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Books on the theme of respect

This term Kiwi Can students have been learning about respect for people, places and things.

Kiwi Can is a programme run by the Graeme Dingle Foundation which promotes life skills and values through select schools.

Kiwi Can have developed a reading list of books which cover the topic of integrity to make it easier for parents and carers to know where to find appropriate books.

Below are some of our favourite children's books covering the topic of respect.

To see the full list of books covering respect visit Kiwi Can Marlborough's blog post.

Go to the Kiwi Can Marlborough Book List

Kiwi Can also have a display in the Children’s Library of Marlborough District Library (Blenheim) which includes artwork from the children of Mayfield School.

Picture Books

Whoever You Are by Mem Fox – Picture Book – F

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

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Red : A Crayon’s Story by Michael Hall – Picture Book - H

Red’s factory applied label clearly says that he is red, but despite the best efforts of his teacher, fellow crayons, art supplies, and family members, he cannot seem to do anything right until a new friend offers a fresh perspective.

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Horton Hears a Who by Dr Seuss – Picture book S

When Horton the Elephant hears a tiny voice calling for help from a speck of dust, he is determined to save his new friend. because a person's a person, no matter how small.

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The Little Gardener by Emily Hughes – Picture Book H

A little gardener who is not very good at gardening makes a wish for a little help.

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Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak – Picture Book - S

When Max wears his wolf suit and makes mischief, he is sent to bed without his supper. But in his room a forest grew and Max sails to the land of the wild things where he becomes their king.

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Last Stop on Market Street by Matt De La Pena – Picture Book D

Every Sunday after church, CJ and his grandma ride the bus across town. But today, CJ wonders why they don't own a car like his friend Colby. Why doesn't he have an iPod like the boys on the bus? How come they always have to get off in the dirty part of town? Each question is met with an encouraging answer from grandma, who helps him see the beauty--and fun--in their routine and the world around them.

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The Bad-tempered Ladybird by Eric Carle – Picture Book C

The bad-tempered ladybird picks fights with every animal he meets, but soon learns the importance of friends and turns into a far nicer, happier bug.

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Wolf Won’t Bite by Emily Gravett – Picture Book G

Take your seat in the front row and watch in wonder as three cheeky little circus pigs make a wild wolf jump through hoops (literally), endure feats of astounding derring-do, and even withstand perilous games of dress-up. Safe in the thought that “Wolf won’t bite” they even put their heads between his jaws... but can you push a wolf too far?

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Please Mr Panda by Steve Antony – Picture Book – A

From the creator of The Queen's Hat comes a brand new character and an hilarious tale about manners!

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Elmer by David McKee – Picture Book M

Elmer the elephant is a bright, multicolored, patchwork patterned elephant living among plain gray colored elephants. The other elephants pick on him and laugh at him, so Elmer tries to find ways to blend in. In the end, he realizes that he’s happy being himself.

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Books for older (and independent) readers

The Fabulous Friend Machine by Nick Bland – Sophisticated Picture Book - B

Popcorn is, quite simply, the friendliest chicken at Fiddlesticks farm! When she finds a Fabulous Friend Machine in the barn, she sets about making some brand new friends. But behind the screen of the Fabulous Friend Machine, maybe her new friends are not so friendly after all...

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Snake and Lizard, and Snake and Lizard : Friends by Joy Cowley, illustrated by Gavin Bishop – Children’s Fiction - Cowley

In Joy Cowley’s warm and funny story, two very different creatures learn about the give-and-take
nature of friendship.

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The Boy who Swam with Piranhas by David Almond – Children’s Fiction – Almond

Stanley Potts is just an ordinary boy, but when all the jobs in Fish Quay disappear his Uncle Ernie develops an extraordinary fascination with canning fish. Suddenly their home is filled with the sound of clanging machinery and the stench of mackerel, and Uncle Ernie’s obsession reaches such heights that he would even can Stan’s beloved goldfish!

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Matilda by Roald Dahl – Children’s Fiction – Dahl

Matilda longs for her parents to be good and loving and understanding. But they are none of these things. They are perfectly horrid to her. Matilda invents a game of punishing them each time they treat her badly and she soon discovers she has supernatural powers. She applies her untapped mental powers to rid the school of the evil, child-hating headmistress, Miss Trunchbull, and restore her nice teacher, Miss Honey, to financial security.

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Children's Non-fiction

Every Human Has Rights: a photographic declaration for kids C323

A photographic book for children dedicated to the famous declaration of human rights

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