Skokie Spirit Shines Through (Grades 3-5)

By Lorrie Pomian Fisher

The Skokie Spirit Shine Through campaign is meant to highlight the strength of our community during the COVID-19 pandemic. These books can help kids in grades 3-5 find ways to feel hope and build community.

  • Just Feel: How to Be Stronger, Happier, Healthier, and More

    2019 by Chopra, Mallika

    I think it’s important to say this first: people of all ages have a range of emotions and they are all valid. We can’t choose to feel a certain way, but we can learn to understand how we are feeling and use that knowledge to make positive choices.

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  • Annie's Life in Lists

    2018 by Mahoney, Kristin Mary

    Two strategies for managing emotions and stress are journaling and making lists. This is the first book I’ve seen written almost entirely as a series of lists, and I relate to the main character’s method of creating order this way.

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  • Just Breathe: Meditation, Mindfulness, Movement, and More

    2018 by Chopra, Mallika

    Another way to reduce stress is to practice meditation or mindfulness. Breathing can be very helpful for reducing anxiety or stress, developing focus, getting to sleep, and improving self-confidence. Repeating the exercises in this book can turn them into helpful habits.

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  • The Hero Next Door


    It is 100% true that heroes live among us. They are real people with everyday lives who are making the world a better place. Who are your heroes? Could you be a hero to someone else?

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  • Home Sweet Neighborhood: Transforming Cities One Block at a Time

    2019 by Mulder, Michelle

    People in communities around the world identified ways in which their neighborhoods could be improved, and then they acted to make those changes. One of my favorite examples in this book is how kids in Mumbai, India, used Minecraft to redesign an abandoned park!

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  • Seedfolks

    1997 by Fleischman, Paul

    Change is often not easy, and neighborhoods aren’t all the same. The varied perspectives of residents in this inner-city community add depth and beauty to a tale about transforming an abandoned lot into an urban garden where much more than food is harvested.

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  • Peace, Love, Action! Everyday Acts of Goodness from A to Z

    2019 by Zabinski, Tanya

    Reading the mini biographies in this book will help you appreciate what people have done to help create a more sustainable, just, and peaceful world. Responding to the “What You Can Do” prompts may help you find your place in the history that hasn’t been written yet.

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  • 101 Small Ways to Change the World

    2018 by Andrus, Aubre

    Are you still wondering what else YOU can do? Small actions can create a big impact and you don’t have to be an adult to get started. Here are 101 ideas. Give at least one a try!

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  • The North Star

    2009 by Reynolds, Peter

    Each of us is on our own personal journey, so it is important that we intentionally choose a path that helps us follow our dreams. The North Star might not be your particular guide, but this book will at least get you started thinking.

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  • Pearl

    2018 by Idle, Molly Schaar

    Do you still have doubts about whether or not a kid can make a difference? This final book might shed some light on another way to think about it. What will your grain of sand be?

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