Book Recommendations

Stories that create important conversations around growth, resilience, self-belief and other skills necessary to achieve big dreams. 

Human Kind: Honesty

A Little Good In A Big World.

Honesty is talking to yourself and others truthfully. Honesty brings us closer, keeps us safer and helps people trust us. Honesty is not always easy. Sometimes it's the hardest choice. There are many ways to be honest.

Human Kind: Resilience

A Little Good In A Big World.

Resilience is bouncing back from difficult moments. Resilience is reaching out for help when things feel too big to handle. Resilience is recognising how you feel and knowing what to do with that feeling. You are often more resilient than you realise. Resilience is something you can learn, and something you can grow over time. There are many ways to be resilient.

Human Kind: Persistence

A Little Good In A Big World.

Persistence helps us try new things, get better at hard things, and cope when things get difficult. Persistence helps us see things through to the end. There are many ways to be persistent.

Human Kind: Kindness

A Little Good In A Big World.

Kindness is being generous with our words, our actions and our heart. Acts of kindness can be big or small. We can be kind to others, and to ourselves too. It feels good to be kind, and kindness makes others feel good too. There are many ways to be kind.

Human Kind: Courage

A Little Good In A Big World.

Courage is doing something hard, even when you don't know if you really can do it. Courage helps you find out what you're good at, discover that you don't need to be perfect and that mistakes are okay. There are many ways to be courageous.

Human Kind: Imagination

A Little Good In A Big World.

Imagination can make ordinary things magical. Your imagination allows you to create something out of nothing. It helps you to come up with new ideas, to solve problems and to understand how others might feel. There are many ways to be imaginative.

Be Brave Little Penguin

This feel-good rhyming story portrays a positive message about confidence and self-esteem. 

Little Penguin Pip-Pip would love to join in with all his friends swimming in the sea, but there's just one problem . . . he's scared of water. Can Pip-Pip overcome his fears and finally take the plunge? This irresistible story shows that sometimes all it takes is a little bit of encouragement - and a whole lot of heart - to finally make that leap!

Giraffes Can't Dance

Gerald would love to join in with the other animals at the Jungle Dance, but everyone knows that giraffes can't dance ...or can they? A funny, touching and triumphant story from an award-winning creative team.

Bubble Gum Brain

Meet Bubble Gum Brain and Brick Brain: two kids with two VERY different mindsets. Bubble Gum Brain likes to have fun adventures, learn new things, and doesn't worry about making great mistakes. Brick Brain is convinced that things are just fine the way they are and there's not much he can do to change them, so why try? When Bubble Gum Brain shows Brick Brain how to peel off his wrapper, Brick Brain begins to realize just how much more fun school and life can be! This creative story teaches children (and adults) the valuable lesson that becoming is better than being, which can open the door to a whole new world of possibilities! 

The Girl Who Never Made Mistakes

Meet Beatrice Bottomwell: a nine-year-old girl who has never (not once!) made a mistake. She never forgets her math homework, she never wears mismatched socks, and she ALWAYS wins the yearly talent show at school. In fact, Beatrice holds the record of perfection in her hometown, where she is known as The Girl Who Never Makes Mistakes. Life for Beatrice is sailing along pretty smoothly until she does the unthinkable she makes her first mistake. And in a very public way!

Your Fantastic Elastic Brain

Stretch it, Shape it

Did you know you can stretch and grow your own brain? Or that making mistakes is one of the best ways your brain learns? Just like how lifting weights helps your muscles get stronger, trying new things without giving up-like finding the courage to put your face in the water the first time you're at a pool-strengthens your brain. Next time, your brain will remind you that you overcame that fear, and you will be braver!

Beautiful Oops!

A life lesson that all parents want their children to learn: It's OK to make a mistake. In fact, hooray for mistakes A mistake is an adventure in creativity, a portal of discovery. A spill doesn't ruin a drawing-not when it becomes the shape of a goofy animal. And an accidental tear in your paper? Don't be upset about it when you can turn it into the roaring mouth of an alligator.

