K-3 Stories and Lesson Plans that Address Relationship

Whoever You Are By Mem Fox

This story celebrates those external and internal qualities that make us different and the same. This is seen through the book’s vivid illustrations of children all over the world who exhibit different customs, languages, food, homes and schools. The story reaffirms the idea that even though we may appear different we share a common bond of joy and pain.


Randolph Turns Rotten By Charise Mericle Harper

Best friends Randolph and Ivy do everything together until one day Ivy is invited to a girls-only sleepover at her cousin’s beach house. She is very excited, but her constant chatter about the party has her friend feeling left out and jealous. That’s when Randolph turns rotten and tries to make sure Ivy doesn’t have any fun at the sleepover by encouraging her to pack some very heavy and very unusual items.

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The Boy Who Grew Flowers By Jen Wojtowicz

Rink and his family live on Lonesome Mountain, a long way from the city. At school, other children stay away from Rink and gossip about him because they think he and his family are strange. One day, a new girl, Angelina arrives at school. She does not think Rink is strange. Rink and Angelina become friends by sharing their unique gifts with one another.


Yoon and the Jade Bracelet By Helen Recorvits

Yoon is celebrating her birthday and wishes for a skipping rope. Instead, however, she receives a jade bracelet that once belonged to her grandmother. The next day at school, a girl offers to teach Yoon how to jump rope but in return she wants to borrow Yoon’s jade bracelet. When Yoon tries to get her bracelet back, the girl swears it belongs to her. Yoon learns to “Seek help” when she cannot get the girl to return her bracelet.


The Recess Queen By Alexis O’Neill

Mean Jean is the Recess Queen and she rules the playground with an iron fist. No one dares to question her power until a new girl named Katie Sue comes to school. Not only is Katie Sue not intimidated by Mean Jean, she actually asks Mean Jean to jump rope with her. When the two girls become friends, the playground is once again safe for all.


The Patched Heart: a Gift of Friendship and Caring By H.E. Stewart

Patch is a brave and energetic puppy, until one day he becomes sick and is in pain. He is afraid when paramedics take him to the hospital, but his faithful friends and a whole community of compassionate caregivers help him to recover.


The First Strawberries By Joseph Bruchac

Long ago, when the world was new, the Creator made a man and a woman. They lived happily together for a long time until one day they quarrel and the woman leaves in anger. The sun decides to help the man by placing ripened raspberries, blueberries and blackberries in her path. Finally, when the sun sends strawberries, the woman stops to taste them, allowing the man to catch up and seek her forgiveness.


Source: WITS Primary Program