help of her mother, she is able to understand that she has a choice, and that the choice she makes matters a great deal to her happiness. Which voice will Romy listen to? Which voice does your child listen to?GET IT NOW and show your child that there is no ‘can’t’, there is only ‘can’t YET’!
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    How To Get Unstuck From The Negative Muck: A Kid's Guide To Getting Rid Of Negative Thinking

    Lake Sullivan Ph.D.

    Paperback (SOLNA Investments, May 16, 2013)
    FACT: You have about 40,000 negative thoughts every day. And your child does too.We can’t make negative thoughts go away completely. But we can learn healthy ways to cope with them. And most importantly, we can take away their power to determine our mood and behavior.Using kid-friendly text, interactive cartoons, and engaging journal exercises, your child will learn priceless life skills.Now Available!How To Get Unstuck From The Negative Muck Kid’s Journal
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    Katherine Applegate

    Hardcover (Feiwel & Friends, Sept. 22, 2015)
    Handpicked by Amazon kids’ books editor, Seira Wilson, for Prime Book Box – a children’s subscription that inspires a love of reading.In her first novel since The One and Only Ivan, winner of the Newbery Medal, Katherine Applegate delivers an unforgettable and magical story about family, friendship, and resilience.Jackson and his family have fallen on hard times. There's no more money for rent. And not much for food, either. His parents, his little sister, and their dog may have to live in their minivan. Again.Crenshaw is a cat. He's large, he's outspoken, and he's imaginary. He has come back into Jackson's life to help him. But is an imaginary friend enough to save this family from losing everything?Beloved author Katherine Applegate proves in unexpected ways that friends matter, whether real or imaginary. This title has Common Core connections.
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    My Strong Mind: A Story About Developing Mental Strength

    Niels van Hove

    Paperback (Truebridges Media, Oct. 20, 2017)
    Do you want to teach your children about Confidence, Resilience and a Growth Mindset? With My Strong Mind your children will be introduced to mental strength and learn about techniques to develop their own strong mind. The story is about Kate, a sporty and happy girl who uses her strong mind to tackle her daily challenges with a positive attitude. Kate faces several situations your children will face too. She applies a positive attitude to deal with her challenges. Amongst them are getting ready in time in the morning, doing cartwheels, standing in front of the whole class with show and tell and playing basketball. Kate applies techniques like goal setting, positive self-talk, accept failure as learning, visualisation of a problem, breathing or mindfulness exercise, gratitude, and controlled distraction. These tips to build a strong mind in children are presented in an easy to read, fun and practical way. It's a great book for children, especially those at primary school, to read under their own steam. Kate's story will open the door for your children to commence building their own strong mind. This awareness and knowledge will enable your children to participate in an open dialogue about the importance of mental strength and how to develop it. This book aspires to educate children and parents about mental toughness and open a positive dialogue on the subject. Kate solves her every day problems with a positive attitude and hopefully will help 5-8 year old children do the same. Go to mentaltoughness.online to get:- Fun and free exercises to build mental toughness in your kids- A free mentaltoughness primary school program with 25+ exercises- A free 40 page self-help guide for adults
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    Katherine Applegate

    Hardcover (Feiwel & Friends, Sept. 26, 2017)
    Handpicked by Amazon kids’ books editor, Seira Wilson, for Prime Book Box – a children’s subscription that inspires a love of reading.An Amazon Top 20 Children's Books of 2017The New York Times-bestselling story of kindness, friendship, and hope. Trees can't tell jokes, but they can certainly tell stories. . . .Red is an oak tree who is many rings old. Red is the neighborhood "wishtree"―people write their wishes on pieces of cloth and tie them to Red's branches. Along with a crow named Bongo and other animals who seek refuge in Red's hollows, this wishtree watches over the neighborhood.You might say Red has seen it all. Until a new family moves in. Not everyone is welcoming, and Red's experience as a wishtree is more important than ever.Funny, deep, warm, and nuanced, this is Katherine Applegate at her very best―writing from the heart, and from a completely unexpected point of view.This book has Common Core connections.
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    The Boy Who Saved Cleveland

