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Building Character

These books may help children develop positive values. 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

Hank Finds an Egg
by Rebecca Dudley

Stick and Stone
by Beth Ferry

Corduroy
by Don Freeman

Hog Music
by Mary-Claire Helldorfer

Swimmy
by Leo Lionni

Elmer
by David McKee

Mole and the Baby Bird
by Marjorie Newman

The Grudge Keeper
by Mara Rockliff

Penguin and Pinecone
by Salina Yoon

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

Cooperation

JE PICTURE BOOKS

Berlioz the Bear
by Jan Brett

Sugarbush Spring
by Marsha Wilson Chall

The Short Giraffe
by Neil Flory

The Little Red Hen
by Paul Galdone

Mattland
by H.J. Hutchins

Frederick
by Leo Lionni

The Giant Jam Sandwich
by John Vernon Lord

Blue Goose
by Nancy Tafuri

J NONFICTION

Being Cooperative
by Jill L. Donahue  J 179.9 DON

I Am Cooperative
by Sarah L. Schuette  J 179.9 SCH

Courage

JE PICTURE BOOKS

Brave Squish Rabbit
by Katherine Battersby

Pepito the Brave
by Scott Beck

Sheila Rae, the Brave
by Kevin Henkes

Library Mouse: A World to Explore
by Daniel Kirk

If I Never Forever Endeavor
by Holly Meade

Over There
by Steve Pilcher

Pig Kahuna
by Jennifer Gordon Sattler

Splish, Splash, Splat!
by Rob Scotton

Emily Just in Time
by Jan Slepian

JR READERS

The Giant Jelly Bean Jar
by Marcie Aboff

J NONFICTION

Take a Deep Breath
by Sue Graves  J 152.46 GRA

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

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

One Good Deed
by Terri Fields

Ten Thank-You Letters
by Daniel Kirk

The Friendliest Ballerina
by Timothy Knapman

Preschool to the Rescue
by Judy Sierra

A Home for Bird
by Phillip Stead

You and Me, Little Bear
by Martin Waddell

Sweet Briar Goes to Camp
by Karma Wilson

JR READERS

Annie and Snowball and the Prettiest House
by Cynthia Rylant

J NONFICTION

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

Edwurd Fudwupper Fibbed Big
by Berke Breathed

Betty Bunny Didn’t Do It
by Michael Kaplan

That’s Mine, Horace
by Holly Keller

Lizard’s Guest
by George Shannon

Too Many Tamales
by Gary Soto

Jackalope
by Janet Stevens

The Golden Plate
by Bernadette Watts

JR READERS

A Bargain for Frances
by Russell Hoban

J NONFICTION

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

For You Are a Kenyan Child
by Kelly Cunnane

Don’t Spill the Milk
by Stephen Davies

Molly Goes Shopping
by Eva Eriksson

Dog in Charge
by K.L. Going

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

Responsibility
by Kelli Hicks J 179.9 HIC

Self-Discipline

JE PICTURE BOOKS

The Grouchy Ladybug
by Eric Carle

Oh No, George!
by Chris Haughton

Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse
by Kevin Henkes

Katie Loves the Kittens
by John Himmelman

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

The Real Winner
by Charise Neugebauer

No, David!
by David Shannon

Katy Did It!
by Lorraine Siomades

J NONFICTION

Keep Your Cool!
by Kelly Doudna  J 179.9 DOU

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

We Share Everything!
by Robert N. Munsch

If You Plant a Seed
by Kadir Nelson

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

The Seeds of Friendship
by Michael Foreman
JE FOREMAN

Whoever You Are
by Mem Fox

All the Colors of the Earth
by Sheila Hamanaka

Pink Paper Swans
by Virginia L. Kroll

One of Us
by Peggy Moss

Unicorn Thinks He’s Pretty Great
by Bob Shea

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; rev. 11/15 KL