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Book Club—Author's Readings

Special thank you to the authors for filming and sharing their book readings!

The Too Small Elephant

Written and Illustrated by Christine Lauren Callahan

Suggested Audiences: Ages 3-8

Simple and bright, The Too Small Elephant empowers young readers to respond to the behavior of others with kindness and understanding. The story of Emmaline, a very small elephant, reveals that sometimes those choosing to hurt others are most in need of our kindness. It takes the brave words of a new friend to inspire Emmaline to face her insecurities. Will her friends forgive her?  Order from Amazon.


Don’t Blame Hazel

Written by: R.G. Frazia

Suggested Audiences: Kindergarten – 4th Grade

Hazel may dress different but she loves the way she looks. At her new school Hazel is bullied over and over until one day someone who bullied her shows up at her front door as a slimy green toad!! What happens next may surprise you... "Don't Blame Hazel!" is a story that helps children recognize signs of bullying. It will encourage them to be themselves and empower them to maintain their individuality and confidence. Order from Amazon.


A Wrinkled Heart

Written by Tracy Hoexter, Illustrated by Lindy Burnett

Suggested Audiences: Pre-K through 3rd Grade

A Wrinkled Heart is a touching and delightful story about learning to be kind to others. Elliott, a young bunny, encounters some friends who hurt his feelings and his heart begins to wrinkle… until it's all wrinkled up! Later, his friends and family apologize for their hurtful words and try to take the wrinkles out. Readers learn the importance of kindness, friendship, and the Golden Rule. Where to order: http://www.awrinkledheart.com/


Metal Like Me

Written by D.W. Saur and Illustrated by Danielle Green

Suggested Audience: Middle School

Vinny is from a family of metal heads and like his parents, he's one too. As the years passed, the more Vinny realized that being different is not easy. He noticed people staring, whispering to themselves as he passed, and sometimes shouting insults. However, this did not get him down, and as he entered middle school, Vinny was determined to find friends who were metal like him. Join Vinny as he shares his story of understanding differences, coping, and perseverance. To read along with D.W., you can order his book on Amazon.


Being Small (Isn't So Bad After All)

Written by: Lori Orlinsky

Suggested Audiences: Pre-kindergarten and older

Being small is the worst! No one ever picks me for their sports team and my feet hurt from standing on my tiptoes all the time. There can't be anything good about being small...right? 

Being Small is a picture book about a little girl who is scared to go to school because she's the shortest kid in the class. She talks about all of the reasons that being short is a challenge, but her mother presents to her funny and unique advantages that only she has because of her height, instilling self-confidence in her. This rhyming picture book is a great way to introduce children to concepts of self-acceptance, self-confidence and bullying prevention.Being Small” is available for order on Amazon.