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Comet Traits March Madness

"Who you are is more important than what you know.” - Thomas R. Hoerr

This month we are going to celebrate all we have learned about the Comet Traits throughout the year by having our first March Madness Book Competition. Each book selected for the Sweet 16 features a specific Comet Trait, although you and your kids may find that all five traits are often included in the story. Our students have demonstrated that they know what the traits are and can give us examples of each trait at school, at home, and in their community. Now we to extend their understanding by seeing how these traits work together and help all of us to “be kind and caring people, responsible and productive workers, and citizens who make a positive difference in the world” (Thomas R. Hoerr). 

 Click on the images for a closer look at our Comet Traits poster and the March Madness Bracket!

You can read these books along with us, by visiting the library and checking out the book or you can click on the titles below to view a video of someone reading the book. As you are reading, try asking some of the following questions:

  • What trait do you think this book is about? Why?
  • Do you think this book has more than one trait in it? Which ones?
  • Can you make a connection between the book and your life and experiences? 
  • What lesson did the main character learn about being a successful, kind, and/or responsible person?


Enemy Pie by Derek Munson

The Invisible Boy by Trudy Ludwig

We Don’t Eat Our Classmates by Ryan T. Higgins

The Monster Who Lost His Mean by Tiffany Strelitz Haber

A Bike Like Sergio's by Maribeth Boelts

The Empty Pot read by Rami Malek- By Demi

The Honest to Goodness Truth by Patricia McKissack

Being Frank by Donna Earnhardt

The Day You Begin by Jacqueline Woodson

I Like Myself by Karen Beaumont

Chrysanthemum by Kevin Henkes

Lily's Purple Plastic Purse By Kevin Henkes

Lacy Walker, Nonstop Talker By Christianne C. Jones

What If Everybody Did That? By Ellen Javernick

Amazing Grace by Mary Hoffman

Mirette on the High Wire by Emily Arnold McCully

Seeing kids and other people using these skills in real life is incredibly powerful and inspiring. Check out these YouTube channels that feature kids who are making a difference by using the same traits that we call the Comet Traits. Watch the videos together and discuss how these people are using all the traits to make the world a better place. 

Disney's Citizen Kid (entire playlist of all the episodes)

KidsKind YouTube Channel

HumanKind YouTube Channel

I am Sport YouTube Channel

To learn more about each individual trait, go back to the previous month's news articles for a description, activities, books, and videos you can use at home to help your child develop Self-Control, Acceptance/Embracing Diversity, Empathy, Integrity, and Grit.