Read Any GOOD BOOKS Lately November 07, 2016

by Ricardo Castillo


Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen didn’t set out to create books.  As motivational speakers, they would hear inspirational stories from audience members and sometimes used some of those stories in their talks.  After a while, however, they noticed an interesting trend: time and time again their audiences asked if the stories they had talked about had been published anywhere.  Inspired by this pattern and their grandmothers’ cooking, they called their collection of soothing, comforting stories “Chicken Soup for the Soul” and published their first book in 1993.  The book went on to sell 11 million copies around the world, and soon Canfield and Hansen were not only creating more volumes but also compiling stories into themes.  Although any of the “Chicken Soup for the Soul” books can be beneficial, we at OutlooK-12 are dedicating this month’s School Library to the “Chicken Soup” titles written especially for children, preteens and teenagers. 

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“CHICKEN SOUP FOR THE CHILD'S SOUL: CHARACTER-BUILDING STORIES TO READ WITH KIDS AGES 5-8”
Publisher: HCI
ISBN-13: 978-0757305894

Through this collection of heartfelt true stories about family ties, helping neighbors and lasting friendships, children will see how kids like them have learned valuable lessons from the choices they’ve made.  Most of all, they will realize that they are not alone in dealing with some of the difficult issues in their lives, such as the loss of a loved one, accepting and respecting others, taking responsibility for their actions, coping with fitting in, and learning to make friends.  These stories can be used as a way to start conversations with children about a variety of issues that they face.


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“CHICKEN SOUP FOR THE KID'S SOUL: 101 STORIES OF COURAGE, HOPE AND LAUGHTER FOR KIDS AGES 8-12” 
Publisher: Backlist, LLC
ISBN-13: 978-1623610609

With all the challenges adults handle in their lives, it’s easy to forget that kids need some inspiration too!  After all, they face the same issues as adults—making the right choices, overcoming challenges, managing their relationships with friends and family members, learning to like themselves—and they are also starting to navigate their own way through school, sports, church and their hobbies.  This collection of stories provides support, provokes thought and acts as a portable support group for kids.  In addition, this book also offers encouragement and advice for older children who are entering their preteen years.  


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“CHICKEN SOUP FOR THE GIRL'S SOUL: REAL STORIES BY REAL GIRLS ABOUT REAL STUFF”
Publisher: Backlist, LLC
ISBN-13: 978-1623610319

From Barbies to the first bra, from holding a teddy bear to slow dancing with a first boyfriend, from knowing everyone in elementary school to making new friends in middle school…preteen life is full of changes that can at times can be challenging for young girls.  This collection of stories from girls for girls, however, can be an invaluable survival guide during these essential years!  Topics covered include tough subjects such as peer pressure, bullying, cliques, divorce, cancer, loss and learning how to move on, as well as changing friendships, crushes, embarrassing moments and the ups and downs of puberty.


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“CHICKEN SOUP FOR THE SOUL: THINK POSITIVE FOR KIDS: 101 STORIES ABOUT GOOD DECISIONS, SELF-ESTEEM, AND POSITIVE THINKING”
Publisher: Chicken Soup for the Soul
ISBN-13: 978-1611599275

Starting a conversation with a child can be difficult depending on the topic—but it’s essential!  Sharing stories, however, can help break the ice, and this collection of stories cover such areas as being responsible, trying something new, making real friends, doing the right thing, developing self-esteem, handling bullies and cliques, appreciating your family, making good choices and being grateful.  Whether it’s educators, guidance councilors or parents, getting children to open up in a conversation is a great way to learn what is important to them, and stories such as these can help children learn from the example of others. 


