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The Power of Picture Books

Lisa Dickson
The list author says: "Picture Books have the power to positively impact parenting.
To equip children to make sense of loss and/or displacement.
To help children learn to cope with bullies.
To teach parents/caregivers the value of positive reinforcement.
Take advantage of their power, their insights..."
Nikolai, the Only Bear
Nikolai, the Only Bear
"Nikolai feels different from the other orphans. The staff don't speak his language. His games are perceived as too wild and rough. But from the moment his adoptive parents appear, they make every effort to connect with him. If he growls, they growl back. Because of their acceptance and approachability, Nikolai begins to trust them."
Aunt Minnie McGranahan
Aunt Minnie McGranahan
"True story of a woman who lived an organized and solitary life. When nine orphans came to live with her, Aunt Minnie the problem-solver came up with a solution: "The oldest looked after the youngest, the ones in the middle looked after each other, and Aunt Minnie looked after them all.""
A Father Like That
A Father Like That
"A boy growing up without a father lists the activities that he wishes his absent father would share with him. He decides that when he is older, he will be the type of father that he never had."
The Magic Beads
The Magic Beads
"When Lily thinks about what to bring in for Show and Tell at school, the butterflies in her stomach turn to grasshoppers, bunny rabbits, donkeys and buffaloes. She and her mother are currently staying in a homeless shelter, and she doesn't know what to share. She doesn't forsee that her magic beads will be the most popular Show-and-Tell item of all."
A Mother for Choco (Paperstar)
A Mother for Choco (Paperstar)
"A motherless bird seeks a place to belong...  After a series of other animals draw attention only to their differences, Mrs. Bear appears and demonstrates what mother-love looks like at its finest. She takes Choco into her loving home and introduces him to his new siblings."
A Child Is a Child
A Child Is a Child
"After two young frogs are abandoned by their parents, Mama Mouse decides to take them in. Other animals try to discourage her saying, "Frogs need completely different things than we do." But Mama Mouse replies, "That's ridiculous. A child is a child.""
Edwardo: The Horriblest Boy in the Whole Wide World
Edwardo: The Horriblest Boy in the Whole Wide World
"This book could be used in a parent education class geared toward preventing child abuse (especially verbal). Edwardo starts out as a perfectly normal boy, but when he receives negative reinforcement from his caregivers, his behavior gets worse and worse."
Star of the Week: A Story of Love, Adoption, and Brownies with Sprinkles
Star of the Week: A Story of Love, Adoption, and Brownies with Sprinkles
"Reflects the complexities of the adoption experience, and how classroom assignments about family history can be challenging."
Stand Tall, Molly Lou Melon [Modern Gem]
Stand Tall, Molly Lou Melon [Modern Gem]
"All children K-2 can relate to dealing with a bully at school. Since Molly's parents are absent, and her best advice comes from her grandmother, this book is especially approachable for children in kinship care. When Molly moves away from everyone and everything she has ever known, this experience will also resonate with children in foster care."
The Recess Queen
The Recess Queen
"A great introduction to conflict resolution for children in grades K-2. Mean Jean the Recess Queen rules the playground, until a new kid arrives and offers Mean Jean something that she has never had before -- a friend."
The Short and Incredibly Happy Life of Riley XX
The Short and Incredibly Happy Life of Riley XX
"Why are animals happier than people?  It all comes down to our expectations..."
The OK Book
The OK Book
The Heart and the Bottle
The Heart and the Bottle