education books (books about values) are a great way to teach kids many important values, like honesty, compassion, gratitude, and more. As teachers and
parents will attest, lectures are
much less effective than powerful stories and examples
that show the merits and consequences of the value or
Each of these character education books can help launch a meaningful discussion with kids! We think these books work best as subtle discussion starters (rather than direct 'lecturing' on these values). To make the value system stick, kids need to come to the conclusion themselves! So be sure to follow-up a read-aloud with some open ended questions.
To find a book on a given character education or values topic, simply click on the category in the list below. Happy browsing. :)
Note: Many topics overlap, so check book lists for related categories. Also, our lists skew heavily toward young children. We'd love to have books for older kids. Know any? We'd love to hear from teachers who have either worked children's books into formal character education programs at their school or teachers who use them to create their own curriculum. :)
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