Children’s / Teenage personal and social topics: Self-awareness and self-esteem

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The Wolf Suit

A Junior Library Guild Gold Standard Selection

“Genuinely lovely. A gorgeous palette of colors and emotions with illustrations that leap off the page.”—Matthew Forsythe, creator of MINA, and Pokko ...

How to Party Like a Snail

An introverted snail throws his own kind of party to celebrate all things quiet

Snail is a party animal. Well...kind of. He loves the quiet things about parties: confetti, making new friends (using his ...

Akpa's Journey

After thick-billed murre Akpa emerges from his egg, high on an Arctic cliff, he soon learns that he must embark on a long migration before he is even able to fly. Flinging himself into the icy water with ...

On the Line

A boy overshadowed by a family of skilled hockey players finds an innovative way to shine. Problem-solving helps build confidence which everyone needs. This positive story about team “stewardship” ...

Growing Up Trans

What does it mean to be young and transgender today?

Growing Up Trans shares stories, essays, art and poetry created by trans youth aged 11 to 18. In their own words, the works illustrate the trans experience ...

The Street Belongs to Us

A sweet middle-grade chapter book about two best friends who transform their torn-up street into a world where imaginations can run wild. The Street Belongs to Us is a story of family, friendship, and ...

The Year Shakespeare Ruined My Life

Overachieving Allison, desperate to be head of her class agrees to produce a play by Shakespeare which turns out to be a big problem and a bigger mistake. What might even be worse is that she accepts ...

The King of Jam Sandwiches

“Tug at the heartstrings and tickle the funny bone…This warm tale is definitely one for the keeper shelves. Highly recommended.”—School Library Journal, starred review

Thirteen-year-old Robbie ...

Little Doctor and the Fearless Beast

Crocodiles come from far and wide to seek Little Doctor’s care. She treats each one with skill and kindness—even the toughest crocs with thick skins and large, powerful jaws. Little Doctor marvels ...

What Happens Next

This is a raw, realistic story told by an unnamed protagonist who feels different from everyone else, like she doesn’t quite fit in. Bullied by another girl at school, our narrator provides a terse ...