The Little Linebacker: A Story of Determination (2016)

by Stephen Tulloch & Maria Dismondy (Authors), Heather Heyworth (Illustrator)

Author’s Website:  Stephen is a little kid with big dreams of playing football. The odds are against him when he is tested and faced with challenges. This is a story of a boy who worked hard to defy the odds and become a leader.

The Most Magnificent Thing Hardcover (2014) blurb:  Award-winning author and illustrator Ashley Spires has created a charming picture book about an unnamed girl and her very best friend, who happens to be a dog. The girl has a wonderful idea. ?She is going to make the most MAGNIFICENT thing! She knows just how it will look. She knows just how it will work. All she has to do is make it, and she makes things all the time. Easy-peasy!? But making her magnificent thing is anything but easy, and the girl tries and fails, repeatedly. Eventually, the girl gets really, really mad. She is so mad, in fact, that she quits. But after her dog convinces her to take a walk, she comes back to her project with renewed enthusiasm and manages to get it just right.

The Raindrop Who Couldn’t Fall (2013)

by Kirsti Call (Author), Brie Ishee (Editor), Lisa M. Griffin (Illustrator) 

Author’s Website:  How many times do you try before you give up? This is the question that little Plink considers after failing to fall repeatedly. This story helps 3 to 8 year old children understand that learning to do things is not always easy and sometimes it takes the support and love of others to succeed.

AMAZON.COM blurb:  “The Raindrop Who Couldn’t Fall” is a 32 page full-color picture book for young readers (3-7 years) based on the idea that changing your thought patterns can change the outcome of events in your life. The main character, Plink, is unable to fall from her cloud until she changes the way she thinks about falling and starts to believe in her abilities.