Surfer Chick by Kristy Dempsey is an excellent book to use K-5 for back to school. It has the themes of courage & perseverance. If you teach using Responsive Classroom, or desire to do any type of goal setting, I'd highly recommend this book. In addition to using this book and the worksheets to determine hopes and dreams, I've also added a few comprehension worksheets that could be done whole group or individually. Have a great school year!