Last modified: 28 May 2017

To students at Berlin Cosmopolitan School, appreciation means appreciating the wonder and beauty of the world and
its people (Ellwood 199).

Below are a selection of books that demonstrate appreciation. Some may already be located in your classroom collections, otherwise you will find a link to the record in our catalog showing the location inside the library.


Ramakrishnan, Ram. Animalese. 1st ed. New York: Eloquent Books, 2009. Print.

Deep within a remote forest in Central India, a village finds itself in disorder. As the humans and animals experience its ill effects, debris from a passing comet falls into the village lake, infusing its waters with a mysterious power that enables those who drink from it to communicate with other life forms. Deciding to exploit this ability to set matters right within the village, the animals, along with the assistance of a village girl named Vennela, focus their efforts on the principal architect of their woes: local abattoir owner Ganju Hindolba.

Brown, Marc Tolon. Arthur’s Birthday. 1st ed. Boston: Joy Street Books, 1989. Print.

Their friends must decide which party to attend when Francine schedules her birthday party for the same day as Arthur’s birthday party.

McBrier, Page, and Lori Lohstoeter. Beatrice’s Goat. 1st Aladdin paperbacks ed. New York: Aladdin Paperbacks, 2004. Print.

A young girl’s dream of attending school in her small Ugandan village is fulfilled after her family is given an income-producing goat. Based on a true story about the work of Project Heifer. More than anything, Beatrice longs to be a schoolgirl. But in her small African village, only children who can afford uniforms and books can go to school. Beatrice knows that with six children to care for, her family is much too poor. But then Beatrice receives a wonderful gift from some people far away — a goat! Fat and sleek as a ripe mango, Mugisa (which means “luck”) gives milk that Beatrice can sell. With Mugisa’s help, it looks as if Beatrice’s dream may come true after all. Page McBrier and Lori Lohstoeter beautifully recount this true story about how one child, given the right tools, is able to lift her family out of poverty. Thanks to Heifer Project International — a charitable organization that donates livestock to poor communities around the world — other families like Beatrice’s will also have a chance to change their lives.

Baker, Jeannie. Belonging. London ; Boston: Walker Books, 2004. Print.

As in the author’s previous picture book, Window, this book is observed through the window of a house in a typical urban neighbourhood, each picture shows time passing. This is Window in reverse, with the land being reclaimed from built-up concrete to a gradual greening.

Hoban, Russell. Best Friends for Frances. New York: Scholastic, 1969. Print.

When Albert and his buddies have a “no girls” baseball game, Frances and her sister organize a “Best Friends Outing — No Boys.”

Henkes, Kevin. Chrysanthemum. 1st edition. ed. New York: Greenwillow Books, 1991. Print.

Chrysanthemum loves her name, until she starts going to school and the other children make fun of it.

Kerley, Barbara. A Cool Drink of Water. Washington, D.C.: National Geographic Society, 2006. Print.

Depicts people around the world collecting, chilling, and drinking water.

Freeman, Don. Corduroy. New York: Viking Press, 1968. Print.

A toy bear in a department store wants a number of things, but when a little girl finally buys him he finds what he has always wanted most of all.

Compestine, Ying Chang, and Yan Nascimbene. Crouching Tiger. 1st ed. Somerville, Mass.: Candlewick Press, 2011. Print.

When Ming Da’s Chinese grandpa comes to visit, he overcomes his initial embarrassment at his grandfather’s traditions and begins to appreciate him.

Asch, Frank, and Vladimir Vasil evich Vagin. Dear Brother. New York: Scholastic, 1992. Print.

Joey and Marvin stay up all night reading a collection of family letters that they found in the attic.

Carle, Eric. Do You Want to Be My Friend? Ready-to-Go Classroom Library. Kindergarten. New York: Scholastic Inc., 1997. Print.

A mouse searches everywhere for a friend.

Aliki. Feelings. 1st ed. New York: Greenwillow Books, 1984. Print.

Pictures, dialogs, poems, and stories portray various emotions we all feel: jealousy, sadness, fear, anger, joy, love, and others.

