Belle Teal by Ann M. Martin
Belle Teal Harper is going into 5th grade, and she is very excited for this school year. There are two new kids in her class, and she becomes great friends with one of them, Darryl. The book deals with many difficult aspects of growing up; Belle Teal encounters racism, death, abuse, bullying, and other harsh realities of adulthood, forcing her and other characters to learn acceptance.
Be kind by Pat Zietlow Miller
When Tanisha spills grape juice all over her new dress, her classmate wants to make her feel better, wondering: What does it mean to be kind? From asking the new girl to play to standing up for someone being bullied, this moving story explores what kindness is, and how any act, big or small, can make a differenceor at least help a friend.
With a gentle text from the award-winning author of Sophie’s Squash, Pat Zietlow Miller, and irresistible art from Jen Hill, Be Kind is an unforgettable story about how two simple words can change the world.
The Enormous Potato by Aubrey Davis
It’s harvest time and a farmer plants an enormous potato. When it is time to pull it out of the ground, he cannot do it alone. He calls on the help of all his farmhands, family, and friends, until finally a mouse comes and helps pull the potato out.
A Book of Coupons by Susie Hoch Morgenstern
Monsieur Noel is an old, unconventional eighth-grade teacher who gives coupon books for things like dancing in class and sleeping late. Because these coupons are going bound to get him in trouble with the military discipline of Principal Incarnation Perez, the students and teacher have to deal with this opposition together.
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