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Teamwork and Community Building (Kids)

Teamwork is the ability to work well with others. It is a core value in education and building relationships. Here are a few books that will encourage your child to explore the idea of team building.

All are welcome by Alexandra Penfold

Illustrations and simple, rhyming text introduce a school where diversity is celebrated and songs, stories, and talents are shared.

Boxitects by Kim Smith

Meg goes to Maker School to hone her talent for building with boxes, but when Simone, another boxitect, arrives they become so competitive they nearly fail in the annual Maker Match

Kamala and Maya's big idea by Meena Harris

"One day, Kamala and Maya had an idea. A big idea: they would turn their empty apartment courtyard into a playground! Based on a true story, this is the uplifting tale of how the author's aunt and mother first learned to persevere in the face of disappointment and turned a dream into reality. This is a story of children's abillity to make a difference and of a community coming together to transform their neighborhood" --Jacket

Swimmy by Leo Lionni

A little black fish in a school of red fish figures out a way of protecting them all from their natural enemies

The one day house by Julia Durango

A little boy promises his beloved friend, an elderly lady, that one day he will fix up her old house--and his words inspire the other people in the neighborhood to pitch in and get it done

Carrot & pea : An Unlikely Friendship by Morag Hood

Although he is different in size, color, and shape, the peas like and accept their friend, Colin the carrot.

That fruit is mine! by Anuska Allepuz

While five elephants race to see which one can claim a hard-to-reach fruit high up in a tree first, the fruit is whisked away by a five mice working together and the elephants realize they have a lot to learn from the cooperative bunch.

Someone builds the dream by Lisa Wheeler

Celebrates the skilled women and men who work to see the plans of architects, engineers, and designers brought to life.

Officer Buckle and Gloria by Peggy Rathmann

The children at Napville Elementary School always ignore Officer Buckle's safety tips, until a police dog named Gloria accompanies him when he gives his safety speeches

Bear came along by Richard T Morris

An assortment of animals living separate lives discover they need each other when they have a chance encounter on a river.

A little spot of teamwork : a story about collaboration and leadership by Diane Alber

A story about working together as a team, collaboration and leadership! Join lots of little Teamwork SPOTS as they show two children all the ways to be a good team. From respecting others opinion to being a good leader that encourages others. You will see first hand examples of what to do when there is conflict to amazing teamwork building activities as well! --

All thirteen : the incredible cave resuce of the Thai boys' soccer team by Christina Soontornvat

"On June 23, 2018, twelve young players of the Wild Boars soccer team and their coach enter a cave in northern Thailand seeking an afternoon's adventure. But when they turn to leave, rising floodwaters block their path out. The boys are trapped! Before long, news of the missing team spreads, launching a seventeen-day rescue operation involving thousands of rescuers from around the globe. Combining firsthand interviews of rescue workers with in-depth science and details of the region's culture and religion, [the author]...masterfully shows how both the complex engineering operation above ground and the mental struggles of the thirteen young people below proved critical in the life-or-death mission." --

When pencil met eraser by Karen Kilpatrick

Pencil loves to draw and isn't happy when he meets eraser, but eraser soons convinces pencil that he's the one who can fix things when pencil makes a mistake and pencil finally agrees that they make a good team together.

Ta-da! by Kathy Ellen Davis

Can I play too? by Mo Willems

Elephant and Piggie learn to play catch with their new friend Snake

The sandwich swap by Queen Rania

Best friends Lily and Salma disagree over their preferred foods, but after trading sandwiches to see how they taste, the girls change their minds

Strictly no elephants by Lisa Mantchev

A boy is excluded from joining his friends' pet club because of his unusual pet.

Duck & Goose by Tad Hills

Duck and Goose learn to work together to take care of a ball, which they think is an egg

The Little Guys by Vera Brosgol

As they head off to find breakfast, the mighty Little Guys conquer all obstacles in their path through teamwork, but when they amass more than they need, their fellow forest creatures worry about what happens if no one can stop the Little Guys.

Bink & Gollie, two for one by Kate DiCamillo

"The state fair is in town, and now Bink and Gollie-utter opposites and best friends extraordinaire-must use teamwork and their gray matter while navigating its many wonders. Will the energetic Bink win the world's largest donut in the Whack-a-Duck game?Will the artistic Gollie wow the crowd in the talent show? As the undaunted duo steps into the mysterious tent of fortune-teller Madame Prunely, one prediction is crystal clear: this unlikely pair will always be the closest of pals"--

111 trees : how one village celebrates the birth of every girl by Rina Singh

"A boy grows up to bring positive change to his village in India. This story is true, and it started with a boy named Sundar. After the deaths of his mother, and later his daughter, Sundar Paliwal knows what he has to do. He is determined to live in a place where girls and boys are treated equally and where the surrounding countryside is not ravaged by irresponsible mining. And so he comes up with a plan. In rural India, where many people cling to age-old customs and gender inequality and discrimination are encouraged, Sundar manages to convince the people of his village to welcome every girl born with the planting of 111 trees. His efforts have turned a desert village into a green oasis that is safe and prosperous for girls. And his heroic actions confirm that the ability to impact our communities in a positive way is not beyond anyone's reach."--
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