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Accidents happen. And in this charming, hilarious debut picture book, Andrea Tsurumi shows that mistakes don’t have to be the end of the world.

After falling off the wall, Humpty Dumpty is very afraid of climbing up again, but is determined not to let fear stop him from being close to the birds.

Angry Alexander refuses to move away if it means having to leave his favorite friends and special places.

Describes the Oklahoma City bombing and its effects on survivors, and explains how they reacted to the situation, kept the memory alive, in part throught the seeds of the Survivor Tree, and helped others after later tragedies.

On a visit to Charlie's favorite island after the dog's death, Louise meets a bear. At first, she's afraid, but soon she realizes that the bear is sad, too. As Louise visits more often, she realizes that getting over loss takes time. And just when she starts to feel better, it's time for Bear to bed down for the winter.

Both Leo and his father are angry and sad when their landlord says their old house will be torn down, but soon they find a way to make their new house feel like home.

Accompanying her aunt and cousin on an exciting weekend camping trip, Ernestine finds the activities of setting up a tent and fishing more challenging than anticipated and struggles to feel comfortable while sleeping under the stars.

When his neighbors give a variety of answers to the question "What is a good day?" Daniel writes a poem about the everyday activities that give them joy.

Other students laugh when Rigoberto, an immigrant from Venezuela, introduces himself but later, he meets Angelina and discovers that he is not the only one who feels like an outsider.

Although Norma does not understand all the rituals that happen when she attends a funeral with her family, she does enjoy playing with her cousin and feels the deceased would have liked the funeral.

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A boy grieves for his dead pet Mousie, helps to bury him, and begins to come to terms with his loss.

A young camper who is as happy as a clam and his best friend, a clam who is a happy camper, enjoy a sadness-free world of daisies, sunshine and best friendship, until one of them eats an entire cake and forgets to share.

Whales song was so beautiful it could reach the furthest of faraways. It sang of happiness and hope, magic and wonder, always and everywhere. But Whale wishes with all his heart to find a friend somewhere in the vast, endless sea. Can his wish be carried over the ocean for someone to follow?

A book for children whose lives have been affected by the loss of a military parent. Family-friendly military themes encourage communication and understanding among children and adults as they read together.

Natalie cannot wait to learn to read since she will have all the stories in the world whenever she wants them, but Natalie becomes frustrated by her first attempts at reading until she and her brother Alphonse find a solution.

Rhyming text relates how a child deals with missing Dad and Grandma, who both live far away.

Little Monster wants to be in a scary  story…or maybe not.

When Liza and Jeremy run to their mother during a scary storm, she comforts them by telling them about the Invisible String, which connects people who love each other no matter where they are and means that they are never alone.

A little boy is excited at the prospect of spending the night at his friend's house but worries how he'll get along without his teddy bear.

Some people are boys. Some people are girls. Some people are both, neither, or somewhere in between. This sweet, straightforward exploration of gender identity will give children a fuller understanding of themselves and others. 

When Jenny and her brother are frightened by events in the world, their parents help them talk about their fears and feel better.

When Peter and his father move to a new house, Peter makes Lenny, Guardian of the Bridge, and Lucy, a friend for Lenny, to protect him from the scary things hidden in the woods.

Lily's Daddy is in the military. Join her as she learns to cope with her emotions and to be happy in her daily life while she looks forward to joyfully saying hello when Daddy gets home.

Lilly loves everything about school, especially her teacher, but when he asks her to wait a while before showing her new purse, she does something for which she is very sorry later.

Little Mouse draws pictures of some of the many things he is afraid of, including creepy crawlies, sharp knives, and having accidents, and provides the correct scientific name for each of his fears.

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A young boy is frightened by how busy and noisy the city is when he goes there to visit his Nana, but she makes him a fancy red cape that keeps him from being scared as she shows him how wonderful a place it is.

Based on a true story. After her parents are taken away by the Taliban, young Nasreen stops speaking. But as she spends time in a secret school, she slowly breaks out of her shell.

In school Kyle's persistent bullying is making Thomas feel like a nobody, and he needs help from his classmates and adults to understand and recapture his self-esteem--but Kyle needs help too.

This gorgeously illustrated picture book tells the story of a young Japanese boy who loses his dad in a tsunami.

The pigeon must go to school, but frets about math, learning the alphabet, heavy backpacks, and what the teacher and other birds will think of him.

When Taylor's block castle is destroyed, all the animals think they know just what to do, but only the rabbit quietly listens to how Taylor is feeling.

Farmer Evan and his dog do everything together and, especially, in the garden but when his dog passes away Evan lets his garden fill with weeds until a pumpkin vine brings new hope.

Explains what depression is and how it affects people through a story about a princess and a fog around her that she cannot get rid of on her own.

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In rhyming text based on "The Night Before Christmas," Billy is too nervous to sleep the night before he begins preschool, but a kind teacher and new friends fill the day with fun.

When all of their special Saturday plans go awry, Ava and her mother still find a way to appreciate one another and their time together.

For Mimi, the best day of the week is always Saturday, the day she gets to spend with just her Dad. But when Dad's work takes him away from Mimi one Saturday, 'Dadurday' is ruined. 

Violet, who is very shy and hates for anyone to look at her in school, finally comes out of her shell when she is cast as Lady Space in a play about the solar system and saves the production from disaster.

 A contemplative story told from the perspective of a child searching for a beloved lost pet in a big city conveys the child’s gentle but experienced advice on how to navigate the area safely, from avoiding dark alleys to hiding under a bush.

After discussing the police shooting of a local Black man with their families, Emma and Josh know how to treat a new student who looks and speaks differently than his classmates.

This year’s summer vacation will be very different for a young girl and her family without Sascha, the beloved family dog, along for the ride. But a wistful walk along the beach to gather cool, polished stones becomes a brilliant turning point in the girl’s grief.

Isaac is excited about having a sleepover at Grandpop's house, but he's a little nervous about being away from home for the first time.

When Sophie's new sister won't stop crying, only two-year-old Sophie can communicate with her, even if she isn't using her words as her parents want her to.

Sadness can be scary and confusing at any age! When we feel sad, especially for long periods of time, it can seem as if the sadness is a part of who we are--an overwhelming, invisible, and scary sensation.

When Reuben the bear brings doughnuts to his forest friends, they discover that his pants are wet and he angrily accuses them of the dirty deed.