A Bad Case of Stripes is a wonderful book to read to students to encourage them to not feel like they need to be like others but instead inspire them to celebrate their differences. The main character Camilla Cream loves lima beans, but she will not eat them because her classmates hate them. She worries about what they think and right when she wants to fit in she becomes covered in stripes! Instead of fitting in, she is forced to stand out. This would be a great text for teachers to read to encourage students to be themselves. A cause and effect activity would be a great extension activity. A graphic organizer could be made with either a cause or effect listed and then students would complete the one missing.
Lexile level: 610L