Books Good for Character Development

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These books pave a wonderful way to help reinforce character development of little kids.

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release date: Jan 01, 2010
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Personal Space Camp Activity and Idea Book
A new book of activities to go along with Personal Space Camp storybook by Julia Cook. Use as a supplementary teacher's guide with the storybook. Full of discussion questions and exercises to share with students. 8.5 x 11, softcover, 24 pages.
release date: Jan 01, 2007
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Personal Space Camp
Louis is back! And this time, he's learning all about personal space. Louis, a self-taught space expert is delighted to learn that his teacher has sent him to the principal's office to attend personal space camp. Eager to learn more about lunar landings, space suits, and other cosmic concepts, Louis soon discovers that he has much to learn about personal space right here on earth. Written with style, wit, and rhythm, personal space camp addresses the complex issue of respect for another person s physical boundaries. Told from Louis perspective, this story is a must-have resource for parents, teachers, and counselors who want to communicate the idea of personal space in a manner that connects with kids.
release date: Jan 01, 2008
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A Bad Case of Tattle Tongue
Josh the Tattler doesn't have any friends. He tattles on his classmates, on his brother, and even on his dog! He tattles so much that he wakes up one night to find that his tongue is yellow, unusually long, and covered in bright purple spots! Will a bad case of Tattle Tongue teach him a lesson? A Bad Case of Tattle Tongue gives teachers and counselors a humorous, cleverly creative way to address the time-consuming tattling-related issues that often sap classroom energy and thwart teaching opportunities. Parents who "battle the tattle" at home, on the playground, in the grocery store, or anywhere else, can use this book to both entertain and enlighten their children about "The Tattle Rules." Every adult that desires to help children understand the differences between unnecessary tattling and the necessity of warning others about important matters needs this book!
release date: Jan 01, 2006
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My Mouth Is a Volcano!
All of Louis thoughts are very important to him. In fact, his thoughts are so important to him that when he has something to say, his words begin to wiggle, and then they do the jiggle, then his tongue pushes all of his important words up against his teeth and he erupts, or interrupts others. His mouth is a volcano! My Mouth Is A Volcano takes an empathetic approach to the habit of interrupting and teaches children a witty technique to capture their rambunctious thoughts and words for expression at an appropriate time. Told from Louis' perspective, this story provides parents, teachers, and counselors with an entertaining way to teach children the value of respecting others by listening and waiting for their turn to speak.
release date: Sep 01, 2001
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How to Be a Friend
Find out: * who can be your friend * how to show someone you would like to be friends * how to handle bosses and bullies * the best ways to be a friend and ways not to be a friend * ways to settle an argument with a friend.
release date: Aug 12, 2008
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Chipo's Gift
Chipo, an inquisitive mopani worm from South Africa, takes a chance and follows her dreams. As her curiosity leads her down an unexpected path, the lesson Chipo learns will speak to children of all ages. This read-aloud tale encourages children to see the world through a different pair of eyes and to acquire a unique view of Chipo's life. A portion of the proceeds from each book sale will be donated to Beautiful Gate Ministries in Lesotho, South Africa.
release date: Jan 01, 2004
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Kiss Good Night
Sam goes all by himself to deliver treats to his friends in an endearing new tale from the creators of the NEW YORK TIMES bestseller KISS GOOD NIGHT and DON'T YOU FEEL WELL, SAM?

"Little ones will find this both a suitable precursor to nap time and a spur to be brave and act generously — just like Sam." — BOOKLIST
release date: May 18, 2006
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A Frog Thing
Frank wasn't satisfied doing ordinary frog things. He wanted to fly, but he was a frog and frogs can't fly. Follow along as Frank jumps and runs and leaps and dives until he finally finds his place in the pond. The companion book on cd will transport you and your child into Frank's world with sound effects and wonderful performances by children and adults.
release date: Apr 24, 2008
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On Those Runaway Days
Here's help for all adults who want to talk to young children about personal safety. Written by an expert in child safety, this full-color picture book teaches kids (and helps adults reinforce) seven important rules to personal safety in a nonthreatening way. It covers topics like safe versus harmful secrets, safe versus harmful touches, and the importance of having a community of trusted adults to turn to for help. Emphasizing the “check-in” rule and teaching kids to trust their gut instincts, this book gives children the knowledge and confidence they need to make smart choices about their personal safety every day.
release date: Nov 01, 2004
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The Way I Feel
The zany characters who sniffle, soar and shriek through this book will help kids understand the concept of such emotions as joy, disappointment, boredom and anger. "The Way I Feel" will also show kids how to express their feelings with words.

This delightful book is used in homes, classrooms, literacy programs and pediatric clinics across the country. "Finally we have a resource which teaches children how to articulate what they feel," wrote a health educator.

