by Samantha Berger (2013, Little, Brown,
He may look like any ordinary boy, but when faced with a rainy day, a melting popsicle, or an early bedtime, one little boy transforms into a mumbling, grumbling Crankenstein. When Crankenstein meets his match in a fellow Crankenstein, the results could be catastrophic--or they could be just what he needs to brighten his day! Color. Grades PreK-3. [9” x 12”...40 pages]
by Cheri Meiners (2013, Free Spirit,
George is a regular kid having a bad day. He woke up sleepy, skipped breakfast, and then nearly missed his bus. But when Joy, the bus driver, puts on the brakes and invites him on board, his attitude starts to change. Joy helps George understand that he has the power to choose his attitude. This book is an illustrated adaptation of the bestselling business fable, "The Energy Bus." It teaches children the benefits of staying positive. Color. Grades K-5. [11” x 9”...40 pages]
The Energy Bus for Kids: A Story About Staying Positive and Overcoming Challenges
by Jon Gordon (2012, Wiley,
George is a regular kid having a bad day. He woke up sleepy, skipped breakfast, and then nearly missed his bus. But when Joy, the bus driver, puts on the brakes and invites him on board, his attitude starts to change. Joy helps George understand that he has the power to choose his attitude. This book is an illustrated adaptation of the bestselling business fable, "The Energy Bus." It teaches children the benefits of staying positive. Color. Grades K-5. [11” x 11”...48 pages]
Better Than You
by Trudy Ludwig (2011, Knopf, 15.99/hardback)
Jake's bragging is really starting to get to his neighbor Tyler. Tyler can't show Jake a basketball move, a school assignment, or a new toy without Jake saying he can do better. Tyler starts to wonder: Is something wrong with him? Is he really such a loser? Is Jake really better than him at everything? Or is Jake the one with the problem? With the help of his uncle Kevin, Tyler begins to understand that Jake's bragging has nothing to do with Tyler's own abilities...and that puffing yourself up leaves little room for friends. Color. Grades K-5. [8.5” x 10"...32 pages]
by Debbie Wagenbach (2009, Magination Press,
What can you do when the grouchies take hold? How can you keep a bad mood at bay? With funny rhymes and a silly chant, this book shows kids simple and fun ways to turn around grouchy moods. But most of all, kids will understand how their mood and negativity can affect their family and friends, and really get in the way of having a good day. An extensive "Note to Parents" further explains the child's experience and provides parents with easy-to-apply tips and tools for helping kids when a grumpy day comes along. Color. Grades PreK-5. [10” x 8”...32 pages]
Tiger-Tiger, Is It True?: Four Questions to Make You Smile Again
by Byron Katie (2009, Hay House,
This story is about a little tiger who thinks that his whole world is falling apart: his parents don't love him, his friends have abandoned him, and life is unfair. But a wise turtle asks him four questions, and everything changes. He realizes that all his problems are not caused by things, but by his "thoughts" about things; and that when he questions his thoughts, life becomes wonderful again. This is a heartwarming story with a powerful message that can transform the lives of even very young children. Byron Katie's wisdom-filled words and Hans Wilhelm's vivid, magical illustrations combine to make a book that will become one of the classics of children's literature. Color. Grades K-5 (actually all ages). [9” x 10”...32 pages]
Bad Attitude: A Sure Way to Look Rather Silly!
Compiled by Dave Craig (2004, Paperbacks for Educators,
You know the kind. It's all about them. They claim the right
to be belligerent; and end up looking and sounding ridiculous.
Grades 3-8. [7” x 8.5”...40 pages]
Attitude Quotes, Quips, & Cartoons: First Aid for Dour Dispositions, K-12
by Dave & Nancy Craig (2014, Paperbacks For Educators, 9.95)
The focus of this collection is on using sage quips, quotes, and
cartoons to change negative attitudes.
The 450+ quips and quotes, and the 22 cartoons focus on
how attitude infuses every part of the lives of students.
The main body of the book is organized around 46 attitude
categories. Here you will find words and phrases to plant.
Some will likely germinate fairly soon. Some will take more
time. Regardless, your efforts will impact students for years to come. Grades K-12. [7” x 8.5”...90
No Excuses!: How What You Say Can Get in Your Way
by Wayne Dyer
(2009, Hay House, 14.95)
This book demonstrates how excuses go far beyond "my dog ate my homework," and can actually become words that prevent your students from reaching their potential. The book follows a boy with a seemingly impossible dream who almost lets excuses ("I'm not smart enough"…"It's too hard," and so on) get in his way. He discovers, as will your students, that by following a few simple ideas and eliminating excuses…anything is possible. Color. Grades K-3. [9.5” x 11.5”...32
I Just Don't Like the Sound of No!
by Julia Cook (2011, Boys Town Press,
"No" is RJs least favorite word... and he tries his best to convince his dad, his mom, and his teacher to turn "No" into "Maybe" or "Well see" or "Later" or "I'll think about it." Even though he doesn't have much success, RJ learns how to accept "No" for an answer and to disagree appropriately with his teacher and parents. Also, he can add his name to the club's Star Board. RJ finds that lots of praise, and some rewards, come his way when he uses these skills the right way. Color. Grades K-6. [9” x 9”...32 pages]
Smile a Lot!
by Nancy Carlson (2002, Carolrhoda Books,
A determined, grinning green frog stars in this encouraging lesson about the power of positive thinking: "Life has all sorts of ups and downs./ That's why you should always smile a lot!" In Carlson's signature style, a framed panel introduces the pajama-clad amphibian against a busy orange and yellow backdrop; opposite, the titular advice ("Smile a Lot!") and a persuasive argument ("It's much easier than complaining") introduces an example in action. Color. Grades K-3. [8” x 10”...32 pages]
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