Books on Values

Keep Calm!

Title: It’s Great to Keep Calm (2017)

Author: Jordan Collins

Illustrated By: Stuart Lynch

Published By: Make Believe Ideas


This Teaching Values Tuesday we focus on the value of remaining calm and being patient.  This is an important value that is beneficial for everyone to learn and practice in life.  Life is not easy and does not always go as planned.  But any hiccups, challenges, or obstacles are best met by one who can calmly work through them.  This value is best when learned at a young age and practiced through every stage in life.

In this story we meet little Carly.  Carly loves making art and thinks she is rather good at it!  On this particular day the class was to make sock puppets, and Carly was determined to make the best sock puppet in the class!  Making a sock puppet soon proved not to be as easy as it seemed for Carly.  Carly started to frown, but kept trying.  When everyone was finished making their sock puppet Carly wondered why hers did not look as good as theirs.  Jack, one of her classmates, offered to help her.  Carly yelled, “No!”, and stated she could do it herself.  Her frustration built up as she was angry with herself and everyone in the classroom!  Carly attempted to begin her sock puppet again, but when it fell on the floor Carly became overwhelmed and stomped on it!  She began to cry because she really did want to make a sock puppet.  Jack, once again offers to help Carly, but this time with some calm down techniques for when she gets upset.  TAKE DEEP BREATHS.  GIVE YOURSELF A HUG.  We can all use these techniques when we feel frustration building.  It worked for Carly, soon she was relaxed!  She apologized for yelling at Jack and together they made her sock puppet! 

This is a great book to read to children so they can begin to develop some calming down techinques of their own.  Not all techiniques work for everyone so we must all figure out what works best for us.  Some people may need to totally remove themselves from the environment to calm down, take a walk, count backwards, pound on a punching bag, etc…  But it is important to find what works for you so you will be prepared to face whatever comes your way!


Favorite line in this book: “Everyone looses their temper sometimes.” 


This book is part of the, Let’s Get Along series.  These books address a variety of emotions and situations children experience during childhood and ways to manage them.

Other titles include:

▪It’s Great to be Kind

▪It’s Great to Work Together

▪It’s Great to Share 

Books on Diversity, Books on Self-Concept, Books on Values

Powerful Words!

Title: Martin’s Big Words

Author: Doreen Rappaport

Illustrated By: Bryan Collier 

Published By: Jump at the Sun


On this Me Monday we celebrate and honor the works and teachings of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.!  We have accomplished and learned so much from Dr. King’s legacy, but we have so much further to go!  As long as there is still hate and injustice in this world, our work is never done!  Dr. King read and studied the teachings of Mahatma Ghandi, the wise Indian activist.  Ghandi stated that, “If we are to reach peace in this world…we shall have to begin with children…”  These words are so true.  Children learn by our example.  What we say, what we do, how we interact with one another, how we respond and react to situations, how we treat ourselves and others.  If a child sees hate, that child will learn to hate.  But if a child sees love, kindness, respect, and generosity, then we can change this world into a better place, one child at a time!

Dr. King’s father was a minister so Dr. King was receiving inspiring words and teachings about love and righteousness from a very young age.  This influenced his thoughts about the world and motivated him to share these teachings with others in hopes of irradicating hate and the mistreatment of mankind.

What can we do today to continue Dr. King’s movement? Simply love another!  Regardless of the color of our skin, where we come from, where we live, what religion we practice, what language we speak, etc… We are all different and that is the beauty of the world!  But our differences should not set us apart, they should be celebrated and respected!  We should all love one another for who we are!

Books on Values

Nyah! Nyah! Nyah!

 Title: The Berenstain Bears and Too Much Teasing (1995)

Author: Stan & Jan Berenstain

Published By: Random House Inc.


The Berenstain Bears are here on this Teaching Values Tuesday to teach us about, teasing!  Most of us have teased someone and/or been teased in our lifetime.  Teasing is a part of childhood, but not a good part.  But sometimes only when the teaser becomes the teased do they learn the lesson that teasing hurts.

Brother Bear loves to tease his Sister Bear!  Which may seem normal among siblings.  But Sister Bear did not like it when Brother Bear teased her, she thought he was being very mean when he did so and it hurt her feelings.  Mama Bear told Sister not to be so sensitive, and Papa Bear brushed teasing off as a part of life.  They did not do too much to discourage or prevent Brother from teasing Sister.  Brother only begins to learn his lesson about teasing others when he begins to get teased at school.  He finds that he does not like it, as it makes him sad and angry.  He soon realizes how he makes Sister feel when he teases her.

Unfortunately some people do not learn that teasing is wrong and hurtful at a young age like Brother.  So it is important to address and speak to children about teasing when we see it.  Nip it in the bud before it is allowed to blossom.  Starting at home, siblings, cousins, or any family member should not be allowed to tease one another.  Even if it seems like light-hearted child’s play you do not really know how it is affecting the child it is being directed at.  And tolerating it sends the wrong message to the teaser that it is okay. Yes, we must also teach children how to deal with being teaesed because it is going to happen, but we must stress even more that one should not tease another.  Children often tease because they are jealous, insecure, or do not understand something or someone different than them.  Address the root of teasing to help curb it.  Children who are allowed to tease grow into adults who think it is acceptable  to do so, and it simply is not.


3 other books by Stan & Jan Berenstain:

▪The BB and the Sitter (1981)

▪The BB and Too Much T.V. (1984)

▪The BB Forget Their Manners  (1985)

Books on Values

Get it!

Title: You Get What You Get (2012)

Author: Julie Gassman

Illustrator: Sarah Horne

Publisher: Scholastic


Our first book feature for Teaching Values Tuesday is, You Get What You Get.  This book will open up the conversation with children about the values of gratitude and appreciation.  The main character in this book is Melvin, and Melvin is not a happy camper if he does not get his way.  Some of us may have a Melvin in our household or know of a Melvin!  Melvin’s mom tended to coddle and apologize to Melvin for any inconvenience not getting his way caused him.  But at school Melvin’s teacher laid down the law!  “You get what you get and you don’t throw a fit.”  So Melvin towed the line at school, but when he got home he let it all out!…Until one day, Melvin let the school rule secret slip at home.  Things were different at home from then on!

How we wish lessons were learned as quickly as they are in the books we read to children.  Within a few turns of the pages you have a whole new kid!  Real life unfourtunately does not quite work that way!  Changing children’s negative  behavior to a more positive one is a process that takes time and differs for each child.  Raising grateful children who are appreciative and who do not feel a sense of entitlement can be difficult in this day and age but it can be done… if not one page at a time, then one day at a time!


My favorite line in this book: “Home and school, that’s the rule!”


3 other books by Julie Gassman:

▪Crabby Pants (2010)

▪Elanor Won’t Share (2012)

▪Lucielle Gets Jealous (2012)


Sarah Horne also illustrated:

▪Llama United (2017)