by Coach John Wooden (2003, Perfection Learning, 15.95/hardback)
Inch and Miles have one last assignment before summer vacation begins. Their wise teacher gives Inch (a worm) and Miles (a mouse) a magic whistle that shows them the "blocks" on the pyramid of success: Confidence, Team Spirit, Self-Control, Loyalty, and so forth. Using a magic silver whistle, Inch and Miles set out on a journey to discover the meaning of success and learn how to try 100 percent to be their personal best. Color. Grades PreK-3. [11” x 9”...32 pages]
Winners Never Quit!
by Mia Hamm (2004, HarperCollins, 6.99)
Mia loves playing soccer until she has trouble scoring a goal when her team is about to lose. Before she can lose, she quits. Fed up with her attitude, Mia's brothers and sisters will not let her play with them anymore. This motivating story from America's soccer champion shows kids that winners never quit. Color. Grades K-3. [10.5” x 9.5”...32 pages]
Incredible You!: 10 Ways to Let Your Greatness Shine Through
by Wayne Dyer (2005, Hay House, 14.95/hardback)
Inspiring rhymes and vibrant illustrations combine to show young children the importance of self-confidence and happiness. Based on Dr. Dyer's best-selling inspirational book for adults, "10 Secrets for Success and Inner Peace." Color. Grades PreK-2. [10” x 9”...32 pages]
Buzzy the Bumblebee
by Denise Brennan-Nelson (2003, Sleeping Bear Press, 6.95)
Sitting in a beautiful garden, high atop a flower, the impressionable
Buzzy reads in his book, Learn to Fly, the very true fact that, "bumblebees
weren't made to fly." He reads it over and over again, "Bumblebees
weren't made to fly." Color. Grades K-3. [9” x
Salt in His Shoes: Michael Jordan in Pursuit of a Dream
by Deloris Jordan (2000, Simon & Schuster, 7.99)
This heartwarming picture book, written by the superstar's
mother and sister, tells the story of Jordan's childhood fear
of not being tall enough to play basketball, and how his mother
lifted his spirits by telling her son that salt in his shoes
would help him grow. Color. Grades K-5. [9.5” x 12”...32
I Knew You Could: A Book for All the Stops in Your Life
by Craig Dorfman (2003, Platt & Munk, 11.99/hardback)
"The Little Engine That Could" advises how to find
one's own track, handle life's ups and downs, and even face the
dark tunnels that can make one frightened or sad. This inspirational
retelling presents enlightening words of wisdom for graduates
of all ages as they make the transition from one phase of life
to the next. Color. A children's book for all ages. [10” x
I Feel Bored
by Brian Moses (1999, Sundance Publishing, 7.50)
How boredom often causes students to get into trouble. The
author also notes several ways that children bore others. Color.
Grades K-3. [7.5” x
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
Try and Stick with It
by Cheri Meiners (2004, Free Spirit, 10.95)
It's hard to try new things—for adults as well as children.
It's even harder to stay the course when something is more difficult
than we thought it would be, or when things don't work out the
way we hopped. Yet flexibility and perseverance are essential
to success in all areas of life, at all ages and stages. This
book introduces children to the benefits of trying something
new and the basics of stick-to-it-iveness. Includes suggestions
adults can use to reinforce the ideas and skills being taught.
Color. Grades PreK-3. [9” x
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