How Children Succeed

Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character

By Paul Tough: Character, not smarts, makes children successful, argues Paul Tough. The good news is that character can be taught. He tells us how in a series of real-life examples. 231 pages. ©2012. | Available formats: Book, Kindle eBook

How to Make Your Community's Economy Sizzle

A Handbook for Reshaping Your Entrepreneurial Ecosystem and Creating Jobs in the Process

By Jim Schell: This book will help you reshape your community’s entrepreneurial ecosystem. Author Jim Schell, an entrepreneur himself, covers how to build an environment for entrepreneurs to succeed and create jobs. You’ll learn how to find the... 92 pages. ©2017. | Available formats: Book, Kindle eBook

How to Raise $500 to $5000 from Almost Anyone

By Andy Robinson: Billed as a “1-hour guide,” this book teaches readers how to effectively ask for money and handle being told “no.” 109 pages. ©2011. | Available formats: Book

I Love You Rituals

By Becky A. Bailey, Ph.D: This book delivers more than 70 delightful rhymes and games for parents, teachers and caregivers to do with children that support healthy relationships and development. The games are geared for infants through age eight. The rituals are... 208 pages. ©2000. | Available formats: Book, Kindle eBook

Indian Givers

How Native Americans Transformed the World

By Jack Weatherford: Author Jack Weatherford, an anthropologist, traces the crucial contributions made by Native Americans to our federal system of government, our democratic institutions, modern medicine, agriculture, architecture, ecology and more. This... 351 pages. ©2010. | Available formats: Book, Audio CD, Kindle eBook

Local Dollars, Local Sense

By Michael Shuman: Michael Shuman explains how moving your money from Wall Street to Main Street is a sound business decision –– not just for the investor, but for the future and vitality of our communities. 249 pages. ©2012. | Available formats: Book, Kindle eBook

Look Where We Live!

A First Book of Community Building

By Scot Ritchie: In this engaging nonfiction picture book, five young friends spend the day participating in activities designed to raise money for their local library. Along the way, they learn what it means to be a part of a community. A map opens the... 32 pages. ©2015. | Available formats: Book

Mabel and the Fire

By Alison Hinson, Illustrated by Erin Taylor: A story of a boy and his puppy who lose their home in a wildfire. This book helps children identify and name their feelings through Mabel the puppy's emotions — fear, confusion, sadness, boredom. And, finally, they arrive at a place where... 26 pages. ©2020. | Available formats: Book

Make the Impossible Possible

One Man's Crusade to Inspire Others to Dream Bigger and Achieve the Extraordinary

By Bill Strickland: This inspirational book showcases the lessons learned by Bill Strickland as he worked with disadvantaged children and adults in Pittsburgh, Penn., through the jobs training center and community arts program he founded. “I’m not a... 204 pages. ©2009. | Available formats: Book, Kindle eBook

Me on the Map

By Joan Sweeney: Me on the Map does a great job of teaching kids how to use a map, taking the child from the map of their room all the way out to a map of the world and back again. While the book helps children see their own communities as special, it also... 32 pages. ©2018. | Available formats: Book, Kindle eBook