Last modified: 15 May 2017

To students at Berlin Cosmopolitan School, commitment means being committed to their own learning, persevering and showing self-discipline and responsibility (Ellwood 199).

Below are a selection of books that demonstrate commitment. 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.


Brown, Marc Tolon. Arthur’s Pet Business. Arthur Adventure. 1st ed. Boston: Joy Street Books, 1990. Print.

Arthur’s determination to prove he is responsible enough to have a puppy brings him a menagerie of animals to care for. In order to prove to his parents that he is responsible enough to have his own dog, Arthur starts a pet-sitting business. Things go pretty smoothly until he thinks he has lost Perky, the spoiled dog who was his first customer. A surprise is in store for all at the end of the book-especially for Arthur!

Doray, Leana Lyn, and LittlePinkPebble. Bleagh and Bleep! : A Second Book About Values. 2013. Print.

Bleagh and his baby sister Bleep have a full day of homework, fun and exploring to do. Will they team up to become an unstoppable learning force?

Oelschlager, Vanita, Kristin Blackwood, and Mike Blanc. Bonyo Bonyo : The True Story of a Brave Boy from Kenya. Akron, Ohio: VanitaBooks, 2010. Print.

“‘When I was a boy in Kisumu, Kenya, I only dreamed of becoming a doctor and helping the people in my village. It happened to me. Now I can give back to my people. It can happen for you. When it does, remember to give back to your people too.'”–Page 4 of cover.

Steig, William. Brave Irene. 1st Square Fish ed. New York: Square Fish, 2011. Print.

Plucky Irene, a dressmaker’s daughter, braves a fierce snowstorm to deliver a new gown to the duchess in time for the ball.

Buehner, Caralyn, and Mark Buehner. Dex : The Heart of a Hero. 1st ed. New York: HarperCollins, 2004. Print.

Tired of being overlooked because he is so small, Dexter, a big-hearted dog with big dreams transforms himself into a superhero.

Bodeen, S. A., and Christy Hale. Elizabeti’s School. 1st ed. New York: Lee & Low Books, 2002. Print.

Although she enjoys her first day at school, Elizabeti misses her family and wonders if it wouldn’t be better to stay home.

Williams, Karen Lynn, and Catherine Stock. Galimoto. Reading Rainbow Book. 1st Mulberry ed. New York: Mulberry Books, 1991. Print.

Walking through his village, a young African boy finds the materials to make a special toy.

Javaherbin, Mina, and A. G. Ford. Goal! 1st paperback ed. Somerville, Mass.: Candlewick Press, 2012. Print.

In a dangerous alley in a township in South Africa, the strength and unity which a group of young friends feel while playing soccer keep them safe when a gang of bullies arrives to cause trouble.

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.

Crawford, Brittany, Michelle Oakley, and Terri Kruse. I Sit in a Wheelchair : But I Will Be Okay! Durham, Conn.: Eloquent Books, 2010. Print.

Five year old Penny Brown is slightly different from the other boys and girls in her kindergarten class. She must sit in a wheelchair and cannot jump rope or slide down the big slide like all of her classmates, which make her very sad. However, Penny finds support from her friends and family.

Burton, Virginia Lee. Katy and the Big Snow. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1943. Print.

Katy, the red crawler tractor, helps to clear the streets of snow after a big snow storm.

Roop, Peter, Connie Roop, and Peter E. Hanson. Keep the Lights Burning, Abbie. Carolrhoda on My Own Books. Minneapolis, Minn.: First Avenue Editions, 1985. Print.

In the winter of 1856, a storm delays the lighthouse keeper’s return to an island off the coast of Maine, and his daughter Abbie must keep the lights burning by herself.

Silverstein, Shel. A Light in the Attic. New York: Harper, 2009. Print.

A collection of humorous poems and drawings. This special edition contains twelve new poems.

Piper, Watty, and Mabel C. Bragg. The Little Engine That Could. Platt & Munk Classics. New York: Platt & Munk, 1961. Print.

The story of a train filled with toys and gifts for little boys and girls that breaks down before reaching the children. After asking several passing trains for help over the hill, a little blue train agrees to help the stranded toys. Even though she is small, the blue train tries her best to bring the toys to the children on the other side of the hill.

