Pink Bat, by Michael McMillan, is an inspirational book that I just shared with my 5th graders. The book is “about turning problems into solutions”. In a charming story about a plastic red baseball bat that fades with time, the author teaches about the importance of trying to look at problems through a different lens. Included with the book is a DVD of the author explaining his message. You can also find that video here. We were able to connect the story to another video that was recently brought to my attention through e-mail. Ask your students to brainstorm their own “pink bats”, and share a few of yours!