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365 DAYS OF WONDER: MR. BROWNE'S
BOOK OF PRECEPTS
R.J. PalacioSelf Awareness, Self Management, Social Awareness, Relationship Skills, Responsible Decision Making

A book of precepts, with one saying for each day, from Auggie's teacher Mr. Brown (from the bestseller Wonder).
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BIG AL AND SHRIMPYAndrew ClementsSelf Awareness, Relationship Skills, Responsible Decision Making


Shrimpy learns that even though he may be small, he can still make a big difference to his friend, Big Al.
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AMAZING GRACEMary HoffmanSelf Awareness, Self Management, Social Awareness, Relationship Skills, Responsible Decision Making

Although a classmate says that she cannot play Peter Pan in the school play because she is African-American, Grace discovers that she can do anything she sets her mind to do.
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THE ARABOOLIES OF LIBERTY STREETSam SwopeSocial Awareness, Relationship Skills, Responsible Decision-Making

The kids of Liberty Street join forces to help the Araboolies when mean General Pinch orders them to move because they look different.
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BE A FRIENDSalina YoonSelf Awareness, Self Management, Social Awareness, Relationship Skills

Dennis is an ordinary boy who expresses himself in extraordinary ways. Some children do show-and-tell. Dennis mimes his. Some children climb trees. Dennis is happy to BE a tree... But being a mime can be lonely. It isn't until Dennis meets a girl named Joy that he discovers the power of friendship--and how special he truly is!
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BRAVOPhilip WaechterSelf Awareness, Self Management, Relationship Skills, Responsible Decision-Making

Helena's mother realizes that Helena is bothered by her father's loud voice and explains that he is a shouter, a trait that runs in the family, and after thinking it over, Helena leaves home to get away from the shouting.
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THE CAN MANLaura E. Williams
Social Awareness, Relationship Skills, Responsible Decision-Making

After watching a homeless man collect empty soft drink cans for the redemption money, a young boy
decides to collect cans himself to earn money for a skateboard until he has a change of heart.
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CARLA'S SANDWICHDebbie HermanSelf Awareness, Self Management, Relationship Skills, Responsible Decision-Making

Carla enjoys bringing creative sandwiches to school, despite her classmates' teasing, but when Buster, the meanest bully in school, forgets his lunch, his opinion of Carla's strange sandwiches changes.
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DON'T FIDGET A FEATHERErica SilvermanSelf Management, Social Awareness, Relationship Skills, Responsible Decision-Making

Their contest to decide who is the champion of champions almost has disastrous consequences for Gander and Duck.
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THE DOTPeter ReynoldsSelf Awareness, Self Management

Vashti believes that she cannot draw, but her art teacher's encouragement leads her to change her mind.
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EACH KINDNESSJacqueline WoodsonSelf Awareness, Social Awareness, Responsible Decision Making

When Ms. Albert teaches a lesson on kindness, Chloe realizes that she and her friends have been wrong in making fun of new student Maya's shabby clothes and refusing to play with her.
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EDWARD THE EMUSheena KnowlesSelf Awareness, Self Management, Responsible Decision Making

Tired of being an emu, Edward decides to try being like other animals at the zoo, but he soon discovers that being himself is the best after all.
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THE EMPTY POTDemiSelf Awareness, Self Management, Responsible Decision-Making

When Ping admits that he is the only child in China unable to grow a flower from the seeds distributed by the Emperor, he is rewarded for his honesty.
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ENEMY PIEDerek MunsonSelf Awareness, Self Management, Social Awareness, Relationship Skills, Responsible Decision Making

Hoping that the enemy pie which his father makes will help him get rid of his enemy, a little boy finds that instead it helps make a new friend.
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EXTRA YARNMac BarnettSelf Awareness, Social Awareness, Responsible Decision Making

With a supply of yarn that never runs out, Annabelle knits for everyone and everything in town until an evil archduke decides he wants the yarn for himself.
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FEET MAN AND MR. TINYGina FreschetSelf Awareness, Self Management, Social Awareness, Responsible Decision Making

After Feet Man, who is tired of people disparaging his barge-sized feet, meets Mr. Tiny, the two of them set out to find Feet Man's true calling.
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THE STORY OF FERDINANDMunro LeafSelf Awareness, Self Management, Social Awareness, Responsible Decision Making

In Spain, a young bull named Ferdinand who would rather sit peacefully under a tree and smell the flowers than butt heads with the others is chosen for the bullfights in Madrid when a sting from a bee makes him stomp and snort like the fiercest bull of all.
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FLY FREE!Roseanne ThongSelf Management, Social Awareness, Relationship Skills, Responsible Decision Making

When Mai feeds the caged birds at a Buddhist temple in Vietnam, her simple act of kindness starts a chain of thoughtful acts that ultimately comes back to her. Includes author's note explaining the Buddhist concepts of karma and samsara, or the wheel of life.
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GASTONKelly DiPucchioSelf Awareness, Self Management, Social Awareness, Relationship Skills, Responsible Decision Making

