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

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


By Airlie Anderson: Neither is a simple, quick read that speaks to the differences in all of us. The fun, quirky characters and the story introduce a serious topic in a playful way that will resonate with kids. Neither works as a picture book for younger... 40 pages. ©2018. | Available formats: Book, Kindle eBook

Sofia Valdez, Future Prez

By Andrea Beaty: This rhyming romp of a book carries an empowering message for kids: You can make a difference even if you're young. With diverse characters, engaging illustrations and a sense of humor, this tale of community improvement... 40 pages. ©2019. | Available formats: Book, Kindle eBook, Spanish


Racism, Antiracism, and You

By Jason Reynolds, Ibram X. Kendi: A reimagining of Ibram X. Kendi's Stamped from the Beginning, this book tells the story of racist ideas through history in a conversational style that can be understood by both teens and adults. Stamped is a history book that is "NOT a... 320 pages. ©2020. | Available formats: Book, Audio CD, Kindle eBook

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens

By Sean Covey: “Be proactive” and “Think win-win” are just two of the habits this author encourages teens to embrace. Covey’s advice follows the philosophy that actions should be based on principles, not friends or parental... 288 pages. ©2014. | Available formats: Book, Audio CD, Kindle eBook, Spanish

The Magical Yet

By Angela DiTerlizzi: The Magical Yet provides a beautifully illustrated reminder on the power of growth and learning. The Magical Yet reframes thinking from "I can't do it!" to "I can't do it…YET" and encourages kids to try again and again. For ages 4 - 8. 40 pages. ©2020. | Available formats: Book

What Do You Stand For? For Kids

A Guide to Building Character

By Barbara A. Lewis: A self-help book that encourages kids to recognize the importance of values in everyday life. Each chapter contains activities to help cultivate positive character traits. For Grades 2-6. 165 pages. ©2005. | Available formats: Book