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My Friend is Sad

By Mo Willems
Published by Disney/ Hyperion, 2007
Gerald the elephant is having a bad day. His friend Piggie wants to cheer him up, but doesn’t exactly know how. Unbeknownst to him, each thing he tries actually makes the problem worse. How can piggie cheer him up?
A great book for young kids. A great lesson on what friendship really means.
Accessed: Augusta County Library

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Naked Mole Rat Gets Dressed

By Mo Willems
Published by Hyperion Books, 2009
Wilbur the naked mole rat was the only mole rat that liked to wear clothes. Everyone thought he was crazy for wanting to wear clothes and brought him before the elder mole rat for a ruling on whether or not his clothes– and his clothing shop– should be allowed. Surprisingly, they were! And the mole rats started to use clothing to express themselves in new ways.
This book speaks to the price of uniqueness and individuality within society. Is it worth sticking out if it means you get picked on? What does it take to finally be accepted? This book can spur social commentary even among middle and high school students.
Awards: Parent’s Choice Gold Award
Accessed: Augusta County Library

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Leonardo the Terrible Monster

By Mo Willems
Published by Hyperion Books, 2005

Leonardo is a terrible monster– he doesn’t scare anyone. He tries very hard to be scary, but just doesn’t succeed. Leonardo does some research and tracks down the most shy, diminutive little boy he can find, sneaks up on him, and tries to scare him. The boy cries, and Leonardo feels like he has FINALLY won… until he figures out why he’s really crying. Leonardo and Sam become friends– but that doesn’t stop Leo from still trying to scare the “tuna salad” out of him every once in awhile.
A great book about friendship and determining what is important.
Awards: ALA Notable Children’s books, School Library Journal Starred Review
Accessed: Augusta County Library

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Knuffle Bunny, Too

By Mo Willems

Published by Hyperion Books for Children, 2007

Trixie is very excited.  This is the day that she is bringing Knuffle Bunny to school with her.  But Trixie is in for a surprise when she finds out that another classmate has a knuffle bunny JUST LIKE HERS!  All day, the girls squabble, and eventually both bunnies get taken away.  At the end of the day, they get them back and go home– until at 2:30 in the morning, Trixie realizes that the knuffle bunny she has isn’t hers.  The OTHER GIRL has it and SHE NEEDS IT BACK!  After a middle-of-the-night trade-off, the girls realize that they have more in common than they thought, and they become friends.

This book could be used to identify conflict and resolution as well as setting (the photos are brilliant), characterization, and plot.

Awards:  This is the sequel to the Caldecott-Honor-winning Knuffle Bunny.

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