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Written by:  K.I. Al-Ghani Controlling Anger in Children with Asperger’s Syndrome   Deep inside everyone, a red beast lies sleeping. When it is asleep, the red beast is quite small, but when it wakes up, it begins to grow and grow.   The Red Beast is a beautiful book that teaches children strategies about managing …

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The Recess Queen Written by Alexis O’Neill   Mean Jean was the Recess Queen And nobody said any different. Nobody swung until Mean Jean swung, Nobody kicked until Mean Jean kicked. Nobody bounced until Mean Jean bounced.   If kids ever crossed her, she’d push ‘em and smoosh ‘em Lollapaloosh ‘em, hammer ‘em, slammer ‘em …

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TITLE:            JUST THE WAY WE AREAUTHOR:     JESSICA SHIRVINGTON & CLAIRE ROBERTSON   Just The Way We Are is a celebration of all different types of families.  Throughout the story we are introduced to five children and their unique families.  Each family is described beautifully with clear descriptions of the different members of each family and …

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TITLE:            I HAVE A WORRYAUTHOR:     TANYA BALCKE I Have A Worry  is a beautifully written story that assists children in understanding how to deal with different worries they may have throughout their day.  The story looks at the worries children can have when dealing with pressures from family, friends and school.  The story explores how …

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“A Ferret Named Phil” by William Reimer   This is such a wonderful book for encouraging children to stand up for themselves and to be brave. This may spark the much-needed conversation about bullying.  It may encourage discussion of the many different ways to address it, and it may empower those that face it. It …

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“Clever’s New Trick” by Sarah Noftle B.Ed   “This book is a social story to teach children to stop, think and make good choices.” Age recommendation: 3 years and beyond (including us adults). What this story is about Clever the fox is on a heart-warming journey to make friends.  He has learned a neat trick …

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“There are perhaps no days of our childhood we lived so fully as those we spent with a favorite book.”Marcel Proust   “No Means No!” by Jayneen Sanders  This is a lovely book about teaching children about personal boundaries, respect and consent; empowering kids by respecting their choices and their right to say “no”. In …

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“Nothing can equal the power of an adult who puts the right book in a child’s hands at the right time.” Nancie Atwell   “Brian the Smelly Bear” by Mark Chambers  This is a great read for the 2 – 4 years age group.  It has a repetitive, rhyme verse which is great for early readers …

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“Reading energizes my heart with a dream for a better life.” Jimmy Santiago Baca   The Things I Love About You” by Trace Moroney Well, this is truly a special read with your little one.  It is a special pop up book about love. “Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures …

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“Reading makes possible joyful communities full of endless hope and wonder.” Yaya Yuan   “Oh, The Places You’ll Go” by Dr. Seuss This book is one of Miss Kylie’s favourites.  It is used by educator leaders around the world, in all educational institutes such as early childhood settings, primary schools, high schools and public speaker …

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