Life Skills for 5th & 6th Graders

The way you see people is the way you treat them, and the way you treat them is what they become.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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Boys of Steel:  The Creators of Superman.  Marc Tyler Nobleman.  Knopf, 2008.
Two shy and nerdy Cleveland high school boys created the world’s first superhero in 1934.  One was a gifted writer, the other a gifted illustrator.  Perseverance pays off!
Picture Book.
Read-aloud 3rd-6th grade

Bully.  Patricia Polacco.  Putnam, 2012.
Cyberbullying is a real problem and in this story, it is a clique of 6th grade girls who inflict their meanness.  Lyla has to decide whether to follow the clique or stick up for herself and her best friend when they fall victims to the bullying.  Well thought out and timely.  Picture Book.
Read-aloud 5th-6th grade


Looking Like Me.  Walter Dean Myers.  Egmont USA, 2009.
The author collaborated with his son, Christopher who illustrated this celebration of self esteem and diversity.  The boy in the story discovers all the elements that make him an individual from members of his family and community.  The very modern art places silhouettes against photos of people, places and things.  Named a Children’s Book of the Year in 2010.  Picture Book.
Read-aloud 3rd-6th grade


Owen & Mzee : The True Story of a Remarkable Friendship.  Isabella Hatkoff.  Scholastic, 2006.
Owen, a baby hippo orphaned in the 2005 tsunami, forms a special friendship with Mzee, a 130-year-old giant tortoise.  Friendship has the power to help heal great loss.  Picture Book.
Read-aloud  1st-5th grade



Perfect Square.  Michael Hall.  Greenwillow, 2011.
A perfect red square is very content until he is torn crumpled, punched with holes and transformed into other things which expand his world, bringing him new happiness. A fabulous book for inspiring creative art projects, embracing change, and great use of verbs.  Picture Book.
Read-aloud all ages


Who is Melvin Bubble?  Nick Bruel.  Roaring Book Press, 2006.
Jimmy Wallpaper has asked the author to write a book about his best friend, Melvin Bubble.  Mr. Bruel interviews Melvin’s parents, the tooth fairy, Santa and many others.
Ask students what others would say about them.  Picture Book.
Read-aloud 2nd-5th grade


Wings.  Christopher Myers.  Scholastic, 2000.
Ikarus, the new boy, is different.  His “long, strong, proud wings followed wherever he went.”  He is criticized by students, teacher and even a policeman.  A shy girl is the only one who appreciates his gifts.  Beautiful collage illustrations.  Picture Book.
Read-aloud 3rd-6th grade
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