Books that Teach


Championing Character Through Children’s Literature List

A Castle on Viola Street – DyAnne DiSalvo (citizenship, volunteerism)
A Taste of Colored Water – Matt Faulkner (justice, equality, respect for differences)
Agate – Joy Morgan Dey (celebrating differences, respect for self)
Alley Oops – by Janice Levy (anti-bullying, respect, “wrestling” with good choices)
America Is Her Name – Luis J. Rodriguez (compassion, empathy, confidence, pride)
America’s White Table – Margot Theis Raven (heroes, citizenship, honor)
Annie’s Plan – Jeanne Kraus (personal responsibility, self-discipline)
Armando and the Blue Tarp School – Edith Hope Fine and Judith Pinkerton Josephson (culture, compassion, goal-setting)
Anika’s Secret Wish – Beverly Lewis (caring, compassion, culture)
Blabber Mouse – True Kelly (loyalty, trustworthiness)
Big Wolf & Little Wolf – Nadine Brun-Cosme (sharing, compassion, friendship)
Bird Child – Nan Forler (respect for differences, empowering bystanders)
Buddy Booby’s Birthmark – Donna and Evan Ducker (respect for differences, compassion)
Carla’s Sandwich – Debbie Herman (respect for differences, acceptance)
Chicken Dance – Tammi Sauer (respecting and celebrating differences)
Cookies: Bite-Size Life Lessons – Amy Krause Rosenthal (character values)
Crow Boy – Taro Yashima (respect for differences)
Do Unto Otters – Laurie Keller (friendship, manners)
Does This Make Me Look Beautiful? – Harriet Morse (peer pressure, inner beauty)
Dream BIG, Little Pig – Kristi Yamaguchi (goal setting, perseverance)
Each Kindness – Jacqueline Woodson (caring, including new students, kindness ripples)
Earth Day – Horray! -Stuart J. Murphy (recycling, teamwork, conservation)
Ellison the Elephant -Eric Drachman (respect for differences, self discovery)
Enemy Pie – Derek Munson (friendship, respect)
Four Feet, Two Sandals – Karen Lynn Williams and Khadra Mohammed (fairness, friendship, caring)
Getting To Know Ruben Plotnick – Roz Rosenbluth (respect, caring, friendship)
Good Bye Bully Machine – Debbie Fox and Allan Beane (respect for differences, courage, kindness)
Good News Nelson – Jodi Moore (problem solving, being a change agent, service learning)
Grandfather’s Wrinkles – Kathryn England (intergenerational connections, caring)
Great Joy – Kate DiCamillo (caring, compassion, empathy)
Have You Filled a Bucket Today? – Carol McCloud (attitude, kindness, appreciation)
Heartprints – P.K. Hallinan – (caring, kindness, compassion)
Kindness Is Cooler, Mrs. Ruler – Margery Cuyler (kindness, getting along, service)
Knitting Nell – Julie Jersild Roth (citizenship, knitting for service)
LEO the Lightning Bug – Eric Drachman (perseverance, attitude, courage)
Liar, Liar, Pants on Fire – Diane De Groat (honesty, trustworthiness, cooperation)
Listen to the Wind – Greg Mortenson and Susan L. Roth (compassion, teamwork, hope)
Looking After Louis – Lesley Ely & Polly Dunbar (respect for differences, fairness)
Lucy Goosey Takes Responsibility -Katherine Ciriello Clark (stakeholders, accountability, responsibility)
Martha Doesn’t Share! – Samantha Berger (fairness, taking turns, sharing)
Michael Recycle – Ellie Bethel (conservation, citizenship)
Milo Armadillo – Jan Fearnley (friendship, acceptance, gratitude)
Mine! – Kevin Luthardt (fairness, sharing, taking responsibility)
Miranda Peabody and the Magnificent Friendship March – Susan Debell (friendship, bullying, bystanding)
Mouse Was Mad – Linda Urban (managing feelings, self-control)
My Secret Bully -Trudy Ludwig (friendship, respect, conflict resolution)
Off to Serve Richard Galentino (service, volunteerism, citizenship)
Okey-Dokey Oakie – Peggy Sundberg (making good choices, using refusal skills)
One – Kathryn Otoshi (respect, tolerance, anti-bullying message)
One Grain of Rice – Demi (fairness, trustworthiness, great math extension!)