    James Cross Giblin, Michael Dooling

    Hardcover (Henry Holt and Co. (BYR), April 4, 2006)
    If not for Seth Doan, the city of Cleveland wouldn't exist today...In 1798, Cleveland, Ohio, was in danger of being wiped out by a malaria epidemic. Based on fact, this book tells the remarkable story of Seth Doan, a young boy whose heroic efforts kept his family and neighbors alive and ultimately put the city of Cleveland on the map. Jim Giblin's first full-length work of historical fiction, this chapter book is perfect for kids of that in-between age―too old for picture books and too young for full-length novels.The Boy Who Saved Cleveland is a 2007 Bank Street - Best Children's Book of the Year.
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    Corrinne Averiss, Sebastien Pelon

    Hardcover (words & pictures, Aug. 20, 2019)
    “Hope is keeping a light on, however dark things seem.” Comet is Finn’s dog, and his very best friend. They do everything together. But one day Comet won’t get out of his basket - not even for his very favorite things! The vet tells Finn that Comet needs to stay in overnight for an operation. That evening, Finn sits in his den feeling very alone. Dad tells him to keep on hoping. That night, as Finn sleeps, thousand of little lights appear in the sky, each one a hope from a different person in the world.Emotional, funny, and uplifting, this beautiful picture book is a pure delight from start to finish. A wonderful story that shows children not to give up hope when times are uncertain.See the other titles in the trilogy: JOY by Corrinne Averiss and Isabelle Follath (2018) LOVE by Corrinne Averiss and Kirsti Beautyman (2020)
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    Tomorrow I'll Be Brave

    Jessica Hische

    Hardcover (Penguin Workshop, Oct. 16, 2018)
    Journey through the beautifully hand-lettered messages by award-winning illustrator Jessica Hische. This uplifting and positive book - now a New York Times best seller - encourages kids to promise that tomorrow, they will try new things, do their best, and be brave.Tomorrow I'll be all the things I tried to be today:Adventurous, Strong, Smart, Curious, Creative, Confident, & Brave.And if I wasn't one of them, I know that it's OK.Journey through a world filled with positive and beautifully hand-lettered words of widsom, inspiration, and motivation. As this book reminds readers, tomorrow is another day, full of endless opportunities--all you have to do is decide to make the day yours."Jessica Hische, one of the great designers and typographers, now shows herself equally adept at creating gorgeous and immersive images for young readers. This is a joyous burst of color."--Dave Eggers, author of Her Right Foot
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    Catching Thoughts

    Bonnie Clark, Summer Macon

    Hardcover (Beaming Books, Aug. 11, 2020)
    Have you ever had an unwelcome thought that you just couldn't get rid of, no matter how hard you tried to push it away?In Catching Thoughts, a girl is plagued by an unwanted thought. No matter what she does--ignore it, yell at it, cry about it--the thought won't go away. Frustrated and discouraged, she finally looks that bad thought in the face and says, ""Hello."" At last, she is able to notice other more beautiful, positive thoughts all around her. As she catches hold of new thoughts, the girl discovers she can fill her mind with whatever she chooses. For every child who has been weighed down by sadness or anxiety, this story teaches kids how to acknowledge unwanted thoughts, show them compassion, then actively replace them with positive thoughts instead. Catching Thoughts is a quiet, thoughtful story that teaches readers how to practice mindfulness, focusing on thoughts that bring beauty, joy, and calm into their lives.
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    A Doctor Like Papa

