A Chair for My Mother
Told in the first person, a young girl, her mother and grandmother save coins for a long time in order to buy a chair for their apartment, after losing all of their belongings in a fire.
This Caldecott Honor book is "comfortably" illustrated,...
A Gathering of Days: A New England Girl's Journal 1830- 32
Grade 3-Grade 6
Catherine's mother has died, following the birth of an infant son, and when her father decides to remarry, Catherine faces painful changes, not the least of them in herself. The story is carved from the granite of New England traditions, told in the form of...
Grade 4-Grade 8
The Dakota Territory in which the book is set is a wide, uninhabited land created anew each day by sunlight and wind: a vast canvas for a child's imagination, a land where a family can build a life and a living. But "awed and oppressed by the vast prairie,...
This website provides a wealth of character education resources featuring 6 pillars based on the book, Making Ethical Decisions (partly available online): trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring, and citizenship.
Charity is Hands-on Love
We live in a "me" society. Christ calls us to care for others, to be self-less. This article will give you information about how to help your children have a heart for others.
Children's Kindness Network
Classroom materials for teaching kindness. "CKN's ambassador of kindness is Moozie the Cow who young children connect with in a special way, thus listening to Moozie's messages of kindness to the earth, animals, each other and ourselves."
Grade 2-Grade 8
Eager to start a new life in a new land, Zoe and her family journey west to the Nebraska Territory in the 1800's. When they arrive at their claim, nothing distinguishes it from the miles and miles of surrounding prairie. Even after they build their soddie,...
Fostering the Development of Empathy in the Classroom - A Strategic Response to the Problem of Bullying
"Describes the development of empathy within children and provides classroom-based interventions that will foster its development. The development of empathy is a complex process involving both cognitive and affective functioning and awareness. Various...
I Am David
Grade 4-Grade 6
"David's entire twelve-year life has been spent in a grisly prison camp in Eastern Europe. He knows nothing of the outside world. But when he is given the chance to escape, he seizes it. With his vengeful enemies hot on his heels, David struggles to cope...
I Have a Sister; My Sister is Deaf
Like all sisters, this one likes to jump, tumble and climb on monkey bars. She plays the piano, though she can't sing or hear any tune. She feels the cat purring in her lap, but can't hear the telephone ring or the door bang. Still, she can say more with her...
Inspiration - Teacher Bulletin Volume 1
Inspirational stories based on biblical references. The following three stories are from "Chicken Soup for the Pet Lover's Soul":
The Dog Next Door
An Experiment in Love
The Language of Horses
The stories about animals...
Jamaica's Blue Marker
Jamaica thinks her classmate Russell is a pest who is always getting into trouble. When she learns he will be moving away she comes to understand some of his behaviors and extends forgiveness to him.
Illustrated by Anne Sibley O'Brien, focusing...
Kind Hands, Kind Feet
Original words and music, composed by Kindergarten teacher Coralie Fraser.
Free lesson plans help teachers from Kindergarten to 12th grade implement an atmosphere of kindness in their classrooms.
Grade 1-Grade 4
Molly and her family have moved to America from Russia. Her mother says they moved to find freedom. But the other kids in Molly's third grade class make fun of her accent and clothes and that doesn't seem like freedom at all.
At Thanksgiving everyone...
Mr Lincoln's Way
This picture book tells the story of Mr. Lincoln, a school principal is loved by all the students except for "Mean Gene", a troubled young bully who harbors racial prejudice against Mr. Lincoln. Mr. Lincoln is determined to find a way to reach Eugene...
Mrs Rosey-Posey and the Empty Next
Mrs. Rosey-Posey may be the most popular person in her neighborhood! All the kids love her and whenever they have a problem, they know Mrs. Rosey-Posey will be able to help them solve it. That's why Rachel comes to visit when she finds a baby bird that has...
My Brother Matthew
Grade 3-Grade 4
Big brother David often felt left out when his brother with disabilities was born. The story brings out David's feelings of resentment and frustration as well as his pride when his brother learns to do new things.
This beautifully illustrated early reader connects a little girl with a chain of kind acts inspired by her smile. NAD Pathways Kindergarten selection 2 for theme 1: Heroes.
Grade 1-Grade 6
A little girl offers a bright smile to a sad young man, setting in motion a chain of positive events which come full circle to bless her again. The book supports the goals of "The Pay It Forward Foundation" which has been established to educate and...