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These titles are selected from the Norwell Public Library's collection. Additional titles are available through the Old Colony Library Network. If you do not find what you are looking for, please contact Nancy Perry, the Youth Services Librarian.

Education & Learning / Emotional & Physical Development / Family & Parenting / Physical & Mental Health / Societal Issues

Education & Learning

Bullies / Learning Disabilities / School


        • "Black Belt" by Matt Faulkner After hiding in a karate school to escape a bully, Bushi wakes up in another time and learns from a karate master that intelligence can be more powerful than mere strength.  J PICTURE BOOK FAULKNER

  • "How the Moon Regained Her Shape" by Janet Ruth Heller  Influenced by Native American folktales, this fascinating story deals with overcoming adversity, self-confidence, and understanding the phases of the moon.  J FOLKTALE Heller
  • "Sneaky Weasel" by Hannah Shaw   A sneaky weasel finds that his tricks have left him with plenty of power, lots of fancy stuff, and absolutely no friends. Can this very bad weasel learn how to be good?   J PICTURE BOOK Shaw
  • "The Recess Queen" by Alexis O'Neill
    Mean Jean is the biggest bully on the school playground until a new girl arrives and challenges Jean's status as the Recess Queen.
  • "Blubber" by Judy Blume  Jill goes along with the rest of the fifth-grade class in tormenting a classmate and then finds out what it's like when she, too, becomes a target.  J FICTION Blume
  • "My Secret Bully" by Trudy Ludwig   J FICTION Ludwig
  • "Owen Foote, Frontiersman" by Stephanie Greene
    Second grader Owen Foote is looking forward to spending time with his friend Joseph in their tree fort, until some bullies visiting his neighbor, Mrs. Gold, threaten to wreck the fort. J FICTION Green
  • "The Rainbow Club" by Annette Aubrey  Rhyming text explores the issue of bullying.  J  NONFICTION 302.3 Au
  • "Why Are You Picking On Me? : Dealing with Bullies  by John Burstein  Slim Goodbody helps young students learn to recognize the different kinds of bullying and presents strategies for dealing with even the toughest situations.  J NONFICTION 302.3 Bu
  • "A Smart Girl’s Guide to the Internet: How to Connect with Friends, Find What You Need, and Stay Safe Online" by Sharon Cindrich J NONFICTION 302.3 Ci
  • "Stand Up for Yourself and Your Friends: dealing with bullies and bossiness, and finding a better way" by Patti Kelley Crisswell  This book is full of tips, from clever comebacks to the best ways to ignore someone who bullies.  J NONFICTION 302.3 Cr
  • "What to do When Kids are Mean to Your Child" by Elin McCoy
    649.1 MC


Learning Disabilities

        "The Art of Miss Chew" by Patricia Polacco  Describes how a teacher named Miss Chew encouraged individuality, and accepted learning differences, and helped a young student with academic difficulties get extra time to take tests and permission to be in advanced art classes. Inspired by the author's memories of her art teacher.  J PICTURE BOOK Polacco

        "If You're So Smart, How Come You Can't Spell Mississippi?"  by Barbara Esham  Carolyn has been practicing cursive handwriting, but is frustrated by her lack of success. Her classmate, Stacey Coolidge, has no problem with it, creating more self doubt for Carolyn. Carolyn's teacher finds a way to convince her that creative writing and cursive handwriting are two unrelated skills.  J PICTURE BOOK Esham

       "The Survival Guide for Kids with LD" by Gary L. Fisher   A handbook for kids with learning disabilities. Discusses different types of disorders, programs at school, coping with negative feelings, and making friends. Includes a section for parents and teachers. J NONFICTION 371.9 FI
  • "Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key" by Jack Gantos
    To the constant disappointment of his mother and his teachers, Joey has trouble paying attention or controlling his mood swings when his prescription medications wear off and he starts getting worked up and acting wired.
    J FICTION Gantos
  • "Dyslexia" by Elaine Landau
    Narration by dyslexics combines with an overview of the disorder to give readers an informative and thought-provoking look at this often misunderstood condition.
  • "Sparks" by Graham McNamee
    When Todd is both happy and anxious about trying to fit in with the regular fifth grade class but feels confused about how to relate to his former friends in the Special Needs class, a school assignment on the exploited pygmy, Ota Benga, helps give him confidence and clarity.  J FICTION McNamee
  • "Straight Talk about Learning Disabilities" by Kay Marie Porterfield
    Recognizing that the teen years are a time of growth, transition, and tough choices, the Straight Talk series provides young readers with the knowledge they need to understand difficult issues, come to terms with their feelings, and make decisions that will work in the context of their lives.
    J NONFICTION 371.926 PO


(See also: "Fears-Separation anxiety")
  • "Look Out Kindergarten, Here I Come!" by Nancy L. Carlson
    Even though Henry is looking forward to going to kindergarten, he is not sure about staying once he first gets there.
    J PICTURE BOOK Carlson
  • "Get Ready for Second Grade, Amber Brown" by Paula Danziger
    Amber is nervous about starting second grade with a new teacher, but despite being in the same class as mean Hannah Burton, things turn out just fine.
    J FICTION Danziger
  • "Wemberly Worried" by Kevin Henkes
    A mouse named Wemberly, who worries about everything, finds that she has a whole list of things to worry about when she faces the first day of nursery school.
  • "Off to School, Baby Duck!" by Amy Hest
    Baby Duck experiences the fear of the first day of school, but with a little help from Grampa, everything turns out okay in the end.
  • "Alice Ann Gets Ready for School" by Cynthia Jabar
    Alice Ann experiences both fun and anxiety as she gets ready for the biggest event in her life.
  • "Countdown to Kindergarten" by Alison McGhee
    Ten days before the start of kindergarten, a preschooler can not tie her shoes by herself and fears the worst.
  • "Junie B. Jones and the Stupid, Smelly Bus" by Barbara Park
    In her own words, a young girl describes her feelings about starting kindergarten and what she does when she decides not to ride the bus home.
    J SERIES Junie B. Jones
  • "Vera's First Day of School" by Vera Rosenberry
    Vera cannot wait for the day when she starts school, but the first day does not go exactly as she has anticipated.  J PICTURE BOOK Rosenberry
  • "Miss Bindergarten Gets Ready for Kindergarten" by Joseph Slate
    Introduces the letters of the alphabet as Miss Bindergarten and her students get ready for kindergarten.
  • "Emily's First 100 Days of School" by Rosemary Wells
    Starting with number one for the first day of school, Emily learns the numbers to one hundred in many different ways.
  • "Tom Goes to Kindergarten'' by Margaret Wild
    When Tom, a young panda, goes to his very first day of kindergarten, his whole family stays and plays and wishes they could be in kindergarten too.

Emotional & Physical Development

Anger / Fears / Self Acceptance & Self-esteem / Toilet Training


  • "When Sophie Gets Angry--Really, Really Angry" by Molly Bang
    A young girl is upset and doesn't know how to manage her anger but takes the time to cool off and regain her composure.
  • "When Mommy Was Mad" by Lynne Jonell
    A young boy helps his mother realize how her bad mood is affecting everyone in the family.
  • "I Was So Mad" by Mercer Mayer
    A child tries a variety of ways to dissolve anger.
  • "Mad at Mommy" by Komako Sakai  J PICTURE BOOK Sakai
  • "Mouse Was Mad" by Linda Urban  J PICTURE BOOK Urban
  • "Sometimes I'm Bombaloo" by Rachel Vail
    When Katie Honors feels angry and out of control, her mother helps her to be herself again.
  • "How Do Dinosaurs Say I'm Mad" by Jane Yolen  J PICTURE BOOK  Yolen
  • "What To Do When Your Temper Flares: A Kid's Guide to Overcoming Problems with Anger" by Dawn Huebner  J NONFICTION 155.4 Hu
  • "Anna Banana and Me" by Lenore Blegvad
    Anna Banana's fearlessness inspires a playmate to face his own fears.
    J PICTURE BOOK Blegvad
  • "When I Feel Sad" by Cornelia Spelman
    A young guinea pig describes situations that make him sad, how it feels to be sad, and how he can feel better.
    J PICTURE BOOK Spelman
  • "What To Do When You Worry Too Much: A Kid's Guide to Overcoming Anxiety" by Dawn Huebner  J NONFICTION 155.4 Hu
Moving (See also: "Fears-Separation anxiety")

