A Bad Case of Stripes by David Shannon is such an inspiring children's book to teach children about identity, and self-perception. The main character, Camilla, loves lima beans, but she is afraid to eat them in front of her friends because of what they will think or say about her. Throughout the book, Camilla stops eating lima beans because no one else eats them. The day after, she goes to school and her classmates realize that whatever they say to her, she becomes a pattern on her skin. Toward the end of the book, an older women comes to "cure" Camilla by giving her lima beans. I would read this book to my students to allow them understand that it is okay to be different. I would teach this to kindergarten through second grade. This would help teach students about character education and being true to yourself.
Lexile Level: AD540L