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A Year of Action reading list

The Year of Action—a year-long celebration of the power of children—is underway and we hope you've been inspired to begin taking small steps to see positive change in our communities. As we pursue a kinder, safer, and more compassionate world, our experienced staff has recommended some books that you can read with your family.

A Color of His Own by Leo Lionni
This book is about being unique and finding beauty in your differences and within others.

I Like Myself! by Karen Beaumonts
This book is about a girl celebrating her confidence and joy in what makes her unique.

Can I Join Your Club? by John Kelly
This book is about including others and how your differences make you special.

Say Something by Peter H. Reynolds
This is a story about finding your voice and using it to make a difference in the world.

We’re All Wonders by R.J. Palacio
The unforgettable bestseller Wonder has inspired a nationwide movement to Choose Kind. This book is used to introduce the importance of choosing kind to younger readers. 

What Do You Do With an Idea? by Kobi Yamada
This is a story for anyone, at any age, who's ever had an idea that seemed a little too big, too odd, too difficult. It's a story to inspire you to welcome that idea, to give it some space to grow.

The Invisible Boy by Trudy Ludwig
This gentle story shows how small acts of kindness can help children feel included and allow them to flourish.

Salam Alaikum: A Message of Peace by Harris J
This book celebrates peace by spreading the message of love and happiness throughout the world.

Be Kind by Pat Zietlaw Miller
Be Kind is an unforgettable story about how two simple words can change the world.

The Story of Ferdinand by Munro Leaf
Do not conform, be yourself, and accept the differences of others are just a few of the messages of this book.

The Three Questions by Jon J Muth
This book is about being brave and doing what’s best right now for those around you. It teaches you not to be afraid to ask for help.

Each Kindness by Jacqueline Woodson
This is a powerful story that teaches young children how even a little bit of kindness can make the world a better place.

Orange by Derrick S. Slack
This book is about diversity, inclusion, the power of words, and self-esteem.

Who Is My Neighbor? by Rabbi Sandy Sasso
This is a story about how to be a kind, compassionate, and respectful friend (neighbor) to everyone.

Tackling tough topics

Our Preschool teachers are experts at guiding young minds. They know these books address some tough topics. Over the course of the Year of Action, our teachers will provide resources that will help you tackle some of these topics as you discuss these books with your family. Stay tuned!

We hope you'll join us in reading some of these books throughout the year. As we continue to emphasize kindness, acceptance, and compassion, our children can help us change our communities.