  • "Amber Brown is Not a Crayon" by Paula Danziger
    The year she is in the third grade is a sad time for Amber because her best friend Justin is getting ready to move to a distant state.
    J FICTION Danziger
  • "Hey, New Kid!" by Betsy Duffey
    Third-grader Jeremy dreads going to a new school when his family moves, so he decides to reinvent himself, hoping his new classmates will be impressed.
    J FICTION Duffey
  • "Amelia's Notebook" by Marissa Moss
    The hand-lettered contents of a nine-year-old girl's notebook, in which she records her thoughts and feelings about moving, starting school, and dealing with her older sister, as well as keeping her old best friend and making a new one.
    J FICTION Moss
  • "The Smallest Cow in the World" by Katherine Paterson
    Though Rosie is the meanest cow in the herd, five-year-old Marvin is inconsolable when she is sold and he and his family move to another dairy farm.
  • "Ira Says Goodbye" by Bernard Waber
    Ira is surprised to discover that his best friend Reggie feels happy about having to move to a new town.  J PICTURE BOOK Waber
  • "And if the Moon Could Talk" by Kate Banks
    As evening progresses into nighttime, the moon looks down on a variety of nocturnal scenes, including a child getting ready for bed.
  • "The Bernstein Bears and the Bad Dream" by Stan Bernstein
    After viewing a scary movie about the Spacegrizzlies, Brother Bear has a nightmare.
    J PICTURE BOOK Berenstain
  • "The Bernstein Bears in the Dark" by Stan Bernstein
    When Brother Bear brings a spooky book from the library, bedtime and the dark become ominous and threatening to Sister Bear.  J PICTURE BOOK Berenstain
  • "What's That Noise?" by Michelle Edwards
    Alex calms his younger brother when they hear strange noises at bedtime, but is he brave enough to cross the cold floor of their dark room when a feet-grabbing, toe-eating, noise-making "something" might get him?   J PICTURE BOOK Edwards
  • "Go Away, Big Green Monster!" by Ed Emberley
    Die-cut pages through which bits of a monster are revealed are designed to help a child control nighttime fears of monsters.  J PICTURE BOOK Emberley
  • "Nicky and the Big Bad Wolves" by Valeri Gorbachev
    Nicky the rabbit has a bad dream about being chased by lots of hungry wolves, but his mother has a solution to his distress.
    J PICTURE BOOK Gorbachev
  • "Benny and Penny in Lights Out: A Toon Book" by Geoffrey Hayes  J Graphic Novels Hayes
  • "Bebe's Bad Dream" by G. Brian Karas
    Despite her mother's reassurances, a young girl is convinced that aliens are coming to eat her, until she decides to trick them into taking her brother instead.
  • "Can't Sleep" by Chris Raschka
    The moon comforts bedtime fears.
    J PICTURE BOOK Raschka
  • "Frog is Frightened" by Max Velthuijs
    Strange noises in the night frighten Frog and his animal friends.
    J PICTURE BOOK Velthuijs
  • "Can't You Sleep, Little Bear?" by Martin Waddell
    When bedtime comes Little Bear is afraid of the dark, until Big Bear brings him lights and love.
    J PICTURE BOOK Waddell
Separation Anxiety (See also: "Fears-Moving" and "School")
  •  "Llama Llama Misses Mama" by Anna Dewdney   Llama Llama experiences separation anxiety on his first day of nursery school.  J PICTURE BOOK Dewdney
  • "The Magic Box: when parents can't be there to tuck you in" by Marty Sederman
    Casey and his father find a special way to share their love when his father has to go away on business. Includes a note to caregivers.
    Parent Shelf DIS
  • "Mama, Don't Go Out Tonight" by Sally Gardner
    A little girl's concerns about her mother leaving her for the evening disappear once she finds out how much fun the babysitter can be.
    J PICTURE BOOK Gardner
  • "Jake Starts School" by Michael Wright  J PICTURE BOOK Wright
  • "The Kissing Hand" by Audrey Penn  J PICTURE BOOK Penn


(See also: "Diversity", "Race Relations" and "No Place for Hate")
  • "The Sissy Duckling" by Harvey Fierstein
    Elmer the duck is teased because he is different, but he proves himself by not only surviving the winter, but also saving his Papa.
    J PICTURE BOOK Fierstein
  • "Owen Foote, Second Grade Strongman" by Stephanie Greene
    Owen, a second grader who is being teased for his small size, discovers that his friend Joseph is just as concerned about being overweight, and they share their fear of being humiliated by the school nurse.
    J FICTION Greene
  • "Good Thing You're Not an Octopus!" by Julie Markes
    A little boy finds that his life is pretty easy compared to how it might be.
  • "It's Okay To Be Different" by Todd Parr
    Illustrations and brief text describe all kinds of differences that are "okay," such as "It's Okay to be a different color," "It's Okay to need some help," "It's Okay to be adopted," and "It's Okay to have a Different nose."
  • "You'll Grow Soon, Alex" by Andres Shavick
    Alex follows the advice of his mother, father, sister, and teacher hoping to grow taller, but it is his very tall uncle's advice that really makes a difference.
    J PICTURE BOOK Shavick
  • "Apple Pie Fourth of July" by Janet S. Wong
    A Chinese American child fears that the food her parents are preparing to sell on the Fourth of July will not be eaten.
  • "When the Circus Came to Town" by Laurence Yep
    An Asian cook and a Chinese New Year celebration help a ten-year-old girl at a Montana stage coach station to regain her confidence after smallpox scars her face.

Toilet Training

  • "Your New Potty" by Joanna Cole
    Steffie and Ben learn how to use the potty as they make the transition from diapers to underpants.
    649.62 CO Parent Shelf
  • "Potty!" by Mylo Freeman
    In the jungle sits a potty with the words, "Only the best bottom will fit on this potty," which prompts different animals to give it a try until a stranger shows them who fits it best.
    Jpi FRE
  • "Sam's Potty" by Barbro Lindgren
    In demonstrating that his potty is intended for him rather than Doggie, Sam overcomes his dislike for it.
    649.62 LI Parent Shelf
  • "Going to the Potty" by Fred Rogers
    649.62 RO Parent Shelf
  • "No More Diapers" by Joae Graham Selzer
    Separate stories for boys and girls designed to introduce children to the procedures of toilet training.
    649.62 BR Parent Shelf

Family & Parenting

Babies / Siblings / Families

Where do babies come from?
  • "How Babies are Made" by Andrew C. Andry
    A comparative, illustrated discussion of the reproductive systems and process in flowers, chickens, dogs, and humans; explains how babies are conceived and born.
    J 612.6 AN
  • "So That's How I Was Born!" by Robert B. Brooks
    When Joey's friend Lisa tells him how babies are born, he asks his mother and father to tell him how he was really born.
    J 612.63 BR
  • "How You Were Born" by Joanna Cole
    Text and photos explain how a baby is conceived, how it grows inside the mother's womb, and how it is born.
    J 612.63 CO
  • "It's So Amazing!: a book about eggs, sperm, birth, babies, and families" by Robie H. Harris
    Uses bird and bee cartoon characters to present straightforward explanations of topics related to sexual development, love, reproduction, adoption, sexually transmitted diseases, and more.
    J 612.6 HA
  • "TLC Talk, Listen, Care [kit]: the parent's kit that makes it easier to talk with your kids about sex" by Harvard Community Health Plan Foundation
    Materials for parents and children ages 4-12 to improve communication about sex and other sensitive topics.
    J 649.65 TL 1993 PARENT SHELF
  • "Where Did I Come From?: the facts of life without any nonsense and with illustrations" by Peter Mayle
    Describes the reproductive process from intercourse to birth.
    J 612.6 MA
New babies
  • "Just Like a Baby" by Rebecca Bond
    All the members of a family help create a beautiful cradle in anticipation of the arrival of a new baby.
    Jpi BON
  • "Happy Birthday" by Robie H. Harris
    A mother tells her child about its first day of life from the moment of birth through the end of the birthday.
    Jpi HAR
  • "Hi New Baby!" by Robie H. Harris
    A father recalls his young daughter's first reactions to her new baby brother.
    Jpi HAR
  • "Newborn" by Kathy Henderson
    A newborn baby experiences the sights, sounds, and sensations of life and the whole wide world.
    Jpi HEN
  • "Baby Steps" by Peter McCarty
    Baby Suki grows from one day old to one year old, squealing, smiling, eating, reaching for her mobile, taking naps, and playing.
    Jpi MCC
  • "Welcome with Love" by Jenni Overend
    A family helps Mom deliver her baby at home.
    J 618.24 OV
  • "Hello Baby!" by Lizzy Rockwell
    A young boy describes how a new baby is growing inside his mommy and tells what it is like when his new sister comes home from the hospital.
    Jpi ROC
  • "Oonga Boonga" by Frieda Wishinsky
    Big brother Daniel seems to have just the right touch when it comes to making baby Louise stop crying.
    Jpi WIS
  • "Talk, Baby!" by Harriet Ziefert
    Max is glad when his mother brings home a baby sister, but he begins to get impatient as he spends a whole year trying to teach her to talk.
    Jpi ZIE
  • "Waiting for Baby" by Harriet Ziefert
    When Max learns that his mommy is going to have a baby, he talks and sings to his unborn sibling but he can't seem to make the baby come out sooner.
    Jpi ZIE



