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10 Books About Individuality

    Whoever You Are

    Whoever You Are - Mem Fox

    Despite the differences between people around the world, there are similarities that join us together, such as pain, joy, and love.

    PICTURE BOOK Fox, M.
    Go Big or Go Gnome

    Go Big or Go Gnome - Kirsten Mayer

    Although unable to grow a beard, Al the garden gnome, after discovering his talent for barbering, wins a special award at the beard contest.

    PICTURE BOOK Mayer, K.
    Chrysanthemum

    Chrysanthemum - Kevin Henkes

    Chrysanthemum loves her name, until she starts going to school and the other children make fun of it.

    PICTURE BOOK Henkes, K.   
    Exclamation Mark

    Exclamation Mark - Amy Krouse Rosenthal

    A punctuation mark feels bad that he doesn't fit in with the others until a friend reveals the possibilities that exist when differences are accepted.

    PICTURE BOOK Rosenthal, A.
    Elmer

    Elmer - David McKee

    All the elephants of the jungle were gray except Elmer, until the day he got tired of being different and making the other elephants laugh.

    PICTURE BOOK McKee, D.
    Pete With No Pants

    Pete With No Pants - Rowboat Watkins

    Pete does not like wearing pants, so he imagines himself as a boulder, or a squirrel, or maybe a cloud--just as long as he does not have to wear pants.

    PICTURE BOOK Watkins, R.
    It's Okay to Be Different

    It's Okay to Be Different - Todd Parr

    Illustrations and brief text describe all kinds of differences that are "okay."

    PICTURE BOOK Parr, T.
    Be a Friend

    Be a Friend - Salina Yoon

    Dennis is an ordinary boy who expresses himself in extraordinary ways. When he meets a girl named Joy, he discovers the power of friendship.

    PICTURE BOOK Yoon, S.
    Moo Dog

    Moo Dog - David Milgrim

    The other animals laugh at Dog when he moos instead of barks, but Dog and Bird show the others that being different can be fun.

    EASY READER 1 Milgrim, D.
    My Family Adventure

    My Family Adventure - Jacqueline Jules

    Sofia, the youngest daughter in a family full of girls, wants to stand out and be noticed, and finds a way to express her individuality through her school portrait.

    EASY READER 3 Jules, J.
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