Friday, September 13, 2013

Great Reads for Building Character and Friendship!

So Page's post got me thinking about my favorite back to school books that help build character and friendship.

I have to say it was hard to only choose a handful because I have so many favorites, but these, well these---they all make me smile and feel all warm and fuzzy inside!  They are great books to teach what TRUE friendship is and help you build a sweet little class community.

Many of them are pretty darn catchy/funny too (See Pout Pout Fish!) so they are definitely winners with the littles! goes some of my favorites.  Keep your favorites coming too.  We love adding to our collections from year to year.  I swear I do think I have a book addiction!  Pretty soon folks are going to say "Would you like some classroom to go along with those books?" ;)

Stand Tall, Molly Lou Melon - This is a sweet read about a little girl who might just be a bit different from others, but that doesn't stop her from seeing her faults as something pretty spectacular!  This little cutie knows how to take lemons and make lemonade!

My Friend Is Sad - Mo Willems is just awesome.  These Elephant and Piggie books are a HUGE hit with our kiddos.

Chrysanthemum - I LOVE THIS BOOK!  It is a great book for teaching how our words can really hurt others.  We always do the "crumpled heart" lesson with this book and leave the heart hanging up all year long.

Frog and Toad Are Friends - Toad does headstands, bangs his head against a wall, and paces on the front porch ALL to think of a story to help his friend Frog feel better.  Great example of what we do for the ones we love!

The Pout Pout Fish - LOVE!!!!  I love the catchy rhythm of this book.  The Pout Pout Fish is a pretty sullen fellow until he meets the RIGHT friend...and his whole attitude changes!

The Boy Who Wouldn't Share - What K kiddo doesn't need a lesson on sharing? ;)

A Visitor for Bear - Bear thinks he doesn't need anyone to make him happy, until a little mouse pops up in his cozy home.  After driving Bear nuts, the mouse wiggles his way right into bears heart and an unexpected friendship begins!

The Selfish Crocodile - It doesn't take long for Crocodile to realize he shouldn't always put himself first!

Ruthie and the (Not So) Teeny Tiny Lie - Ruthie comes to realize that little lies can make your heart pretty heavy.  She finds that truth will set her free!

Well...hope you find some great new books to share with your kiddos!  Please keep your favorites coming!

1 comment:

  1. Loved all of your book selections, especially Chrysanthemum. Another great book resource for building friendships and character is FOR NO REASON In this story, Jamie Higgins comes up with a clever way to deal with a classroom bully, Brad Lugsley, without getting into trouble or being mean. She decides to smile...for no reason and eventually gets her whole class smiling...even Brad! At the back of the book, there are fun, creative and educational activities to get children thinking about their own experiences and how they might solve a bullying situation.