Children's Books about Virtues
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Develop Good Character


By Stephen Walton © 2013


Influencing Your Child's Character


Good wholesome children's books about virtues are worth their weight in gold and have tremendous influence in developing good character traits in your child. 

Good character development should start early in children by repetitive promotion of positive values and virtues.

When a child engrosses him/herself in a positive and entertaining book about love, kindness, empathy, courage or others from our list of virtues, they instinctively ingrain those spirited feelings deep into their heart and soul.

When a child treasures a special book, they want it read over and over again. As long as the storyline is not preachy you can never get too much of a good thing. 

All our children's books about virtues meet our positive "Seal of Approval" based on our child book review criteria. 


We're sure you will enjoy our recommendations


Children's  Books about Respect


Personal Space Camp

A wonderful and humourous story built around a young boy's wild imagination.  It helps to build awareness of the personal space around us all (our comfort zone). Encouraging respect and consideration for others, it is a very entertaining story. 

Written by the outstanding Julia Cook & illustrated by the very talented Carrie Hartman.  Ages 4 to 8     (click picture for USA orders
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Personal Space Camp


Children's  Books about 
 
Empathy & Kindness


The Potato Chip Champ

A young boy named Champ discovers that things aren't always as they first appear to be. It takes an injury to help turn his initial selfishness into appreciation and gratitude. A superb story about empathy and kindness that hits right at the heart of what true friendship is all about.

 Maria Dismondy & Dawn Beacon do a marvelous job of expressing many virtues as: humanity, thoughtfulness, understanding, sincerity, generosity, forgiveness, respect, compassion and integrity. A good read for a wide age range of 4 to 10    (click picture for USA orders
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The Potato Chip Champ


                 
                        The Bucket Filling Series

If you are not yet familiar with this series of books, you must not hesitate to get on board.  In my personal opinion they are by far the best and easiest way to encourage your children to want to spread love and kindness to others.



The premise of the series is that we all carry around an invisible bucket representing our mental and emotional health.  The intent is to not only fill our own buckets with positive thoughts and feelings about ourselves, but to fill the buckets of others. 

When we love and care about others and show that love with what we say and do, we feel good about ourselves and top up our own bucket as well.

Children also learn not to dip into their bucket or that of others, with negative acts and comments.

A very simple but extremely powerful concept of teaching children about the wonderful powers of kindness and how easily they can become positive bucket fillers.

Without a doubt, through these very simple books your child will learn to spread love and kindness, develop empathy & compassion for others while helping to develop a positive self-esteem. 

The series is the brainchild of the talented author Carol McCloud, known as "The Bucket Lady."  Exceptionally written and equally illustrated by a variety of very talented artists.                         

A must-collection for every family


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Stand in My Shoes
(Kids Learning about Empathy)

Young Emily repeatedly barges into her big sister's room.  After the fourth time, her sister Alicia explains she is worried about a test she's studying for and asks Emily for a little empathy and to get out of the room. 

After being quite puzzled by the word empathy Alicia explains its' meaning.

 Emily then sets out on a personal mission to understand more about it.  She decides to help many people in a caring, affectionate way, and observe how others act and feel toward one another. 

In this touching story, Emily learns that having empathy for others touches their hearts and nurtures gratitude.  She also discovers that when you care enough to notice how others feel, something changes inside of you. 

The book gives some excellent examples of empathy and will encourage your child to naturally become aware of the feelings of others and treat them in a compassionate manner.  

Exceptionally written by the talented Bob Sornson and beautifully illustrated by Shelley Johannes.
Our Suggested Ages: 4 to 8        (click picture for USA orders
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Stand in My Shoes: Kids Learning About Empathy


Children's  Books about Courage


Courage

This cute and cleverly written book illustrates how children without even realizing it, draw on courage in many different challenges they face on a daily basis.

In this story the author runs the gamut from riding a bicycle without training wheels to the courage of holding on to your dreams.

The talented Bernard Waber does a wonderful job of both authoring and illustrating this revealing book on courage.
Suggested ages  4 to 8  (click picture for USA orders or the text link below for Canadian orders)                                  

Courage


The Hero in Me

A story about a boy who by listening to his heart, soul and mind discovers his inner strength to believe in himself and stand tall against a bully.  Becoming a hero within himself, he role models courage and kindness, influencing his peers to follow his lead.

In his quest for fairness he manifests empathy and compassion for the bully, helping him to deal with his temper and adjusting his bad attitude.

This book does a wonderful job of defining bullying to children.  It empowers both the victims and bystanders to muster the inner strength and courage to stand up to bullies, resolve conflict and seek help when needed.

The writer Susan Fitzsimonds does a marvelous job of rhyming the story while illustrator Jeff Covieo adds his spectacular touch of emotional expression.
This needs to be on the bookshelf of every child form ages 4 to 8
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The Hero in Me


Priscilla McDoodleNut Doodle McMae
Asks "Why?"


The story setting is on a moon spinning round in a place far away where everyone has either red or blue hair.  Two smug and stubborn old kings attempt to control the land by their own rules.  They draw two lines in the sand in the colour of red & blue.  By denying those with opposing coloured hair to cross, they divide the hearts and minds of all those living there.

To everyone's surprise a shy little girl named Priscilla steps up and uncovers her purple hair sending shock waves throughout the square, she musters up the courage to stand tall and represent all colours of hair by asking the kings the simple question… Why?

A scared but brave blue haired baboon steps up to support her which encourages others to do the same.  Eventually the entire population stands up to the smug kings, after setting their own rules they live happily ever after in peace, harmony and new found hope.

This is an enchanting and uplifting story of accepting diversity and standing up for what you truly believe in.  It touches on the many virtues such as courage, fairness, kindness, respect, and honour.

Janet Mary Sinke does a marvelous job in rhyming the story as Craig Pennington brings the characters to life with his superbly humourous illustrations.
Our suggested ages  4 and up      (click picture for USA orders or the text link below for Canadian orders)

Priscilla McDoodlenut Doodle McMae Asks, "Why?"


No Excuses!
(How What You Say Can Get In Your Way)


This is a heartwarming story of a little boy who absolutely loves sea turtles and aspires to become a marine biologist and devote his life to protecting the endangered species.

His family, teacher, and even complete strangers attempt to discourage him.  They say he's not smart enough, it would take a lot of study and too much time, he will disappoint his family or they may not even have the money for him to go to college.

He begins to believe he is incapable and starts to lose sight of his dream, until he meets Dr.Tortuga, a marine biologist at the aquarium who explains that those are all just excuses and teaches him how to break free from them.

With newly discovered courage and determination his dream becomes a reality proving to the world that by not letting excuses stand in your way you can become anything you want to.

Another home run hit  by Dr. Wayne W. Dyer and Kristina Tracy.  This one not only illuminates the paralyzing effects that excuses have on children, but strongly encourages them to believe in themselves and never let negative opinions of others influence their self-perception.

Written by the brilliant Dr. Wayne Dyer and Kristina Tracy and impressively illustrated by Stacy Heller Budnick.

Another powerfully inspiring book that is a must-read for all children of
ages 4 to 10             (click picture for USA orders
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No Excuses!: How What You Say Can Get In Your Way



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