Here are some excellent books to make connections to PATHS� concepts recommended by our PATHS� trainers!
Grumpy by Britta Teckentrup
SYNOPSIS: Grumpy Cat isn't really grumpy-he's just lonely. He wants to make friends but doesn't know how. When he meets a lost, playful kitten, he almost misses his chance to befriend her by walking away. The kitten's cheerfulness almost comes to naught, until a near accident causes Grumpy Cat to save her. From there the path of true friendship runs smooth. Can be used with some of these lessons: Evolution of friends, helping and sharing and misconceptions. Suitable for PreK/K/Grade 1
Recommended by Julie Gest
Crazy Hair Day by Barney Saltzberg:
SYNOPSIS: Stanley Birdbaum's elementary school is having a Crazy Hair Day. Stanley is particularly excited about it! One Friday, he and his mom have a wonderful time crafting his kooky coiffure. When he walks into class, all spiky and striped and ready to go, he hears his teacher reminding everyone that Crazy Hair Day is next Friday. Today, in fact, is School Picture Day. Stanley, now sick, runs to the bathroom and doesn't come out. He finally decides to risk more ridicule and get his picture taken with the class. Fortunately, it does prove to be a day Stanley will never forget, because his classmates surprise him by wearing silly, makeshift hats for the school picture that make him and his crazy hair feel right at home. Suitable for Grade 2/3.
Recommended by Melissa Tomascik
Eagles Song by Joseph Bruchac
SYNOPSIS: It's a shock for fourth-grader Danny Bigtree to move to Brooklyn from his Mohawk Nation reservation: suddenly he has no friends, and his classmates taunt him, asking him where his war pony is and telling him to go home to his teepee. After his charismatic father makes a class visit to talk about Iroquois culture, his peers begin to warm up to him. (The legend of the great peacemaker Aionwahta, who united five warring Indian nations into the Iroquois Confederacy and turned an enemy into an ally.) Danny, like Aionwahta, becomes an agent of peace, and finds a way to transform the school bully into a friend. Suitable for Grade 4/5.
Recommended by Gary Lazenby