Choose Kind

These titles deliver thoughtful messages about the spirit of community, kindness, and goodness at an especially apt time when kids are returning to school. Watch for inspiring stories like these to reinforce the small acts of kindness that make a difference in acknowledging and appreciating the good in all of us.

"Wonder" by R. J. Palacio

"Maddi's Fridge" by Lois Brandt

"People" by Peter Spier

"Come with Me" by Holly McGhee

"Those Shoes" by Maribeth Boelts

"Each Kindness" by Jacqueline Woodson

"Last Stop on Market Street" by Matt de la Peña

"A Chair for My Mother" by Vera B. Williams

"Out of My Mind" by Sharon Draper

"Enemy Pie" by Derek Munson

"Because of Mr. Terupt" by Rob Buyeau


Work Hard, Play Nice, Stay Kind, and Read Books!

As the seasons turn and learning settings change from outdoor campgrounds to indoor classrooms, reading tastes tend to lean toward back-to-school fare. Here are some outstanding titles to make the summer-to-fall transition smooth for all ages. These choices keep students turning the pages of wonderful books that celebrate a special autumn occasion like returning to school.

"I'm Smart" by Kate McMullan

"School's First Day of School" by Adam Rex

"Frindle" by Andrew Clements

"A New School Year: Stories in Six Voices" by Sally Derby

"Third Grade Angels" by Jerry Spinelli

"How to Get Your Teacher Ready" by Jean Reagan

"I'm New Here" by Anne Sibley O'Brien

"The Teacher's Pet" by Anica Mrose Rissi

"Sideways Stories from Wayside School" by Louis Sachar

"Second Grade Holdout" by Audrey Vernick

"David Goes to School" by David Shannon

"The World According to Humphrey" by Betty Birney

"First Grade, Here I Come" by Tony Johnston

"Amber Brown Goes Fourth" by Paula Danziger


Best Beach Books

Allthough kids might not actually read at the beach, they can still enjoy some good beach books this summer, including the titles shown here.

"Uncorker of Ocean Bottles" by Michelle Cuevas

"Jabari Jumps" by Gaia Cornwall

"And Then Comes Summer" by Tom Brenner

"Surf's Up" by Kwamee Alexander

"Pool" by Jihyeon Lee

"Seashore" by Alain Gree

"House for Hermit Crab" by Eric Carle

"Rainbow Fish" by Marcus Pfister

"Harry by the Sea" by Gene Zion

"Peanut Butter and Jellyfish" by Jarrett Krosoczka

"Swimmy" by Leo Lionni

"Octopus's Garden" by Ringo Starr

"Storm Whale" by Benji Davies

"Seashore: Explore the World of Shells, Sea Animals, and Shore Plants" by DK