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Oliver Bounces Back!

by Alison Hughes, illustrated by Charlene Chua
edition: Hardcover
  • age: 3 to 7
  • Grade: p to 2
tagged: emotions & feelings, self-esteem & self-reliance

 

Oliver’s day has started out lousy — can he turn his luck around?

 

Eyewitness testimony confirms that Oliver is having a pretty lousy day. By the time he gets to school (late), he’s tangled with the hairbrush, stepped in dog drool, burnt his toast, and been hit in the head by his little sister’s gooey banana. At school, the pile-on of bad …

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Burt the Beetle Doesn't Bite!

illustrated by Ashley Spires
edition: Hardcover
  • age: 5 to 8
  • Grade: k to 3
tagged: self-esteem & self-reliance, insects, spiders, etc.

Ashley Spires brings her signature deadpan humor to this hilarious story about one bug's quest for greatness (with some cool insect facts mixed in!).

Meet Burt, a ten-lined june beetle. He's sure he belongs in the category of bugs with superpower-like abilities. No, he can't carry 50 times his weight, like ants. No, he's not able to spray paralyzing …

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Arnold the Super-ish Hero

by Heather Tekavec, illustrated by Guillaume Perreault
edition: Hardcover
  • age: 4 to 7
  • Grade: p to 2
tagged: superheroes, self-esteem & self-reliance, humorous stories

Nice guys finish first in this endearing story about a humble kid in a family of superheroes who discovers his superpower may not be what everyone (even him!) is expecting.

Though Arnold works in the family superhero business, he isn't exactly a superhero. Unlike all his relatives, Arnold has no superpower. Everyone expects it will show up any day. …

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Scaredy Squirrel In a Nutshell

by Mélanie Watt
edition: Hardcover
  • age: 6 to 9
  • Grade: 1 to 4
tagged: animals, self-esteem & self-reliance, humorous

The time is now for this anxious little guy: Scaredy Squirrel is back with a brand-new graphic novel series! He's funnier (and scared-ier) than ever, and perfect for readers of Narwhal and Jelly.

Scaredy is happy to stay in his nut tree. Why would he ever leave? The outside is filled with dangers. Like aliens! And dust! And a certain fluffy bunny wh …

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Scaredy Squirrel Goes Camping

by Mélanie Watt
edition: Paperback
also available: Hardcover
  • age: 4 to 8
  • Grade: p to 3
tagged: squirrels, humorous stories, self-esteem & self-reliance

Scaredy Squirrel's LIKES may include living in a nut tree, but his DISLIKES include the great outdoors! A re-release of the classic Scaredy Squirrel picture book for fans of Jory John & Pete Oswald's The Good Egg.

Scaredy Squirrel is not too comfortable with the idea of camping -- unless it's on his couch! There will be no mosquitoes, skunks or zipp …

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Starboy

Inspired by the Life and Lyrics of David Bowie

illustrated by Jami Gigot
edition: Hardcover
  • age: 4 to 8
  • Grade: p to 3
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A starry-eyed ode to self-expression and staying true to yourself, inspired by the life and lyrics of beloved icon David Bowie.
For as long as David could remember, he felt like a stranger on his own planet.
As if he’d fallen to Earth from outer space…
David Bowie is one of the most influential artists of our time, beloved for his joyful self- …

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My Year as a Space Cadet

by Hope Dalvay
edition: Paperback
  • age: 8 to 12
  • Grade: 3 to 7
tagged: self-esteem & self-reliance

Page Stuart's perfectly organized life is flipped upside down...again.

Page is in unfamiliar territory as the new kid at school. To make matters worse, Shale Pit Academy of Creativity and Excellence (or "SPACE" as it is more commonly known) is no ordinary school. Students there have the dubious distinction of being nicknamed "SPACE cadets." No, not …

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Caillou Asks Nicely

by Danielle Patenaude, illustrated by Pierre Brignaud
edition: Hardcover
  • age: 2 to 4
  • Grade: p to k
tagged: manners & etiquette

With Mommy and Daddy’s help, Caillou learns that it’s nice to hear the words please and thank you. They are like a friendly hug that encourages people to respond favorably. Politeness is much more than just a social convention; it is also a way to ease our interactions with others. Even very young children can learn to express their needs cour …

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My Name Is Elizabeth!

by Annika Dunklee, illustrated by Matthew Forsythe
edition: Paperback
also available: Hardcover eBook
  • age: 3 to 7
  • Grade: p to 2
tagged: humorous stories, girls & women, self-esteem & self-reliance

Meet Elizabeth. She's got an excellent pet duck, a loving granddad and a first name that's just awesome. After all, she's got a queen named after her! So she's really not amused when people insist on using nicknames like “Lizzy” and “Beth.” She bears her frustration in silence until an otherwise ordinary autumn day, when she discovers her p …

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