A young boy notices as his neighbors stop interacting, the colors around them are slowly fading. Then a thunderstorm sweeps away the last hints of bluebird skies and lemon popsicle days, leaving a rift in the road. As the adults around him move on, the boy dreams of the way life once was. So he sets out to change things. With vibrant artwork that shifts from full-color to grayscale and back again, this is a story of a community lost and rediscovered-and how one child’s actions can make all the difference.
There are lots of ways to help the world go around. Some people collect the trash. Some stock grocery shelves. Some drive buses and trains. Some delivery our mail. And some people write letters. One tiny act of kindness can have a huge impact. And in this heartwarming, hopeful, absolutely true story, a simple letter written by 11 years-old girl does just that. >>>On the last page, found a letter to you from the author.
It’s about the American flag and the country of the USA. A spare, poetic text has inspired the gorgeous paintings by the acclaimed Kadir Nelson. His artwork brings with iconic American imagery, including majestic landscapes and the beauty and diversity of its people. >>> Kadir Nelson’s books in SHI collection.
What happens when Baby gives her mom a smile? Mommy passes it on! And that’s how one smile begins an upbeat journey, making stops at different places along the way until it links a whole community together and finally comes back home again.
By Emily Pearson, Illustrated by Fumi Kusaka ( Gibbs Smith – 2002 )
Mary, an ordinary girl, from ordinary school stumbles upon ordinary blueberries on her way to her ordinary house. When she decides to pick them for her neighbor, Mrs. Bishop, she starts a chain reaction that multiplies around the world. When Mrs. Bishop made muffins from Mary’s blueberries, Mrs. Bishop shared them with five people and made them smile, and those five did, too, and after a while – in only sixteen days -love was sent to every person everywhere! How it went? The page of mathematical proof will help to understand.
When a girl finds a fallen star, she wants to keep it for herself, but she knows the star needs her to help it shine. Still, it slowly grows smaller and dimmer. Maybe she’s not a good starkeeper. The girl thinks of giving away the vanishing star, but then it points the way to a place that needs kindness. As the girl’s loving gesture leads to another,,,and another, the star begins to brighten and shine for all to see.
The first big snow of the season is here. Enjoy all the fun activities the snow brings. Bundle up and race outside to build a snowman, make snow angels, and go slendding with friends. At the end of the day, head back inside and warm up with hot chocolate. A perfect rhyming read-aloud for anyone who delights in snow.
This beautiful picture book looks at how the simple act of being kind, to others and oneself, affects all aspects of a child’s life. >>>The author, Monique Gray Smith is a mixed heritage woman of Cree, Lakota and Scottish ancestry. Monique Gray Smith’s books in SHI collection.
By Norton Juster, Illustrated G. Brian Karas (Schwartz & Wade Books – 2011)
A new block, a new house, and a new boy who doesn’t know anyone at all. The boy wonders along the street, deep in thought, until he makes a deccision, stop, and at the top of his voice calles out NEVILL, again and again. Soon all the neigborhood kids have gathered to join in. But who is Neville? Does he live there? What’s he like? Everyone wants to know. The sun is getting low and the boy cames back to his new home. As the result, he thinks that’s the very good way to have new friends. Because everyone knows his name now.
By Jessie James, Illustrated by Catalina Echeverri ( New Frontier Publishing – 2021 )
Tom is a little boy who loves to explore. But one day, he hears the grown-ups talking about the monsters that live in the big wide world and he is too scared to explore anymore. Soon they build a giant wall to keep the monsters out. But life becomes dreary when you are cut off from the wonders of the world and Tom soon realizes there is a need to change…..