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.  

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. 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.

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! Dive into three new stories about the joy of adventure and the power of friendship! In the first story, Otty the otter makes her debut splash; while Narwhal greets her with immediate enthusiasm, Jelly's not so sure about her... mostly because he worries she'll take his place as Narwhal's best friend. Readers will easily see why Narwhal's so excited to meet Otty, a boisterous explorer who even has an aunt who's a real live sea captain! But readers will also relate to Jelly's uneasiness seeing his best friend making a new pal. Jelly tries to work out his jealousy in story two, and in story three, the new trio say "Ahoy, adventure!" and discover they all have more in common than they thought... including a love of waffles! Jelly also takes over the "Super Waffle and Strawberry Sidekick" comic providing a sidekick's-eye-view of defeating the dreaded dEVILed egg!"-- Provided by publisher.

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"-- Provided by publisher.

Frank, John, author.

"A picture book collection of poems centered on spontaneous acts of kindness, representing diverse voices and topical themes"-- Provided by publisher.

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.

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.

Myracle, Lauren, 1969-

"In the second book of the series, seven-year-old Ty Perry discovers that being kind is part of being Ty"-- Provided by publisher.

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.

O'Neill, Kay (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.

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." -- (Source of summary not specified)

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!"--Page 4 of cover.

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.

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.

Underwood, Deborah, author.

Illustrations and rhyming text describe acts of kindness and community.

Wild, Margaret, 1948- author.

'Hope is the thing with feathers that perches in the soul' - Emily Dickinson. 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 recognise 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. The children take it home and care for it through the night. In the morning it is again radiant, and when they set it free it leaves behind the first signs of blue sky and colour. The ambiguous ending invites multiple interpretations about the effects of selflessness and kindness.

Summaries provided by DPL's catalog unless otherwise noted. Click on each title to view more information.

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