Another book I enjoy sharing with my students at some point along our journey together is Oh the Places You’ll Go by Dr. Seuss. This one has been around a while, but sometimes we need refreshers to remember to pick them up. I think this is a “Planning for Life” book, so perhaps it would tie in nicely with long range plans.
Goal! by Mina Javaherbin may not be widely known. It is one I picked up last summer at our local, Ollie’s store since I had so many boys that love to play soccer. The cover caught my eye, but the story made me buy it. It is about a time when a young boy from South Africa receives a football as a gift and uses determination to be able to play with his friends in order to forget the fighting that is going on around them.
How about Stand Tall, Molly Lou Mellon? If you’re not familiar with this series, run to the library to check it out. They are adorable, and perfect for the middle grades. Molly turns her faults into talents and follows her grandmother’s advice to, “Sing out clear and strong and the world will cry tears of joy,” Her struggle is with a bully, but the key is that she has a problem and develops a plan to work through it.
The last book is another fairly new one to me, and it too came from my favorite little discount store, Ollie’s (I am addicted to the book section. Sh! Don’t tell my husband!). It’s a small little book, and it’s message is all about pursuing your dreams.
What are some of your favorite books for this topic? Share your thoughts in the comments section. I’d love to hear about a few new titles myself.