  • "Arthur's Baby" by Marc Brown
    Arthur isn't sure he is happy about the new baby in the family, but when his sister asks for his help in handling the baby, Arthur feels much better.
    Jpi BRO
  • "Angel Baby" by Pat Cummings
    In her mother's eyes, Amanda Lynne's baby brother is a perfect angel, but to Amanda the baby doesn't always seem so angelic.
    Jpi CUM
  • "Angelina's Baby Sister" by Katharine Holabird
    Angelina's excitement over the arrival of a new baby turns to jealousy when her little sister becomes the center of attention.
    Jpi HOL
  • "Good as Goldie" by Margie Palatini
    Goldie the big sister lists all the things that she can do that Nicholas her baby brother cannot.
    Jpi PAL
Adoption (See also: "Families-Multiracial")
  • "Tell Me Again About the Night I Was Born" by Jamie Lee Curtis
    A young girl asks her parents to tell her again the cherished family story of her birth and adoption.
    Jpi CUR
  • "The Coffee Can Kid" by Jan Czech
    Six-year-old Annie asks the father who adopted her to once more tell the story of how she came to America from Korea.
    Jpi CZE
  • "When Joel Comes Home" by Susi Gregg Fowler
    A little girl describes all the things she and her parents are planning to welcome home friends and their newly-adopted son.
    J 362.734 FO
  • 'Heaven" by Angela Johnson
    Fourteen-year-old Marley's seemingly perfect life in the small town of Heaven is disrupted when she discovers that her father and mother are not her real parents.
    J Johnson
  • "The Day We Met You" by Phoebe Koehler
    Mom and Dad recount the exciting day when they adopted their baby.
    Jpi KOE
  • "If it Hadn't Been for Yoon Jun" by Marie G. Lee
    As she reluctantly becomes friends with Yoon Jun, a new student from Korea, seventh grader Alice Larsen becomes more interested in learning about her own Korean background.
    J LEE
  • "My Real Family" by Emily Arnold McCully
    Sarah, convinced that she is adopted, runs away from the Bear Family Theater to find her "real parents."
    Jpi MCC
  • "Mommy Far, Mommy Near: an adoption story" by Carol Antoinette Peacock
    Elizabeth, who was born in China, describes the family who has adopted her and tries to sort out her feelings for her unknown mother.
    J 362.734 PE
  • "Families are Different" by Nina Pellegrini
    An adopted Korean girl discovers that her classmates have different types of families.
    JE PEL
  • "Allison" by Allen Say
    When Allison realizes that she looks more like her favorite doll than like her parents, she comes to terms with this unwelcomed discovery through the help of a stray cat.
    Jpi SAY
  • "Carolyn's Story: a book about an adopted girl" by Perry Schwartz
    A nine-year-old girl describes her life and her feelings about being adopted as a baby in Honduras. Includes information and resources about adoption.
    J 362.734 SC
  • "We Don't Look Like Our Mom and Dad" by Harriet Langsam Sobol
    A photo-essay on the life of the Levin family, an American couple and their two Korean-born adopted sons, ten-year-old Eric and eleven-year-old Joshua.
    J 362.734 SO
Divorce (See also: "Families-Stepfamilies")
  • "It's Not the End of the World" by Judy Blume
    When her parents divorce, a sixth grader struggles to understand that sometimes people are unable to live together.
    J Blume
  • "Dinosaurs Divorce: a guide for changing families" by Laurene Krasny Brown
    Text and illustrations of dinosaur characters introduce aspects of divorce such as its causes and effects, living with a single parent, spending holidays in two separate households, and adjusting to a stepparent.
    J 306.89 BR
  • "Dear Mr. Henshaw" by Beverly Cleary
    In his letters to his favorite author, ten-year-old Leigh reveals his problems in coping with his parents' divorce, being the new boy in school, and generally finding his own place in the world.
    J Cleary
  • "Amber Brown is Feeling Blue" by Paula Danziger
    Nine-year-old Amber Brown faces further complications because of her parents' divorce when her father plans to move back from Paris and she must decide which parent she will be with on Thanksgiving.
    J Danziger
  • "The Divorce Express" by Paula Danziger
    Resentful of her parents' divorce, a young girl tries to accommodate herself to their new lives and also find a place for herself.
    J Danziger
  • "I Don't Want to Talk About It" Jeanie Franz Ransom
    After reluctantly talking with her parents about their upcoming divorce, a young girl discovers that there will be some big changes but that their love for her will remain the same. Includes an afterword for parents on helping children through such a change.
    Jpi RAN
  • "On Divorce: an open family book for parents and children together" by Sara Bonnett Stein
    Separate text for parents and children explores various emotions aroused by divorce.
    J 306.89 ST

Foster Care

  • "Our Gracie Aunt" by Jacqueline Woodson
    When a brother and sister are taken to stay with their mother's sister because their mother neglects them, they wonder if they will see their mother again.
    Jpi WOO
Multiracial (See also: "Families-Adoption")
  • "Grandfather Counts" by Andrea Cheng
    When her maternal grandfather comes from China, Helen, who is biracial, develops a special bond with him despite their age and language differences.
    Jpi CHE
  • "Plain City" by Virginia Hamilton
    Twelve-year-old Buhlaire, a "mixed" child who feels out of place in her community, struggles to unearth her past and her family history as she gradually discovers more and more about her long-missing father.
    J Hamilton
  • "Adaline Falling Star" by Mary Pope Osborne
    Feeling abandoned by her deceased Arapaho mother and her explorer father, Adaline Falling Star runs away from the prejudiced cousins with whom she is staying and comes close to death in the wilderness, with only a mongrel dog for company.
    J Osborne
Parent in Prison
  • "Visiting Day" by Jacqueline Woodson
    A young girl and her grandmother visit the girl's father in prison.
    Jpi WOO
Same-Sex Parents
  • "Belinda's Bouquet" by Leslea Newman
    Belinda's best friend Daniel and Daniel's two mothers, help her to accept her body shape.
    Jpi NEW
  • "Heather Has Two Mommies" by Leslea Newman
    Heather's favorite number is two. She has two arms, two legs, two eyes, two ears, two hands, and two feet. Heather also has two mommies.
    Jpi NEW
  • "My Two Uncles" by Judith Vigna
    Elly's grandfather has trouble accepting the fact that his son is gay.
    J Vigna
  • "Daddy's Roommate" by Michael Willhoite
    A young boy discusses his divorced father's new living situation, in which the father and his gay roommate share eating, doing chores, playing, loving, and living.
    Jpi WIL
Stepfamilies (See also: "Families-Divorce")
  • "If You Need Me" by C.S. Adler
    Having grown to accept and love her stepmother Dora, thirteen-year-old Lyn is increasingly worried as tension grows between Dora and her father and he begins to be attracted to her friend Brian's mother instead, shattering her trust in him.
    J Adler
  • "Angel Spreads her Wings" by Judy Delton
    Angel, whose active imagination always causes her to expect the worst, is given many new things to worry about when her stepfather plans to move the family to Greece for the summer.
    J Delton
  • "The Trouble with Cats" by Martha Freeman
    After a difficult first week of third grade, Holly begins to adjust to her new school and living in her new stepfather's tiny apartment with his four cats.
    J Freeman
  • "I Hate Weddings" by P.J. Petersen
    When Dan has to meet his new stepfamily and take part in his father's wedding, he finds that all sorts of horrible and embarrassing things happen to him.
    J Petersen
  • "Does Third Grade Last Forever?" by Mindy Schanback
    When her mother remarries, eight-year-old Tracy has to get used to a new school and a new obnoxious stepbrother.
    J Schanback

General (See also: "Illness")

