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Starting the New Year Off Right Booklist

Winter break is over and it's time to think about all the great opportunities that the new year brings. Whether it's taking time to learn more about yourself and what you want, or setting personal goals for what you want to accomplish, now is the perfect time to get started. We've pulled together a few book suggestions to get you started. 

Ages 6-8

I'm Gonna Like Me: Letting Off a Little Self-Esteem by Jamie Lee Curtis

Celebrate liking yourself! Through alternating points of view, a girl's and a boy's, Jamie Lee Curtis's triumphant text and Laura Cornell's lively artwork show kids that the key to feeling good is liking yourself because you are you.

It's Okay to Be Different by Todd Parr

It's Okay to Be Different cleverly delivers the important messages of acceptance, understanding, and confidence in an accessible, child-friendly format featuring Todd Parr's trademark bold, bright colors and silly scenes.

Whoever You Are by Mem Fox

Every day all over the world, children are laughing and crying, playing and learning, eating and sleeping. They may not look the same or speak the same language. Their lives may be quite different. But inside, they are alike.

Ages 9-12

Chicken Soup for the Preteen Soul by Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen, Patty Hansen, and Irene Dunlap

This survival guide to the preteen years is packed with stories by and about readers ages nine to thirteen, including celebrity pieces by *NSYNC, Mia Hamm and more.

Psychology for Kids Vol. 1: 40 Fun Tests that Help You Learn About Yourself by J. Kincher

Based on sound psychological concepts, these 40 fascinating tests help kids explore their interests and abilities, find out why they act the way they do, and discover what makes them unique.

The Golden Rule by Ilene Cooper

Everyone knows a version of the Golden Rule. But what does it really mean? And how do you follow it? In this gorgeously illustrated book, a grandfather explains to his grandson that the Golden Rule means you “treat people the way you would like to be treated. It’s golden because it’s so valuable, and a way of living your life that’s so simple, it shines.”

Ages 13+

AIM HIGH! 101 Tips for Teens by Bradley Berger and Kalev Pehme

AIM HIGH! is a book of 101 lessons for teenagers that will help them in school and life. The book contains easy to read and understand traditional wisdom and common sense.

What Do You Really Want? A Guide for Teens by Beverly K. Bachel 

Each chapter includes fun, creative exercises, practical tips, words of wisdom from famous “goal-getters,” real-life examples from teens, and success stories. Readers learn how to articulate their goals and put them in writing (a key to success), set priorities and deadlines, overcome obstacles, cope with roadblocks, build a support system, use positive self-talk, celebrate their successes, and more.

Don't Sweat the Small Stuff for Teens by Richard Carlson

In simple, straightforward language, Dr. Carlson addresses common teen concerns with chapters such as: "Make Peace with Your Mistakes," "Be Creative in Your Rebellion," "Be Okay with Your Bad Hair Day," "Turn Down the Drama Meter," and "Notice Your Parents Doing Things Right."


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