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“CHICKEN SOUP FOR THE SOUL: BE THE BEST YOU CAN BE: INSPIRING TRUE STORIES ABOUT GOALS & VALUES FOR KIDS & PRETEENS” 
Publisher: CSS Boniuk
ISBN-13: 978-1942649007

Reaching one’s full potential is a lifelong process and getting into the right mindset early on can have a huge impact down the road.  In this collection of stories, children and preteens can read about goals and hard work, compassion and tolerance, values and good choices.  Chapter topics include making your best effort, doing the right thing, accepting differences, appreciating your family, handling bullies, having confidence in yourself, being generous, making true friends, accepting responsibility, being kind, being grateful and getting though tough times.  Plus, these personal stories are from role models chosen specifically to offer guidance to today’s youth. 


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“CHICKEN SOUP FOR THE PRETEEN SOUL: STORIES OF CHANGES, CHOICES AND GROWING UP FOR KIDS AGES 9-13”
Publisher: Backlist, LLC
ISBN-13: 978-1623610944

Often the teenage years are focused on as a time filled with growing pains, but being a preteen is more difficult than it might seem.  The preteen is in a time of transition where school is suddenly harder, friends and parents seem different, peer pressure and the “mean girl” bully become more common, and puberty begins bringing with it first crushes that can be crushing.  During these changes it’s more important than ever for preteens to remember that they are not alone.  These true stories written by kids for kids offer a way to deal with preteen ups and downs.


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“CHICKEN SOUP FOR THE TEENAGE SOUL: STORIES OF LIFE, LOVE AND LEARNING”
Publisher: Backlist, LLC
ISBN-13: 978-1623610463

A universal truth is being a teenager is hard—but that doesn’t mean that teenagers have to go through their teen years alone.  This book is filled with stories designed to make the reader laugh and cry.  It’s meant to motivate teens while reassuring them that other teenagers have been through the same ups and downs and have come out okay.  In addition, the stories are perfect for reading over and over, so as new challenges face its readers, new pearls of wisdom are available to remind them that lots of other teens have the same issues and problems. 


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“CHICKEN SOUP FOR THE TEENAGE SOUL ON TOUGH STUFF: STORIES OF TOUGH TIMES AND LESSONS LEARNED”
Publisher: Westland
ISBN-13: 978-8187671312

Growing up can be difficult at times even under the best conditions.  When bad things happen, the challenges can be overwhelming—but tough times can be turned into great times.  In this book, teens can read about how others their age dealt with self-destructive behavior, family upheavals, medical problems, losing friends and other obstacles and challenges.  Chapter topics delve into difficult and even sensitive subjects such as self-acceptance, drugs, alcohol, suicide, abuse, eating disorders and depression, giving concerned adults a tool to help the young people in their lives start an honest discussion, confront negative emotions and begin to heal.


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“CHICKEN SOUP FOR THE SOUL: TEENS TALK MIDDLE SCHOOL: 101 STORIES OF LIFE, LOVE, AND LEARNING FOR YOUNGER TEENS”
Publisher: Chicken Soup for the Soul
ISBN-13: 978-1935096269

For most kids, middle school can at times be overwhelming because many of the norms in their lives are in flux.  Their classes are suddenly tougher than they ever were in elementary school.  The friends that they have known for years are changing in sometimes surprising and not always positive ways.  Even their own bodies are going through physical and emotional changes that while normal can be confusing, unpleasant and embarrassing.  This book’s collection of stories, however, tackles all of these topics and more, including friendship, bullying, young love, family issues, doing what is right and being happy with oneself.


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“CHICKEN SOUP FOR THE SOUL: TEENS TALK HIGH SCHOOL: 101 STORIES OF LIFE, LOVE, AND LEARNING FOR OLDER TEENS” 
Publisher: Chicken Soup for the Soul
ISBN-13: 978-1935096252

From movies to television shows, there is a reason why high school is the setting for so many dramas aimed at teenagers.  Whether this book’s reader is in their freshman, sophomore, junior or senior year, they will find stories to guide and help them with such things as dating, love going bad, handling embarrassing moments, following dreams and passions, doing the right thing and dealing with the consequences, and learning to be happy with oneself.  In addition, this book is designed to offer support when dealing with the “tough stuff” including death, pregnancy, eating disorders, illness and substance abuse.