Choose Kind

These titles deliver thoughtful messages about the spirit of community 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

"Good People Everywhere" by Linea Gillen

"Come with Me" by Holly McGhee

"Miss Rumphius" by Barbara Cooney

"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

"Most People" by Michael Leannah

"Out of My Mind" by Sharon Draper

"Enemy Pie" by Derek Munson

"Because of Mr. Terupt" by Rob Buyeau

"It's Your World: Be Informed, Be Inspired, and Get Going!" by Chelsea Clinton



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