A Ball for Daisy by Chris Raschka (Illustrator)Winner of the 2012 Randolph Caldecott Medal This New York Times Bestseller and New York Times Best Illustrated Book relates a story about love and loss as only Chris Rashcka can tell it. Any child who has ever had a beloved toy break will relate to Daisy's anguish when her favorite ball is destroyed by a bigger dog. In the tradition of his nearly wordless picture book Yo! Yes?, Caldecott Medalist Chris Raschka explores in pictures the joy and sadness that having a special toy can bring. Raschka's signature swirling, impressionistic illustrations and his affectionate story will particularly appeal to young dog lovers and teachers and parents who have children dealing with the loss of something special. From the Hardcover edition.
Call Number: Floor 1 PS 3568 .A64 B35 2011
Publication Date: 2011-05-10
The Boy Who Didn't Want to Be Sad by Robert GoldblattThere once was a boy who didn't want to be sad. He tries to eliminate sources of sadness: toys (they can get broken), pets (they can't live forever), friends (what if they don't call?), even his family (sometimes they get mad at him). Ultimately, he realizes that all sources of sadness are also sources of happiness, and reclaims them all.
Call Number: Floor 1, PS 3607.O4527 B68 2004t
Publication Date: 2004-01-01
A Child's Garden by Michael Foreman (Illustrator)For a boy in a warravaged world, nurturing a fragile vine has far reaching effects in this simple, universal fable of hope and connection. A little boy’s home has been reduced to ruin and rubble, and now a wire fence and soldiers separate him from the streams and hills he once visited with his father. But the boy sees a tiny speck of green peeping up toward the sunlight, and he quietly begins to coax it with water and care. What sort of promise can a vine’s spreading tendrils bring to a bleak landscape? A beautifully illustrated tale of healing and renewal from a world-acclaimed children’s book creator, A Child’s Garden pays gentle tribute to the human spirit.
Call Number: Floor 1, PR 6056.O673 C49 2009
Publication Date: 2009-05-12
Courage by Bernard Waber (Illustrator)What is courage? Certainly it takes courage for a firefighter to rescue someone trapped in a burning building, but there are many other kinds of courage too. Everyday kinds that normal, ordinary people exhibit all the time, like "being the first to make up after an argument," or "going to bed without a nightlight." Bernard Waber explores the many varied kinds of courage and celebrates the moments, big and small, that bring out the hero in each of us.
Hope Is an Open Heart by Lauren ThompsonWe've all had days when hope feels far away, when the world seems cold and dark. Thankfully, comfort can come to us in many ways, as it does in this very special book. Lauren Thompson's luminous text, paired with breathtaking photographs from around the world, provides an uplifting introduction to the meaning of hope. Speaking to people of all ages, across all cultures, these words and images celebrate loving families, caring friends, small kindnesses, and great inner strength. Through this book, we can see hope reach around the world, and feel its power to change us all.
Call Number: Floor 2, French Collection, PS 8645.A884 B8314 2015
Publication Date: 2015
Michael Rosen's Sad Book by Michael Rosen; Quentin Blake (Illustrator)With unmitigated honesty, a touch of humor, and sensitive illustrations by Quentin Blake, Michael Rosen explores the experience of sadness in a way that resonates with us all. Sometimes I'm sad and I don't know why. It's just a cloud that comes along and covers me up. Sad things happen to everyone, and sometimes people feel sad for no reason at all. What makes Michael Rosen sad is thinking about his son, Eddie, who died suddenly at the age of eighteen. In this book the author writes about his sadness, how it affects him, and some of the things he does to cope with it--like telling himself that everyone has sad stuff (not just him) and trying every day to do something he can be proud of. Expressively illustrated by the extraordinary Quentin Blake, this is a very personal story that speaks to everyone, from children to parents to grandparents, teachers to grief counselors. Whether or not you have known what it's like to feel deeply sad, the truth of this book will surely touch you.
Call Number: Floor 1, PR 6068 .O68 M53 2005
Publication Date: 2005-02-03
My Blue Is Happy by Jessica Young; Cátia Chien (Illustrator)What is your blue like? A lyrical ode to colors -- and the unique ways we experience them -- follows a little girl as she explores the world with her family and friends. Your neighbor says red is angry like a dragon's breath, but you think it's brave like a fire truck. Or maybe your best friend likes pink because it's pretty like a ballerina's tutu, but you find it annoying -- like a piece of gum stuck on your shoe. In a subtle, child-friendly narrative, art teacher and debut author Jessica Young suggests that colors may evoke as many emotions as there are people to look at them -- and opens up infinite possibilities for seeing the world in a wonderful new way.