    Natalie Kinsey-Warnock, James Bernardin

    Hardcover (HarperCollins, April 30, 2002)
    When the first star twinkles in the evening sky, Margaret squeezes her eyes shut and makes three wishes-one, for a sister; two, for a dog; and three, the most important of all, that Mama will let her study medicine.But Margaret knows it will take more than wishing on stars to change her mother's mind. "Doctoring's no kind of life for a woman," Mama says. "It's too hard and dangerous." Margaret's papa is the only doctor in the whole Northeast Kingdom of Vermont, and he works long, hard hours and faces countless perils every day.Still, Margaret holds tight to her dream...until a terrible virus breaks out, threatening Margaret's dream, her community, and, worst of all, her family. Suddenly it's up to her to make the right choice.
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    The Little Engine That Could

    Watty Piper, George Hauman, Doris Hauman

    Hardcover (Grosset & Dunlap, July 31, 2001)
    The story of a train filled with toys and gifts for little boys and girls that breaks down before reaching the children. After asking several passing trains for help over the hill, a little blue train agrees to help the stranded toys. Even though she is small, the blue train tries her best to bring the toys to the children on the other side of the hill.
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    Positive Ninja: A Children’s Book About Mindfulness and Managing Negative Emotions and Feelings

    Mary Nhin, Grow Grit Press, Jelena Stupar

    Paperback (Grow Grit Press LLC, Nov. 18, 2019)
    Positive Ninja wasn’t always so happy and optimistic. She used to struggle with negativity until she learned a strategy that would change her forever.Find out what happens in this comedic book about mindfulness. Life is hard! And it's even harder for children who are just trying to figure things out.The new children's book series, Ninja Life Hacks, was developed to help children learn valuable life skills. Fun, pint-size characters in comedic books easy enough for young readers, yet witty enough for adults.The Ninja Life Hacks book series is geared to kids 3-11. Perfect for boys, girls, early readers, primary school students, or toddlers. Excellent resource for counselors, parents, and teachers alike. Collect all the Ninja Life Hacks books: marynhin.com/ninjaset.htmlFun, free printables at marynhin.com/ninja-printables.html
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    Fever 1793

    Laurie Halse Anderson, Lori Earley

    Hardcover (Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, Sept. 1, 2000)
    From Fever 1793 "Where's Polly?" I asked as I dropped the bucket down the well. "Did you pass by the blacksmith's? "I spoke with her mother, with Mistress Logan," Mother answered softly, looking at her neat rows of carrots. "And?" I waved a mosquito away from my face. "It happened quickly. Polly sewed by candlelight after dinner. Her mother repeated that over and over, 'she sewed by candlelight after dinner.' And then she collapsed." I released the handle and the bucket splashed, a distant sound. "Matilda, Polly's dead." August 1793. Fourteen-year-old Mattie Cook is ambitious, adventurous, and sick to death of listening to her mother. Mattie has plans of her own. She wants to turn the Cook Coffeehouse into the finest business in Philadelphia, the capital of the new United States. But the waterfront is abuzz with reports of disease. "Fever" spreads from the docks and creeps toward Mattie's home, threatening everything she holds dear. As the cemeteries fill with fever victims, fear turns to panic, and thousands flee the city. Then tragedy strikes the coffeehouse, and Mattie is trapped in a living nightmare. Suddenly, her struggle to build a better life must give way to something even more important -- the fight to stay alive.
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    The Couch Potato

    Jory John, Pete Oswald

    Hardcover (HarperCollins, Nov. 3, 2020)
    Meet your new pal-tato in the fourth picture book from the #1 New York Times bestselling creators of The Bad Seed, The Good Egg, and The Cool Bean, Jory John and Pete Oswald.The Couch Potato has everything he needs within reach of his sunken couch cushion. But when the electricity goes out, Couch Potato is forced to peel himself away from the comforts of his living room and venture outside. And when he does, he realizes fresh air and sunshine could be just the things he needs... Readers of all ages will laugh along as their new best spuddy learns that balancing screen time and playtime is the root to true happiness. Check out Jory John and Pete Oswald’s other funny books for children: The Bad Seed The Good Egg The Good Egg Presents: The Great Eggscape! That’s What Dinosaurs Do
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    Whatever You Are Be a Good One: 100 Inspirational Quotations Hand-Lettered by Lisa Congdon

