A Bad Case of Stripes is a wonderful story that teaches children individuality. Camilla Cream loves lima beans, but she will not eat them. She is too scared of what people might say, because most kids her age don't like lima beans. When Camilla tries to fit in with the other students, colorful stripes pop up all over her body. Instead of getting better and going away, the stripes begin to change with her surroundings. Specialists are called in, but the situation only gets worse. Camilla just needs someone to help her see what it means to be herself! This book will definitely have your students talking.
Use in the classroom: I would use this at the beginning of the year to help students understand the importance of being themselves, no matter what anyone thinks. I might even have students volunteer to share something unique that they love about themselves.
Target grade: 2nd or 3rd