Category: Inspiring Book Finds

Books to fill young hearts and minds with joy, encouragement, and inspiration.

The Big Orange Splot Paints Important Messages for Kids

The Big Orange Splot by Daniel Manus Pinkwater is a slightly silly tale with a significant message. What would you do if a big orange splot of paint landed on your home’s roof one day? Would you paint over it? Would your neighbors “encourage” you to do so?   The Story Mr. Plumbeam lived on …

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Me… Jane, The Picture Book Biography of Dr. Jane Goodall

What inspired Dr. Jane Goodall to become a primatologist? In children’s book Me… Jane, award-winning picture book author Patrick McDonnell introduces us to young Jane and her trusty childhood companion, a chimpanzee named Jubilee.   The Story Jane takes Jubilee everywhere she goes. Their many outdoor adventures together help Jane feel very much a part …

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Lost and Found Will Find a Place in Your Heart

Lost and Found by Oliver Jeffers is a charming tale of unexpected friendship. What we think is lost in the beginning turns out to be something entirely different in the end.   The Story A kind little boy decides to help a penguin who is lost. At least, that’s what the boy believes. Of course, …

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Courage of the Blue Boy, A Colorful Message for Kids

Children’s book Courage of the Blue Boy by Robert Neubecker is more than a story of courage. It tackles topics like diversity, individuality and true self-expression, and does so in such a colorful way!   The Story Blue is a boy who lives in a town where everything is the same color: blue. He and …

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Sylvester and the Magic Pebble

Sylvester and the Magic Pebble by William Steig is not only a Caldecott Award winner. It’s a classic.   The Story Sylvester the donkey, who happens to enjoy collecting pebbles, makes an incredible discovery. He finds a magic pebble that makes wishes come true! On his way home to share the magic pebble with his …

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Jumping for JUMP!

I had a wonderful opportunity to ask teacher and author Julia Dweck about her most recent children’s book, JUMP! Want to know her intention behind this Inspiring Children’s Book Find? First…   The Story Jack loves to jump. When something prevents Jack from jumping in the same, familiar way he has done a thousand times …

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Perfect Square Is Perfectly Imperfect

Perfect Square by Michael Hall is another one of those children’s books that speaks volumes with such a simple idea.   The Story What happens to a perfect square when it is no longer perfect?  The square transforms itself into something new and beautiful.   No tantrums.   No tears.   It simply adapts and …

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