Change can be hard. Transitions require time and energy and there’s not always a straight line from start to finish.
Stories can help kids (and their grownups) make the shift go more smoothly—from preschool to kindergarten, from summer vacation to school schedules, or even just from one season to another. It’s reassuring to read about characters who tackle challenges successfully. And it’s also good to be reminded that occasional missteps don’t necessarily mean disaster.
So take a peek at the titles below and spend some time talking about how to put your best foot forward—and how to make the best of things when they don’t turn out quite how you’d have liked.
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This booklist was created in support of BUZZWORD PGH to encourage imagination, investigation, creation, and reflection. Available to families throughout Allegheny County, BUZZWORD PGH engages young children and their families as they discover the words that are all around them.
English just feels wrong to Isabel. She prefers her native Spanish. Her first day at her new school is uncomfortable, until she employs her crayons and discovers there’s more than one way to communicate with new friends.
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Growing up on a pineapple farm in Mexico, a young girl discovers the magic in everyday transformations that take place around her.
On a small family farm, an old truck falls into disrepair and lies nearly forgotten, except by the family’s daughter.
A perfect square that is perfectly happy is torn into pieces, punched with holes, crumpled, and otherwise changed but finds in each transformation that it can be something new, and just as happy.
Katie Honors is a really brave kid. She can go to bed with just one small night light. She can hold her tears in when it’s time to say goodbye to her mom at school. But sometimes Katie isn’t ready to say goodbye and doesn’t feel brave at all.
Walter and Xavier were best friends until they slowly drifted apart, then Walter meets Ollie which could be the start of a new friendship.