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Intro: “Sweety was awkward. Even for a naked mole rat.”

Sweety doesn’t understand what it means to be called Grandma’s little square peg, but she knows that she doesn’t fit in. 

She wonders what it might be like to be someone else. 

Her favorite times are when Aunt Ruth comes to visit. Aunt Ruth says if you stay true to yourself, you’ll find your people.

So Sweety sets out to find her people, trying new things but she remains true to herself until one day something awesome happens.

This book promotes creative components of individuality and traits of a gifted and talented child.

WHY I LIKE THIS BOOK:  I like this book because I feel any reader can relate to that feeling of not fitting in, and find in Sweety’s character, the resilience to remain true to yourself.

TITLE: Sweety

AUTHOR: Andrea Zuill


PUBLISHER: Schwartz & Wade, 2019


TOPIC(S): being yourself, self-esteem, friendship

CREATIVE COMPONENTS: individuality, traits of a gifted and talented child


1) The world would be a boring place if everyone was the same. What three things make you different from others?

2) Try exploring a new hobby.


To learn more about author/illustrator Andrea Zuill, visit:

Excellent Ed

“Excellent Ed”

Everyone is excellent at something except Ed. 

Ed wants to do what the The Ellis children are allowed to do – eat at the table, sit on the couch and ride in the van. If he becomes excellent at something, will he be able to do those things? 

But what is Ed good at? Breaking things, losing things, or forgetting things. Nope. The Ellis children are better than Ed.

When Ernie drops some food, Ed realizes that he is an excellent floor cleaner. Maybe that is why he doesn’t eat at the table. Ed discovers other things that he is excellent at and why he doesn’t get to ride in the van or sit on the couch.

This story promotes the creative components of individuality and different perspective.

WHY I LIKE THIS BOOK: I like this book because of the humor and its message of acceptance and finding those things that you are excellent at doing. And of course, I love dogs!

TITLE: Excellent Ed

AUTHOR: Stacy McAnulty

ILLUSTRATOR: Julia Sarcone-Roach

PUBLISHER: Alfred A. Knopf, 2016


TOPIC(S): be yourself, acceptance

CREATIVE COMPONENTS: individuality, different perspective


1) If Ed were a cat, what excellent things might he be good at?

2) What are three things that you are excellent at? What is one thing that you wish you were excellent at? How might you go about to become better at it?


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Once upon a time there were two kinds – rabbits and birds. 

One day a new kind hatched – both rabbit and bird.

But the rabbits and birds decide that he is neither a rabbit or a bird. Neither flies away to the Land of All where no one is the same.

A rabbit and a bird show up in the Land of All. Will they be accepted?

This story promotes creative components of perspective, individuality, and parts to whole.

WHY I LIKE THIS BOOK: I like this book because it celebrates diversity in a kid-friendly manner.

TITLE: Neither

AUTHOR: Airlie Anderson

ILLUSTRATOR: Airlie Anderson

PUBLISHER: Little, Brown and Company, 2018


TOPIC(S): belonging, diversity, acceptance

CREATIVE COMPONENTS: perspective, individuality, parts to whole


1) Create the character Neither using a marshmallow candy chick and a marshmallow candy rabbit. Then try mixing it up by using candy to create a new character whose appearance would put it in a “Neither” category.

2)  Find an image from a magazine that represents friendship. With permission, cut out the image. Next cut the images into puzzle pieces. Have a friend put your puzzle together.


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