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Rodale Kids Curious Readers/Level 2 Series

Found in Children’s Picture Books
I Am Strong by Suzy Capozzi
This Makes Me Jealous by Courtney Carbone; illustrated by Hilli Kushnir
This Makes Me Scared by Courtney Carbone; illustrated by Hilli Kushnir

Rodale Kids Curious Readers/Level 2 Series : Titles in Order

Book 6
The Dealing with Feelings series returns to help kids battle the green-eyed monster—jealousy!

In This Makes Me Jealous, a young girl is proud of being the star athlete at her school. But when a new kid moves to town and she suddenly has to share the spotlight, jealousy gets the best of her. After a tough soccer matchup, the girl’s gym teacher helps her to empathize with the new student and give her a chance. Soon, the girl learns that making new friends and being inclusive are more important than being the best.

The Dealing with Feelings series of early readers is designed to give voice to what’s brewing inside. Through short, simple text and repetitive observational phrases, children will learn to name their emotions as they learn to read.
Book 5
Kids will learn it’s okay to be scared—and how to confront their fears—in this installment of the Dealing with Feelings series. Paperback edition includes stickers!

In This Makes Me Scared, a young boy is terrified about taking swim lessons. The water is cold, chlorine burns his eyes, and worst of all, everyone is watching him. He’s scared that he’ll never learn to swim–or drown trying! When his instructor shows him how to calm his mind, the boy decides to face his fear and open himself up to a fun, new experience.

The Dealing with Feelings series of early readers is designed to give voice to what’s brewing inside. Through short, simple text and repetitive observational phrases, children will learn to name their emotions as they learn to read.
Book 4
In This Makes Me Silly, a little girl and her brother go with their family to the zoo, only to find that they can’t stop laughing! Between making funny monkey faces and stretching their arms for elephant trunks, it’s no wonder they snort out their milk at lunch. The little girl doesn’t see any harm in her silliness at first, but when she scares an animal by shouting and banging on the glass, she learns that there’s a time and place to be silly (like at the zoo playground), and a time and place to be calm (when animals are sleeping).

The Dealing with Feelings series of early readers are designed to give voice to what’s brewing inside. Through short, simple text and repetitive observational phrases, the child will learn to name their emotions as they also learn to read.
Book 3
I Am Strong follows a young boy on a fun-filled day as he learns what it means to be strong. Despite his small size, he surprises his teammates and himself when he demonstrates mental, emotional, and physical strength to become the Field Day champion! This third title in the Positive Power series will get kids excited about their own strengths—whether it’s learning to read or running really fast.

About the Positive Power Series:
Short on words and long on empowerment, the Positive Power early reader series teaches kids and parents alike the power of positive affirmations and how to incorporate them into their daily lives.
Book 3
In This Makes Me Angry, a young boy is not having a good day. And between the sopping wet towels in the bathroom and his homework that’s been colored all over in crayon, he knows just whom to blame: his little brother, Jack. The boy’s day only gets worse when he leaves Jack and goes to school. Thankfully, his principal knows exactly what will help. By drawing events of the day, the boy is able to slow down and reflect on what made him mad–so that when he returns home, his messy, crayon-covered little brother no longer seems so bad.

The Dealing with Feelings series of early readers are designed to give voice to what’s brewing inside. Through short, simple text and repetitive observational phrases, the child will learn to name their emotions as they also learn to read.
Book 2
If feeling blue isn’t bad enough, it’s even worse without your best furry friend. This Makes Me Sad follows a young boy after he accidentally lets his dog, Kit, loose from the yard. Despite his parents’ attempt to find her, nothing can cheer up the boy. His favorite things, like a pretty sunset, going to the park, and his beloved teddy bear, just make him more sad. Even happy memories of Kit no longer feel good. With help from his family, the boy must learn to accept and express how he’s feeling inside. And by dealing with his feelings, he might just be able to do some good until Kit comes home.

Easy-to-read text and evocative illustrations make this relatable second story in the Dealing with Feelings series a perfect practice in emotional maturity for kids.
Book 1
This Makes Me Happy follows a young girl on a field trip to the fair, complete with a roller coaster, pie-eating contest, and petting zoo! But when her pesky nut allergy keeps her from having a treat with her class, the girl learns that even the happiest of days can have unhappy moments. By reflecting on her trip and recognizing the many feelings that arose during it, she is able to feel less overwhelmed—and more confident about her positively happy day.

While children enjoy expressing themselves—be it through laughter or tears—they don’t always have the words to articulate their emotions. The Dealing with Feelings series is designed to give voice to what’s brewing inside, showing children how to name their emotions as they also learn to read.

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