    Lisa Congdon

    Hardcover (Chronicle Books, April 1, 2014)
    A collection of 100 quotes beautifully hand-lettered with accompanying artworkDelightful reminder to get out there and make the most of life: A quote book like no other, Whatever You Are, Be a Good One is a thought-provoking collection that compiles the timeless wisdom of great original minds—from Marie Curie to Stephen King, Joan of Arc to Jack Kerouac, Oscar Wilde to Harriet Tubman—brilliantly hand-lettered by beloved indie artist Lisa Congdon. Readers will find enlightening insights ("Wisdom begins in wonder" — Socrates), stirring calls to action ("Leap and the net will appear"—John Burroughs), and stimulating encouragements ("Be curious, not judgmental" — Walt Whitman) beautifully illuminated on every page.• Hand-lettered words and graphics perfectly complement the inspirational quote on each page• Artist and illustrator Lisa Congdon is best known for her hand-lettering, paintings, drawings, and pattern designsFans of She Believed She Could, So She Did, and Seuss-isms will love the words to live by within the pages of Whatever You Are, Be a Good One.Eclectic anthology of 100 quotes (and some poems) will inspire your days for years to come• Perfect gift for recent graduates, creative thinkers, and anyone looking for a little inspiration• Great coffee table book to spark conversation and reflection
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    The Carpenter's Gift: A Christmas Tale about the Rockefeller Center Tree

    David Rubel, Jim LaMarche

    Hardcover (Random House Books for Young Readers, Sept. 27, 2011)
    This modern classic Christmas story teaches children the spirit of the season by bringing together two great New York City traditions: the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree and the neighbor-helping-neighbor program of Habitat for Humanity. Opening in Depression-era New York City, The Carpenter's Gift tells the story of eight-year-old Henry and his father selling Christmas trees. They give a Christmas tree to construction workers building Rockefeller Center and celebrate together. Through the kindness of the construction workers and neighbors, Henry gets his wish for a nice, warm home to replace his family's drafty shack. He plants a pinecone from that first Rockefeller Center Tree. As an old man, Henry repays the gift by donating the enormous tree that has grown from that pinecone to become a Rockefeller Center Christmas tree. After bringing joy to thousands as the Rockefeller Center tree, its wood will be used to build a home for another family in need. Written by children's nonfiction author David Rubel in collaboration with Habitat for Humanity. Gorgeous illustrations crafted by Jim LaMarche."Rubel's story of compassion hits all the right holiday notes; LaMarche's lush, warm illustrations of glowing Christmas trees and smiling, caring characters drive home the central message of charity." --The Horn Book
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    I Know Who I Am: The ABCs of Positive Self-Affirmations for Children

    Portia Smith, Jasmine Mills

    Paperback (Perfectly Payten, LLC, June 25, 2020)
    "I Know Who I Am" will teach your childthe ABCs of cultivating a growth mindset, so they can: -Enhance their critical thinking skills and show courage in facing even the most daunting tasks-Independently display grit and initiative when they encounter challenging tasks-Assertively pursue their goals, while keeping limiting, negative thoughts at bay-Become a self-sufficient, positive, and confident individual as they grow upAnd so much more!Portia Smith is a self-care and mental health wellness advocate. Smith is also a Licensed Professional Counselor, Certified Rehabilitation Counselor, and Certified Professional Counselor Supervisor. Smith's specialty is in behavior management, anxiety disorders, suicide intervention and prevention, and crisis counseling. She finds the number of young people succumbing to these issues disconcerting, to say the least. As an expert in her field, Smith knows that it's never too early to start teaching your child positive thinking habits that allow them to look on the bright side when the going gets tough. In her book, she lays out in alphabetical order simple, yet fun affirmations that your child can use to boost their self-esteem and confidence. For just a few minutes each day, your child will slowly, but surely build positive thinking habits that they can turn to when times get hard... for the rest of their lives!