Kids’ Books: General

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Often through reading to our kids, we are able to connect and approach subjects creatively. By clicking on “Read More,” you can learn a bit more about each book, and if we’ve had a chance to read it, we will review it on the these links.

NOTE: Inclusion on these lists does not necessarily mean endorsement as we have not had the chance to read all of them. Furthermore, with all our resources, we highly recommend you preview them first to determine if there are any trauma triggers that your child may not be ready to handle.

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TitleAuthorTopic/ThemeAge RangeRatingAmazon
The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend

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Santat, DanBeing chosen, friendship, couragepreschool; elementary4 Out of 5 Hoots
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The Adventures of Taxi DogBarracca, Debra stray dog; friendship; home; adventurepreschool to middle elementaryNot Reviewed Yet.
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Alex and the Scary Things: A Story to Help Children Who Have Experienced Something ScaryMoses, Melissatrauma, coping, emotionspreschool to middle elementary[Book Review]
Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad DayViorst, Judith bad dayelementaryNot Reviewed Yet.
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Anna Mei, Cartoon GirlGrund, Carol A. adoption; school projects; bullying; moving; new school; international adoptionlate elementary; middle schoolNot Reviewed Yet.
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Austin, Lost in America: A Geography Adventure
Czekaj, Jef United States geography; loneliness; finding familyupper preschool; elementary3 Out of 5 Hoots
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A Boy and a Bear: The Children's Relaxation BookLite, Lori relaxation; self-calming; sleep; reduce stresspreschool; elementaryNot Reviewed Yet.
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Boy and Bot
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Dyckman, Ame friendship; caring for others; differencespreschool; early elementary4 Out of 5 Hoots
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A Boy and a Jaguar
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Rabinowitz, Alan overcoming disability; self esteem; believing in yourselfupper preschool; elementary4 Out of 5 Hoots
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The Boy Who Built a Wall Around Himself
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Redford, Aliemotional walls; trauma; trust; safe adultsupper preschool; elementary5 Out of 5 Hoots
5 hoots out of 5
The Boy Who Cried Bigfoot
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Magoon, Scotttelling the truth; trust; friendshipupper preschool; elementary5 Out of 5 Hoots
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Bringing Asha HomeKrishnaswami, Uma international adoption; India; birth child point of view; patiencepreschool; elementaryNot Reviewed Yet.
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Changes: My Family and MeHopkins, BeverlyDivorce, Remarriage, Blended Familiespreschool; elementaryNot Reviewed Yet.
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Charley Chatty and the Wiggly Worm: A story about insecurity and attention-seeking (A Therapeutic Parenting Book)
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Naish, Sarah, and Jefferies, Rosieinsecurity; attention seeking; worry; fear; trauma behaviorspreschool; elementary4 Out of 5 Hoots
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Cyril Squirrel Finds Out About Love Evans, Janelove and kindnesspreschool; early elementary 5 Out of 5 Hoots
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The Dark
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Snicket, Lemonyfear of darkpreschool; early elementary 4 Out of 5 Hoots
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The Day the Crayons Came HomeDaywalt, Drew & Jeffers, Oliver purpose; feelings; frustration; doing your partpreschool; early elementaryNot Reviewed Yet.
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The Day the Crayons QuitDaywalt, Drew & Jeffers, Oliver purpose; feelings; frustration; doing your partpreschool; early elementaryNot Reviewed Yet.
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Dewey BobSchachner, Judy friendshippreschool; early elementaryNot Reviewed Yet.
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Don't Think TwicePennebaker, Ruth teen pregnancy; group homehigh schoolNot Reviewed Yet.
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Double-Dip Feelings: Stories to Help Children Understand EmotionsCain, Barbara feelings; conflicting emotionspreschool; elementaryNot Reviewed Yet.
