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The Three Bears and Goldilocks

by Bee Waeland
edition: Hardcover
  • age: 3 to 5
  • Grade: p to k
tagged: adaptations, classic adaptation, humorous stories, humorous, bears

What if Goldilocks was held accountable for her actions?

In this graphic retelling of the fairy tale "Goldilocks and the Three Bears," author/illustrator Bee Waeland reimagines the story of a self-involved little girl who commits a crime and is arrested for breaking and entering. Having tracked deer poo into the Bear family’s house, broken a numbe …

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I am Everything In Between

illustrated by Sydney Sunderland
edition: Paperback
  • age: 4 to 8
  • Grade: p to 3
tagged: lgbt, emotions & feelings, self-esteem & self-reliance

I Am Everything In Between highlights kids who may not fit into stereotypical gender ideals, and celebrates how they do identify by sending positive messages about gender identity. This book teaches children that regardless of biological gender, it's OK to feel like a boy, or a girl, or even both! The illustrations include bright and bold examples …

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Giju's Gift

by Brandon Mitchell, illustrated by Veronika Barinova & Britt Wilson
edition: Paperback
  • age: 6 to 8
  • Grade: 1 to 2
tagged: native canadian, action & adventure, friendship, intermediate, self-esteem & self-reliance

Long ago, all living creatures on this land shared a special balance with one another. The pugulatmu’j—the Little People—were the original guardians of the land, and they looked after all living things. As time passed, we forgot these playful yet powerful guardians, but they did not forget us. Occasionally, they make their presence known with …

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Under Our Clothes

Our First Talk About Our Bodies

by Jillian Roberts, illustrated by Jane Heinrichs
edition: Paperback
also available: Hardcover eBook Audiobook
  • age: 6 to 8
  • Grade: 1 to 3
tagged: body, self-esteem & self-reliance, safety

This illustrated nonfiction picture book by child psychologist Dr. Jillian Roberts introduces children to the topics of bodies, body safety and body image through a conversation-based story that begins with an observation at the community pool.

Modesty, privacy and boundaries are discussed, along with how self-image is formed and how some people are …

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Lili Macaroni

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

An award-winning 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 he …

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Les ratés

by Tania Baladi, illustrated by Mathieu Potvin
edition: Hardcover
  • age: 6 to 8
  • Grade: 1 to 3
tagged: self-esteem & self-reliance, art & architecture

Simone a beaucoup de talent en dessin. Mais elle veut faire des dessins parfaits. Rien de moins. Auprès d’un artiste, elle apprend à faire confiance à son instinct et à regarder d’une nouvelle façon.

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Comment repérer un artiste

by Danielle Krysa
edition: Hardcover
  • age: 6 to 8
  • Grade: 1 to 3
tagged: techniques, self-esteem & self-reliance

C’est un livre très pratique pour savoir reconnaître un artiste. Tous les artistes sont différents, tout le monde peut-être un artiste, tout matériel peut être utilisé et chaque artiste a son style et sa manière. Bref, il y a des artistes partout. Mais attention à la brute des arts, celle qui demande “À quoi bon?” ou qui dit “Ce n …

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Anzu the Great Kaiju

illustrated by Benson Shum
edition: Hardcover
  • age: 4 to 8
  • Grade: p to 3
tagged: mythical

An adorable picture book about a tiny monster with a big heart trying to follow in his family's footsteps.
All great Kaiju are born with a super power to strike fear in the heart of the city.
But Anzu is different.
Instead of mayhem, he likes May flowers.
Instead of striking fear, he prefers to be sincere.
Can Anzu find a way to make his family pr …

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A Sky-Blue Bench

by Bahram Rahman & Peggy Collins
edition: Hardcover
  • age: 5 to 8
  • Grade: 1 to 3
tagged: special needs, self-esteem & self-reliance, school & education, diversity & multicultural

It's Afghani schoolgirl Aria's first day back at school since her accident. She's excited, but she's also worried about sitting on the hard floor all day with her new prosthetic "helper-leg."

Just as Aria feared, sitting on the floor is so uncomfortable that she can't think about learning at all. She knows that before the war changed many things in …

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The Big Bath House

by Kyo Maclear, illustrated by Gracey Zhang
edition: Hardcover
also available: Hardcover
  • age: 4 to 8
  • Grade: p to 3
tagged: multigenerational, self-esteem & self-reliance, asian american

A joyful celebration of Japanese cultural traditions and body positivity as a young girl visits a bath house with her grandmother and aunties

You'll walk down the street / Your aunties sounding like clip-clopping horses / geta-geta-geta / in their wooden sandals / Until you arrive... / At the bath house / The big bath house.

In this celebration of …