Call Number: Floor 1, PS 8647 .O63 M93 2013
Publication Date: 2013-08-06
My Many Colored Days by Dr. Seuss; Stephen T. Johnson (Illustrator); Lou Fancher (Illustrator)Accompanying a manuscript Dr. Seuss wrote in 1973, was a letter outlining his hopes of finding "a great color artist who will not be dominated by me." The late Dr. Seuss saw his original text about feelings and moods as part of the "first book ever to be based on beautiful illustrations and sensational color." The quest for an artist finally ended--after the manuscript languished for more than two decades--at the paint brushes of husband-and-wife team Steve Johnson and Lou Fancher whose stunning, expressive paintings reveal such striking images as a bright red horse kicking its heels, a cool and quiet green fish, a sad and lonely purple dinosaur, and an angrily howling black wolf. Using a spectrum of vibrant colors and a menagerie of animals, this unique book does for the range of human moods and emotions what Oh, the Places You'll Go! does for the human life cycle. Here is a wonderful way for parents to talk with children about their feelings. With Johnson and Fancher's atmospheric, large-scale paintings bursting off the pages, Dr. Seuss's vision is brought to life. This rare and beautiful book is bound to appeal to both the innocent young and the most sophisticated seniors.
Call Number: Floor 1, PS3513 .E2 M92 1996
Publication Date: 1996-08-20
Noni Is Nervous by Heather Hartt-Sussman; Geneviève Côté (Illustrator)A unique hardcover picture book suitable for two to five year olds, Noni is Nervous is the story of a lovely little girl is worried about many things. Noni finds a way to control her nerves and work through her anxiety, making life much more bearable for everyone! Noni finds a friend, someone a little more outgoing than herself, and discovers that through friendship, she can belong and succeed in a world that once filled her with dread.
The Red Tree by Shaun Tan (Illustrator)When a child awakens with dark leaves drifting into her bedroom, she feels that sometimes the day begins with nothing to look forward to, and things go from bad to worse. Feelings too complex for words are rendered into an imaginary landscape where the child wanders, oblivious to the glimmer of promise in the shape of a tiny red leaf. Everything seems hopeless until the child returns to her room and sees the red tree. At that perfect moment of beauty and purity, the child smiles and her world stirs anew. Tan's imaginary landscape is rendered in beautiful full-colour illustrations.
Call Number: Floor 1, PR 9619.3.T27 R43 2003
Publication Date: 2003-04-15
Sam's Pet Temper by Sangeeta Bhadra; Marion Arbona (Illustrator)The hero of this picture book, Sam, has to wait for everything on the playground one day, and this makes him mad. He got madder and madder until he was the maddest he had ever been in his whole life. And then, suddenly, an unusual thing appears. It runs around, shoving and tripping and pinching and stomping, until all the other children have run away. It was hanging upside down from the monkey bars, grinning at him. Sam had never seen anything like it before, but he knew what it was. It was a Temper. At first, having a pet Temper is fun. But before long, the Temper starts causing trouble for Sam. And eventually, Sam comes to the realization that his Temper is something he needs to learn to control. This funny but poignant title by Sangeeta Bhadra offers a perfect representation of just how frustrated and angry small children can get when circumstances in their lives make them feel helpless. Though never heavy-handed, Bhadra also manages to convey what the consequences can be when that anger takes over a child's behavior. The quirky yet stunning illustrations by Marion Arbona keep the emotional focus on the Temper, as a way to help children identify that their anger is not who they are. The emphasis on feelings makes this a terrific tie-in for character education lessons on self-discipline and taking responsibility for your actions, as well as on patience and perseverance when solving your own problems.
Call Number: Floor 1, PS 8603 .H33 S24 2014
Publication Date: 2014-09-01
Should I be sad? by Sandra Keller ; illustrated by Dave MacDougallThis is the story of a six-year-old boy who lives alone with his mom because his father was imprisoned before he was born. Despite the fact that this is the only arrangement the boy has ever known, he still struggles with the fact that his father is absent. Follow the boy as he tries to decide if he should indeed be sad without a dad.
Taking a Bath with the Dog and Other Things That Make Me Happy by Scott Menchin (Illustrator)From celebrated illustrator Scott Menchin comes a wise and witty meditation on the true secret to happiness. What do you do when it seems as if nothing will make you happy? For one little girl, it's a good time to take a survey, from subjects including a quick little rabbit (running around in a wheel), a balding gent (counting rings on a tree), a snazzy centipede (shoes, lots of shoes), and other sundry characters. Enlivened by his whimsical characters, Scott Menchin's amusing story shows us that just doing what we love to do best can bring the biggest smiles of all.
