Books for Teaching
Generosity and Sharing

There are so many little ways of teaching generosity and sharing at school. You can talk about examples you see in class, model it in your own behavior, build opportunities for kids to be generous in their daily lives, and...share stories in well written and moving children's books!

In our opinion, the best way to instill an overall attitude of generosity and giving is to teach children from a young age to look for small ways to be generous and sharing with others in their daily lives rather than waiting for opportunities for large and impressive acts to present themselves. That gives them lots of first hand experience and lots of accompanying good feelings!

You can show them how to do this by sharing stories of others doing it! The following books tell clever, moving stories of sharing with others or the spirit of giving and generosity. Each will melt your heart!

Great Books for Teaching Generosity

My Friend Fred
(sharing with friends/siblings)
by Hiawyn Oram
Preschool - 1st grade



One of Each
(sharing with friends)
by Mary Ann Hoberman
Preschool - 1st grade



Listen to the Wind
Story of ...Three Cups of Tea
by Greg Mortenson

1st grade - 3rd grade



The Spiffiest Giant
in Town

(generosity with friends)
by Julia Donaldson
Preschool - 1st grade



The Giving Tree
(selfless nature of giving)
by Shel Silverstein
great for all ages



Boxes for Katje
(international giving project)
by Candace Fleming
Kindergarten - 3rd grade



A Chair for My Mother
(generosity in families)
by Vera Williams
Kindergarten - 3rd grade



14 Cows for America
(international giving)
by Carmen Agra Deedy
2nd grade & up



The Mine-o-Saur
(sharing with friends)
by Sudipta Quallen
Preschool - 1st grade



One Winter's Day
(sharing with friends)
by Christina Butler
Preschool - 1st grade



When Stories Fell Like
Shooting Stars

(greed vs generosity)
by Valiska Gregory
1st grade - 3rd grade



The Giving Book
(ideas for giving; great
for teaching generosity)

by Ellen Sabin
good ideas for all ages



One Hen
How One Small Loan Made
a Big Difference
(international giving)

by Katie Smith Milway
3rd grade - 7th grade



The Quiltmakers Gift
(fable about greed)
by Jeff Brumbeau
1st grade - 4th grade



An Orange for Frankie
(the holiday spirit of giving
during the Great Depression)

by Patricia Polacco
1st grade - 5th grade



Beatrice's Goat
(international giving)
by Page McBrier
Preschool - 3rd grade



Silver Packages
Appalachian Christmas Story
(holiday spirit of giving)

by Cynthia Rylant
Kindergarten - 5th grade



The Talking Eggs
(fable about dangers of greed)
by Robert San Souci
1st grade - 4th grade









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