  • "When People Die" by Joanne Bernstein
    Explains in simple terms the reasons for death, theories on afterlife, burial practices, grief, and the naturalness of death in the chain of life.
    J 155.937 BE
  • "When Dinosaurs Die: a guide to understanding death" by Laurene Krasny Brown
    Explains in simple language the feelings people may have regarding the death of a loved one and the ways to honor the memory of someone who has died.
    J 155.937 BR
  • "The Snowman" by Raymond Briggs
    When his snowman comes to life, a little boy invites him home and in return is taken on a flight high above the countryside.
    Jpi BRI
  • "This Year's Garden" by Cynthia Rylant
    Follows the seasons of the year as reflected in the growth, life, and death of the garden of a large rural family.
    Jpi RYL
  • "About Dying: an open family book for parents and children together" by Sara Bonnett Stein
    J 155.937 ST
  • "How It Feels When a Parent Dies" by Jill Krementz
    Eighteen young people ranging in age from seven to sixteen discuss the questions, fears, and bereavement they experienced when one of their parents died.
    J 155.937 KR
  • "The Two of Them" by Aliki
    Describes the relationship of a grandfather and his granddaughter from her birth to his death.
    Jpi ALI
  • "The Happy Funeral" by Eve Bunting
    A little Chinese-American girl pays tribute to her grandfather as she assists in the preparations for his funeral.
    J Bunting
  • "I Have an Olive Tree" by Eve Bunting
    After her grandfather's death, eight-year-old Sophia fulfills his last request and journeys to Greece with her mother to see the land where her roots are.
    Jpi BUN
  • "Grandma's Purple Flowers" by Adjoa J. Burrowes
    A child narrates this bittersweet story about her relationship with her favorite grandma.
    Jpi BUR
  • "Nana Upstairs & Nana Downstairs" by Tomie DePaolo
    A small boy enjoys his relationship with his grandmother and his great-grandmother, but he learns to face their inevitable death.|
    Jpi DEP
  • 'Sun and Spoon" by Kevin Henkes
    After the death of his grandmother, ten-year-old Spoon observes the changes in his grandfather and tries to find the perfect artifact to preserve his memories of her.
    J Henkes
  • "Grandpa's Soup" by Eiko Kadono
    After the death of his wife, an old man gradually realizes that making the soup she used to cook and sharing it with friends eases his loneliness.
    Jpi KAD
  • "My Grandma Leonie" by Bijou Le Tord
    A child describes all the things she did with her grandmother and how she felt when her grandmother died.
    Jpi LET
  • "Saying Good-bye to Grandma" by Jane Resh Thomas
    Seven-year-old Suzie is curious and fearful about what Grandma's funeral will be like.
    J Thomas

Other family member

  • "You'll Hold Me and I'll Hold You" by Jo Carson
    When a great-aunt dies, a young child finds comfort in being held and in holding, too.
    Jpi CAR
  • "What's Heaven?" by Maria Shriver
    After her great-grandmother's death, a young girl learns about heaven by asking her mother all kinds of questions.
    J 155.937 SH
  • Blue Eyes Better  by Ruth Wallace-Brodeur 
  • When her older brother is killed in an accident, ten-year-old Tessa and her parents find it difficult to overcome their grief and return to living normally.    J Wallace-Brodeur
  • "If Nathan Were Here" by Mary Bahr Fritts
    A young boy grieves the loss of his best friend and thinks about how things would be if he were still alive.
    Jpi FRI
  • "Goodbye Rune" by Marit Kaldol
    When her best friend accidentally drowns, a little girl, with the help of her parents, tries to come to terms with his death and her feelings of loss and sadness.
    J Kaldol
  • "Bridge to Terabithia" by Katherine Paterson
    The life of a ten-year-old boy in rural Virginia expands when he becomes friends with a newcomer who subsequently meets an untimely death trying to reach their hideaway, Terabithia, during a storm.
    J Paterson
  • "A Dog like Jack" by DyAnne Disalvo
    After a long life of chasing squirrels, licking ice cream cones, and loving his adoptive family, an old dog comes to the end of his days.
    Jpi DIS
  • "Goodbye Mousie" by Robie H. Harris
    A boy grieves for his dead pet Mousie, helps to bury him, and begins to come to terms with his loss.
    Jpi HAR
  • "Goodbye Max" by Holly Keller
    Ben blames his parents for the death of his dog, Max, and does not want the new puppy they brought home.
    Jpi KEL
  • "Goodbye Mitch" by Ruth Wallace-Brodeur
    A young boy describes how he feels when the family cat dies.
    Jpi WAL
  • "I'll Always Love You" by Hans Wilhelm
    A child's sadness at the death of a beloved dog is tempered by the remembrance of saying to it every night, "I'll always love you."
    Jpi WIL

General (See also: "Illness")

  • "Different and Alike" by Nancy P. McConnell
    Points out that some people are "different" because they are blind or deaf, have a speech disorder, are mentally handicapped, or have some other disability; but, in even more ways, they are "like" you.
    J 362.4 MC

Hearing Impairment

  • "Sesame Street Sign Language Fun" by Linda Bove
    Presents in sign language words grouped in such categories as the family, school, color, playground, seasons, utensils and food, woods, transportation, jungle, and feelings and emotions.
    J 419 SE
  • "Lisa and Her Soundless World" by Edna Simon Levine
    A little girl with impaired hearing learns through various methods to use and understand speech.
    J 362.42 LE
  • "Hearing Loss" by Karin Mango
    Describes the conditions and varying degrees of hearing loss and deafness, and discusses methods by which the hearing-impaired can communicate with others.
    J 617.8 MA
  • "I Have a Sister--My Sister is Deaf" by Jeanne Whitehouse Peterson
    A young girl describes how her deaf sister experiences everyday things.
    Jpi PET
  • "Keeping It Secret" by Penny Pollock
    Sixth-grader Wisconsin, also known as Mary Lou, has difficulty adjusting to a new school in a new town, where she is reluctant to admit she wears a hearing aid.
    J Pollock
  • "The Gift of the Girl Who Couldn't Hear" by Susan Shreve
    Two friends, one of whom is deaf, help each other when tryouts are held for a seventh-grade production of "Annie."
    J Shreve
Mental Retardation
  • "The Summer of the Swans" by Betsy Byars
    A teen-age girl gains new insight into herself and her family when her mentally retarded brother gets lost.
    J Byars
  • "Our Brother has Down's Syndrome: an introduction for children" by Shelly Cairo
    Tara and Jasmine tell about their little brother Jai, who has Down's Syndrome.
    J 362.3 CA
  • "Stay Away from Simon!" by Carol Carrick
    Lucy and her younger brother examine their feelings about a mentally handicapped boy they both fear when he follows them home one snowy day.
    J Carrick
  • "Russ and the Almost Perfect Day" by Janet Elizabeth Rickert
    Russ, a student with Down syndrome, is having a perfect day until he realizes that the five-dollar bill he has found probably belongs to a classmate.
    Jpi RIC
  • "My Sister is Different" by Betty Ren Wright
    Carlo struggles with his positive and negative feelings about his mentally handicapped sister.
    Jpi WRI
Vision Impairment
  • "Glasses for D.W." by Marc Brown
    Arthur's little sister wants to wear glasses like her brother and tries to prove she needs them.
    Jpi BRO
  • "Brain's Bird" by Patricia Anne Davis
    Eight-year-old Brian, who is blind, learns how to take care of his new parakeet and comes to realize that his older brother, while sometimes careless, is not so bad after all.
    Jpi DAV
  • "Looking Out for Sara" by Glenna Lang
    Describes a day in the life of a seeing eye dog, from going with his owner to the grocery store and post office, to visiting a class of school children, and playing ball. Also describes their three hundred mile walk from Boston to New York.
    Jpi LAN
  • " Ballerinas Don't Wear Glasses" by Ainslie Manson
    Ben's little sister Allison is a nuisance, and he has to deliver her--along with her swan costume--to her ballet recital. But Allison is close to tears because the other girls in her class say ballerinas don't have missing teeth, don't wear pigtails, and definitely don't wear glasses.
    Jpi MAN
  • "Knots on a Counting Rope" by Bill Martin
    A grandfather and his blind grandson, Boy-Strength-of-Blue-Horses, reminisce about the young boy's birth, his first horse, and an exciting horse race.
    J Martin
  • "Lucy's Picture" by Nicola Moon
    A young girl creates a special picture that her blind grandfather can "see" with his hands.
    Jpi MOO
  • "Junie B., First Grader (At Last!)" by Barbara Park
    Junie B. thinks first grade is a flop when her kindergarten friend Lucille prefers the company of twins Camille and Chenille and Junie B. needs glasses.
    J Park
Other physical or mental disabilities
  • "Stretching Ourselves: kids with cerebral palsy" by Alden Carter
    Describes cerebral palsy and focuses on the daily lives of three children with varying degrees of this condition.
    J 616.836 CA
  • "Howie Helps Himself" by Joan Fassler
    Though he enjoys life with his family and attends school, Howie, a child with cerebral palsy, wants more than anything else to be able to move his wheelchair by himself.
    Jpi FAS
  • "Buster and the Amazing Daisy" by Nancy Ogaz
    When Daisy, who is autistic, joins a mainstreamed class and trains Buster the rabbit for a pet show, she faces new challenges and makes new friends.
    J Ogaz
  • "The Making of My Special Hand: Madison's story" by Jamee Riggio Heelan
    A child who was born with one hand tells the story of how people at the hospital made a helper hand for her, how the new hand operates, how it feels, and how she can use it.
    J 617.575 HE
  • "Away to Me, Moss!" by Betty Levin
    While trying to deal with the possibility that her parents will separate, ten-year-old Zanna becomes involved in working with a spirited sheep dog that belongs to the stroke patient her mother is helping to rehabilitate.
    J Levin
  • "Dancing Wheels" by Patricia McMahon
    Describes the creation, training, and performances of the dance troupe known as Dancing Wheels who incorporate the movements of dancers who dance standing up and those who are in wheelchairs.
    J 792.8 MC
  • "The Balancing Girl" by Berniece Rabe
    A first grader who is very good at balancing objects while in her wheelchair and on her crutches thinks up her greatest balancing act ever to benefit the school carnival.
    Jpi RAB
  • "My Friend Leslie: the story of a handicapped child" by Maxine B. Rosenberg
    Presents a multi-handicapped kindergarten child, who is well accepted by her classmates, in various situations within the school setting.
    J 362.4 RO
  • "Sara's Secret" by Suzanne Wanous
    At first Sara doesn't want anyone at her new school to know about her younger brother Justin who has cerebral palsy.
    J Wanous


