Counting On Community

​by Innosanto Nagara

Counting On Community


Themes



​Counting up from one stuffed piñata to ten hefty hens—and always counting on each other—children are encouraged to recognize the value of their community, the joys inherent in healthy eco-friendly activities, and the agency they possess to make change. A broad and inspiring vision of diversity is told through stories in words and pictures. And of course, there is a duck to find on every page!

  • Ages 4-6

  • Approx. 1 hour to complete

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​Daniel Tiger’s: Won’t You Be My Neighbor

by Rachel Kalban and Illustrated by Jason Frutcher

Daniel Tiger’s: Won’t You Be My Neighbor


Themes


Community Friendship Respect

Inspired by the classic series Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood. Come along with Daniel the tiger as he discovers what it means to be a good neighbor.

  • Ages 4-6

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The Name Jar

by Abbie Schiller and Samantha Kurtzman-Counter

The Name Jar


Themes


Friendship Respect Accepting Difference

Being the new kid in school is hard enough, but what about when nobody can pronounce your name? Having just moved from Korea, Unhei is anxious that American kids will like her. So instead of introducing herself on the first day of school, she tells the class that she will choose a name by the following week. Her new classmates are fascinated by this no-name girl and decide to help out by filling a glass jar with names for her to pick from. On the day of her name choosing, the name jar mysteriously disappeared. Encouraged by her new friends, Unhei chooses her own Korean name and helps everyone pronounce it—Yoon-Hey.

  • Ages 6-9

  • Approx. 1 hour to complete

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My Three Best Friends and Me, Zulay​

by Cari Best and Illustrated by Vanessa Brantley-Newton

My Three Best Friends and Me, Zulay


Themes


Disability Awareness Community Friendship

Zulay and her three best friends are all in the same first grade class and study the same things, even though Zulay is blind. When their teacher asks her students what activity they want to do on Field Day, Zulay surprises everyone when she says she wants to run a race. With the help of a special aide and the support of her friends, Zulay does just that.

  • Ages 5-8

  • Approx. 1 hour to complete

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The Jumbies​

by Tracey Baptiste

The Jumbies


Themes


Girl Empowerment Friendship Community

​Corinne La Mer claims she isn’t afraid of anything. Not scorpions, not the boys who tease her, and certainly not jumbies. They’re just tricksters made up by parents to frighten their children. Then one night Corinne chases an agouti all the way into the forbidden forest, and shining yellow eyes follow her to the edge of the trees. They couldn’t belong to a jumbie. Or could they? When Corinne spots a beautiful stranger at the market the very next day, she knows something extraordinary is about to happen. When this same beauty, called Severine, turns up at Corinne’s house, danger is in the air. Severine plans to claim the entire island for the jumbies. Corinne must call on her courage and her friends and learn to use ancient magic she didn’t know she possessed to stop Severine and to save her island home.

  • Ages 9-13

  • Approx. 1 hour to complete

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Harbor Me​

by Jacqueline Woodson

Harbor Me


Themes


Racism Immigration Friendship Emotions

​It all starts when six kids have to meet for a weekly chat–by themselves, with no adults to listen in. There, in the room they soon dub the ARTT Room (short for “A Room to Talk”), they discover it’s safe to talk about what’s bothering them–everything from Esteban’s father’s deportation and Haley’s father’s incarceration to Amari’s fears of racial profiling and Ashton’s adjustment to his changing family fortunes. When the six are together, they can express the feelings and fears they have to hide from the rest of the world. And together, they can grow braver and more ready for the rest of their lives.

  • Ages 9-13

  • Approx. 1 hour to complete

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Hug Me

by Simona Ciraolo

Hug Me


Themes


Consent Friendship Healthy Boundaries

If you ever feel like you need a really big hug, you know exactly how Felipe the cactus feels. Of course, we also know that cactuses aren’t exactly touchy-feely. Felipe’s family is quite prickly! So, Felipe heads out to find a friend and, hopefully, a big hug.

  • Ages 4-6

  • Approx. 1 hour to complete

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