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Building Character

These books may help children develop positive values and appropriate behavior. The titles are listed by category but many of them have several themes. For additional titles on these topics, please stop by the ASK ME Desk.

Titles found in the sections listed below are arranged alphabetically by author or by call number.

Caring

JE PICTURE BOOKS

The Quiltmaker’s Gift
by Jeff Brumbeau

Stellaluna
by Janell Cannon

Don’t Need Friends
by Carolyn Crimi

Corduroy
by Don Freeman

Stella: Star of the Sea
by Marie-Louise Gay

Hog Music
by Mary-Claire Helldorfer

Swimmy
by Leo Lionni

Elmer
by David McKee

Mole and the Baby Bird
by Marjorie Newman

J NONFICTION

Have You Filled a Bucket Today? A Guide to Daily Happiness for Kids
by Carol McCloud  J 158.1 MCC

Let’s Be Kind
by Janine Amos  J 177.7 AMO

Acting with Kindness
by Pam Scheunemann  J 177.7 SCH

Cooperation

JE PICTURE BOOKS

Berlioz the Bear
by Jan Brett

Sugarbush Spring
by Marsha Wilson Chall

The Little Red Hen
by Paul Galdone

Mattland
by H.J. Hutchins

Frederick
by Leo Lionni

The Giant Jam Sandwich
by John Vernon Lord

One Duck Stuck
by Phyllis Root

J NONFICTION

Being Cooperative
by Jill L. Donahue  J 179.9 DON

I Am Cooperative
by Sarah L. Schuette  J 179.9 SCH

The Enormous Turnip
by Kathy Parkinson  J 398.20947 PAR

Courage

JE PICTURE BOOKS

Pepito the Brave
by Scott Beck

Sheila Rae, the Brave
by Kevin Henkes

Library Mouse: A World to Explore
by Daniel Kirk

The Bear Who Didn’t Like Honey
by Barbara Maitland

If I Never Forever Endeavor
by Holly Meade

Pig Kahuna
by Jennifer Gordon Sattler

Emily Just in Time
by Jan Slepian

Hilda Hen’s Scary Night
by Mary Wormell

JR READERS

The Giant Jelly Bean Jar
by Marcie Aboff

J NONFICTION

Super Ben’s Brave Bike Ride
by Shelley Marshall  J 179.6 MAR

Courage
by Pam Schuenemann  J 179.6 SCH

Helpfulness

JE PICTURE BOOKS

Monsieur Saguette and his Baguette
by Frank Asch

Mother, You’re the Best! (But Sister, You’re A Pest!)
by Diane DeGroat

Giddy Up, Cowgirl
by Jarrett Krosoczka

Preschool to the Rescue
by Judy Sierra

You and Me, Little Bear
by Martin Waddell

Old Cricket
by Lisa Wheeler

Sweet Briar Goes to Camp
by Karma Wilson

JR READERS

Annie and Snowball and the Prettiest House: The Second Book of Their Adventures
by Cynthia Rylant

Good Sport Gwen
by Valerie Tripp

I Can Help!
by Hans Wilhelm

J NONFICTION

Do You Help Others?
by Joanne Mattern  J 177.62 MAT

Let’s Help Out
by Janine Amos  J 177.7 AMO

The Lion and the Mouse
by Jerry Pinkney  J 398.2452 PIN

Honesty

JE PICTURE BOOKS

We’re in Big Trouble, Blackboard Bear
by Martha G. Alexander

Edwurd Fudwupper Fibbed Big
by Berke Breathed

Priscilla and Rosy
by Sharon Jennings

That’s Mine, Horace
by Holly Keller

What’s So Terrible About Swallowing an Apple Seed?
by Harriet Goldhor Lerner

Lizard’s Guest
by George Shannon

Too Many Tamales
by Gary Soto

Jackalope
by Janet Stevens

JR READERS

A Bargain for Frances
by Russell Hoban

J NONFICTION

Be Honest and Tell the Truth
by Cheri J. Meiners  J 179.9 MEI

Being Honest
by Cassie Mayer  J 179.9 MAY

The Empty Pot
by Demi  J 398.20951 DEM

The Boy Who Cried Wolf
by B.G. Hennessy  J 398.2 HEN

Responsibility

JE PICTURE BOOKS

Arthur’s Computer Disaster
by Marc Brown

Katy and the Big Snow
by Virginia Lee Burton

Mike Mulligan and his Steam Shovel
by Virginia Lee Burton

Never Trust a Squirrel!
by Patrick Cooper

For You Are a Kenyan Child
by Kelly Cunnane

Strega Nona Takes a Vacation
by Tomie DePaola

Molly Goes Shopping
by Eva Eriksson

A Carousel Tale
by Elisa Kleven

The Little Engine that Could
by Watty Piper

The Tale of Peter Rabbit
by Beatrix Potter

Officer Buckle and Gloria
by Peggy Rathmann

Horton Hatches the Egg
by Dr. Seuss

My Little Car: Mi Carrito
by Gary Soto

Jumanji
by Chris Van Allsburg

J NONFICTION

I Can Be Responsible
by Jenette Donovan Guntley  J 179.9 GUN

I Am Responsible
by Sarah L. Schuette  J 179.9 SCH

Self-Discipline

JE PICTURE BOOKS

What’s Wrong Now, Millicent?
by Sue Alexander

The Grouchy Ladybug
by Eric Carle

Smile a Lot!
by Nancy Carlson

Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse
by Kevin Henkes

Please Is a Good Word to Say
by Barbara M. Joosse

You’re Weird!
by Kevin Luthardt

The Real Winner
by Charise Neugebauer

17 Things I’m Not Allowed to Do Anymore
by Jenny Offill

No, David!
by David Shannon

Katy Did It!
by Lorraine Siomades

1000 Times No
by Tom Warburton

J NONFICTION

Self-Discipline
by Connie Colwell Miller  J 179.9 MIL

Self-Discipline
by Kimberley Jane Pryor  J 179.9 PRY

Sharing

JE PICTURE BOOKS

I’ll Never Share You, Blackboard Bear
by Martha G. Alexander

Little Bunny’s Cool Tool Set
by Maribeth Boelts

Mine!
by Kevin Luthardt

We Share Everything!
by Robert N. Munsch

The Rainbow Fish
by Marcus Pfister

The Boy Who Wouldn’t Share
by Mike Reiss

The Big Brown Box
by Marisabina Russo

Ebb and Flo and the New Friend
by Jane Simmons

The Story Blanket
by Ferida Wolff

J NONFICTION

Let’s Share
by Janine Amos  J 177.1 AMO

Do You Share?
by Joanne Mattern  J 177.62 MAT

Valuing Others

JE PICTURE BOOKS

Just Because
by Rebecca Elliott

Whoever You Are
by Mem Fox

All the Colors of the Earth
by Sheila Hamanaka

Pink Paper Swans
by Virginia L. Kroll

Bein’ with You This Way
by W. Nikola-Lisa

J NONFICTION

I Can Accept Others
by Jenette Donovan Guntly  J 177.1 GUN

Accept and Value Each Person
by Cheri J. Meiners  J 179.9 MEI

9/02 HP; revised 6/12 EMC