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BE WHO YOU ARE: 8 Picture Books

Created by 49thShelf
  • Age: 0 to 100
  • Grade: p to 17
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This is a list by Sue Macartney, who is the author-illustrator of Benjamin’s Blue Feet a story about a little Blue-footed booby coming of age in the Galapagos Islands. Benjamin is already the island’s best treasure spotter. One day he discovers a mirror and is thrilled with his new find until it leads to niggling self-doubt. Through a series of comic attempts to alter his appearance, Benjamin learns some very valuable lessons about who he is and why he is perfect just the way he is.

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A World of Mindfulness

by Erin Alladin, illustrated by Suzanne Del Rizzo; Rebecca Bender; Gabrielle Grimard; Tara Anderson; François Thisdale; Scot Ritchie; Miki Sato; Tamara Campeau; Emma Pedersen; Carmen Mok; Aino Anto; Sue Macartney; Dubois & Andrea Blinick
edition: Hardcover
  • age: 3 to 6
  • Grade: p to 1
tagged: non-classifiable, emotions & feelings

 

I am here. I know who I am. I breathe in the smell of sun-warmed grass and it fills my lungs with energy.

Parents, educators, and health practitioners everywhere are recognizing the importance of mindfulness practice, particularly for children. Meditation and yoga are becoming common activities in kindergarten classes and beyond. Taking time to be …

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I Just Want to Be Super!

by Andrew Katz, illustrated by Tony Luzano
edition: Hardcover
  • age: 3 to 100
  • Grade: p to 17
tagged: imagination & play, superheroes, emotions & feelings

One morning, Nino finds a mask that gives him amazing powers. He can’t wait to blast into action! But no one will let him do all the super things he wants to do. Instead, everybody tells him stuff like Put away your dishes. Get dressed. Be CAREFUL.
Will Nino ever get the chance to show how super he can be?
With empathy, humor and exuberant imagi …

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Benjamin's Blue Feet

illustrated by Sue Macartney
edition: Hardcover
  • age: 3 to 7
  • Grade: k to 2
tagged: birds, self-esteem & self-reliance, humorous stories, new experience

A young bird with a flair for discovery and invention learns self-acceptance one blue-footed step at a time.

Benjamin the blue-footed booby is coming of age in his flock’s world of flying, diving, swimming, and fishing. But he already has a unique gift: treasure-hunting. One day, after finding a mirror, Benjamin becomes convinced that his beak is …

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My Hair is Beautiful

by Shauntay Grant
edition: Hardcover
also available: eBook
  • age: 0 to 3
  • Grade: p
tagged: african american, girls & women, body

Natural, knotty, fluffy, frizzy, twisted, tangled, pony, puffed!

A celebration of natural hair, from afros to cornrows and everything in between, My Hair is Beautiful is a joyful board book with a powerful message of self-love.

Governor General's Award-nominated author Shauntay Grant brings her unique spoken-word style to this fun read-aloud, featu …

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Lili Macaroni

by Nicole Testa, illustrated by Annie Boulanger
edition: Hardcover
  • age: 4 to 7
  • Grade: k to 2
tagged: self-esteem & self-reliance, school & education, emotions & feelings, bullying

An accessible picture book about resilience, self-esteem, and the power of talking about emotions

Lili Macaroni loves drawing butterflies, counting the stars, and being exactly who she is—Lili Macaroni. That is, until she starts kindergarten. There her classmates tell her that her hair is like a pumpkin, her eyes are squinty blueberries, and her l …

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Little Juniper Makes It BIG

illustrated by Aidan Cassie
edition: Hardcover
  • age: 4 to 8
  • Grade: p to 3
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Aidan Cassie, the creator ofSterling, Best Dog Ever, employs her pitch-perfect humor and heartwarming illustrations here again to help little ones love themselves at any size inLittle Juniper Makes It BIG.
What Juniper lacks in size, she makes up for in heart. And her heart is dead-set on growing up and getting taller. She's tired of having to rea …

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Where Oliver Fits

by Cale Atkinson
edition: Hardcover
also available: Hardcover
  • age: 3 to 7
  • Grade: p to 2
tagged: self-esteem & self-reliance, toys, dolls, puppets, peer pressure

Oliver has always dreamed about where he will fit. Will he be in the mane of a unicorn? The tentacle of a pirate squid? The helmet of an astronaut? When he finally goes in search of his perfect place, he finds that trying to fit in is a lot harder than he thought. But like any puzzle, a little trial and error leads to a solution, and Oliver figures …

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My Heart Fills With Happiness

by Monique Gray Smith, illustrated by Julie Flett
edition: eBook
also available: Hardcover
  • age: 0 to 2
  • Grade: p
tagged: emotions & feelings, native canadian

The sun on your face. The smell of warm bannock baking in the oven. Holding the hand of someone you love. What fills your heart with happiness? This beautiful board book, with illustrations from celebrated artist Julie Flett, serves as a reminder for little ones and adults alike to reflect on and cherish the moments in life that bring us joy.
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