Children's Literature

 

Babbitt, Natalie. (1975). Tuck Everlasting. NY: Harper Collins. 
A family knows of a spring whose water makes them live forever.  A young girl stumbles on to their secret and she has to decide if she wants to live forever with them.  Also a villain finds out about it and wants to sell the water.  The family has to decided what to do about it.  This book would be great as a read aloud to discuss choices and responsibility.  There is plenty of opportunity for class prediction and discussion. 

Bradfield, Jolly Roger. (1967).  Pickle-Chiffon Pie.  NY: Rand MacNally. 
Three princes are given the quest to come back with the most magnificent unusual creature in-order to win a princesses hand in marriage.  One prince returns with nothing because he was to kind to interrupt another creature's life for his gain.  He wins the princess's hand. 

Buehner, Caralyn.  Fannies Dream. Illustrated by Mark Buehner. 
A farm girl has dreams of marrying someone rich and powerful.  She wishes for her Fairy God Mother, but she doesn't come right away.  She ends up marrying a farmer like herself.  Many years and a few children later her Fairy God Mother shows up to help her get a rich and powerful man, but she decides that she is happy.  This book would be good for discussing choices, consequences, and responsibilities. 

Cannon, J. (2000).  Crickwing.  NY: Harcourt Brace.
This book is about  a cricket who is different from the others.  He leaves the other crickets and he finds some ants to bully around.  Crickwing eventually sees his error in teasing the ants and he ends up saving the ant colony from destruction.

Cannon, J. (1993).  Stellaluna. NY:Harcourt Brace.
 This book is about  a bat that gets separated from her mother when she is little.  She ends up being raised by a bird.  She discovers that she is different from the birds. She eventually finds her mother, but she remains friends with the bird despite their differences.

Cannon, J. (1996).  Verdi. NY: Harcourt Brace.
This book is about a young yellow snake that is afraid to grow up and turn green.  All of the big green snakes he knows are boring and he doesn't want to be like that.  Well, he eventually turns green, but he realizes that he can still be himself.

Cole, J. (1985). Monster Manners. NY: Scholastic Inc.
This book is about Rosie, a monster with good manners.  Through out the book it shows how her manners differ from the manners of the other monsters.

Fergson, Don. (1983). Safety First, Disney Discovery Series.  LA: Walt Disney Company.
Disney Characters talk about being safe in everyday situations such as crossing the street.  It would be great for self respect.

Fleming, Virginia. (1983). Be Good to Eddie Lee.  NY: School & Library Binding.
A boy with Downs Syndrome wants to play with two kids.  They try to ditch him, but he just keeps showing up.  He ends up showing them where some frog eggs are and they think he's alright after that.  It would be great to show tolerance for differences. 

Fleishcman, Paul. (1999). Weslandia. NY: Scholastic Inc.
A boy that is always being made fun of ends up creating his own culture in his back yard.  He weaves his own clothes and even has his own system of counting.  This book would be good to use in a self respect section. 

Flieschman, Sid. (1986).  The Whipping Boy. Greenwillow Books.
A small boy lives in a castle with a royal family.  It is against the law to whip royalty so every time the prince misbehaves the whipping boy takes the punishment, and the prince misbehaves all the time.  The two end up leaving the castle and being kidnapped.  The whipping boy gets the chance to escape but helps the rotten prince instead.  At the end they become friends. 

Fox, M. (1997). Whoever You Are.  San Diego: Harcourt Brace.
This book celebrates the similiarities and differences between people all over the world

Henkes. K. (1991). Chrysanthemum. NY: Greenwillow Press.
This book is about a mouse that loves her name, until she starts to go to school and is made fun of.  Her parents try to help her feel good about her self, but the effects are short lived.  Her music teacher eventually help her to feel better about herself by saying that she was named after a flower too.

Howes, J. (1987). I wish I were a Butterfly. NY: Gulliver.
This book is about a cricket who thinks that he is ugly, so he want to become a butterfly.  He was told he was ugly so he believes it, until a wise spider friend helps him realize he is not ugly.

Johnson, A. (1977). The Value of Respect: the story of Abraham Lincoln. Grolier Enterprises.
This book is about how respect helped Abraham Lincoln become the good person that he was.

Lucado, M. (1997). You are Special.  NY: Scholastic Inc.
This book is about Whimics who judge each other and give each other stars or dots depending on if they thing the other whimics are good or bad.  This book is about two whimics imparticular that learn how to keep the dots and stars from sticking to them.

Shannon, David. (1998). No David. NY: Scholastic INC.
David's mom is always telling him no.  He obeys and at the end he finds out she still wants to hug him even though he's messed up a few times. 

Lowery, Janette. (1970). The Poky Little Puppy.  Racine, WI: Western Publishing Company.
A nosey little puppy digs holes under fences like he's not supposed to.  He ends up not getting dessert. 

Suess, Dr. (1980). Did I Ever Tell You How Lucky You are.  San Francisco: Random House. 
A wise old man tells a young boy about a whole bunch of unlucky people to show him how lucky he is.  This book could be used to illustrated empathy for others. 

Vollmer, D. (1988). Joshua Disobeys.  Orlando: Harcourt Brace.
This book is about a whale who disobeys his mother and ends up getting stuck on the beach.  His mother comes and saves him by creating a big wave. Joshua learns not to disobey his mother.