A proper bulldog raised in a poodle family and a tough poodle raised in a bulldog family meet one day in the park.
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A GOLD STAR FOR ZOGJulia DonaldsonSelf Awareness, Self Management, Social Awareness, Relationship Skills, Responsible Decision Making

Each year, as Zog practices new skills learned at Madam Dragon's school, a little girl helps him out until one day he finds a way to help make her dream come true for herself, a new friend, and Zog.
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GOOD NEWS, BAD NEWSJeff MackSocial Awareness, Relationship Skills, Responsible Decision Making

While on a picnic, Bunny and Mouse see everything that happens to them from opposite points of view--Bunny sees only the good, while Mouse sees only the bad.
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A HANDFUL OF QUIET: HAPPINESS IN FOUR PEBBLESThich Nhat HanhSelf Awareness, Self Management

An introduction to the practice of meditation for children, describing a hands-on approach to
connecting to nature.
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HOOPER HUMPERDINK..? NOT HIM!Dr. SeussSocial Awareness, Responsible Decision Making

A youngster plans a huge, spectacular party, inviting friends whose names begin with every letter from A to Z--except for one person.
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HOORAY FOR HATBrian WonSelf Management, Relationship Skills, Responsible Decision Making

Elephant wakes up in a grumpy mood, but a present on his doorstep--a hat--cheers him and he sets out to greet his neighbors who all, it seems, need hats of their own.
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HOW TO HEAL A BROKEN WINGBob GrahamSelf Management, Social Awareness, Responsible Decision Making

When Will finds a bird with a broken wing, he takes it home and cares for it, hoping in time it will be able to return to the sky.
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THE INVISIBLE BOYTrudy LudwigSelf Awareness, Self Management, Social Awareness, Relationship Skills

Brian has always felt invisible at school, but when a new student, Justin, arrives, everything changes.
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ISHI: SIMPLE TIPS FROM A SOLID FRIENDAkiko Yabuki
Self Awareness, Self Management

The ISHI book features a simple rock character which appeals to a wide audience, with valuable lessons
in compassion for the self and for others.
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THE LEMONADE HURRICANELicia Morelli
Self Awareness, Self Management, Relationship Skills

Emma's little brother Henry is a good kid - but when his day has been too busy and too full, Henry can
become a hurricane! Emma wishes that she could teach Henry to be still. One day, she shows Henry
how meditation can make a big difference in both their lives.
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LEO THE LIGHTNING BUGEric DrachmanSelf Awareness, Self Management, Social Awareness, Relationship Skills, Responsible Decision Making

Leo was the littlest lightning bug that he knew. Not only was he little, he couldn't make a light like all the other lightning bugs. Then one day, after lots of practice, Leo finds the secret to making light--and learns something about himself and the value of self confidence.
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LOUISE AND ANDIE: THE ART OF
FRIENDSHIP
Kelly LightSocial Awareness, Relationship Skills, Responsible Decision Making

Louise has a new neighbor, the creative and offbeat Andie--but can they overcome their differences and be friends?
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MAMA PANYA'S PANCAKES: A VILLAGE TALE
OF KENYA
Mary & Rich ChamberlinSocial Awareness, Relationship Skills, Responsible Decision Making

Mama Panya has just enough money to buy ingredients for a few pancakes, so when her son Adika invites all their friends to join them, she is sure there will not be enough to go around.
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MILLIE FIERCEJane Manning
Self Awareness, Self Management, Social Awareness, Responsible Decision Making

Tired of being overlooked, Millie takes on a loud and obnoxious personality, which makes people
notice her--for a little while.
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MOODY COW MEDITATESKerry Lee MacLean
Self Awareness, Self Management, Relationship Skills

Peter wakes up from a bad dream and his day just gets progressively worse, but his grandfather shows
him a meditation technique that helps him calm his angry thoughts.
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THE MOST MAGNIFICENT THINGAshley SpiresSelf Awareness, Self Management

A little girl has a wonderful idea. With the help of her canine assistant, she is going to make the most magnificent thing! She knows just how it will look. She knows just how it will work. But making the most magnificent thing turns out to be harder than she thinks.
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MOUSE WAS MADLinda UrbanSelf Awareness, Self Management, Relationship Skills

Mouse struggles to find the right way to express his anger, modeling the behavior of Hare, Bear, Hedgehog, and Bobcat, only to discover that his own way may be the best way of all.
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MR. PEABODY'S APPLESMadonna
Social Awareness, Relationship Skills, Responsible Decision Making

A boy learns a lesson about the destructive power of gossip.
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ONEKathryn OtoshiSelf Awareness, Self Management, Social Awareness, Relationship Skills, Responsible Decision Making


Red picks on Blue while Yellow, Orange, Green, and Purple wonder what they can do until One unites the colors and helps everybody learn about acceptance, tolerance, and boundaries amidst bullying while the reader learns numbers and primary and secondary colors.
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ONE GOOD DEEDTerri FieldsSocial Awareness, Relationship Skills, Responsible Decision Making

