Powerful Character Education Books
for Teaching Children Values

Great character 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 trait.

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.



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Character Education Books by Subject


compassion / caring
books on being caring and
showing compassion and
concern for other people


creative thinking
books on being creative
and inventive (artistically
and in problem solving);
t
hinking outside the box!


service / helping
books that teach children
the joys and rewards of
sacrifice and helping
others


generosity / sharing
books on sharing and
giving, seeing
needs of
others & responding


manners
basic etiquette and manners
(including teaching desired
classroom behaviors)


having courage
books for all ages that
tell stories of bravery
and
courage in the
face of difficulties


gratitude / thankful
books on being grateful
for what you have and
the help of others


individuality
book on appreciation
for the
attributes that
make one unique


honesty
books on truthfulness,
sincerity,
and avoiding
being deceptive


kindness
books on being kind, polite,
respecting
and listening to
others
(incl. not bullying!)


determination
great stories showing
children and grown ups
demonstrating

persistence and
'sticking to it'


not judging on
appearances

the dangers of making
snap judgements

based on a person's
appearance


diversity & tolerance
books on celebrating
diversity in
beliefs and
ethnicity
/ stories about
prejudism and racism


open-mindedness
books on being open-
minded and willing
to see 
other points of view


self-esteem
books that teach children to
have pride in who they
are and what you can do


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/values education programs at their school or teachers who use them to create their own curriculum. :)


Enjoy the books!

Betsy, Cindy, and Virginia
(the teachers/sisters behind this website)

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