Reading List: Teamwork
Though everyone has times where they want to do things on their own, teamwork is what helps get big things accomplished. Teams can take shape on soccer fields and in swimming pools, but they can also appear in a classroom or on a playground. Working together utilizes the strengths of everyone in the group in order to reach a common goal. It is not about being the best; rather, it is about helping one another and finding a shared purpose. The books in this list are selected for readers ages 4-7 and showcase both humans and animals helping each other in a variety of situations. Hopefully, these stories will help inspire young readers to become team players in their own lives.
Contributed by: Mary Lanni
|Duck is Stuck
By: Zoubida Mouhssin
Illustrated by: Pascale Moutte-Baur
When he falls asleep while on the lake and wakes up stuck in ice, Duck needs the help of other animals to get loose.
|Duncan the Story Dragon
By: Amanda Driscoll
Duncan the Dragon loves to read, but he keeps accidentally lighting his book on fire, leading him to try to find a friend to read to him so he can get to the end of his story.
|The Little Guys
By: Vera Brosgol
As they head off to find breakfast, the mighty Little Guys conquer all obstacles in their path through teamwork, but when they amass more than they need, their fellow forest creatures worry about what happens if no one can stop the Little Guys.
|Melia and Jo
By: Billy Aronson and Jennifer Oxley
Melia is scientific and loves to create things in her backyard laboratory, but something is missing. Her inventions just aren’t quite right. Enter Jo, her new friend with an artistic spirit. When you add the arts to the sciences, something magical happens!
|Mighty, Mighty Construction Site
By: Sherri Duskey Rinker
Illustrated by: Tom Lichtenheld
Told in rhyming text, Excavator, Bulldozer, Crane Truck, Dump Truck, and Cement Mixer will all need to work together as they tackle their biggest job yet—a massive building.
|Pedro’s Big Goal
By: Fran Manushkin
Illustrated by: Tammie Lyon
Pedro would love to be the goalie in the team’s first game, but another boy is bigger—so, all his friends come over to help him practice before the tryout.
By: Liz Starin
Ursula, a bear, and Ricardo, a human, are preparing for the water ballet competition. But a new regulation at the community pool—no bears—leaves Ursula cut from the contest. Luckily, she encounters a group of undaunted animal swimmers at a local pond, and Ursula and her new team figure out a way to participate in the competition and make sure everyone is welcome at the pool once and for all.
By: Jon J. Muth
Three wise monks trick a poor, frightened community into finding happiness by teaching them the magic of generosity.
By: Leo Lionni
When a big tuna attacks his school of fish, Swimmy goes out on his own and discovers the wonders of the sea. While there, he finds a new school, and he helps them find a way to venture out and stand up to the bigger fish.
|Up the Creek
By: Nicholas Oldland
When a bear, a moose, and a beaver go on a canoe trip, they have all sorts of disagreements, until they find themselves stranded up the creek and decide that working together is the only way to make it home safely.
|What a Team!
By: Brigitte Luciani and Eve Tharlet
Badger brothers Grub and Bristle want to build a boat, but when everyone decides to help, all they’ve built is a big argument. The only way to decide whose idea is best is a race down the river. Will that prove one of them right, or will teamwork win the day?
|When Pencil Met Eraser
By: Karen Kilpatrick and Luis O. Ramos, Jr.
Illustrated by: Germán Blanco
Pencil loves to draw and isn’t happy when he meets Eraser. Eraser soon convinces Pencil that he’s the one who can fix things when Pencil makes a mistake, and Pencil finally agrees that they make a good team together.