Respect Booklist 2
Stories for Children About Respect
All of these books can be found at your Thunder Bay Public Library
All the Colors of the Earth by Sheila Hamanaka
Reveals in verse that despite outward differences, children everywhere are essentially the same and all are lovable.
Do Unto Otters: A Book About Manners by Laurie Keller
Mr. Rabbit wonders if he will be able to get along with his new neighbors, who are otters, until he is reminded of the golden rule.
Don’t Laugh at Me by Steve Seskin
This book and the song on the CD which accompanies explain about the pain caused by laughing at people. We all forget how hard it is to be the square peg in the round hole and little reminders like this book keep us compassionate, tolerant, and kinder.
Each Living Thing by Ashley Wolff
Celebrates the creatures of the earth, from spiders dangling in their webs to owls hooting and hunting out of sight, and asks that we respect and care for them.
It’s Okay to Be Different by Todd Parr
Kids of every shape, size, color, family makeup, and background will feel included in this gentle, witty book. In this simple, playful celebration of diversity, Parr doesn't need to hammer readers over the head with his message
I Wish I Were a Butterfly by James Howe
The littlest cricket of Swampswallow Pond is convinced only by the Wise Old One that being special has nothing to do with flashy colors, or shimmering wings. The cricket is every child who ever stopped the music because someone criticized casually, thoughtlessly. It takes a wise friend to bring the music back.
Junkyard Wonders by Patricia Polacco
Inspired by a teacher who believes each of them is a genius, a class of special-needs students invents something that could convince the whole school they are justifiably proud to be "Junkyard Wonders."
A Man Called Raven by Richard Van Camp
To help them understand why they should not abuse ravens, a mysterious stranger tells two Native Canadian boys a story about a cruel man who was punished by being turned into a raven and who then became a protector of his tribe. Aboriginal artist George Littlechild’s powerful images enhance this tale about having respect for all living things.
The Moccasins by Earl Einarson
This is an endearing story of a young Aboriginal foster child who is given a special gift by his foster mother. Her gift of warmth and her thoughtful respect for his culture helps her young foster children by encouraging self-esteem, acceptance and love.
My Name is Elizabeth by Annika Dunklee
Elizabeth likes her name and isn’t amused when people insist on using nicknames like "Lizzy" and "Beth." She bears her frustration in silence until one day when she discovers her power to change things once and for all. In the process, Elizabeth learns about communication and respect -- and their roles in building better relationships with family and friends.
Nokum is My Teacher by David Bouchard
Through a series of questions, Nokum guides her grandson towards an understanding of his need to fit into and learn more about this large world beyond the reserve. Nokum offers her grandson a vision of a world he can enter through imagination and reading, while retaining respect for the ways of his people.
Peace Begins With You by Katherine Scholes
Explains, in simple language, the concept of peace, why conflicts occur, how they can be resolved in positive ways, and how to protect peace The book is designed for thoughtful examination and discussion
Small Saul by Ashley Spires
When Small Saul joins the crew of The Rusty Squid it doesn't take long for the other pirates to notice something is very different about this tiny fellow. He was born to sing sea shanties, bake pineapple upside down cakes and redecorate, not to hold a sword and plunder. Yet Small Saul shows these ruffians that despite his gentle spirit, he's worth his weight in gold.
Sneaky Weasel by Hannah Shaw
Although he's had a lot of fun doing sneaky and devilish things to all his friends for his own amusement, Sneaky Weasel learns a hard lesson about friendship and respect when he throws a party for himself and no one shows up.
The Sneetches by Dr. Seuss
Although it is difficult to admit, we all are influenced by our prejudices. The more we are aware of our prejudices, the less harmful they are. Dr. Seuss helps children see the silliness of judging people by their appearance rather than by their character. This classic book reminds us that in order to get along it is important to respect the differences of others.
Suki’s Kimono by Chieri Uegaki
On her first day of first grade, Suki chooses to wear her beloved Japanese kimono to school, despite the objections of her older sisters and the initial laughter of other children on the playground. Fortunately for Suki, for whom the kimono brings back fond memories of her grandmother's visit over the summer, her day ends in triumph, with her teacher and classmates won over by her impromptu dance performance.
Teammates by Peter Golenbock
Describes the racial prejudice experienced by Jackie Robinson when he joined the Brooklyn Dodgers and became the first black player in Major League baseball and depicts the respect and support he received from his white teammate Pee Wee Reese. A true story.
Whoever You Are by Mem Fox
Every day all over the world, children are laughing and crying, playing and learning, eating and sleeping. They may not look the same. But inside, they are alike. This is an inspiring celebration for all children, whoever they are.