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El Perro Con Sombrero: A Bilingual Doggy Tale
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Kent, Derek Taylor loneliness; finding family; importance of family; multiculturalpreschool; elementary4 Out of 5 Hoots
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The Family Book
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Parr, ToddDifferent Types of Familiespreschool3 Out of 5 Hoots

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Feathers and FurPenn, AudreyBeing Different; Parented by Non-biological parentpreschool; elementaryNot Reviewed Yet.
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Getting Near to BabyCouloumbis, Audrey depression; grief; loss; death upper elementary; middle schoolNot Reviewed Yet.
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Glenna's SeedsEdwards, NancyEffects of KindnesselementaryNot Reviewed Yet.
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The Gorilla Did ItHazen, Barbara Shook blaming imaginary being; behaviorpreschoolNot Reviewed Yet.
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Grace at ChristmasHoffman, Mary Christmas; diversity; African American; missing family and celebrations in Africa; welcoming strangers into homepreschool; elementaryNot Reviewed Yet.
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Happy Birthday to You!Dr. Seussbirthdaypreschool; elementaryNot Reviewed Yet.
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Hattie Big SkyLarson, Kirby historical fiction; teen orphan; war-time America; friendship; family; adventure; hardshipmiddle school; high schoolNot Reviewed Yet.
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Hattie Ever AfterLarson, Kirby historical fiction; teen orphan; war-time America; friendship; family; adventure; hardshipmiddle school; high schoolNot Reviewed Yet.
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Henry the Hermit Crab: The Journey HomeMcDonald, Mark not fitting in; homeNot Reviewed Yet.
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Horton Hatches the Egg
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Dr. SeussParented by Non-biological parentelementary3 Out of 5 Hoots

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How Are You Feeling Today Baby Bear?: A Story About Learning New Ways to Feel CalmEvans, Jane violence at homepreschool; early elementaryNot Reviewed Yet.
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How I Became a Big Brother: An Adoption StoryMoore, Dave adoption (international); concerns, fears and point of view of birth child (toddler)preschool; early elementaryNot Reviewed Yet.
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How to Take the Grr Out of AngerVerdick, Elizabeth, and Lisovskis, Marjorie emotions; anger-management tipselementary; middle schoolNot Reviewed Yet.
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I'd Know You Anywhere, My LoveTillman, NancyUnconditional Love of Parentpreschool; elementaryNot Reviewed Yet.
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If I Could Keep You Little...Richmond, Mariannelove of parents, special moments while growing uppreschool; elementaryNot Reviewed Yet.
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I Love You All the SameKeith, Donna love of parents, being differentpreschoolNot Reviewed Yet.
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I Love You Night and DayPrasadam-Halls, Smriti Unconditional Lovepreschool; early elementaryNot Reviewed Yet.
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I Love You Stinky Face
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McCourt, Lisa & Moore, CydUnconditional Love of Parentpreschool; elementary4 Out of 5 Hoots
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I Love You Through and ThroughRossetti-Shustak, Bernadette Unconditional Love of parentspreschool; early elementaryNot Reviewed Yet.
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ImagineLammano, AngelaBeing DifferentelementaryNot Reviewed Yet.
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I Need My Monster[Book Review]Noll, Amanda fear of darkupper preschool; elementary3 Out of 5 Hoots
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I Smurf You!
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PeyoForgiveness, Acceptance, Unconditional Lovepreschool; early elementary3 Out of 5 Hoots
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I Want Your Moo: A Story About Self-EsteemWeiner, Marcella Bakur, and Neimark, Jill self-acceptance; self-esteempreschool; elementaryNot Reviewed Yet.
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Is That Your Sister?: A True Story of AdoptionBunin, Catherine & Sherrysibling; adoptionpreschool; elementaryNot Reviewed Yet.
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I Wish You MoreRosenthal, Amy Krouse; Lichtenheld, Tom dreams of parentspreschool; elementaryNot Reviewed Yet.
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Jamela's DressDaly, Niki South African culture; mistake of child; forgiveness of parentpreschool; early elementaryNot Reviewed Yet.
