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Jaren Ducker’s List for Young Readers


Jaren Ducker loved the library. She believed that an excellent public library was the escalator of opportunity in our society. If we are to be a better people, it will be because of what we can find in the books that are here. We dedicate this page to her memory. 

Watch this page for young readers’ books about kindness, tolerance, usefulness, and citizenship.  

I Am Kind
Capozzi, Suzy, author.
I Am Kind follows a little girl who sees kindness all around her. In this new installment of the Positive Power early reader series, children will learn the affirmation "I am kind" through an encouraging story of community and everyday kindness.
Narwhal's Otter Friend
Clanton, Ben, 1988- author, illustrator.
Narwhal and Jelly... and Otty?! Exuberant Narwhal and skeptical Jelly test the waters of adding a new friend to their pod when they meet Otty the super-adventurous otter in the fourth book of this blockbuster early graphic novel series!
The Rabbit Listened
Doerrfeld, Cori, author, illustrator.
When Taylor's block castle is destroyed, all the animals think they know just what to do, but only the rabbit quietly listens to how Taylor is feeling.
Lend A Hand : Poems About Giving
Frank, John, author.
A picture book collection of poems centered on spontaneous acts of kindness, representing diverse voices and topical themes.
Garvey's Choice
Grimes, Nikki, author.
Garvey's father has always wanted Garvey to be athletic, but Garvey is interested in astronomy, science fiction, reading--anything but sports. Feeling like a failure, he comforts himself with food. Garvey is kind, funny, smart, a loyal friend, and he is also obese, teased by bullies, and lonely. When his only friend encourages him to join the school chorus, Garvey's life changes.
Sticks And Stones
Kear, Nicole C., author.
Seven-year-old Veronica and the newly-formed Fix-It Friends confront a boy won't stop teasing others. Includes notes for children and their parents.
The Life Of Ty : Non-random Acts Of Kindness
Myracle, Lauren, 1969-
In the second book of the series, seven-year-old Ty Perry discovers that being kind is part of being Ty.
Annie And Simon : Banana Muffins And Other Stories
O'Neill, Catharine, author.
Recounts the adventures of Annie, her big brother Simon, and their dog Hazel as they bake banana muffins, care for their neighbor's baby, and save their dog from a close encounter with a porcupine.
The Tea Dragon Society
O'Neill, Katie (Cartoonist), author, illustrator.
After discovering a lost Tea Dragon in the marketplace, apprentice blacksmith Greta learns about the dying art form of Tea Dragon caretaking from the kind tea shop owners.
A Book Of Love
Randall, Emma, 1989- author, illustrator.
Illustrations and easy-to-read, rhyming text show many ways that love can be shared, from giving a hug or a kiss to helping a grandparent, or simply listening when someone feels low.
Do Nice, Be Kind, Spread Happy : Acts Of Kindness For Kids
Russell, Bernadette, author.
In this book are lots of acts of kindness that kids can do to spread a little joy -- with a side order of mischief and magic!
The Cardboard Kingdom
Sell, Chad, author, artist.
Follows the adventures of a group of neighborhood children who create costumes from cardboard and use their imagination in adventures with knights, robots, and monsters.
Counting By 7s
Sloan, Holly Goldberg, 1958-
Twelve-year-old genius and outsider Willow Chance must figure out how to connect with other people and find a surrogate family for herself after her parents are killed in a car accident.
Finding Kindness
Underwood, Deborah, author.
Illustrations and rhyming text describe acts of kindness and community.
The Feather
Wild, Margaret, 1948- author.
This is a story about hope, kindness and redemption set in a grey dystopian world. When a great feather drifts from the leaden sky, two children recognize its extraordinariness and take it to the village for its protection. The villagers, however, want to encase it, upon which the feather loses its radiance.