Mindset Matters

Amelia is her name and conquering new challenges is her game! She's an up-for-any-adventure second-grader who's eager to try new things, provided nothing can go wrong. She takes up skateboarding with gusto and feverishly builds a swing set for her kid brother. But at the first sign of trouble, she's done. Her confidence shattered, Amelia frets she's a failure. But after a little self-reflection and some loving advice from dear-old Dad, Amelia learns she needs a "gonna get it done" mindset. With her new outlook, she discovers success has many definitions. Mindset Matters reveals why failing doesn't make someone a failure. 

Salt in His Shoes

Michael Jordan in pursuit of a dream

Michael Jordan. The mere mention of the name conjures up visions of basketball played at its absolute best. But as a child, Michael almost gave up on his hoop dreams, all because he feared he'd never grow tall enough to play the game that would one day make him famous. That's when his mother and father stepped in and shared the invaluable lesson of what really goes into the making of a champion -- patience, determination, and hard work.

Thanks for the Feedback, I think?

My story about accepting criticism and compliments the right way.

This entertaining story follows RJ as he goes about his day doing the things he enjoys, such as blowing bubbles, playing football and hanging out with friends. But when a couple of friends give him compliments, he just isn't sure how to respond! As RJ continues through the day, he hears from his teacher and parents that while there are many things he's doing very well, there are, also, some things he needs to work on. His first reaction is to argue and make excuses. Throughout this must-read story, RJ learns what it means to receive positive and negative feedback and how to respond appropriately to that feedback.

I Am Peace. 

A book of mindfulness.

When the world feels chaotic, find peace within through an accessible mindfulness practice. Express emotions through direct speech. Find empathy through imagination. Connect with the earth. Wonder at the beauty of the natural world. Breathe, taste, smell, touch, and be present. Perfect for the classroom or for bedtime.

I Am Love.

A book of compassion.

A celebration of love in all its forms, I Am Love asks readers to look inward when they feel afraid. Love allows us to act with compassion and kindness, to live with gratitude, and to take care of ourselves by practising self-love.

I Am Human.

A book of empathy.

I am human
I am a work in progress
Striving to be the best version of ME

A hopeful meditation on all the great (and challenging) parts of being human, I Am Human shows that it’s okay to make mistakes while also emphasising the power of good choices by offering a kind word or smile or by saying “I’m sorry.”

At its heart, this picture book is a celebration of empathy and compassion that lifts up the flawed fullness of humanity and encourages children to see themselves as part of one big imperfect family—millions strong.

I Am One.

A book of action.

One seed to start a garden, one note to start a melody, one brick to start breaking down walls: Every movement and moment of change starts with just one. A powerful call to action, encouraging readers to raise their voices, extend a hand, and take that one first step to start something beautiful and move toward a better world. Includes a guided meditation and self-reflection activity.

I Am Yoga. 

An eagle soaring among the clouds or a star twinkling in the night sky . . . a camel in the desert or a boat sailing across the sea—yoga has the power of transformation. Not only does it strengthen bodies and calm minds, but with a little imagination, it can show us that anything is possible. A book about creativity and the power of self-expression. I Am Yoga encourages children to explore the world of yoga and make room in their hearts for the world beyond it. A kid-friendly guide to 16 yoga poses is included.

I Am Courage.

A book of resilience.

I take a step.
I forge ahead.
I act with bravery.
I am courage.

When we picture someone brave, we might think they are fearless but real courage comes from feeling scared and facing what challenges us anyway. When our minds tell us "I can't", we can look inside ourselves and find the strength to say, "Yes, I CAN!" A celebration of everyday courage: believing in ourselves, speaking out, trying new things, asking for help, and getting back up no matter how many times we may fall. Grounded in mindfulness and awareness, I Am Courage is an empowering reminder that we can conquer anything.

My Strong Mind

A story about developing mental strength.

Do you want to teach your children about Confidence, Resilience and a Growth Mindset? With My Strong Mind, your children will be introduced to mental strength and learn about techniques to develop their own strong mind.

The story is about Kate, a sporty and happy girl who uses her strong mind to tackle her daily challenges with a positive attitude.

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