Will Jessica find a friend at school? It’s not easy when you’re shy, so every day she brings her cardboard box filled with something different to share. Until, finally, she discovers that all she truly needs to share is herself. Jessica’s Box will capture the heart of every child, parent, teacher, and friend.
A touchingly honest, candidly hysterical memoir from breakout teen author Maya Van Wagenen. Stuck at the bottom of the social ladder at “pretty much the lowest level of people at school who aren’t paid to be here,” Maya Van Wagenen decided to begin a unique social experiment: spend the school year following a 1950s popularity guide, written by former teen model Betty Cornell. Can curlers, girdles, Vaseline and a strand of pearls help Maya on her quest to be popular? The real-life results are painful, funny and include a wonderful and unexpected surprise-meeting and befriending Betty Cornell herself. Told with humor and grace, Maya’s journey offers readers of all ages a thoroughly contemporary example of kindness and self-confidence.
Poor Lewis hates being a puffin. His brother Harris is great at catching fish, flying and doing puffin things, but Lewis just doesn’t fit in. He longs for a different life, far away from the crashing waves and tall cliffs of the Firth of Forth. Lewis finds the answer, and heads off to the circus to become a clown. He meets many incredible creatures: Carla Koala, Zorro the Highwire Cat, the Flying Blue Monkeys and Daredevil Pat. But when his act goes terribly wrong, can Lewis overcome his fears, find some confidence and save the day? A charming and hilarious rhyming picture book about a young misfit puffin who learns that it’s okay to be different.
It’s bedtime. This little boy is ready to climb the stairs and say goodnight. But father isn’t ready at all. He’s afraid of monsters; he doesn’t want to be left alone downstairs.
This brave lad knows how to handle Father. He’ll patiently lead his parent through the bedtime routine. Naturally the boy won’t mind looking in the closet, behind the drapes and everywhere in between if it will make his anxious father feel better. The boy will cheerfully hop into bed for a bedtime story. And he’ll say, after a final hug, “I’ll hear you if you need me in the night.” Father should feel much better now. But what’s going to happen when he has to go downstairs alone?
Maybe there are monsters in the house after all. But can you guess what they are really after? A reassuring story for confident children and timid parents everywhere.
In a small town in northern India, three siblings await their father’s youngest brother, Younguncle, who is said to be somewhat eccentric.
Sebastian, a boy so shy he cannot talk to neighbors, teachers, or schoolmates, finds a pair of roller skates in the park, and his confidence grows as he teaches himself to skate.
A special riding baton her uncle brought her from Mexico helps Chloe get through one tough riding competition after another, but when it disappears before the championship she must place her trust in one very stubborn pony.