As we at Westwood-Bales Elementary prepare for the 2013-2014 school year, we’re displaying a few of our newest titles in our Character Case. What books will you be reading during your first few weeks back in your character building?
The wisdom of German writer, artist and politician Johann Wolfgang von Goethe has been on my mind a lot lately: If we treat people as they are, we make them worse. If we treat people as they ought to be, we help them become what they are capable of becoming.
Gratitude, my one little word, is on my heart and mind a lot these days, in part because I read a book over the winter break that suggests that we give thanks in all things. But is it possible to look for something to be grateful for in every situation?
Extra, extra, read all about it! Good News Nelson by Jodi Moore will be released by Story Pie Press and heading to a bookstore near you in early December 2012, and that’s good news! Why is that good news, you ask?
As darkness descended upon us, we made a last-minute decision on the Fourth to take in the Sounds of Freedom Fireworks Extravaganza. So we threw our chairs into the back of the truck and headed down the road to the celebration. We parked and walked a few blocks to a prime spot on a hill […]
Last January, our erstwhile reporter, Barbara Gruener, reviewed Maria Dismondy’s book, Spaghetti in a Hot Dog Bun, and we were thrilled to learn that the CHARACTER COUNTS! site has been mentioned in a wonderful new post on Citizenship in Dismondy’s blog. The post features some great ideas on how to celebrate Citizenship this week with a 4th of July flavor, […]
As the tenth anniversary of 9/11 approaches, Barbara Gruener reviews Red, White and Blue by Debbie Clement.
Before she opened Ruth Ann Smalley’s Sheila Says We’re Weird, Barbara Gruener wondered, “Weird in a good way, or weird in a bad way?” Read Barbara’s review here.
Pat Brisson’s Sometimes We Were Brave is tops among illustrated picture books for tackling the emotionally charged and extremely challenging issues that come with military service and sacrifice.
In Bird Child, the beautiful newcomer by Canadian teacher Nan Forler, birdlike Eliza has a wise mom who gifts her as an infant with a lifelong skill: wings to fly. This includes not only the ability stay positive, but also the ability to see solutions to situations and choices for conflicts.