One Green Apple – Eve Bunting (cultural differences and integration)
One Smile Cindy McKinley (kindness, caring, compassion, stakeholders)
One Thousand Tracings – Lita Judge (caring, compassion, empathy)
Our Friendship Rules – Peggy Moss and Dee Dee Tardif (trustworthiness, negotiation, cooperation)
Pink Tiara Cookies For Three – Maria Dismondy (triangle friendship, loyalty, kindness)
Rabbit’s Gift – George Shannon (sharing, generosity, friendship)
Raj The Bookstore Tiger by Kathleen T. Pelley (the power of words, friendship)
Red, White and Blue -Debbie Clement (patriotism, citizenship, sign language)
Rotten and Rascal – Paul Geraghty (fairness, greed “eats you alive”)
Ruthie and the (Not So) Teeny Tiny Lie -Laura Rankin (trustworthiness, honesty, loyalty)
Sam and the Lucky Money – Karen Chinn (Chinese New Year, compassion, generosity)
Share With Brother -Steven L. Layne (fairness, sibling rivalry, caring)
Sheila Says We’re Weird -Ruth Ann Smalley (conservation, recycling, ecology)
Shhh! – Jeanne Willis (perseverance, listening, respect, peace/non-violence)
Sit-In: How Four Friends Stood Up By Sitting Down – Andrea Davis Pinkney (non-violence, racial equality)
Some Dogs Do – Jez Alborough (positive-thinking and attitude)
Somebody Loves You, Mr. Hatch – Eileen Spinelli (caring, stakeholders)
Something Else – Kathryn Cave (respect, diversity, friendship)
Sometimes We Were Brave Pat Brisson (patriotism, service, courage)
Spaghetti in a Hot Dog Bun – Maria Dismondy (respect for differences, kindness, courage)
Suki’s Kimono – Chieri Uegaki (respect for differences, culture, acceptance)
Squawking Matilda – Lisa Horstman (responsibility, perseverance, caring)
Stand In My Shoes – Bob Sornson (empathy, compassion, understanding)
Sweet Briar Goes to School – Karma Wilson (respect for differences, courage, friendship)
Tell the Truth, B.B. Wolf – Judy Sierra (honesty, apology, forgiveness)
The 7 Habits of Happy Kids – Sean Covey (goal setting, responsibility, work habits)
The Band-Aid Chicken – Becky Rangel Henton (justice, empathy, acceptance)
The Boy Who Changed The WorldAndy Andrews (stakeholders, helping others, The Butterfly Effect)
The Busy Life of Ernestine Buckmeister by Linda Ravin Lodding (the over-scheduled child, purposeful play)
The Butterfly – Patricia Polacco (compassion, empathy, respect, friendship)
The Colors of Us – Karen Katz (diversity, celebrating differences)
The Crayon Box That Talked – Shane DeRolf (diversity, acceptance, respect)
The Earth Book – Todd Parr (conservation, citizenship)
The Empty Pot – Demi (trustworthiness, honor, problem solving)
The Fiesta Dress – Caren McNelly McCormack (cultural awareness and celebration)
The Forgiveness Garden – Lauren Thompson (forgiveness, healing, friendship)
The Giant King – Kathleen T. Pelley (kindness, dignity, law of attraction)
The Golden Rule – Ilene Cooper (respect, diversity, caring)
The Greedy Triangle – Marilyn Burns (acceptance, being satisfied with who you are)
The Hard-Times Jar – Ethel Footman Smothers (trustworthiness, taking responsibility)
The Invisible Boy – Trudy Ludwig (kindness, imagination, friendship)
The Little Fir Tree – Margaret Wise Brown (caring, compassion)
The Lunch Thief – Anne C. Bromley (empathy, compassion, sharing, caring)
The Mitten Tree – Candance Christiansen (empathy, generosity, kindness)
The Name Jar – Yangsook Choi (respect for differences, cultural awareness, compassion)
The Only One Club Jane Naliboff (respect, celebrating culture and diversity)
The Orange Shoes -Trinka Hakes Noble (caring, problem-solving, love)
The New Bear at School – Carrie Weston (acceptance, respect for differences, friendship)
The Peanut-Free Cafe – Gloria Koster (respect for peanut allergies, flexibility, friendship)
The Sandal Artist Kathleen T. Pelley (empathy, compassion, sensitivity)
The Sandwich Swap – Queen Rania (cultural diversity, respect, friendship)
The Secret of Saying Thanks – Douglas Wood (gratitude, appreciation)
The Secret Olivia Told Me – N. Joy (gossip, integrity, promise keeping)
The Summer My Father Was Ten – Pat Brisson (citizenship, compassion)
The Wall – Eve Bunting (service, patriotism, honor)
Those Shoes – Maribeth Boelts (empathy, caring, sharing)
Three Pebbles and a Song – Eileen Spinelli (responsibility, accountability, teamwork)
Tops and Bottoms – Janet Stevens (fairness, responsibility, work ethic)
Trouble Talk – Trudy Ludwig (trustworthiness, friendship)
What if Everybody Did That? -Ellen Javernick (social responsibility, citizenship)
When A Dragon Moves In – Jodi Moore (imagination, play, pretending v. lying)
Wilfred Gordon McDonald Partridge – Mem Fox (kindness, caring, friendship)
William’s Doll Charlotte Zolotow (respect for differences, gender stereotypes, modeling)
Will You Forgive Me? Sally Grindley & Penny Dann (friendship and forgiveness)
Winston of Churchill: One Bear’s Battle Against Global Warming – Jean Davies Okimoto (citizenship, conservation, responsibility)
Wolf! Wolf! – John Rocco (trustworthiness, cooperation, friendship)
You Can Be A Friend – Tony and Lauren Dungy (friendship, loyalty, trust)
You’re Mean, Lily Jean – Frieda Wishinsky (respect, caring, kindness)
Zero – Kathryn Otoshi (self-worth, value, perfect for math integration!)
Ziba Came On A Boat – Liz Lofthouse (empathy, culture, hope)
Zoe the Misfit – Ellen Dee Davidson (acceptance, respect for differences, friendship)