Elem. – Be Your Best You (Series NF)

Olsen, Elsie. Be Your Best You (series). Abdo, 2020. $20 ea. $120 set of 6. 24 p. PreK-2.

Be Aware! A Hero’s Guide to Being Smart and Staying Safe. 978-1-532-11964-4.
Be Bold! A Hero’s Guide to Being Brave. 978-1-532-11965-1.
Be Kind! A Hero’s Guide to Beating Bullying. 978-1-532-11966-8.
Be Respectful! A Hero’s Guide to Being Courteous. 978-1-532-11967-5.
Be Strong! A Hero’s Guide to Being Resilient. 978-1-532-11968-2.
Be Well! A Hero’s Guide to a Healthy Mind and Body. 978-1-532-11969-9.

Designed for a preschool and early elementary audience, this series encourages readers to be heroes by becoming the very best version of themselves they can be. This involves actions like being brave, standing up to bullies, being respectful, exercising, eating healthy, and more. By including tips, examples, and real-life scenarios, these straightforward books are very easy to understand and perfect for very young readers.

THOUGHTS: I personally read Be Bold! A Hero’s Guide to Being Brave and was impressed with the simplicity of the book and the importance of its message. I especially liked the scenarios at the end, which provide readers with an opportunity to think critically and decide how they might display bravery in specific situations. I could absolutely see this being used with preschool and early elementary students to supplement a character education curriculum, or even in a life skills classroom to teach valuable social skills and fundamental health and wellness concepts.

302 Social Interaction          Julie Ritter, PSLA Member
613 Personal Health & Safety

Elementary Series NF – Healthy Habits


Sjonger, Rebecca. Healthy Habits for a Lifetime series. New York: Crabtree Publishing, 2016. $17.95 each. 24 p. Gr. K-3.

Do Your Bit to Be Physically Fit! 978-0-7787-1879-6.

On a Mission for Good Nutrition! 978-0-7787-1880-2.

Stress Less! A Kid’s Guide to Managing Emotions. 978-0-7787-1882-6.

You Need Rest to Beat Your Best! 978-0-7787-1881-9.

This series seeks to help children learn how to lead healthy lives by eating well, exercising, getting enough sleep, and learning how to be emotionally balanced. Each title begins by introducing the topic of the book and why it’s important in leading a healthy life. Various aspects of the topic are reviewed.  For example, in “You Need Rest to Be at Your Best!”, readers will learn about the sleep cycle and it’s five stages, the amount of sleep that they need to be healthy, what happens to our bodies during sleep, and tips for how to get a good night’s sleep. The information is easy to read and presented in visually appealing ways, such as giving “Sweet Dreams Tips” in clouds that span the two-page spread. While these topics are not new, this series will be a fresh, updated set to add to your collection if your old set on healthy living is dated. Each title has a Table of Contents, a “Show What You Know!” section with short questions about the book’s content, a Learning more section of resources, a glossary, and an index.  THOUGHTS: An attractive collection that provides a fresh look at common topics.         

613 Health, Wellness            Lindsey Long, Nye & Conewago Elementary Schools