Wagner, Karen, and Janet Pedersen. A Friend Like Ed. New York: Walker and Co., 1998. Print.

Mildred accepts her best friend Ed even though he is sometimes eccentric.

Lobel, Arnold. Frog and Toad Are Friends. An I Can Read Book. 1st Harper Trophy ed. New York: Harper & Row, 1979. Print.

Five tales recounting the adventures of two best friends – Frog and Toad.

Silverstein, Shel. The Giving Tree. Harper Collins Publishers,, 1964. Print.

A young boy grows to manhood and old age experiencing the love and generosity of a tree which gives to him without thought of return.

Marsden, Carolyn. The Gold-Threaded Dress. 1st pbk. ed. New York: Scholastic Inc., 2006. Print.

When Oy and her Thai American family move to a new neighborhood, her third-grade classmates tease and exclude her because she is different.

Khan, Hena, and Mehrdokht Amini. Golden Domes and Silver Lanterns : A Muslim Book of Colors. San Francisco, CA.: Chronicle Books, 2015. Print.

With breathtaking illustrations and informative text, Golden Domes and Silver Lanterns magnificently captures the world of Islam, celebrating its beauty and traditions for even the youngest readers. Sure to inspire questions and observations about world religions and cultures, this entrancing volume is equally at home in the classroom as it is being read to a child on a parent’s lap.

Allen, Pamela. Grandpa and Thomas. Camberwell, Vic.: Puffin Books, 2005. Print.

Magpies Thomas and Grandpa go the beach. It is an Australian summer. The sun is shining, the gulls are screeching and the sea is singing. Together they build a sandcastle, they have a picnic and they splash in the water. Then at the end of the day, Grandpa takes a sleepy Thomas home.

McCloud, Carol, and Penny Weber. Growing up with a Bucket Full of Happiness : Three Rules for a Happier Life. Northville, MI: Ferne Press, 2011. Print.

Uses the metaphor of a bucket filled with good feelings to show how easy and rewarding it is to express kindness, appreciation, and love on a daily basis.

Brett, Jan. Honey, Honey–Lion! : A Story from Africa. New York: Puffin Books an imprint of Penguin Group (USA), 2014. Print.

After working together to obtain honey, the African honey badger always shares it with his partner, the honeyguide bird, until one day when the honey badger becomes greedy and his feathered friend decides to teach him a lesson.

Greenfield, Eloise. Honey, I Love, and Other Love Poems. 1st Harper Trophy ed. New York: HarperCollins Publishers, 1986. Print.

Titles include “I Look Pretty,” “Fun,” “Riding on the Train,” “Harriet Tubman,” and “By Myself.”

Lehmann, Susanne. Hugo the Happy Starfish Wants to Be Different. 1st ed. New York: Happy Lanuage Kids, 2010. Print.

Hugo is a little starfish. Every day Hugo smiles and makes other creatures happy–and doing that makes Hugo happy. But one day Hugo stops smiling. He begins to feel small and he decides that he should try to be more like the Magic Manta so that everyone will like him. Join Hugo on his journey as he discovers that being himself is the best way to be–and the only way to be happy.

De la Peña, Matt, and Christian Robinson. Last Stop on Market Street. New York: Putnam, 2015. Print.

A young boy rides the bus across town with his grandmother and learns to appreciate the beauty in everyday things.

Young, Aedon. Mara Roams. New York, NY: Eloquent Books, 2009. Print.

Park, Barbara. Mick Harte Was Here. New York: Knopf : Distributed by Random House, 1995. Print.

Thirteen-year-old Phoebe recalls her younger brother Mick and his death in a bicycle accident. How could someone like Mick die? He was the kid who freaked out his mom by putting a ceramic eye in a defrosted chicken, the kid who did a wild dance in front of the whole school–and the kid who, if only he had worn his bicycle helmet, would still be alive today. But now Phoebe Harte’s twelve-year-old brother is gone, and Phoebe’s world has turned upside down. With her trademark candor and compassion, beloved middle-grade writer Barbara Park tells how Phoebe copes with her painful loss in this story filled with sadness, humor-and hope.

