My Booklist

Character Education
Please Is a Good Word to Say - Reinforces those little magic words, and then some.
by Barbara Joosse

Grief and Loss
Everett Anderson's Goodbye - This story effectively details the feelings of grief: denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance.
by Clifton, Lucille

Grandad Bill's Song - A boy asks others how they felt when his grandfather died and then shares his own feelings. Illustrates how we all grieve and remember a loved one differently.
by Yolen, Jane

I'll Always Love You - Story of a child's sadness with the death of a beloved dog.
by Wilhelm, Hans

The Dead Bird - A good story to use to explain death and funeral rituals with young children.
by Brown, Margaret Wise

The Saddest Time - Explains death as the inevitable end of life and provides three situations in which children experience powerful emotions when someone close has died.
by Simon, Norma

The Tenth Good Thing About Barney - A young boy's cat dies. Explores the various feelings children experience with death and emphasizes the importance of remembering and honoring loved ones who die.
by Viorst, Judith

Waiting for the Whales - A Grandfather passes on a legacy of love and compassion for all living things. His family finds comfort in the simple pleasures that he passed on.
by McFarlane, Sheryl and Ron Lightburn

When Dinosaurs Die: A Guide to Understanding Death - Explains in simple language the feelings people have regarding the death of a loved one. Also explores ways to honor the memory of someone who has died.
by Brown, Laurie Krasny and Marc Brown

When Someone Dies - Explains in concrete terms the impact of death of a loved one. With useful coping tools for parents and children.
by Greenlee, Sharon

You Hold Me & I'll Hold You - A young child experiences the death of a great-aunt.
by Carson, Jo

Bucket Filling 
Because Brian Hugged His Mother - Brian's hug sets in motion a series of unselfish acts that reach more people than he could ever know.
by David L. Rice

Fill a Bucket - A guide to daily happiness for young children.
by Carol McCloud

Growing Up with a Bucket Full of Happiness - New levels of bucket filling and bucket dipping, and how to put a lid on your bucket in order to protect it from being empty.
by Carol McCloud

Have You Filled a Bucket Today? - We all carry an invisible bucket. Our buckets get filled with happy thoughts and feelings when someone does or says something nice. And, when we fill someone else's bucket, we fill our own too.
by Carol McCloud

Kindness is Cooler, Mrs. Ruler - Mrs. Ruler asks five of her students to miss recess, but she has a special plan for them. She has a new golden rule: Kindness is Cool!
by Margery Cuyler

One Smile - Even the smallest acts of kindness can powerfully impact the lives of others.
by Cindy McKinley

Ordinary Mary's Extraordinary Deed - One good deed changes the world. A feel-good story that inspires and celebrates a world full of ordinary deeds.
by Emily Pearson

The Kindness Quilt - Minna's class is working on a Kindness Project, and her idea spreads throughout the school.
by Nancy Elizabeth Wallace

Will You Fill My Bucket? - Minna's class is working on a Kindness Project, and her idea spreads throughout the school.
by Carol McCloud and Karen Wells

Self Esteem
Being Bella: Discovering How to be Proud of Your Best - About a girl who learns she doesn't have to be perfect to be accepted.
by Cheryl Zuzo and Megan Wellman

Spaghetti in a Hot Dog Bun: Having the Courage to be Who You Are - Empowers children to always do the right thing and be proud of themselves.
by Maria Dismondy

When My Worries Get Too Big!  - A relaxation book for children who live with anxiety.
by Kari Dunn Buron