(See also: "Death")

AIDS / Allergies & Asthma / Cancer / Diabetes / Lice

  • "Losing Uncle Tim" by Mary Kate Jordan
    When his beloved Uncle Tim dies of AIDS, Daniel struggles to find reassurance and understanding and finds that his favorite grown-up has left him a legacy of joy and courage.
    J155.937 JO
  • "Too Far Away to Touch" by Leslea Newman
    Zoe's favorite uncle Leonard takes her to a planetarium and explains that if he dies he will be like the stars, too far away to touch, close enough to see.
    J NEW
  • "David Has AIDS" by Doris Sanford
    A little boy with AIDS turns to God to help him cope with the pain, fear, and loneliness that surround him.
    J 616.9792 SA
  • "AIDS" by Jonnie Wilson
    Examines the current and future outlook on AIDS, how it can be prevented, how it affects the body, and what is being done regarding patients with the disease.
    J 616.9792 WI
Allergies & Asthma
  • "How It Feels to Fight for Your Life" by Jill Krementz
    Fourteen children tell how they battle pain, uncertainty, and the changes brought about in their lives by serious illness such as cancer, severe burns, asthma, and kidney failure.
    J 362.19 KR
  • "Plants That Make You Sniffle and Sneeze" by Carol Lerner
    Discusses hay fever and describes the various plants whose pollen triggers hay fever allergies with information on where they grow, how their pollen is dispersed, and what can be done to avoid exposure to these irritants.
    J 581.69 LE
  • "All About Asthma" by William Ostrow
    The young narrator describes life as an asthmatic, explaining causes and symptoms of asthma, and discussing ways to control the disorder to lead a normal life.
    J 616.238 OS
  • "Allergies" by Alvin Silverstein
    Explains the various types of allergies, their symptoms, causes, and treatment, and discusses research being conducted to find cures for allergic diseases.
    J 616.97 SI
  • "Helping Children Understand: a guide for a parent with cancer" by American Cancer Society
    J 616.994 AM
  • "Good Luck, Mrs. K!" by Louise Borden
    All the students in the third grade are affected when their beloved teacher, Mrs. Kempczinski, is suddenly hospitalized with cancer.
    J Borden
  • "You Shouldn't Have to Say Good-bye" by Patricia Hermes
    During the autumn of the year, thirteen-year-old Sarah learns her mother is dying of cancer.
    J Hermes
  • "The Bravest Thing" by Donna Jo Napoli
    When her pet rabbit's newborn babies die, her doctor tells her that she may have scoliosis, and her aunt is diagnosed with cancer, ten-year-old Laurel feels constantly reminded of the mortality of all living things.
    J Napoli
  • "Helping Children Cope When A Parent Has Cancer" by Steffi Gail Rubin
    J 616.994 AM PARENT SHELF
  • "When Eric's Mom Fought Cancer" by Judith Vigna
    In the fall, Eric's mom had surgery for cancer. Now she has to go back to the hospital for treatments. Her hair is falling out and sometimes she's cross with Eric. The story ends on a hopeful note.
    J VIG
  • "Promises" by Elizabeth Winthrop
    A young girl experiences a range of emotions when her mother undergoes treatment for cancer.
    Jpi WIN


  • "Everyone Likes to Eat: a book to help boys and girls with diabetes learn how they can eat most of the food they enjoy and still take care of their diabetes" by Hugo J. Hollerorth
    J 641.56314 HO
  • "You Can't Catch Diabetes from a Friend" by Lynne Kipnis
    Relates daily experiences of four children who have diabetes.
    J 616.462 KI
  • "Stacey's Emergency" by Ann Martin
    Stacey hasn't been feeling well. Her schoolwork and baby-sitting jobs are almost out of control. And Stacey's tired of being in the middle of her parents' fights. Stacey ends up in the hospital because of her diabetes.
    J Martin
  • "Even Little Kids get Diabetes" by Connie White Pirner
    A young girl who has had diabetes since she was two years old describes her adjustments to the disease.
    J 616.462 PI
  • "The Sugar Disease: diabetes" by Alvin Silverstein
    Discusses the symptoms of diabetes, its history, causes, diagnosis, treatment, and implications for the future of current research.
    616.462 SI


  • "Head Louse" by Karen Hartley
    An introduction to head lice, discussing how they are born, what they look like, what they eat, how they grow, where they live, and how to get rid of them.
    J 616.57 HA

Medical Visits

Dentists / Doctors / Surgery & Hospitals

  • "Dentists" by Robert James
    Describes what dentists do, where they work, and how they train and prepare for their jobs.
    J 617.7 JA
  • "Open Wide: tooth school inside" by Laurie Keller
    Through a classroom setting in which teeth are the students, presents information about the structure and care of teeth and the services provided by dentists.
    J 617.6 KE
  • "Roger Goes to the Doctor" by Dina Anastasio
    Roger's examination in the doctor's office is complicated by his naughty dog Hero, who has come along for the visit and gets into mischief.
    Jpi ANA
  • "Your Doctor, My Doctor" by Joan Drescher
    Explains ways different kinds of doctors can help us.
    J 610.69 DR
  • "Doctors" by Robert James
    Describes what doctors do, where they work, and how they train and prepare for their jobs.
    J 610.69 JA
  • "My Doctor" by Harlow Rockwell
    Describes a young child's visit to the doctor's office.
    Jpi ROC
  • "Going to the Doctor" by Fred Rogers
    Describes what a child can expect to see and do on a visit to the doctor's office.
    J 616 RO

Surgery & Hospitals

  • "Hospital Roadmap: a book to help explain the hospital experience to young children" by Ingrid Glatz Elliott
    J 362.11 EL
  • "The Hospital Book" by James Howe
    A guide to a stay in the hospital discussing what happens there, the people one meets, what will hurt, and how one gets better and goes home.
    J 362.11 HO
  • "The Emergency Room" by Anne Rockwell
    Explores the equipment and procedures of a hospital emergency room by describing what one patient sees while being treated for a sprained ankle.
    Jpi ROC
  • "Going to the Hospital" by Fred Rogers
    Describes what happens during a stay in the hospital, including some of the common forms of medical treatment.
    J 362.11 RO

Physical Abuse

  • "Our Gracie Aunt" by Jacqueline Woodson
    When a brother and sister are taken to stay with their mother's sister because their mother neglects them, they wonder if they will see their mother again.
    Jpi WOO

Sexual Abuse

  • "Private Zone: a book teaching children sexual assault prevention tools" by Frances S. Dayee
    362.88 DA Parent Shelf
  • "Sexual Abuse - Let's Talk About It" by Margaret O. Hyde
    Discusses the sexual abuse of children, how they can protect themselves, where they can seek help, the kinds of help available, and how to increase public awareness of this problem.
    362.76 HY
  • "When Something Feels Wrong: a survival guide about abuse for young people" by Deanna S. Pledge, PH.D.
    Provides checklists, journaling ideas, and other positive ways of dealing with being physically, sexually, and/or emotionally abused, emphasizing the importance of talking about what has happened and getting help.
    J 616.85 PL
  • "Feeling Safe, Feeling Strong: how to avoid sexual abuse and what to do if it happens to you" by Susan N. Terkel & Janice E. Rench
    Fictional vignettes depict acts of child sexual abuse, such as pornography, incest, rape, and obscene phone calls; and information on handling such situations is offered.
    J 362.88 TE

Substance Abuse

  • "The Berenstein Bears and the Drug Free Zone" by Stan Berenstain
    Brother and Sister Bear try to solve the mystery of how illegal drugs are getting into their school.


