Pre K – 3rd Literature for Vision, Goal Setting, and Self Reflection

All Ages

  • What Do You Do With An Idea by Kobi Yamada 
    Plot Summary: A young boy has an idea. The idea starts as a small golden  in the boy's colorless world. It follows him everywhere. He can't get rid of it. The boy is afraid that his idea will not be liked by others, so he protects his idea and hides it. But soon, the idea starts to grow and the boy starts feeling better about his idea. He starts nurturing it and one day it breaks open, free, and adds new colors to the boy's life. The final line of the story is, "So what do you do with an idea? You change the world."
    What To Do With An Idea Lesson Plan  3-4th grades
    What To Do With An Idea  video  2:53 min.  Read Aloud of book

Pre K-3

  • "Brontorina"by James Howe  -  The story is about a dinosaur who wants to be a ballerina and while a studio initially allows her to dance it’s clear that she is just too big. The story doesn’t end there and with some help from friends who support her dream they find a way to include everyone.
    Teaching Book Materials – includes links for author interviews, audio discussion of his name, written interview (have to have a sign-in for access for some of the materials)
    "Brontorina" Activities
    Brontorina lesson materials from Jewish Perspective

  • Fly Away HomeEve Bunting, New York: Clarion Books. A homeless boy who lives in an airport with his father, moving from terminal to terminal trying not to be noticed, is given hope when a trapped bird finally finds its freedom. Fly Away Home by Eve Bunting  8:27 min.   

  • Smoky NightEve Bunting, New York: Harcourt Children's Books.
    Smoky Night is a story about cats and people who     couldn't get along until a night of rioting brings them together.
     Smoky Night  8:54 min. .

  • Amazing Grace by Marie Hoffman  Grace loves to act out stories. Sometimes she plays the leading part, sometimes she is 'a cast of thousands.' When her school decides to perform Peter Pan , Grace is longing to play Peter, but her classmates say that Peter was a boy, and besides, he wasn't black...But Grace's Ma and Nana tell her she can be anything she wants if she puts her mind to it...
    Teaching Materials for "Amazing Grace"