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JourneyBecker, Aaron loneliness; friendshippreschool; early elementary (no text; pictures only)Not Reviewed Yet.
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Just In Case You Ever WonderLucado, MaxUnconditional Love of Parentpreschool; elementaryNot Reviewed Yet.
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The Kissing HandPenn, AudreySeparation Anxietypreschool; elementaryNot Reviewed Yet.
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Kit Kitten and the Topsy Turvy Feelings: A Story About Parents Who Aren't Always Able to Care
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Evans, Jane parents not emotionally present; feelingspreschool; early elementary5 Out of 5 Hoots
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The Legend of Spookley the Square PumpkinTroiano, Joe being differentelementaryNot Reviewed Yet.
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Listen!Tolan, Stephen S. death of parent; grief; abused animal; loss; healingupper elementary; middle schoolNot Reviewed Yet.
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Little CubDunrea, Olivier loneliness; adoption; taking care of others; parent/child relationship preschool; early elementaryNot Reviewed Yet.
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The Little Leftover WitchLaughlin, FlorenceFoster Care, Adoption, FamilyelementaryNot Reviewed Yet.
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Little Meerkat's Big Panic: A Story About Learning New Ways to Feel CalmEvans, Jane feelings; emotional regulationpreschool; early elementary[Book Review]
Llama Llama Red PajamaDewdney, Anna good for separation anxiety; fear of dark, being alone, going to sleeppreschool; early elementaryNot Reviewed Yet.
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Love Monster
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Bright, Rachel friendship; being differentpreschool; early elementary3 Out of 5 Hoots
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Making Room
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Koehler, PhoebeMaking Room for a New Person, Pet, or Babypreschool; elementary3 Out of 5 Hoots
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Making Room
Me and My VolcanoHage, Deborah anger; emotions; workbook designed for use with children reactive attachment disorder or oppositional defiant disorderNot Reviewed Yet.
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My Invisible World: Life With My Brother, His Disability and His Service DogWinokur, Morasha siblings; disability; service dogupper elementary; middle schoolNot Reviewed Yet.
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My Mei MeiYoung, Ed siblings; wanting a sibling; sibling not being what child thought; international adoptionpreschool; early elementaryNot Reviewed Yet.
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My Yellow BalloonPapageorge, Tiffany grief and loss; love; friendshippreschool; elementaryNot Reviewed Yet.
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Naked Mole Rat Gets DressedWillems, MoBeing different, being yourselfpreschool (but all ages will enjoy this funny yet impactful book)Not Reviewed Yet.
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A New Barker in the HousedePaola, Tomie adding sibling through adoption; bilingual; familypreschool; early elementaryNot Reviewed Yet.
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Nine O'Clock LullabySinger, Marilyn bedtime story; time zones; what's happening in different parts of the worldpreschool; early elementaryNot Reviewed Yet.
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Nuzzle: Love Between a Boy and His Service DogWinokur, Donnie FASD; service dog; adoption; disabilitiespreschool; elementaryNot Reviewed Yet.
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Oh, the Places You'll GoDr. Seusslife's ups and downspreschool; elementaryNot Reviewed Yet.
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Oh, the Things My Mom Will Do...Because She Loves Me Through and Through
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Richmond, MarianneWhat Mothers Dopreschool; elementary4 Out of 5 Hoots
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Old Bear and His CubDunrea, Olivier taking care of others; parent/child relationshippreschool; early elementaryNot Reviewed Yet.
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Oliver, A Story About Adoption [more about fantasizing about being with birth parents]Wickstrom, Lois fantasizing about birth parents or other parentspreschool; elementaryNot Reviewed Yet.
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On the Night You Were BornTillman, Nancypurpose; being special, Unconditional Lovepreschool; early elementary Not Reviewed Yet.
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Pablo's TreeMora, Pat adoption; relationship between grandfather and childpreschool; elementaryNot Reviewed Yet.