Garland, Sherry, and Tatsuro Kiuchi. The Lotus Seed. 1st Voyager books ed. San Diego: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1997. Print.

A young Vietnamese girl saves a lotus seed and carries it with her everywhere to remember a brave emperor and the homeland that she has to flee.

Ruurs, Margriet. My Librarian Is a Camel : How Books Are Brought to Children around the World. 1st ed. Honesdale, Pa.: Boyds Mills Press, 2005. Print.

Describes unusual mobile libraries found around the world.

Giff, Patricia Reilly. Nory Ryan’s Song. New York: Dell Yearling, 2002. Print.

When a terrible blight attacks Ireland’s potato crop in 1845, twelve-year-old Nory Ryan’s courage and ingenuity help her family and neighbors survive.

Roth, Susan L., and Cindy Trumbore. Parrots over Puerto Rico. New York: Lee & Low Books, 2013. Print.

A combined history of the Puerto Rican parrot and the island of Puerto Rico, highlighting current efforts to save the Puerto Rican parrot by protecting and managing this endangered species

Fern, Tracey E., and Pau Estrada. Pippo the Fool. Watertown, MA: Charlesbridge, 2009. Print.

In fifteenth-century Florence, Italy, a contest is held to design a magnificent dome for the town’s cathedral, but when Pippo the Fool claims he will win the contest, everyone laughs at him. Based on a true story.

Thoennes Keller, Kristin. Responsibility. Everyday Character Education. Mankato, Minn.: Capstone Press, 2005. Print.

Introduces responsibility through examples of everyday situations where this character trait can be used.

Coerr, Eleanor, and Ronald Himler. Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes. New York: Puffin, 1999. Print.

Hospitalized with the dreaded atom bomb disease, leukemia, a child in Hiroshima races against time to fold one thousand paper cranes to verify the legend that by doing so a sick person will become healthy.

Jordan, Roslyn, Deloris Jordan, and Kadir l Nelson. Salt in His Shoes : Michael Jordan in Pursuit of a Dream. 1st Aladdin paperbacks ed. New York: Aladdin Paperbacks, 2003. Print.

Young Michael Jordan, who is smaller than the other players, learns that determination and hard work are more important than size when playing the game of basketball.

Johnson, Jen Cullerton, et al. Seeds of Change : Planting a Path to Peace. 1st ed. New York: Lee & Low Books, 2010. Print.

“A biography of Kenyan Nobel Peace Prize winner and environmentalist Wangari Maathai, a female scientist who made a stand in the face of opposition to women’s rights and her own Greenbelt Movement, an effort to restore Kenya’s ecosystem by planting millions of trees”–Provided by publisher.

Naylor, Phyllis Reynolds. Shiloh. Newbery Medal Books. New York, N.Y.: Aladdin Paperbacks, 2000. Print.

When he finds a lost beagle in the hills behind his West Virginia home, Marty tries to hide it from his family and the dog’s real owner, a mean-spirited man known to shoot deer out of season and to mistreat his dogs.

Senzai, N. H. Shooting Kabul. New York: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2010. Print.

Escaping from Taliban-controlled Afghanistan in the summer of 2001, eleven-year-old Fadi and his family immigrate to the San Francisco Bay Area, where Fadi schemes to return to the Pakistani refugee camp where his little sister was accidentally left behind.

Pennypacker, Sara, and Yoko Tanaka. Sparrow Girl. 1st ed. New York: Disney/Hyperion Books, 2009. Print.

When China’s leader declares war on sparrows in 1958, everyone makes loud noise in hopes of chasing the hungry birds from their land except for Ming-Li, a young girl whose compassion and foresight prevent a disaster.

Polacco, Patricia. Thank You, Mr. Falker. New York, NY: G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 2012. 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.

O’Hara, Susan, and Amy Faessler. Tim’s First Baseball Game. Durham, CT: Strategic Book Group, 2010. Print.

After Tim attends a professional baseball game he decides he wants to join a team.

Bunting, Eve, and Donald Carrick. The Wednesday Surprise. New York: Clarion Books, 1989. Print.

On Wednesday nights when Grandma stays with Anna everyone thinks she is teaching Anna to read.


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