It’s not motivation that keeps us from changing our ways. It’s often ability and prompts.
And tiny steps are what get us over the inertia and feeling of hopelessness. An earlier book on the same topic that is also a great read is Charles Duhigg’s The Power of Habit.
Little Mole, new to the neighborhood, longs for a friend. On the day of the first snow fall, he comes across a little Snowball. A magical journey begins with Little Mole taking the Snowball-- re-shaped to resemble Little Mole himself and similarly outfitted with a hat-- home on the bus. The snowball melts, of course. Little Mole tells his tale of loss to his Grandma. The next morning, he awakens to her call that a special visitor is outside: Snowball, shaped like Little Mole. A whimsical tale of friendship.
A novel in verse. When war comes to her city in Syria, Jude is sent to her uncle’s home in Cincinnati along with her pregnant mother. Learning to live with her blond American aunt and cousin-- who do not speak Arabic-- Jude struggles to blend into her middle school. A wonderful and approachable look at what it is like to move to a new country, face prejudice and find a new place for yourself.
A different perspective on suffragist history for this centennial year of the women’s vote in the United States. Living in Atlanta, 17-year-old Jo Kuan works as a lady’s maid for the cruel daughter of one of the city’s wealthiest men. By night, she writes a popular column for the genteel Southern lady under the pseudonym of Dear Miss, Sweetie, while secretly living with her guardian in the basement of the publisher’s house, which was formerly a station of the Underground Railroad. A great read that looks at a time and place from a perspective that hasn't been seen much before.