Miss Rumphius by Barbara Cooney
After learning of the impact her grandfather had on the world, Miss Rumphius is determined to travel the world to create an interesting life story of her own. When her grandfather challenges her to make the world more beautiful, she happens to enrich her life as well as the lives of those she encounters.
Andy and the Lion : a tale of kindness remembered or the power of gratitude by James Daugherty
Almost Home by Joan Bauer
When twelve-year-old Sugar’s grandfather dies and her gambling father takes off yet again, Sugar and her mother lose their home in Missouri. They head to Chicago for a fresh start, only to discover that fresh starts aren’t so easy to come by for the homeless. Nevertheless, Sugar’s mother has taught her to be grateful no matter what, so Sugar does her best. With the help of a rescue dog, Shush; a foster family; a supportive teacher; a love of poetry; and her own grace and good humor, Sugar comes to understand that while she can’t control the hand life deals her, she can control how she responds.