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Our Gracie Aunt

By Jaqueline Woodson

Illustrated by Jon J. Muth

Published by Jump at the Son, 2002

Johnson and Beebee have been left alone before, but this time it seems like their mother isn’t coming back.  When a social worker brings the children to their Aunt Gracie to stay, they are suspicious of how things are going to go.  They adapt quickly, but still miss their mother.  One day they visit their mother, and they are able to understand that she loves them but cannot take care of them right away.  They are overjoyed to go back to their aunt’s house for the time being, where they have a good life and know they are also loved.

A great book for illustrating what happens to some children in foster care, and the difficulties they face.  This book is complex enough to use with even high schoolers who can address the themes of the book and the subtle emotional turmoil that the kids find themselves in.

Accessed: Augusta County Library

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Each Kindness

By Jacqueline Woodson

Illustrated by E.B. Lewis

Published by Nancy Paulsen Books, 2012

Chloe sees that there is a new girl in class.  Her name is Maya.  Chloe refuses to play with Maya or show her any kindness, and judge her because she doesn’t wear the nicest clothes.  One day Maya is gone, and when the teacher gives a lesson on the importance of kindness, Chloe is struck by the lost opportunity to show kindness to Maya.

This moving picture book is great for all ages, though probably more appropriate for older elementary kids who can more easily identify with how Maya is treated, and then how Chloe feels when an opportunity is lost.

Accessed: Augusta County Library

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