The list author says: "This is a list of books that can be read, used for discussion, and as resources in the kindergarten through third grade classroom setting. I have chosen titles that can be used to address the different situations that may arise in the classroom, based on student’s social, emotional, and cultural differences. I believe having this type of book collection in the classroom, provides a group of books that can be used, when dealing or being faced with difficult and sometimes uncomfortable situations that children may be experiencing. If we can sit down and read to them and talk about the main point of the book, then we may be able to help children learn its okay to be different, express their emotions, and understand that they have a support group of people, by creating a safe and welcoming classroom environment."
"Many young children are faced with divorce in their lives. In the process, children tend to ask a lot of questions. Since it can be overwhelmingly difficult to explain divorce to young children, this book was written to answer these questions truthfully without doing any harm to parent/child relationships."
"The Stepkin stories are designed for young children and are to be read by a parent, teacher, counselor, or any other concerned adult. Each of the stories covers a particular aspect of divorce and provides helpful ways to find answers to the questions children have in the common about divorce."
"This book is designed to help children of divorce deal with their new, difficult, and conflicting emotions. This story is told by a young girl whose parents have just told her they are getting a divorce."
"This is the story of a little girl whose great-grandma has just died and she is seeking answers. With loving, confident, and ultimately uplifting answers, this story will teach those struggling, how to come together, feel closer to each other, and feel peace."
"This story is an honest portrayal of the difficulties faced by young children with attention deficit disorder (ADD). This story is used to help teach those who are suffering from ADD and others (who are not) more about the disorder in this simple and entertaining read-aloud story."
"In drawings and words, handicapped children from all over the world describe how they feel about being disabled. This is a good book for parents, teachers, counselors, and others; to use as a tool to increase the understanding of students with disabilities."
"Special People, Special Ways presents a positive image of persons with disabilities. It shares the message that even though each of us may have something different about us, we share many commonalities. The book conveys the message that although painful at times, being different can also be glorious."
"This is a true story about a penguin family living in the Central Park Zoo. Two male penguins, want to care for and nurture an egg. A zookeeper finally gives them the opportunity to raise a family. This book is a wonderful resource to discuss family differences based on a true story about two male penguins."
"All families are different and this book celebrates that. Mixed together with the differences among families are the ways they are alike: all like to hug each other, are sad when they lose someone they love, enjoy celebrating special days together, and can help each other to be strong."
"Children of divorced parents are sometimes confused or troubled when one parent decides to remarry. When a parent remarries, children sometimes experience feelings they cannot fully understand. This story also encourages boys and girls to understand that a parent who remarries will continue to love them and to look after them."
"This book has been designed to help explain inter-country adoption to young children. It has been designed for parents, teachers and social workers to read with children who have been adopted from a different country to the one they live in now."
"A sweet and sunny look at adoption, the story is framed as a much-loved and clearly much-requested family tale, and rings true from beginning to end. Combining wit with candor it addresses the logistics of adoption in a matter-of-fact manner that radiates love and reassurance."
"A young interracial boy wonders why people are labeled by the color of their skin. Seeing that people dream, feel, sing, smile and dance, regardless of their color and determine there should be more than black and white colors used to describe people."
"This book is about celebrating human connections, as it explains there are children all over the world who may look different, live in different homes and different climates, go to different schools, and speak in different tongues, but all children love, smile, laugh, and cry."
"In this story, each household the character visits represents a different ethnic heritage. All the families are either preparing or consuming dinner, and it is discovered that despite divergent backgrounds, "everybody cooks rice.”"
"This story is about an immigrant girl, from Hong Kong, who is having difficulty adjusting to the new language and culture at her new school in New York City. This story is about the cultural adjustment that is faced, by student’s who come to study in schools that do not speak or teach in their native tongue."
"Boo Boo Bear's Mission tells the story of a beloved teddy bear on an important mission. A young girl's father has been deployed to Iraq with the Air National Guard. To help her dad feel less lonely while he is away from his family, she sends Boo Boo Bear to him in a care package. This story can help children cope with parents who are on active duty or who have been deployed."
"This book is designed to help children during such difficult times, when faced with deployment. It is a wonderful tool allowing children and their loved ones to deal with the many emotions caused by deployment."
"My Mommy Wears Combat Boots is based on the personal experience of a soldier and a mother who was seeking a way to explain why she needed to leave her child again and go to war. This helps children cope with and understand the concept of deployment and war."
"This is a book about self-esteem, as one barnyard animal seeks to have a different voice. He asks many other animals for their “voice,” but they do not allow him to have it. It isn’t until a talk with wise old owl that he discovers his own voice will help him in the end."
"This story is told from the viewpoint of a boy and a girl, and celebrates the liking of oneself no matter what; even when mistakes are made, are chosen last for a team, or give a wrong answer in class. It's important to like who you are and encourages positive self-esteem in students."