The imaginative illustrations and superbly crafted verses are sensitive and free of bias and slang.

release date: Apr 01, 1990
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Stick Up for Yourself!
STICK UP FOR YOURSELF! WINNER! The National Parenting Center SEAL OF APPROVAL EVERY KID'S GUIDE TO PERSONAL POWER AND POSITIVE SELF-ESTEEM. Have you ever been picked on at school, bossed around, blamed for things you didn't do, or treated unfairly? Do you sometimes feel frustrated, angry, powerless, and scared? Do wish you could stick up for yourself, but you don't know how? This book can help. In simple words and real-life examples, it shows you how to stick up for yourself with other kids (including bullies and teasers), big sisters and brothers, even parents and teachers. It tells you things you can say without putting people down, and things you can do without getting into trouble. You'll feel better about yourself, stronger inside, and more in charge of your life. You'll also learn about yourself and what's important to you. You'll find out about your feelings, needs, and dreams for the future. You'll see that you're responsible for your own behavior and your own feelings - nobody else's. You'll learn positive ways to deal with strong feelings like anger, fear, jealousy, and shame. And you'll discover simple ways to ''store'' happiness and pride for times when you need them the most. First published in 1990, this book has helped countless kids build self-esteem and be more assertive. It can give you the power to stick up for yourself, be true to yourself, and feel secure and confident inside - no matter what. Gershen Kaufman, Ph.D., is Professor Emeritus at Michigan State University and the author of several books. Lev Raphael, Ph.D., is a prize-winning author of dozens of novels and short stories. Pamela Espeland has authored and coauthored many books for children and adults.
release date: Apr 24, 2008
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I DOUBLE Dare You!
From the author of Adventures at Walnut Grove: A Lesson about Teasing comes a tale about taking responsibility for your own actions. Silly and Sassy come to Walnut Grove to visit their cousin Sammy. Silly and Sassy are always getting into trouble. They play hide 'n seek, have frog races, and play dare or double dare. How does this lead to jumping off a bridge? Read I DOUBLE Dare You! to find out how everyone learns that it's not always wise to follow your friends.
release date: Sep 15, 2007
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release date: Jan 01, 2007
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Do Unto Otters

"Do not do to others that which would anger you if others did it to you."―Socrates (the Greek philosopher), circa 470-399 B.C.

Mr. Rabbit's new neighbors are Otters.
But he doesn't know anything about otters. Will they get along? Will they be friends?
Just treat otters the same way you'd like them to treat you, advises Mr. Owl.

In her smart, playful style Laurie Keller highlights how to be a good friend and neighbor―simply follow the Golden Rule!

Do Unto Otters is a 2008 Bank Street - Best Children's Book of the Year.

release date: May 15, 2006
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Have You Filled a Bucket Today?
For more information on bucket filling and free downloadables and resources, visit simple prose and vivid illustrations, this heartwarming book encourages positive behavior as children see how rewarding it is to express daily kindness, appreciation, and love. Bucket filling and dipping are effective metaphors for understanding the effects of our actions and words on the well being of others and ourselves.

Winner of Sixteen Awards:

2007 - Best Children's Picture Book, Behavioral, Mom's Choice Awards
2007 - Best Children's Picture Book, Writer's Digest Self-Published Book Awards
2007 - Best Children's Picture Book, DIY Book Festival
2007 - Best Children's Picture Book,
2007 - Top 10 Children's Books, Best You Can Be Foundation
2007 - Honorable Mention, Children's Books, London Book Festival
2008 - Silver Medal, Children's/Young Adult Non-Fiction Books, Nautilus Book Awards
2008 - Best Children's Interest Book, NABE Pinnacle Book Achievement Awards
2011 - First Place, Educational/Instructional Books, Purple Dragonfly Book Awards
2012 - Winner, Children's Books, Southern California Book Festival
2012 - Winner, Children's Books, 9th Annual Learning Magazine's Teacher's Choice Awards
2013 - Honorable Mention, Children's Books, The Great Southwest Book Festival
2013 - Honorable Mention, Children's Books, The Great Northwest Book Festival
2013 - Winner, Children's Books, The Great Southeast Book Festival
2013 - Honorable Mention, Children's Books, Hollywood Book Festival
2015 - Honorable Mention, Children's Books, The Great Midwest Book Festival

Additional Honors:
2012 - Top Ten Most Inspirational Children's Book, Children's Book Guide
release date: Jun 15, 2007
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Adventures at Walnut Grove
Sammy's feelings are hurt when he is called raccoon eyes. Sammy knows that name-calling is not nice, but his friends have a valuable lesson to learn. The name-caller soon becomes the one being teased. Adventures at Walnut Grove is a story about friends that learn to treat others as they would like to be treated.
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