A young boy transforms his neighborhood by performing one good deed for his neighbor, which leads to a chain of kind and helpful actions.
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OOKOEsme Shaprio
Self Awareness, Self Management, Social Awareness, Relationship Skills, Responsible Decision Making

A quirky, funny, charmingly illustrated story about finding friendship and being true to yourself.
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THE ORANGE SHOESTrinka Hakes NobleSelf Awareness, Self Management, Social Awareness, Relationship Skills

Delly Porter enjoys the feel of soft dirt beneath her feet as she walks to and from school, but after a classmate makes her feel ashamed of having no shoes she learns that her parents and others, too, see value in things that do not cost money.
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PEACEFUL PIGGY MEDITATIONKerry Lee MacLeanSelf Awareness, Self Management

Peaceful pigs demonstrate the many benefits of meditation.
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A PIECE OF HOMEJeri WattsSelf Awareness, Self Management, Social Awareness, Relationship Skills

When Hee Jun's father accepts a position at a law school in West Virginia, he and his family are uprooted from their home in Korea and find themselves completely lost in their new surroundings, but as Hee Jun slowly learns English and makes friends, he brings home a surprise that makes their new house feel like home.
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PINDULIJanell CannonSelf Awareness, Self Management, Social Awareness, Relationship Skills, Responsible Decision Making

Pinduli, a young striped hyena, is hurt by the unkind words of Dog, Lion, and Zebra, but her clever trick in return promotes her clan's survival and spreads harmony throughout the savannah.
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THE POTATO CHIP CHAMP: DISCOVERING WHY
KINDNESS COUNTS
Maria Dismondy
Self Awareness, Self Management, Social Awareness, Relationship Skills, Responsible Decision Making

Champ had everything, but always wanted more. Walter had very little, but was never seen without a
smile on his face. In the end, it is Walter and some crunchy potato chips that teach Champ a lesson
about character that can't be taught in school.
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A SICK DAY FOR AMOS McGEEPhilip C. SteadSocial Awareness, Relationship Skills

Zookeeper Amos McGee, who is adored by all the animals, gets some unexpected guests while home sick one day.
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SNEAKY WEASELHannah Shaw
Self Awareness, Self Management, Social Awareness, Relationship Skills, Responsible Decision Making

Presents an illustrated picture book about a sneaky weasel who enjoys playing tricks on everyone and
can't understand why he doesn't have any friends.
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THE SOUND OF SILENCEKatrina GoldsaitoSelf Awareness, Self Management, Social Awareness

Yoshio delights in the everyday sounds of Tokyo, but when a musician tells him that her favorite sound is ma, the Japanese word for silence, Yoshio sets out to hear this sound for himself among the hustle and bustle of the city.
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THE SPIFFIEST GIANT IN TOWNJulia DonaldsonSelf Management, Social Awareness, Relationship Skills, Responsible Decision Making

George the giant, known for wearing his old patched clothes, finally buys new ones, but then gives them away to some needy animals.
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STAND TALL, MOLLY LOU MELON Patty LovellSelf Awareness, Self Management, Relationship Skills

Even when the class bully at her new school makes fun of her, Molly remembers what her grandmother told her and she feels good about herself.
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STICK AND STONEBeth Ferry
Social Awareness, Relationship Skills, Responsible Decision Making

Stick and Stone are both lonely until Pinecone's teasing causes one to stick up for the other, and a solid
friendship is formed.
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THE SUMMER MY FATHER WAS TENPat BrissonSelf Awareness, Self Management, Social Awareness, Relationship Skills, Responsible Decision Making

A father tells his daughter the story of how he damaged a neighbor's tomato garden when he was a boy and what he did to make amends.
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TACKY THE PENGUINHelen LesterSelf Awareness, Self Management, Social Awareness, Relationship Skills

Tacky the penguin does not fit in with his sleek and graceful companions, but his odd behavior comes in handy when hunters come with maps and traps.
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THE UNCORKER OF OCEAN BOTTLESMichelle Cuevas
Self Awareness, Self Management, Social Awareness, Relationship Skills

The Uncorker of Ocean Bottles, who lives alone atop a hill, has a job of the utmost importance. It is his
task to open any bottles found at sea and make sure that the messages are delivered. He loves his job,
though he has always wished that, someday, one of the letters would be addressed to him.
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VERDIJanell CannonSelf Awareness, Self Management, Social Awareness, Responsible Decision Making

When Verdi finds a pale green stripe stretching along his whole body, he tries every trick he can think
of to get rid of it--and ends up in a heap of trouble. Despite his efforts, Verdi turns green, but to his
delight, he discovers that being green doesn’t mean he has to stop being himself.
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WHEN SOPHIE GETS ANGRY: REALLY,
REALLY ANGRY
Molly BangSelf Awareness, Self Management, Social Awareness, Relationship Skills, Responsible Decision Making

When Sophie gets angry, she goes outside and runs, cries, climbs her favorite tree--and then, calmed by the breeze, she is soon ready to go back home.
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