Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day - Ray Cruz, Judith Viorst

I love Alexander. I always enjoyed hearing this story, and when I learned to read, it was one I picked continuously for independent reading.  Alexander is just having a bad day.  Nothing is going well for him.  To us adults, lots of minor things are just piling up to create a bad day.  To Alexander, they are all majorly horrible things to happen.  However, they are pretty normal occurrences that most kids can relate with.  This text could be read and students can brainstorm suggestions for Alexander to turn his day around.  The teacher can offer advice, as well.  Later, when they are going through a similar bad day, they can recall their advice to Alexander and, perhaps, turn their day around.  The text is appropriate for grades 1-2, but I think that with this activity, even 3rd graders could benefit.