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P.B. and Jay of the Sandwich IslandsPierce, Edward Andrew adoption; identity; relationships between siblings, parents and their children, and adopted children and their environment or homeelementaryNot Reviewed Yet.
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Peef the Christmas BearHegg, Tom bear handmade by Santa eagerly wanting to be given to a childpreschool; early elementaryNot Reviewed Yet.
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Pete the Cat and the New GuyDean, James & KimberlyNew kids; being special; talentspreschool; elementaryNot Reviewed Yet.
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Raising SweetnessStanley, Diane; Karas, G. Brian 8 former orphans set out to find a wife for their dadupper preschool; elementaryNot Reviewed Yet.
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Rebecca's Journey HomeSugarman, Brynn Olenberg, and Shapiro, Michelle birth children waiting for international (Vietnam) siblingpreschool; early elementaryNot Reviewed Yet.
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Roses Are Pink, Your Feet Really Stink
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deGroat, Diane Valentine's Day; friendship; forgiveness; solving conflict and making ammendsupper preschool; elementary4 Out of 5 Hoots
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Rosie Revere, EngineerBeaty, Andrea perseverance; not listening to otherselementaryNot Reviewed Yet.
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RulesLord, Cynthia feeling different; sibling with disability; autism; wanting to belong; friendshipupper elementary; middle schoolNot Reviewed Yet.
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The Runaway Bunny
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Brown, Margaret WiseUnconditional Love of Parentpreschool; early elementary (can be used with older kids therapeutically)4 Out of 5 Hoots
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A Safe Place for Caleb: An Interactive Book for Kids, Teens and Adults with Issues of Attachment, Grief, Loss or Early TraumaChara, Kathleen A., and Chara, Jr., Paul J. attachment; grief; loss; early traumapreschool; elementary; middle school; high school; adultsNot Reviewed Yet.
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Sam's SisterBond, Juliet birth families and siblings making an adoption plan for new siblingpreschool; early elementaryNot Reviewed Yet.
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Secret, Secret
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Law, Daisysecrets; disclosurepreschool; early elementary3 Out of 5 Hoots
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Seeds of Love: For Brothers and Sisters of International AdoptionPetertyl, Mary Ebejer siblings; international adoption; separation anxietypreschool; elementaryNot Reviewed Yet.
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Serafina and the Black Cloak
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Beatty, Robertidentity; talent; friendship; adventure; suspenseupper elementary; middle school4 Out of 5 Hoots
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Shaoey and Dot: Thunder and Lightning BugsChapman, Mary Bethfear of dark; protection of Godpreschool; early elementaryNot Reviewed Yet.
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Side by Side
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Bright, Rachel friendship; loneliness; friends who don't look like you; finding friendspreschool; early elementary3 Out of 5 Hoots
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A Sister for MatthewKennedy, Pamela bio sibling; new sibling; international adoption; Chinapreschool; early elementaryNot Reviewed Yet.
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Snowflake Kisses and Gingerbread SmilesParker, Toni Trent Christmas; diversity; African American childrenpreschool; early elementaryNot Reviewed Yet.
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The Snowy DayKeats, Ezra Jack diversity (African American child); picture book; snowy daypreschoolNot Reviewed Yet.
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Sometimes I Drive My Mom Crazy, But I Know She's Crazy About Me: A Self-Esteem Book for ADHD ChildrenShapiro, Lawrence E. ADHD; self-worthpreschool; elementaryNot Reviewed Yet.
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Sophie Spikey Has a Very Big Problem: A story about refusing help and needing to be in control (A Therapeutic Parenting Book)
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Naish, Sarah, and Jefferies, Rosietrusting adults; control; refusing help; trauma behaviorspreschool; elementary4 Out of 5 Hoots
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Star of the Week: A Story of Love, Adoption, and Brownies with Sprinkles[Book Review]Friedman, Darlene & Roth, RogerSchool Projects when Adoptedelementary5 Out of 5 Hoots
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StellalunaCannon, Janell being different; bat fostered by bird familypreschool; early elementaryNot Reviewed Yet.
