Reading stories to a class that are less an adult view of children’s emotions and more a direct experience of those emotions sparks discussions of feelings that all the children share. These books validate the complexity of being human while being supported by a community of care.
Little cousin K.C. has really made a mess of Grady’s beloved stuffed bear–smeared him with peanut butter, dragged him through the dirt, even tried to feed him to the dog, a gut-wrenching horror. When Grandpa offers to fix the bear, Grady wonders if he really knows what he is doing.
It’s a hectic day for all the teddybears when they move to Green Street, but especially for Robert, for whom everything seems to go wrong and gets very upset.
[also called Dogger] One day Dog disappears and David is distraught. Several days later, Dog turns up at a neighborhood flea market/fair. His older sister Bella’s kindness and quick thinking that not only saves Dog, but saves the day. This is a truly heartwarming story showing generosity at its best.
A young boy finds a lost a bear and does everything he can to help the bear find its way back home. The boy attempts to use all his resources including a library. Finally when they read the bear’s home they waived goodbye but then the little boy realized he was lost now and the bear offered to help him find his home.
Once upon a time, there was a little old lady who was not afraid of anything! But one autumn night, while walking in the woods, the little old lady heard . . . clomp, clomp, shake, shake, clap, clap. And the little old lady who was not afraid of anything had the scare of her life!
After her first dance class Jessie anxiously waits for her mother to retrieve her after her first dance class. She does not observe the unexpected obstacles hampering her mother’s arrival that readers see and fears, “maybe she forgot.”
A boy who has torn holes in his cloth of dreams experiences nightmares at his grandmother’s house and must find his own courage in order to help her mend the cloth.
Pieced together from the “scraps of long-ago dress,” the button-eyed bunny Emma Bean is sent as a gift to the infant Molly. The illustrations give a sense of the myriad of emotions that seem to emanate from the toy rabbit.
Three baby owls, Sarah, Percy and Bill, wake up one night in their hole in a tree to find that their mother has gone.
The book is about an elderly woman, Rose, and her beautiful loyal sheepdog John Brown. A strange black cat visits each night. Rose longs for the cat to join them in their home, but John Brown won’t allow it. A simple tale conveys fears, loneliness, and jealousies from different perspectives.