Reading Nook

There’s nothing like settling down with a good book—or finding the perfect read-aloud for your classroom or religious community. The Reading Nook is your resource for recommendations of great reads on kindness, for all ages.

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The Magical, Marvelous, Amazing Sparkpack (That Didn't Work)

This is the second book in The SPRiiTELEES Adventures in Kindness Series.  In the first book, Bob SPRiiTELEE earns his magical,...

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The Gift That Saved Christmas

This is the first book in The SPRiiTELEES Adventures in Kindness Series.  An award winning picture book, voted "Best Book of the...

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Almost Home

When twelve-year-old Sugar's grandfather dies and her gambling father takes off yet again, Sugar and her mother lose their home in Missouri....

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365 Thank Yous: The Year a Simple Act of Daily Gratitude Changed My Life

365 Thank Yous is a rare memoir: its touching, immediately accessible message--and benefits--come to readers from the plainspoken storytelling...

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Stealing Home: The Story of Jackie Robinson

The first black man to play in the white major leagues, he had the courage to confront racism and fight for the rights of all black people, on...

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Amelia Lost: The Life and Disappearance of Amelia Earhart

In alternating chapters, Fleming deftly moves readers back and forth between Amelia's life (from childhood up until her last flight) and the...

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Rosa Parks: A Life

Fifty years after she made history by refusing to give up her seat on a bus, Rosa Parks at last gets the major biography she deserves. The...

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Like No Other

Jaxon and Devorah inhabit different worlds despite living in the same Brooklyn neighborhood, but a fateful combination of a birth, a storm, and...

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Say What You Will

Amy has cerebral palsy, and has spent the past 17 years with walkers, voice boxes, and adults. She's gone through school at the same pace as...

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The Summer I Saved the World...in 65 Days

It begins with Mrs. Chung's marigolds. Mourning the loss of her beloved grandmother and grappling with the changes her family has undergone...

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The Chocolate Touch

John Midas loves chocolate. He loves it so much that he'll eat it any hour of any day. He doesn't care if he ruins his appetite. He...

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Li Lun, Lad of Courage

Banished to a mountaintop to learn to grow rice, Li Lun proves his courage as he fights the elements and his own loneliness to make his rice...

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A Lion to Guard Us

Amanda Freebold doesn't know what to do. Her father left three years ago for the new colony of Jamestown, in America, thousands of miles...

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Number the Stars

As the German troops begin their campaign to "relocate" all the Jews of Denmark, Annemarie Johansen's family takes in...

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Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes

Based on the true story of a young Japanese girl who contracts leukemia as a result of the atom bomb that was dropped on Hiroshima, the story...

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The Boxcar Children

The Aldens begin their adventure by making a home in a boxcar. Their goal is to stay together, and in the process they find a grandfather.

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Be a Perfect Person in Just Three Days!

Is it possible? Can an ordinary human being really become a perfect person in three short days? ilo Crinkley thought so. What gave him the idea...

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The Lemonade War

Evan Treski and his younger sister, Jessie, get along well in many ways. They play together, and their natural talents are complementary. Jessie...

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Fourth Grade Weirdo

Dexter is like a square peg in a round hole: he just can't fit in. All the kids in his class enjoy the zany things their teacher Mr....

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The First Thirty

On a weekend afternoon, a recent college graduate witnesses a person from the neighborhood where he lives be mean to two kids from the...

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A Chance to Shine

In this picture-book version of a song written and recorded in 1991 by the authors, an African-American boy describes a scraggly homeless man as...

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A Separate Peace

Set at a boys’ boarding school in New England during the early years of World War II, A Separate Peace is a harrowing and...

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A Sick Day for Amos McGee

Friends come in all sorts of shapes and sizes. In Amos McGee’s case, all sorts of species, too! Every day he spends a little bit of time...

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A Taste of Colored Water

This picture book, set in the early 1960s, tells the segregation story from the viewpoint of a naive white kid, Lulu, who loses her...

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An Angel for Solomon Singer

Solomon Singer is a middle-aged man who lives in a hotel for men in New York City. One night his solitary wanderings take him into a restaurant...

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An Awesome Book of Thanks

Inspired by the idea of being thankful for all that you have, An Awesome Book of Thanks! is a beautifully written, fantastically illustrated...

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Bear Feels Sick

Autumn has come to the woods, and Bear doesn't feel well. He sniffles and sneezes. He cannot sleep. He aches all over. Worst of all,...

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Because of Mr. Terupt

It’s the start of fifth grade for seven kids at Snow Hill School. There’s . . . Jessica, the new girl, smart and...

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Big Red Lollipop

When Rubina comes home with a birthday-party invitation, her mother asks why people celebrate birthdays, as her culture does not, and insists...

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Big Words for Little People

Throughout the trials and errors of growing up, children are bound to hear some big words from the adults around them—words that are big...

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