You Are Special is a personal favorite of mine. While I do believe I could better use this book with kindergarten to second, I would not complete throw it out on using with any older grades I may teach. In my classroom, I would probably read this book at the beginning of the year. Then after the book has been read to the students I would go over how it is okay to make a mistake. I would also relate the black dots that the townspeople give out when someone makes a mistake to how mean remarks can stay with a person for a long time. Then I would try to point out that the mean things people can say only matter if you let them.