turning grumpiness around and helping friends feel better too

turning grumpiness around and helping friends feel better too

Grumpy feelings don't need to last all day - a cheerful gift, a bit of sharing, and giving to a friend help the animals in this story to get over their grumpy starts to the day.
ages 0 to about 6 years

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delighting in the extraordinary brings confidence and happiness

delighting in the extraordinary brings confidence and happiness

ages 2 to 8 years
his is a must-read must-own - it speaks to the anxiety of being separated from family, the strangeness of new worlds, reconciliation with those new worlds, a return to family..... few books speak to family love as strongly as Stellaluna. 
 

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the absurdity of war laid bare in a pro-peace story for nations and families

the absurdity of war laid bare in a pro-peace story for nations and families

A brilliant tale of a duck who calls a halt to war, and the warriors who are led to peace. It's great for entrenching a desire for peace and for overcoming fear of unknown.
ages 2 to 12 years / emotional resilience

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integrity, kindness and creativity can change the world

integrity, kindness and creativity can change the world

ages baby to 8 years
I lent this book to my children’s school and it disappeared for a week or two. I shouldn’t have worried – it came back to me with a new plastic cover, making it one of our most carefully preserved books! Here's how it goes:

Annabelle lives in a cold and colourless little town, but one day she finds a box of yarn of all sorts of colours. So she knits herself a sweater. Then, since there is ‘extra yarn’, she knits her dog a sweater.

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have you ever felt lost? out of place? in need of a home? This Book!

have you ever felt lost? out of place? in need of a home? This Book!

ages 2 up to 12 years
Have you ever felt LOST or perhaps just out of place, in need of home? Ahh, but have you ever felt FOUND, in the perfect place, completely at home? In this thoroughly appealing story, a boy and a penguin move from being lost to being found. 

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the delights of an ordinary life

the delights of an ordinary life

It’s entirely possible that somewhere a little one is reading their Grandparent’s childhood copy of Dogger. First published in 1977, the story is almost 40 years old – and it’s still fresh and lively and entirely relatable. The story is well known and well loved and so hardly needs recounting here. Just in case, though …
ages 2 to 8 years

Dogger is a soft toy dog who is very special to his owner Dave – he’s

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a loving look at memory loss and friendship

a loving look at memory loss and friendship

This is a particularly touching book – it’s comforting, uplifting and hopeful. It’s also ideal for starting to think about a whole range of values. It's beautiful to look at and the words are quite brilliant. A family favourite for us.

ages baby to 8 years and grown-ups 

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a bit of spunk and kindness can make a big difference

a bit of spunk and kindness can make a big difference

ages 2 to 8 years
Faith, Rose and Blossom have moved into a new house with their mum and dad. They settle into a delightful routine of watching the sun rise every morning from the roof of their house. But.. “The sun never touched the house next door. Next door, everything bristled. Next door lived Mr Wintergarten.

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hearing our own thoughts can lead to greatness!

hearing our own thoughts can lead to greatness!

all ages, baby to grownup
It's a pretty great book that can make you laugh out loud and still leave you with some deeper thoughts to ponder on. I AM HENRY FINCH is just that sort of book. Henry Finch follows the everyday flow of life until ... he doesn't. And that makes all the difference.
 

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