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Family, Friends and Feelings

A Color of His Own by Leo Lionni

The chameleon wishes he had his own color.  He makes a friend and learns that companionship is more important than having a color of his own.

Concepts and Themes: Self-Awareness, Friendship, and Colors

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Are You My Mother? by P.D. Eastman

A mother bird goes looking for food for her baby bird as her baby goes on a quest to look for his mother.

Concepts and Themes: Family

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Bear Feels Sick by Karma Wilson

Bear doesn't feel well and cannot play with his friends.  Bear’s friends take care of him until he begins to feel better.  A sweet story about friendship.

Concepts and Themes: Friendship, Forest Animals, Sharing, Caring for one another.

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Bear's New Friend by Karma Wilson

Bear heads out to find his friend, Mouse, but is startled by clatter in a tree. Determined to find out who is making all the noise, and his friends discover a new forest friend!

Concepts and Themes: Forest Animals, Friendship, Feelings, and New Life Experiences

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Bear SaysThanks by Karma Wilson

Bear has come up with the perfect way to say thanks—a nice big dinner!  Bear’s friends show up one by one with different platters of delicious food to share.

Concepts and Themes: Gratitude, Sharing, Friendship, Thanksgiving

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Bear Snores On by Karma Wilson

Bear’s friends come together into Bear’s cave to warm up.  But Bear is fast asleep and just snores on.  He finally wakes up and Bear and his friends enjoy a festive meal together. 

Concepts and Themes: Friendship, Forest Animals, Animal Habits, Sharing, Hibernation

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The Carrot Seed  by Ruth Krauss

A little boy plants a carrot seed, everyone tells him it won't grow. But the little boy practices patience and perseverance as he waits for his seed to grow.  

Concepts and Themes: Patience, Perseverance, Growing

The Cow that went OINK   by Bernard Most

A cow that oinks and a pig that moos are teased by the other barnyard animals until each teaches the other a new sound

Concepts and Themes: Respecting DifferencesFarm Animals

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Flower Garden by Eve Bunting

A little girl and her father plan a special birthday gift for mom.  They put together a lovely flower garden box.

Concepts and Themes: Growing, Caring, Gardening, Flowers, City Living

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Four Friends in Autumn by Tomie DePaola

Mistress Pig invites her friends over for a fancy dinner to celebrate the season of Fall by cooking a big feast.  But what happened to dinner?  A funny ending to the story will delight everyone!

Concepts and Themes: Fall, Friendship, Food, Patience

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Go Away Big Green Monster by Ed Emberley

An interactive book that helps children chase away nighttime fears.

Concepts and Themes: FeelingsColors

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Little Blue Truck by Alice Schertle

A little blue truck gets stuck while pushing a dump truck out of the mud.  The barnyard friends get together to help get them unstuck.

Concepts and Themes: Farm Animals, Friendship, Helping Others, Perseverance

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The Napping House by Audrey Wood

A sweet story about a napping gramma and her sleeping adventure.

Concepts and Themes: Family, Sequencing, Math-Patterning

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Whistle for Willie by Ezra Jack Keats

Story about a boy and his dog.  Willie wants to learn to whistle so he can call his dog.

Concepts and Themes: Perseverance, Encouragement, Role Models, Pets

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William's Doll by Charlotte Zolotow

William wants a doll but everyone told him “dolls are for girls”.  His helps others understand that William needs a doll so he can learn to be a loving parent someday.

Concepts and Themes: Gender Roles, Intolerance, Bullying, Celebrating Differences

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