13 Children’s Books That Teach Values & Life Skills

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Children Learn From Books

Children learn by our words and actions, stories and songs. Children’s books are also a great tool for teaching kids values and life skills. Books help build vocabulary. They engage their mind, increase their creativity, fuel their imagination, and teach values. In our family, we use books like “Hands are Not for Hitting” by Elizabeth Verdick to help reinforce behaviors.



Benefits of Theme Based Books

Children’s books can reinforce valuable lessons you are teaching your children. They help children to hear the same concept from a different perspective using different words than you may use. Typically, stories contain a relatable character that provokes curiosity. After reading the story, parents can ask questions that encourage thought, reflection and discussion further highlighting the lesson.

Dad and daughter laying on floor under teepee reading a book.

Books That Encourage Character

Kindness, honesty, determination etc. can come to life through the pages of a book. Even as adults we read stories and learn about a life we haven’t lived, a place we haven’t visited, or a skill we want to develop. Below are six books we love and have used with our kids to encourage character development.

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Teeth are not for Biting by Elizabeth Verdick
Llama Llama and the Bully Goat by Anna Dewdney

Franklin Fibs by Paulette Bourgeois and Brenda Clark

Llama Llama Time to Share Hardcover by Anna Dewdney
Voices Are Not for Yelling by Elizabeth Verdick

The Little Engine That Could by Watty Piper

Books About Life

On the practical side, children’s books can also teach and reinforce valuable life skills- like not picking your nose!!! Potty training, preparing for a new baby brother or sister, and even doing chores. Below are seven life skills books you may want to consider for your little one!

Noses Are Not for Picking by Elizabeth Verdick

A Potty for Me! by Karen Katz

The New Potty (Little Critter) by Mercer Mayer and Gina Mayer

How Do Dinosaurs Eat Their Food? by Jane Yolen

The Berenstain Bears Clean House by Stan & Jan Berenstain

The New Baby (Little Critter) by Mercer Mayer

I Am a Big Sister! by Caroline Jayne Church

Whether you’re teaching your child to tell the truth or preparing them for a life change, children’s books are an invaluable resource for parents. You can click on any of the book cover pictures above or the links below to purchase from Amazon or check them out at your local library.

 

I’d love to hear what other books your family has used with your preschooler or toddler.

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  1. Teeth Are Not for Biting
  2. Llama Llama and the Bully Goat
  3. Franklin Fibs
  4. Llama Llama Time to Share
  5. Voices Are Not for Yelling
  6. The Little Engine That Could
  7. Noses Are Not for Picking
  8. A Potty for Me!
  9. The New Potty (Little Critter)
  10. How Do Dinosaurs Eat Their Food? (Book & CD)
  11. The Berenstain Bears Clean House (I Can Read Level 1)
  12. The New Baby
  13. I Am a Big Sister

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Comments

    • Melissa @ Our Happy Hive says

      January 23 at 5:57 pm

      Thanks Sarah! My daughter loved all of these books…seems like we read many of them hundreds of times!!!

  1. Anna says

    January 23 at 3:52 pm

    My daughter loves reading and since she’s bilingual she has access to more and more. Recently crazy about comic books (has it after her father…) and she keeps inventing her own stories and drawing them. It’s amazing how books work on our imagination! I’m not familiar with any of these titles but I’ll need to check them out.

  2. Marcie says

    January 24 at 1:05 am

    I remember reading that Berenstein Bears book when I was a kid! That series did a great job talking about all kinds of subjects!

  3. Jessica says

    January 24 at 1:10 am

    I love this! I remover most of these books from when I was a preschool teacher! I also loved the No, David series, they are funny but full of good behaviors examples!

    • Melissa @ Our Happy Hive says

      January 24 at 5:30 am

      OHhh- I hadn’t heard of the No, David series. I’ll need to look into them!

  4. Ozum | Mama Mingo says

    January 24 at 3:22 am

    I’m a huge fan of children’s books and I actually have not read any of these — so thank you! I will be sure to check them out. I recently wrote a blog post about my favorite inspirational picture books as well; you might find some new additions for your kids’ library =]

  5. Marta Rivera says

    January 24 at 4:04 pm

    I have a stack of Berenstein Books that I’ve been trying to sell to another family, but I just can’t bear (no pun intended) to part with them. They hold such beautiful memories of our story times when my twins were toddlers.

  6. Lauren says

    January 25 at 4:07 am

    These books look great! When I was a kid my mom always read books to me that had a moral to the story!

    Lauren

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