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Start of the Year Book Recommendations: Emphasizing Respect

Sep 16, 2019 12:50:22 PM / by Leslie Hynes

Respect Month

Monday, September 16, 2019

The character trait that we are emphasizing all September is respectfulness. Here are some fun book selections to read with your children, that also reinforce the power of treating others with respect. We hope you enjoy these recommendations from Kingsley's librarian, Ms. Hynes!

Z is for Moose

z is for moose

by Kelly Bingham; illustrated by Paul O. Zelensky

Z is for Moose, written by Kelly Bingham and illustrated by Paul O. Zelensky, is a gentle, entertaining reminder about waiting your turn.

Moose is so excited for his chance to shine that he interrupts, bumps, and pushes the other characters. What starts off looking like a garden variety alphabet book is actually a fun way to talk about expected behaviors, like waiting your turn and lining up peacefully. But don’t worry, there’s no boring didacticism here!

We Don't Eat Our Classmates

we dont eat our classmates

by Ryan T. Higgins

Like many children, Penelope is worried about her first day of school. Unlike many children, Penelope is a T. rex.

On her first day, she gets so excited about going to school that she gobbles up the other students in her class! She can’t help herself. They’re just too delicious. But it’s hard to make friends when you keep eating your classmates. A book about back-to-school jitters, personal space, and respecting our classmates. 

We Don’t Eat our Classmates, by Ryan T. Higgins, was the 2018 Irma S. & James H. Black Award winner.


by Alex Ginogeorge

Melissa really wants to play Charlotte in the upcoming class play of Charlotte’s Web, but her teacher won’t let her because everyone thinks Melissa is a boy named George. But Melissa knows herself better than anyone, and with the help of her best friend, Kelly, she lets everyone else know, too.

George, by Alex Gino, is a book about respecting others - and yourself - enough to stand up for who you are.


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Leslie Hynes

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