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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.  

Adrian Simcox Does Not Have A Horse
Campbell, Marcy, author.
Adrian Simcox brags about owning a horse, and Chloe just knows he's making stuff up...until she learns an important lesson in empathy.
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.
I Walk With Vanessa : A Story About A Simple Act Of Kindness
Kerascoët, author, illustrator.
An elementary school girl witnesses the bullying of another girl, but she is not sure how to help.
If You Plant A Seed
Nelson, Kadir, author, illustrator.
While planting seeds in their garden, two animals learn the value of kindness.
I Am Kind
Capozzi, Suzy, author.
I Am Kind follows a little girl who sees kindness all around her. Her mother is kind when she volunteers in the community, and her neighbor is kind when he gives her strawberries from his garden. Even her nature troop is kind when they take care of the earth! The little girl realizes that she, too, has the power to be kind, and that even small actions can have a big impact.
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.
El Deafo
Bell, Cece, author, artist.
The author recounts in graphic novel format her experiences with hearing loss at a young age, including using a bulky hearing aid, learning how to lip read, and determining her "superpower."
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 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.
Erskine, Kathryn.
Ten-year-old Caitlin, who has Asperger's Syndrome, struggles to understand emotions, show empathy, and make friends at school, while at home she seeks closure by working on a project with her father.
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.
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.
My Jasper June
Snyder, Laurel, author.
The school year is over, and it is summer in Atlanta. The sky is blue, the sun is blazing, and the days brim with possibility. But Leah feels. . . lost. She has been this way since one terrible afternoon a year ago, when everything changed. Since that day, her parents have become distant, her friends have fallen away, and Leah's been adrift and alone. Then she meets Jasper, a girl unlike anyone she has ever known.
Secret Kindness Agents : How Small Acts Of Kindness Really Can Change The World
Pearson, Ferial.
Moved by the Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedy, Ferial Pearson wondered if a simple act of kindness could change a life. She thought of the school where she taught and the students she guided every day and wondered, what would happen if we started secretly carrying out small acts of kindness in school?
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!