  • "On The Town: a community adventure" by Judith Caseley
    Charlie and his mother walk around the neighborhood doing errands so that Charlie can write in his notebook about the people and places that make up his community.
    Jpi CAS
  • "Follow Carl!" by Alexandra Day
    Carl, the dog, leads a group of children around the neighborhood in the game of follow the leader.
    Jpi DAY
  • "Everybody Brings Noodles" by Norah Dooley
    The block party was Carrie's idea, but when it arrives she can only think about two things: the talent show and the delicious noodle dishes from many countries that her neighbors are bringing.
    Jpi DOO
  • "Good-bye Curtis" by Kevin Henkes
    Everyone in the neighborhood says a fond farewell to Curtis, their beloved longtime letter carrier, on his last day of work.
    Jpi HEN
  • "This Little Chick" by John Lawrence
    A little chick shows that he can make the sounds of the animals in his neighborhood.
    Jpi LAW


(See also: "Self-acceptance/Self-esteem" "Race Relations" and "No Place for Hate")
  • "Beautiful Blackbird" by Ashley Bryan
    In a story of the Ila people, the colorful birds of Africa ask Blackbird, whom they think is the most beautiful of birds, to decorate them with some of his "blackening brew."
    J Bryan Folktales
  • "Otis" by Janie Bynum
    Because he doesn't like mud, Otis is different from the other pigs and has trouble finding friends.
    Jpi BYN
  • "Everybody Brings Noodles" by Norah Dooley
    The block party was Carrie's idea, but when it arrives she can only think about two things: the talent show and the delicious noodle dishes from many countries that her neighbors are bringing.
    Jpi DOO
  • "Jooka Saves the Day" by Gilles Eduar
    Jooka thinks he is just an unusual crocodile, until a pelican teaches him to value the things that make him different.
    Jpi EDU
  • "I'm Like You, You're Like Me" by Cindy Gainer
    Illustrations and simple text explore ways in which children are alike and some ways they may be different.
    Jpi GAI
  • "The Lamb and the Butterfly" by Arnold Sundgaard
    A protected lamb and an independent butterfly discuss their different ways of living.
    Jpi SUN
  • "People" by Peter Spier
    Emphasizes the differences among the four billion people on earth.
    Jpi SPI
  • "It's Okay to be Different" by Todd Parr
    Illustrations and brief text describe all kinds of differences that are "okay," such as "It's Okay to be a different color," "It's Okay to need some help," "It's Okay to be adopted," and "It's Okay to have a Different nose."
    Jpi PAR


  • "December" by Eve Bunting
    A homeless family's luck changes after they help an old woman who has even less than they do at Christmas.
    Jpi BUN
  • "Fly Away Home" by Eve Bunting
    A homeless boy who lives in an airport with his father, moving from terminal to terminal and trying not to be noticed, is given hope when he sees a trapped bird find its freedom.
    Jpi BUN
  • "Gowanus Dogs" by Jonathan Frost
    A homeless man who lives under a bridge in Brooklyn finds his life changing when he decides to adopt a wild dog.
    Jpi FRO
  • "Leo the Magnificent" by Ann M. Martin
    A homeless cat wanders in and warms the hearts of the people of a small church.
    Jpi MAR
  • "Go Home!: the true story of James the cat" by Libby Phillips Meggs
    A homeless cat spends several seasons trying to survive the elements until at last a suburban family adopts him.
    Jpi MEG
  • "Fly" by Christopher Myers
    On the roof of his building, lonely Jawanza meets a homeless man who teaches him how to make friends with the sparrows and pigeons up there.
    J MYE


  • "Dreaming of America: an Ellis Island story" by Eve Bunting
    Annie Moore cares for her two younger brothers on board the ship sailing from Ireland to America where she becomes the first immigrant processed through Ellis Island, January 1, 1892, her fifteenth birthday.
    Jpi BUN
  • "Molly's Pilgrim" by Barbara Cohen
    Told to make a Pilgrim doll for the Thanksgiving display at school, Molly is embarassed when her mother tries to help her out by creating a doll dressed as she herself was dressed before leaving Russia to seek religious freedom.
    J Cohen
  • "When Jessie Came Across the Sea" by Amy Hest
    A thirteen-year-old Jewish orphan reluctantly leaves her grandmother and immigrates to New York City, where she works for three years sewing lace and earning money to bring Grandmother to the United States, too.
    Jpi HES
  • "The Color of Home" by Mary Hoffman
    Hassan, newly-arrived in the United States and feeling homesick, paints a picture at school that shows his old home in Somalia as well as the reason his family had to leave.
    Jpi HOF
  • "The Morning Chair" by Barbara M. Joosse
    Bram and his family leave their small brick house in Holland and travel to a new life in New York City.
    Jpi JOO
  • "The Keeping Quilt" by Patricia Polacco
    A homemade quilt ties together the lives of four generations of an immigrant Jewish family, remaining a symbol of their enduring love and faith.
    Jpi POL
  • "My Name is Yoon" by Helen Recorvits
    Disliking her name as written in English, Korean-born Yoon, or "shining wisdom," refers to herself as "cat," "bird," and "cupcake," as a way to feel more comfortable in her new school and new country.
    Jpi REC
  • "The Long Way to a New Land" by Joan Sandin
    Carl Erik journeys with his family from Sweden to America during the famine of 1868.


  • "My Daddy Is A Guardsman" by Kirk Hilbrecht
    A child describes his daddy's job and what it is like to have a soldier for a father.
    Jpi HIL

No Place for Hate

(See also: "Diversity, "Self acceptance/self-esteem" and "Race Relations") No Place for Hate is a community based campaign that empowers participants to challenge anti-Semitism, racism, hate, and bigotry of all forms.

Picture Books

  • "Frozen Noses" by Jan Carr
    Describes the delights of such winter activities as throwing snowballs, making a snowman and going ice skating.
    Jpi CAR
  • "Harry and Willy and Carrothead" by Judith Caseley.
    Three boys overcome prejudicial ideas about appearances and become friends.
    Jpi CAS
  • "The Brothers' Promise" by Frances Harber
    When the brothers Yankel and Josef keep their promise to their dying father by sharing with one another, they cause the angels in heaven to weep with joy.
    Jpi HAR
  • "This is Our Seder" by Ziporah Hildebrandt
    A simple description of the food and activities at a Seder, the ritual meal of Passover, including a description of their historical and symbolic significance.
    Jpi HIL
  • "The Way We Do It In Japan" by Geneva Cobb Iijima
    Gregory experiences a new way of life when he moves to Japan with his American mother and his Japanese father.
    Jpi IIJ
  • "Freedom Child of the Sea" by Ricardo Keens-Douglas
    Jpi KEE
  • "The Streets are Free" by Kurusa
    This is a true story of a community that united to build a park for their children to play.
    Jpi KUR
  • "All Kinds of Children" by Norma Simon
    Presents the things that all children over the world have in common, including their need for food, clothes, people to love them and the opportunity to play.
    Jpi SIM
  • "What Would You Do?"
    Contains three brief stories that demonstrate intolerance for religious, racial and appearance differences.
    Jpi WHA
  • "Ashok By Any Other Name" by Sandra S. Yamate
    Jpi YAM
  • "Char Siu Bao Boy" by Sandra S. Yamate
    After being ridiculed by the others at school, Charlie abandons his favorite Chinese food, char siu bao, and tries to eat more "normal" things, but then he finds a way to convert his friends to the tasty dish.
    Jpi YAM

