Fav Books for New Educators Teaching Character Building

For me there is nothing better than a kids book, with a great message. I love reading to a group of my students and problem solving social issues before we turn to the next page of the story. I love their reaction to different points in my favorite books, and how eager they are to improve their friendship skills or helping skills or just to just hear a funny story. I want to share some of my favorite books that all have great messages in helping develop socially aware, emotionally competent students. Please comment with your favorites, I am always looking for more! Links to Amazon included for each, just in case you’re inclined to purchase!

Rude Cakes by Rowboat Watkins This book is about a cake that has some trouble with please and thank you’s. Can the rudest cake in the land learn to mind his manners? What are manners and why are manner’s important?

A Bad Case of Stripes by David Shannon A wonderful story about a young lady named Camilla Cream, who struggles to just be herself for fear of being made fun of by others. She worries all the time, mainly about what others will think about her. Great reading for teaching self-esteem and not following the crowd. Perfect for a first day (or 1st week) of school book, as the book begins with Camila worrying about her first day of school.

My Mouth is a Volcano by Julia Cook Our main character, Louis has some trouble waiting his turn, especially when it comes to speaking. This book walks reads through what it’s like for Louis and how he uses a pretty cool strategy to help him patiently wait for his turn to share. Great rhymes throughout that gets kids involved.

What if Everybody Did That? By Ellen Javernick  Such a great book about social responsibility to help encourage the development of caring citizens. Is it ok for you to break the rules? What if everyone did that?

The Most Magnificent Thing by Ashley Spires How many of your students get frustrated and because of this want to quit? I love messages that encourage a change in perspective, which is exactly what this book does. Often we can’t change circumstances, or take away what is causing the frustration…but what if we look at it from a different angle?