Characters in these books illustrate Habit 1
A Question of Trust FIC BAU
By Marion Dane Bauer
After his mother leaves the family, Brian copes with his feelings of rejection by secretly taking care of a stray cat and her two newborn kittens.
Class President J HUR
By Johanna Hurwitz
Julio hides his own leadership ambitions to help another candidate win the nomination for class president.
The Great Kapok Tree JE CHE
By Lynne Cherry
The many different animals that live in a great kapok tree in the Brazilian rainforest try to convince a man with an ax of the importance of not cutting down their home.
The Cay FIC TAY
By Theodore Taylor
When the freighter on which they are traveling is torpedoed by a German submarine during World War II, an adolescent white boy, blinded by a blow on the head, and an old black man are stranded on a tiny Caribbean island where the boy acquires a new kind of vision, courage, and love from his old companion.
The Giver FIC LOW
By Lois Lowry
Given his lifetime assignment at the Ceremony of Twelve, Jonas becomes the receiver of memories shared by only one other in his community and discovers the terrible truth about the society in which he lives.
The Summer of the Swans J BYA
By Betsy Byars
A teenage girl gains new insight into herself and her family when her mentally handicapped brother gets lost.
Saint George and the Dragon J 398.2 HOD
By Margaret Hodges
Retells the segment from Spenser's The Faerie Queene, in which George, the Red Cross Knight, slays the dreadful dragon that has been terrorizing the countryside for years and brings peace and joy to the land.
Shoeshine Girl J BUL
By Clyde Robert Bulla
Determined to earn some money, ten-year-old Sarah Ida gets a job at a shoe shine stand and learns a great many things besides shining shoes.
Walk Two Moons FIC CRE
By Sharon Creech
After her mother leaves home suddenly, thirteen-year-old Sal and her grandparents take a car trip retracing her mother's route. Along the way, Sal recounts the story of her friend Phoebe, whose mother also left.
Where the Red Fern Grows FIC RAW
By Wilson Rawls
A young boy living in the Ozarks achieves his heart's desire when he becomes the owner of two redbone hounds and teaches them to be champion hunters.
Stone Fox J GAR
By John Reynolds Gardiner
Little Willie hopes to pay the back taxes on his grandfather's farm with the purse from a dog sled race he enters.
Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry J TAY
By Mildred Taylor.
A black family living in Mississippi during the Depression of the 1930s is faced with prejudice and discrimination which its children do not understand.
The Dog Who Had Kittens JE ROB
By Polly M. Robertus
Baxter the Basset Hound comes to the aid of some kittens when their mother disappears one afternoon.
The Patchwork Quilt JE FLO
By Valerie Flournoy
Using scraps cut from the family's old clothing, Tanya helps her grandmother and mother make a beautiful quilt that tells the story of her family's life.
Swimmy JE LIO
By Leo Lionni
Swimmy, a small black fish, finds a way to protect a school of small red fish from their natural enemies.
Arthur’s Pet Business JE BRO
By Marc Brown
Arthur's determination to prove he is responsible enough to have a puppy brings him a menagerie of animals to care for.
Clifford’s Good Deeds JE BRI
By Norman Bridwell
Clifford, a very big dog who always overdoes his good deeds, finds something to do that is his size.
Twas the Night Before Thanksgiving JE PIL
By Dav Pilkey
School children on a field trip to Mack Nugget's farm save the lives of eight turkeys in this poem based on "The Night Before Christmas."