Last modified: 28 May 2017

To students at Berlin Cosmopolitan School, enthusiasm means enjoying learning and willingly putting effort into the process. (Ellwood 199).

Below are a selection of books that demonstrate enthusiasm. 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.


Hoffman, Mary, and Caroline Binch. Amazing Grace. Reading Rainbow Book. 1st ed. New York: Dial Books for Young Readers, 1991. Print.

Although a classmate says that she cannot play Peter Pan in the school play because she is black, Grace discovers that she can do anything she sets her mind to do.

Ashley, Bernard, and Derek Brazell. Cleversticks. 1st U.S. ed. New York: Crown, 1992. Print.

Wishing he had something to be clever at like each of the other children in his class, Ling Sung unexpectedly and happily discovers the others admire his prowess with chopsticks.

Kesselman, Wendy Ann, and Barbara Cooney. Emma. New York, N.Y.: Harper & Row Publishers, 1980. Print.

Motivated by a birthday gift, a 72-year-old woman begins to paint.

Seuss, Jack Prelutsky, and Lane Smith. Hooray for Diffendoofer Day! New York: Scholastic, 1998. Print.

The students of Diffendoofer School celebrate their unusual teachers and curriculum, including Miss Fribble who teaches laughing, Miss Bonkers who teaches frogs to dance, and Mr. Katz who builds robotic rats.

Bodsworth, Nan. A Nice Walk in the Jungle. Ringwood, Vic., Australia: Viking Kestrel, 1989. Print.

Tim repeatedly tries to warn his oblivious teacher on the class nature walk through the jungle that they are being followed by a very hungry boa constrictor, until it is almost too late.

Suzuki, David T., et al. Salmon Forest. Vancouver ; Toronto ; New York: GreyStone Books, 2003. Print.

During a walk in the woods with her father, Kate learns about the life cycle of the sockeye salmon, as well as its place in the larger circle of life.

Laguna, Sofie, and Kerry Argent. Too Loud Lily. Ready-to-Go Classroom Library. Grade 2. 1st American ed. New York: Scholastic Press, 2004. Print.

Lily Hippo’s family and friends often complain that she is too loud and noisy, but that loudness makes her a hit in the school play.


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