Call Number: Floor 1, PS3563.E48 T35t 2007
Publication Date: 2007-06-12
Today I Feel Silly and Other Moods That Make My Day by Jamie Lee Curtis; Laura Cornell (Illustrator)From the #1 New York Times bestselling team of Jamie Lee Curtis and Laura Cornell, Today I Feel Silly helps children understand and appreciate their shifting moods. Jamie Lee Curtis's zany and touching verse, paired with Laura Cornell's whimsical and original illustrations, helps kids explore, identify, and, even have fun with their ever-changing moods. Silly, cranky, excited, or sad--everyone has moods that can change each day. And that's okay! Follow the boisterous, bouncing protagonist as she explores her moods and how they change from day to day.
Catch a falling star by Gayle Grass ; with illustrations by Coral NaultIn "Catch a Falling Star" a young boy named Fish begins to experience feelings of anxiety and confusion. It feels like his brain is very busy and noisy. Fish feels scared when this happens and it gets worse when he goes to school. Fish meets Iris the Dragon and learns techniques to help him relax and understand that his parents and doctors can help. This is a story about a boy who has a variety of symptoms that could be considered ‘red flags’ in a child’s emotional and social development.
I Have Squirrels in My Belly by Trish Hammond; Chuck McIntosh (Contribution by)"I have squirrels in my belly, Mom. There are two of them, I'm sure of it " The two mischievous squirrels that live inside Timothy love to make his heart race and his stomach lurch - all day long. This leaves Timothy with anxious feelings that never go away and sometimes cause him to make poor choices. One day, when Timothy gets some bad news at school, the squirrels get excited and do their best to mess with Timothy's insides. However; by using a few simple strategies, Timothy is able to show the squirrels that he's boss, and able to keep his anxiety under control....
Scaredy Squirrel by Mélanie Watt (Illustrator)The first book in the Scaredy Squirrel series is a comical story of an endearing squirrel who learns what can happen when he's brave enough to take a risk. Scaredy Squirrel never leaves his nut tree. It's way too dangerous out there. Scaredy Squirrel remains prepared with an emergency kit which includes antibacterial soap, Band-Aids and a parachute. But day, his worst nightmare comes true! Scaredy suddenly finds himself out of his tree! But as Scaredy Squirrel leaps into the unknown, he discovers something really uplifting...
Call Number: Floor 1, PS 8645 .A884 S28 2008
Publication Date: 2008-03-01
Sometimes My Mommy Gets Angry by Bebe Moore Campbell; E. B. Lewis (Illustrator)Some mornings, Annie's mother's smiles are as bright as sunshine as she makes pancakes for breakfast and helps Annie get ready for school. But other days, her mother doesn't smile at all and gets very angry. Those days Annie has to be a big girl and make her own breakfast, and even put herself to bed at night. But Annie's grandma helps her remember what to do when her mommy isn't well, and her silly friends are there to cheer her up. And no matter what, Annie knows that even when Mommy is angry on the outside, on the inside she never stops loving her.
A Terrible Thing Happened by Margaret M. Holmes; Cary Pillo (Illustrator); Sasha J. Mudlaff (Afterword by)Sherman Smith saw the most terrible thing happen. At first he tried to forget about it, but soon something inside him started to bother him. He felt nervous for no reason. Sometimes his stomach hurt. He had bad dreams. And he started to feel angry and do mean things, which got him in trouble. Then he met Ms. Maple, who helped him talk about the terrible thing that he had tried to forget. Now Sherman is feeling much better. This gently told and tenderly illustrated story is for children who have witnessed any kind of violent or traumatic episode, including physical abuse, school or gang violence, accidents, homicide, suicide, and natural disasters such as floods or fire. An afterword by Sasha J. Mudlaff written for parents and other caregivers offers extensive suggestions for helping traumatized children, including a list of other sources that focus on specific events.
Call Number: Floor 1, PS 3558 .O363 T47 2000t
Publication Date: 2000-02-15
Death, Grief, and Healing
Saying Goodbye to Lulu by Corinne Demas; Ard Hoyt (Illustrator, Translator)young girl and her spunky dog, Lulu, are faithful companions from the very start. As Lulu ages and slows down, they are unable to do all the things they love to do together-like mucking in streams and playing ball.When the time comes to say goodbye to Lulu, the caring little girl doesn't know how. She must come to terms with Lulu's death, and learn how to honor a loved one while moving on with her life. The appealing, expressive illustrations are an uplifting match for a serious topic. This sweet and timeless story will touch readers young and old, especially anyone who has ever experienced a loss.