Juvenile Story Collections

  • "Children of Asian America" by Asian American Coalition (Chicago, Ill.)
    A collection of stories which reflect the experiences and feelings of young people from various Asian American ethnic communities.
    J Children
  • "Peace Tales: world folktales to talk about" by Margaret Read MacDonald
    A collection of folktales from cultures around the world, reflecting different aspects of war and peace.
    J Peace

Juvenile Non Fiction

  • "What Do You Stand For?" by Barbara Lewis
    Empowers children and teens to identify and build the character traits that are most important to them.
    J 170.83 LE
  • "Everything You Need to Know About Discrimination" by Ezra Palmer
    Discusses prejudice in such areas as religion, race, nationality, sex, and physical disability and how it can lead to discrimination in jobs, housing, and general treatment in the modern world.
    J 303.385 PA
  • "Come Home With Me: a multicultural treasure hunt " by Aylette Jenness
    Four youngsters from different parts of Boston lead readers through parts of their neighborhoods, dispensing information about their cultures along the way.
    J 305.8 JE
  • "So What is Tolerance Anyway?" by John LaMachia
    Examines the importance of practicing tolerance for others, the causes and effects of prejudice and discrimination, and the problems that may occur when people are intolerant.
    J 305.8 LA
  • "Hate and Racist Groups: a hot issue" by Linda Joacobs Altman
    J 364.1 AL
  • "Everything You Need to Know About Bias Incidents" by Kevin Osborn|
    J 364.1 OS
  • "Bullies & Victims: helping your child survive the schoolyard battlefield" by SuEllen Fried
    Offers concrete information leading to the problem of bullying in our society and practical solutions to prevent it.
    J 371.58 FR
  • "All Year Round" by Ann Druitt
    Brimming with stories, poems, activities, things to make and songs, this books offers a friendly guide to the seasonal round of festivals.
    J 394.629 DR
  • "The Perfect Pinata" by Kelly Kyle Dominguez
    Marisa picks out a butterfly pinata for her birthday party, but by the day of the party, she decides it is too beautiful to break.
    J 468 DO
  • "All the Colors We Are" by Katie Kissinger
    Magnificent color photos and simple, engaging language capture the essence of one way people are special and different from one another - skin color.
    J 612.7 KI
  • "I See the Rhythm" by Toyomi Igus
    Chronicles and captures poetically the history, mood, and movement of African American music.
    J 780.89 IG
  • "A Level Playing Field: sports and race" by Evaleen Hu
    Seeks to probe beyond the glitzy, entertainment side of sports and focus on the problems beneath the surface.
    J 796.089 HU
  • "Hiding from the Nazis" by David A. Adler
    The true story of Lore Baer who as a four-year-old Jewish child was placed with a Christian family in the Dutch farm country to avoid persecution by the Nazis.
    J 940.53 AD
  • "Passage to Freedom: the Sugihara story" by Ken Mochizuki
    The authorized true story of Chiune Sugihara, the "Japanese Schindler", who saved thousands of Jews during World War II.
    J 940.53 MO

Juvenile Biography

  • "Harvesting Hope: the story of Cesar Chavez" by Kathleen Krull
    The true story of a shy boy who grew up to be one of America's greatest civilrights leaders is told in this picture book biography.
    JB Chavez
  • "Silent Observer" by Christy MacKinnon
    Tells the story of the life of Christy MacKinnon, a deaf artist, brought to print through the efforts of her niece. JB MacKinnon
  • "16 Extraordinary African Americans" by Nancy Lobb
    Sojourner Truth - Frederick Douglass - Harriet Tubman - Ida B. Wells-Barnett - Mary McLeod Bethune - Booker T. Washington - W.E.B. Dubois - George Washington Carver - Jackie Robinson - Thurgood Marshall - Shirley Chisholm - Dr. Martin Luther King - Malcolm X - Marian Wright Edelman - Jesse Jackson - Maya Angelou.
    J 920 LO
  • "16 Extraordinary American Women" by Nancy Lobb
    Helen Keller - Eleanor Roosevelt - Georgia O'Keeffe - Julia Morgan - Wilma P. Mankiller - Rachel Carson - Dorothea Lange - Rosalyn Sussman Yalow - Ella Fitzgerald - Ruth Bader Ginsberg - Ka'iulani of Hawaii - Barbara Jordan - Donna Karan - Elizabeth Cochrane Seaman (Nellie Bly) - Nikki Giovanni - Bonnie Blair.
    J 920 LO
  • "16 Extraordinary Asian Americans" by Nancy Lobb
    Daniel K. Inouye - Maxine Hong Kingston - I.M. Pei - Maya Lin - An Wang - Haing Ngor - Seiji Ozawa - Kristi Yamaguchi - Noriyuki "Pat" Morita - Yo-Yo Ma - David Ho - Wendy Lee Gramm - Ellison Onizuka - Carlos Bulosan - Jose Aruego - Dustin Nguyen.
    J 920 LO
  • "16 Extraordinary Hispanic Americans" by Nancy Lobb
    Cesar Chavez - Joan Baez - Ellen Ochoa - Jaime Escalente - Edward James Olmos - Judy Baca - Sandra Cisneros - Roberto Clemente - Antonia Hernandez - Lupe Anguiano - Henry B. Gonzalez - Roberto Goizueta - Rita Moreno - Antonia Novello - Jose Feliciano - Ileana Ros-Lehtinen.
    J 920 LO
  • "16 Extraordinary Native Americans" by Nancy Lobb
    Mary Musgrove - Tecumseh - Sequoyah - Sacagawea - Sitting Bull - Chief Joseph - Sarah Winnemucca - Ishi - Susan LaFlesche Picotte - Jim Thorpe - Maria Martinez - Annie Dodge Wauneka - N. Scott Momaday - Ben Nighthorse Campbell - Wilma Mankiller - Fred Begay.
    J 920 LO

Non Fiction

  • "ABC's of Scapegoating" by Gordon W. Allport
    302 AL
  • "Teacher, They Called Me A -----!: confronting prejudice and discrimination in the classroom" by Deborah A. Byrnes
    303.385 BY
  • "The Prejudice Book: activities for the classroom" by David A. Shiman
    303.385 SH
  • "The Anti-Defamation League's Hate Hurts: how children learn and unlearn prejudice" by Caryl Stern-LaRosa
    For parents and children on confronting and conquering bias and encouraging appreciation for our differences.
    303.385 ST
  • "Open Minds to Equality: a sourcebook of learning activities to affirm diversity and promote equity" by Nancy Schneidewind
    While focusing on discrimination based on race, gender, class, and age, the second edition also addresses bias based on religion, mental and physical ability, sexual orientation, and language. It provides educators an inclusive framework for thinking about diversity and responding practically to all these forms of difference in their classrooms
    305.071 SC
  • "Racism Explained to my Daughter" by Tahar Ben Jalloun
    Written in question-and-answer format, this book touches on discrimination, religion, genetics, stereotyping, immigration, xenophobia and more.
    305.8 BE
  • "Everyday Acts Against Racism: raising children in a multiracial world" by Maureen T. Reddy
    Mothers and teachers look at the effects of racism on our children and communities and Suggest practical ways we can work to end racial divisions.
    305.8 EV
  • "Crossing the Color Line: race, parenting, and culture" by Maureen T. Reddy
    Reddy, a white mother of black children, writes as a racial "insider" who stands outside accepted racial arrangements, a position that can afford unique insight into the many contradictions of those arrangements. 305.8 RE
  • "Why are all the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?" by Beverly Daniel Tatum.
    This well-balanced book by a renowned psychiatrist brings new insights and a fresh perspective to the issue of racial identity development.
    305.8 TA
  • "It's the Little Things: the everyday interactions that get under the skin of blacks and whites" by Lena Williams
    Williams's provocative book is sure to stimulate much discussion with its candid depiction of race relations.
    305.8 WI
  • "Americanos: Latino life in the United States = la vida Latina eh los Estados Unidos" by Edward James Olmos
    Bilingual and heavily illustrated, this book is part of a project spearheaded by activist/actor Olmos that includes an HBO documentary and a traveling exhibition starting at the Smithsonian.
    305.868 OL
  • "Overcoming Heterosexism and Homophobia: strategies that work" by James T. Sears
    305.9066 OV
  • "Culture Wars and the Global Village: a diplomat's perspective" by Carleton S. Coon
    306 CO
  • "Voices of Diversity" by Renee Blank
    A unique, how-to-approach to working within the diverse workplace. 331.6 BL
  • "Beyond All Reason: the radical assault on truth in American law" by Daniel A. Farber
    Daniel A. Farber and Suzanna Sherry mount the first systematic critique of radical multiculturalism as a form of legal scholarship.
    340.112 FA
  • "Dim Sum, Bagels, and Grits: a sourcebook for multicultural families" by Myra Alperson
    A helpful book for parents who want to make the ethnic and cultural heritage of their adopted children part of their everyday lives.
    362.734 AL
  • "Cultural Diversity: a primer for the human services" by Jerry V. Diller
    362.84 DI
  • "Diversity in Action: using adventure activities to explore issues of diversity with middle school and high school age youth" by Sharon Chappelle
    370.117 CH
  • "Ten Talks Parents Must Have with Their Children About Violence" by Dominic Cappello
    Offers parents useful advice on speaking with their children about vital issues. Includes ten scripted "family talks" tested by moms, dads, and kids.
    649.1 CA
  • "Raising Compassionate, Courageous Children in a Violent World" by Janice Cohn
    This guidebook shows how to raise children who are able to love and trust, help others in need, take a stand against intolerance, and more.
    649.1 CO
  • "Long Shadows: truth, lies, and history " by Erna Paris
    Explores how nations reinvent themselves after cataclysmic events..
    649.1 NO
  • "From the Outside In: seven strategies for success when you're not a member of the dominant group in your Workplace" by Renee Blank
    explains how to: break past assumptions of hostility, muster support, accentuate the positive, buy in without selling out and more proven strategies for breaking through the concrete ceiling and enjoying a successful career.
    650.1 BL
  • "Children Learn What They Live: parenting to inspire values" by Dorothy Nolte
    Each short chapter--on jealousy, praise, shame, recognition, tolerance, honesty, etc.--expands upon Nolte's original observations, stressing respect and love as the main ingredients for raising happy and emotionally healthy children.
    940.5318 PA


