Books by Theme
Being brave is hard. But it's also empowering! The imaginative, encouraging, and sometimes humorous stories in this book list can help young children learn to acknowledge and conquer their fears. These books are great for reading together and talking about.
Harley is loner who just can't seem to get
along with the other llamas. But a shepherd who needs to protect his flock from coyotes sees something else in
Harley. Harley not only befriends the sheep, he becomes a loveable animal hero in this short but informative and captivating book.
How Ben Franklin Stole the Lightning
Benjamin Franklin was amazing. He was a musician, a
printer, a cartoonist, a shopkeeper, an inventor and
more. He figured out how to solve many problems
including how to steal lightening from the sky to
prevent it from starting fires in Colonial towns. Conversational text and lighthearted illustrations
introduce this early American hero to a new generation.
The son of superhero parents, Max is frustrated when even his cape and encouragement from his parents aren't enough to help him learn to fly. But everything changes on the day he saves a
baby bird and discovers that he, too, is a hero.
Gently lined and colored illustrations depict slightly
frumpy, appealing, characters in this engaging and
Minnie and Moo and the Musk of Zorro
Bovine buddies Minnie and Moo are inspired after
reading about Zorro. Moo decides that there are just
not enough heroes and so she and her friend don disguises to become Juanita del Zorro del Moo and
Delores del Zorro del Minnie. The heroic team set off to save the
chickens and the farmer, providing lots of laughs
along the way. Young readers will enjoy
this installment of the humorous series about two
loveable, laughable, and valiant cows.
New York's Bravest
When others ran from trouble, eight foot tall Mose Humphreys ran toward it as an extraordinary New York City firefighter. This larger-than-life story is actually a tall tale, an urban legend based on a real firefighter who lived in the 1840s. Text and illustration combine to create a fast-paced celebration of heroism and the man who earned the gratitude of an entire city.
The “chubby champion” of the title is brightly
colored, larger than life and very heroic! In fact,
“If Mount Fuji blows its stack, If a monster should
attack, Don't just hide inside your house! Give a
call for Sumo Mouse!" Illustrations of cutout paper,
placed in an almost comic book format, move this
humorous parody along.
Talkin' About Bessie: The Story of Aviator Elizabeth Coleman
After aviator Elizabeth "Bessie" Coleman is lost in a plane crash, those who knew her celebrate her life. Different voices come alive in small portraits and beautifully crafted full-page scenes as individuals tell stories in free verse to present Bessie's unusual and heroic story. A biographical note extends the introduction to this early aviator.
Tasty Baby Belly Buttons
Uriko is small but brave, determined, and smart. In
fact, she saves the town’s children when they are
kidnapped by hungry oni, the ogres of Japanese lore whose
favorite food is baby belly buttons. This lively
retelling of a traditional Japanese folktale reads
aloud well and is complemented by the illustrations, which
call to mind the tale's Asian origin.
The Adventures of Sparrowboy
Mild-mannered paperboy Henry collides with a sparrow and turns into Sparrowboy just like his hero, Falconman a superhero who not only delivers the paper but also helps out the neighborhood. When Henry returns from his comic-strip fantasy, things seem just a bit better than before.
They Called Her Molly Pitcher
When her husband followed George Washington into battle during the war for independence, Mary "Molly" Hays followed her husband, gaining the name Molly Pitcher by carrying water to the thirsty men on the battlefield. When she took up her wounded husband's position firing the cannon, a legend was born. The illustrations depict sturdy figures and fierce battles in this dramatic account.
In 1925, dogsled teams braved a blizzard to carry much-needed diphtheria serum from Anchorage to a besieged Nome, Alaska. One remarkable husky, Togo, covered 350 of the 400 mile journey: this page-turning account dramatizes the exploits of this courageous canine.
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