Well one book that is a definite keeper is Amy Krouse Rosenthal's The OK Book.
This book fits into my social studies curriculum as we work on building community and getting to know each other at the beginning of the year. It is a text that you really have to see to appreciate.
The main character is OK and is illustrated by turning the O and the K on their sides to make a simple stick figure.
The central message is that you do not have to be great something to do it. Being OK is just fine and may one day lead to you to what your are excellent at (or not). This message is so important for students because everything in school will not come easily to many students. They need to give themselves and others a break and accept each other.
Beyond the read aloud, this text is a great inspiration for a class book. To begin my students and I usually discuss what things we are OK at and I show them how to make the OK person. I model making my OK page for the class book and then the students make their own.
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It usually turns out pretty funny.
On a personal note, this book is very meaningful to me. I love this idea of not having to be really great at something to do it. I talk this notion up with my young daughter. I want her to participate and try lots of fun activities even if she is just OK.
So here's the scoop:
This is a great book for a wide range of students. I highly recommend it.
Remember, there are more great social studies mentor text recommendations at Collaboration Cuties. Be sure to check them out.