  • "Beyond Hate"
    152.4 BE, Pt. 1 & 2 [DVD]
  • "Not In Our Town"
    A dramatic portrait of an ex-white supremacist, and of community leaders who took the leap from being passive bystanders to actively fighting hate.
    303.385 NO
  • "Racial and Sexual Stereotyping
    Focuses on how the same old prejudiced are handed down from generation to generation and how teens deal with them on a daily basis.
    303.385 RA
  • "The Possible Dream?"
    Examines the outlook for racial and ethnic relations in the U.S. through the eyes of a group of teenagers following a racial brawl at their high school.
    305.8 PO
  • "The Truth About Hate"
    Explores the origins of hate through the eyes of teenagers as they come face to face with their own racism, ethnic bigotry, religious hatred and sexual discrimination.
    305.8 TR
  • "Skinheads USA"
    A film crew follows the U.S. white supremacist skinhead group The Aryan National Front over a two-month period. Marches, demonstrating against non-whites, meeting with the Ku Klux Klan, and interviews with the group's leader, Bill Riccio, explain the Nazi-inspired group's motivation.
    320.56 SK [DVD]
  • "Bully No More: stopping the abuse"
    Host Ruby Unger talks with kids who tell how to keep from being a target; how to stop and help bullies; and what to do if you are a witness.
    371.5 BU
  • "McGruff's Bully Alert"
    Using examples from his files, McGruff shows how to stand up to bullies by ignoring them, talking to them, or notifying adults when bullies threaten violence.
    371.5 MC
  • "When East Meets East"
    This genre-breaking documentary explores the issues of ethnic and cultural identity through interviews with some of today's most prominent Asian and Chinese American filmmakers, actors and actresses in the United States, Canada, Taiwan and China.
    791.4309 WH [DVD]
  • "Gabbeh"
    A folkloric carpet (Gabbeh), picturing a man and a woman riding away on horseback, is the prized possession of an elderly nomadic couple. When they wash it, a beautiful young woman emerges from the carpet to reveal its secret.
  • "The Silence"

Race Relations

(See also: "Diversity, "Self acceptance/self-esteem" and "No Place for Hate")
  • "Teammates" by Peter Golenbock
    Describes the racial prejudice experienced by Jackie Robinson when he joined the Brooklyn Dodgers and became the first black player in Major League baseball and depicts the acceptance and support he received from his white teammate Pee Wee Reese.
    J 796.357 GO
  • "Freedom School, Yes!" by Amy Littlesugar
    When their house is attacked because her mother volunteered to take in the young white woman who has come to teach black children at the Freedom School, Jolie is afraid, but she overcomes her fear after learning the value of education.
    Jpi LIT
  • "Especially Heroes" by Virginia Kroll
    After talking about heroes and martyrs at school, a young girl gets a first-hand look at heroism when her father and several others protect their neighbor from a group of racists.
    J Kroll
  • "Molly Bannaky" by Alice McGill
    Relates how Benjamin Banneker's grandmother journeyed from England to Maryland in the late seventeenth century, worked as an indentured servant, began a farm of her own, and married a freed slave.
    Jpi MCG
  • "Pink and Say" by Patricia Polacco
    Say Curtis describes his meeting with Pinkus Aylee, a black soldier, during the Civil War, and their capture by Southern troops.
    J Polacco
  • "Freedom Summer" by Debbie Wiles
    In 1964, Joe is pleased that a new law will allow his best friend John Henry, who is colored, to share the town pool and other public places with him, but he is dismayed to find that prejudice still exists.
    Jpi WIL
  • "The Other Side" by Jacqueline Woodson
    Two girls, one white and one black, gradually get to know each other as they sit on the fence that divides their town.
    Jpi WOO

September 11th

  • "Terrorists and Terrorist Groups" by Stephen Currie
    Discusses the formation, political agenda, actions, and religious beliefs of various groups that use violent means to achieve their ends.
    J 303.6 CU
  • "Chief: the life of Peter J. Ganci, a New York City firefighter" by Chris Ganci
    With an emotional, worshipful tone only a loved one could provide, the author remembers the life and career of his late father, chief of the Fire Department of New York, who died at the age of 54 in the September 11 attack on the World Trade Center.
    JB Ganci
  • "Fireboat: the heroic adventures of the John J. Harvey" by Maira Kalman
    A fireboat, launched in 1931, is retired after many years of fighting fires along the Hudson River, but is saved from being scrapped and then called into service again on September 11, 2001.
    Jpi KAL
  • "9.11.01: terrorists attack the U.S." by Pat Lalley
    Covers the events of September 11th and provides brief background on the World Trade Center, Islamic extremism, and Osama bin Laden. Also comments on the impact the terrorists' attacks have had both here and abroad.
    J 973.931 LA
  • "Osama bin Laden: a war against the west" by Elaine Landau
    Presents biographical information about militant Islamic leader Osama bin Laden, including his role in international terrorism and the beliefs that fuel his actions.
  • "Ground Zero" by Nancy Louis
    Describes the September 11, 2001 terrorist attack on New York City, in which two airplanes were crashed into the World Trade Center, and the rescue and recovery work that occurred afterwards.
    J 973.931 LO
  • "Heroes of the Day" by Nancy Louis
    Describes the actions of emergency telephone operators, police officers, firefighters, trained dogs, and individual citizens who helped in the aftermath of the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon on September 11, 2001.
    J 973.931 LO
  • "Osama Bin Laden" by Nancy Louis
    A biography of the Islamic extremist who uses his family wealth to fund and support worldwide terrorism and who has been linked to many terrorist attacks since the 1980s.
  • "New York's Bravest" by Mary Pope Osborne
    Set in 1840s New York City, tells of the heroic deeds of the legendary New York firefighter, Mose Humphreys.
    JE OSB
  • "On That Day: a book of hope for children" by Andrea Patel
    This book tells children that although terrible things happen, there is still hope that the world can be a better place.
    Jpi PAT
  • "America's Leaders" by Jill C. Wheeler
    Discusses the leadership of George W. Bush, Dick Cheney, and many other powerful political and military players following the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.
    J 973.931 WH
  • "September 11, 2001: the day that changed America" by Jill C. Wheeler
    Describes the events and immediate aftermath of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the United States, in which planes were crashed into the Twin Towers buildings in New York City as well as into the Pentagon building near Washington, D.C.
    J 973.931 WH