I recently read a book by Jennifer Adkins, a first grade teacher in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. Mom, Am I Different? is a story about a little girl who feels self-conscious about who she is. She wonders why she likes to spend time by herself, read books, and do her homework - the other kids don't like those things, so there must be something wrong with her.
The little girl's mother explains that different isn't always a bad thing. This comforting statement gives the girl the courage and motivation to be who she is and make positive changes in the world around her.
I definitely recommend sharing this story with your students, especially those struggling with their individuality. The artwork by Georgia Stylou is striking and just like the little girl, unique. Enjoy!