Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Building Character Through Books

Welcome to this summer Book Stash blog hop! We will be hopping around to teacher's bookshelves from all over the country.  Each Wednesday, we will be sharing with you a few of our favorite books from several different genres/topics.  By the end you will have an amazing list of books to start your school year with! Stick with us and we will have a grand finale in the beginning of August! Click the blog button below our posts to hop on to the next blog.  Also stop by to grab some great resources at the linky below.

Boy, I did not realize how hard it was going to be to narrow down my favorite books on building character to just 5.  My name is Katie and I have a children's book addiction.  I have a very hard time saying no to books.  My mom instilled the love of children's books in me as I was growing.  Most of the books that are my favorite are because my mom had an incredible ability to change her voice and make you feel like you were in the book.  There were certain books that my dad was partial to and I remember them specifically as "his" books. 
Here I have a mix of old classics and new favorites.  These books teach children how special they are, how to be brave and comfortable in the skin they are in. 













Crysanthemum by Kevin Henkes

I start the year with this book as we talk about our names and how special each one of us are.  I love the real feelings Crysanthemum goes through. Each child can relate to feeling awkward or like they don't fit in sometimes.  She begins confident, then her friends tease her and there is a very sweet ending.  It's a great springboard for a discussion on how she handled feeling like an outcast.

Tacky the Penguin  by Helen Lester

I remember my librarian reading this book just a few years after it had been published.  I couldn't wait to get my very own copy when I began to build my library.  Tacky is a quirky fun little penguin, but he doesn't quite fit the typical penguin mold.  He is rather an annoyance to his fellow penguins, but they soon find out that his quirks are actually a blessing to them all.  When books take the focus off people and put it on animals, kids eat it up.  In this story we can see how we can each use are talents, abilities and sometimes "quirks" to help others.

The Way I Feel by Janan Cain

This book has very large, colorful pictures that depict every feeling a child might go through.  This is especially helpful for students who struggle with their emotions.  Each page defines a different emotion through specific colors and illustrations.  After each emotion would be a good time to pause and talk about a time when they have felt that way and what helps them (if it is a negative emotion).

Stand Tall Molly Lou Melon by Patty Lovell

I saw this book when I took a children's literature class in college. It was another book I just had to have.  The illustrations are detailed and colorful. It is an adorable story of a little girl who is different and just doesn't mind one bit.  It will teach your students to stand tall no matter what their circumstance is. 

Woolbur by Leslie Helakoski

This adorably illustrated story is a super addition to any classroom library.  Woolbur is a hilarious little sheep that just doesn't act like most other sheep.  His mother and father wring their hands and worry that he just doesn't fit in.  "Grandpaa" sees things a little differently.  Each year I have one or two "Woolbur's" in my class.  They are natural born leaders and it is important to talk with your class about how we can influence and lead others in a positive way. 

These are just a small sampling of books that will give your students the confidence to be who they were created to be.  When they are feeling less than adequate, pull one of these out and show them they aren't alone and they are amazing!

Stay with us each Wednesday from now through August 3rd! Next week there will be a super booklist from this week and we will be displaying our favorite seasonal books!
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  1. Hi Katie!! My kindergarteners always loved Chrysanthemum and Tacky the Penguin. I'm glad you included them. I couldn't find my (badly beaten, I mean "well loved" 😉) copy of Tacky. Hopefully that's because it walked off with a student who needed it more than I did. 😉 Great post, thanks for hosting this hop! 😘

  2. Thanks for hosting Katie! So many of your book choices are new to me. In my Kinder class I really focus on individuality and uniqueness, and it looks like all of these books would work well on my library shelf!
    Kay @ Sommer’s Lion Pride

  3. Thanks for hosting this amazing hop!!! I am loving reading all of the posts and great book suggestions!!! I have not read Stand Tall of Woolbur. Definitely adding those to my shopping list now :)

  4. Thank you so much for all of the blog hop fun!!!