Chrysanthemum is one of my favorite childhood books! The main character Chrysanthemum loves her name until she starts kindergarten and is surrounded by peers with short names. However, after a music teacher tells the class that she wants to name her baby Chrysanthemum her spirits are lifted again and she once again loves her name. This is a great book to use in the classroom to encourage students to celebrate diversity. A fun extension activity would be to get each student to make an acrostic poem using their name and using positive adjectives to describe themselves for each of the letters represented.
Guided Reading level: M