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Stick and Stone
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Ferry, Beth friendship; bullying (subtle); kindness; helpingpreschool; early elementary4 Out of 5 Hoots
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Tales of the Defended Ones
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Guckenberger, Bethfaith; real life stories of children; struggles; loss; slavery; finding a familylate elementary; middle school; high schoolNot Reviewed Yet.
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Tales of the Not Forgotten
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Guckenberger, Bethfaith; real life stories of children; orphans; purposelate elementary; middle school; high schoolNot Reviewed Yet.
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Tales of the Ones He Won't Let Go
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Guckenberger, Bethfaith; real life stories of children; healing; redemption; gracelate elementary; middle school; high schoolNot Reviewed Yet.
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Tales of the Ones Led Out
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Guckenberger, Bethfaith; real life stories of children; late elementary; middle school; high schoolNot Reviewed Yet.
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Tea Party Rules
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Dyckman, Ame give and take; playtime; friendspreschool; early elementary4 Out of 5 Hoots
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Ten Days and Nine Nights: An Adoption StoryHeo, Yumi becoming big sibling; international adoption; counting down; calendarpreschool; elementaryNot Reviewed Yet.
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A Terrible Thing Happened: A Story for Children Who Have Witnessed Violence or TraumaHolmes, Margaret M., and Mudlaff, Sasha J. violence; trauma; emotions; dealing and coping; behaviorpreschool; elementary and upNot Reviewed Yet.
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Things Little Kids Need to KnowUhlig, Susan adding sibling; teaching younger siblings about life; international adoptionpreschool; elementaryNot Reviewed Yet.
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Touch the Brightest StarMatheson, Christie bedtime story; cool things that happen at nightpreschool; early elementaryNot Reviewed Yet.
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Waiting for MayStoeke, Janet Morgan adding sibling; international adoption; Chinapreschool; elementaryNot Reviewed Yet.
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The Wanderer Creech, Sharon adventure novel; adoptee; survival at seaupper elementary; middle schoolNot Reviewed Yet.
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The Way I FeelCain, Janan emotions; feelingspreschool; early elementaryNot Reviewed Yet.
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What's Cooking, Jamela?Daly, Niki Christmas; diversity (featuring South African family and culture)preschool; early elementaryNot Reviewed Yet.
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What Do You Do With an IdeaYamada, Kobi perseverance; confidence; ideaspreschool; elementaryNot Reviewed Yet.
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What Jamie SawComan, Carolyn violence; witness of abuse; anxiety; fear; overcoming; love; friendshipupper elementary; middle school; early high schoolNot Reviewed Yet.
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Wherever You Are My Love Will Find YouTillman, Nancylove of parentpreschool; early elementaryNot Reviewed Yet.
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William Wobbly and the Very Bad Day: A story about when feelings become too big (A Therapeutic Parenting Book)
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Naish, Sarah, and Jefferies, Rosiefeelings; sensory overload; sensory processing; trauma behaviorspreschool; elementary4 Out of 5 Hoots
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Why Am I Different?Simon, Normabeing differentpreschool; early elementaryNot Reviewed Yet.
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You Are My HeartRichmond, MarianneUnconditional Lovepreschool; elementaryNot Reviewed Yet.
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Wise Highs: How to Thrill, Chill, and Get Away from It All Without Alcohol or Other DrugsPacker, Alexavoiding substance abusemiddle school; high schoolNot Reviewed Yet.
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The Wonderful Things You Will BeMartin, Emily Unconditional Love, dreams, acceptance of Parentpreschool; elementaryNot Reviewed Yet.
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Your AlienSauer, Tammi missing family, friendshippreschool; elementaryNot Reviewed Yet.
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You're Here for a ReasonTillman, Nancypurpose; being specialpreschool; elementaryNot Reviewed Yet.
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