The Golden Rule

Title: The Golden Rule Authors: Ilene Cooper Publisher: Abrams Books Type: Picture Book Level: Elementary The Golden Rule by Ilene Cooper is a precious tale about how different cultures through the ages have used the same good-neighbor rule: Treat others the way you want to be treated.A grandfather and his grandson spot a billboard that […]

What If Your School Was This Good?

Imagine a school where student-athletes take on a real leadership role. They’re involved in service-learning activities (e.g., raising the greatest amount of money in the state for cancer research) and their sports are played with honor and integrity. The senior athletes are invited to interview new coaches because their self-reflection and questioning of their own […]

Knitting Nell

Title: Knitting Nell Authors: Julie Jerslid Roth Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Type: Picture Book Level: Ages 4-8 Pages: 32 Two years ago, a knitting mentor at our school brought me this treasure for my “Books That Teach” collection. She thought of me, she said, because the book’s heroine reminded her of the third graders in our […]

How to Give Character-Education CPR

Keeping a character-education program going long after the initial passion and excitement have worn off can be a tough fight, especially when education is primarily focused on standardized testing and mandated programs. Dr. Jacques Benninga of the Bonner Center for Character Education says sustainability is one of the hottest topics in character-education research today (see […]

Lucy Goosey Takes Responsibility

Title: Lucy Goosey Takes Responsibility Authors: Katherine CIriello Clark Publisher: High Pitched Hum Type: Picture Book Level: Ages 4-8 Pages: 28 As elementary students learn how to manage responsibilities, sometimes they can’t keep up. This sweet book by CC! teacher Katherine Ciriello Clark is a wonderful way to help students take responsibility for their actions […]

Barbara Gruener – Put a Face to the Name

Many of you know Barbara Gruener from her inspirational book reviews that usually form the content for this section. Barbara has been a counselor for eight years at Westwood Elementary in Friendswood, Texas, which has celebrated CC! Week every year since 2000. We asked Barbara to give us insight into her program that has won […]

Armando and the Blue Tarp School

Title: Armando and the Blue Tarp School Authors: Edith Fine and Judith Josephson Publisher: Lee and Low. Type: Picture Book Level: Ages 4-8 Pages: 32 Want a book that infuses culture and compassion, hope and healing into a language arts lesson? Check out Armando and the Blue Tarp School by Edith Hope Fine and Judith […]

Agate: What Good Is a Moose?

Title: Agate: What Good Is a Moose? Authors: Joy Morgan Dey and Nikki Johnson Publisher: Lake Superior Port Cities Inc. Type: Picture Book Level: Ages 4-8 Pages: 32 Digging for a book to help infuse character into a science lesson or vice versa, I recently unearthed this clever rhyming story about an awkwardly gangly moose […]

Have You Filled a Bucket Today?

Title: Have You Filled a Bucket Today? Author: Carol McCloud Publisher: Ferne Press Type: Picture Book Level: Ages 4-8 Pages: 32 Are you looking for a colorful addition to your character collection to inspire a habit of caring in your little sponges? Then check out Have You Filled a Bucket Today? by Carol McCloud. This […]