Choi, Yangsook. The Name Jar. New York: Dragonfly Books ;, 2001. Print.

After Unhei moves from Korea to the United States, her new classmates help her decide what her name should be.

DePaola, Tomie. Nana Upstairs & Nana Downstairs. New York: G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 1973. Print.

Four-year-old Tommy enjoys his relationship with both his grandmother and great-grandmother, but eventually learns to face their inevitable death.

Ziefert, Harriet, and Anita Lobel. A New Coat for Anna. A Borzoi Book. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1986. Print.

Even though there is no money, Anna’s mother finds a way to make Anna a badly needed winter coat.

Foreman, Michael. One World. 1st U.S. ed. New York: Arcade Pub., 1991. Print.

Two children playing at the beach tamper with the natural balance of a tide pool and, after destroying its beauty, realize how similar its microcosm is to their own world.

Keats, Ezra Jack. Pet Show! New York: Macmillan, 1972. Print.

When he can’t find his cat to enter in the neighborhood pet show, Archie must do some fast thinking to win a prize.

Keats, Ezra Jack. Peter’s Chair. 1 vols. New York,: Harper & Row, 1967. Print.

When Peter discovers his blue furniture is being painted pink for a new baby sister, he rescues the last unpainted item, a chair, and runs away.

Shoveller, Herb. Ryan and Jimmy : And the Well in Africa That Brought Them Together. Toronto: Kids Can Press, 2006. Print.

A story of one little boy’s dream to provide clean drinking water to the people of Africa.

Rylant, Cynthia, and Lauren Stringer. Scarecrow. 1st Voyager Books ed. San Diego: Voyager Books, 2001. Print.

Although made of straw and borrowed clothes, a scarecrow appreciates his peaceful, gentle life and the privilege of watching nature at work.

Baylor, Byrd, and Peter Parnall. The Table Where Rich People Sit. 1st Aladdin paperbacks ed. New York: Aladdin Paperbacks, 1998. Print.

A girl discovers that her impoverished family is rich in things that matter in life, especially being outdoors and experiencing nature.

Polacco, Patricia. Thank You, Mr. Falker. 1 vols. New York: Philomel Books, 1998. Print.

At first, Trisha loves school, but her difficulty learning to read makes her feel dumb, until, in the fifth grade, a new teacher helps her understand and overcome her problem.

Nye, Naomi Shihab. This Same Sky : A Collection of Poems from around the World. First Aladdin paperbacks edition ed. New York, NY: Aladdin Paperbacks, 1996. Print.

A poetry anthology in which 129 poets from sixty-eight different countries celebrate the natural world and its human and animal inhabitants.

Boelts, Maribeth, and Noah Jones. Those Shoes. First paperback edition. ed. Somerville, Mass.: Candlewick Press, 2009. Print.

Jeremy, who longs to have the black high tops that everyone at school seems to have but his grandmother cannot afford, is excited when he sees them for sale in a thrift shop and decides to buy them even though they are the wrong size.

Silvestro, Martha Jo, and LeAnn Teresa Silvestro. A to Z : My Alphabet Zoo. Durham, CT: Eloquent Books, 2010. Print.

“[T]he animals themselves tell stories about who they are and where they come from … [C]ombines pictures, stories, and adventure to teach your children about the alphabet and the animals”–Page 4. of cover.

Creech, Sharon. The Unfinished Angel. 1st pbk. ed. New York: HarperCollins, 2011. Print.

In a tiny village in the Swiss Alps, an angel meets an American girl named Zola who has come with her father to open a school, and together Zola and the angel rescue a group of homeless orphans, who gradually change everything.

Aliki. We Are Best Friends. 1st ed. New York: Greenwillow Books, 1982. Print.

When Robert’s best friend Peter moves away, both are unhappy, but they learn that they can make new friends and still remain best friends.


Ellwood, Caroline, and Malcolm Davis. International Mindedness : A Professional Development Handbook for International Schools. London: Optimus education, 2009. Print.