Thanks to everyone who posted book recommendations on my recent post about children’s books that teach social/moral lessons.
As I mentioned before, the selection of children’s books that teach lessons is actually rather shabby. I’d love to see more books that go beyond silliness and provide instruction on topics such as sharing, saying “please” and “thank you,” helping others, working hard, and considering the feelings of strangers and friends.
That said, you all had some fabulous ideas and I wanted to share a few here:
Horton Hatches the Egg by Dr. Seuss (Random House, 1940) – A lazy bird named Mayzie is tired of sitting on her egg and asks Horton the Elephant to take her place. She runs away to enjoy herself, while Horton sits on the egg – through rain and sleet and even threats of death. In the end, his perseverance and stick-to-it-ness pays off. The bird hatches…and it’s an elephant bird! This tall tale is an excellent reminder to children to stand by their word, to work hard, and to always give one hundred percent. Kids are sure to enjoy the larger-than-life animated illustrations and the rollicking, rhythmic text that slips off of the reader’s tongue with ease.
The Littlest Dinosaur by Michael Foreman (Walker Books for Young Readers, 2008) – A new dinosaur is born and he’s cuter than ever, but he’s also very small. He feels lonely and different and not very useful at all. But then, one day, he saves his whole family, proving to himself and to others that even the smallest of dinosaurs can do very BIG things.
YOUR TURN: What other books have you read that teach wonderful social/moral lessons? Keep your recommendations comin’!
WIN IT! One winner will receive both of the books mentioned above – Horton Hatches the Egg ($15.99) and The Littlest Dinosaur ($16.95). To enter, leave any topic-related comment on this post prior to Tuesday, June 30 at midnight (Don’t forget to follow the rules…all generic comments like “Enter me!,” “Love it,” and “Cool stuff!” will be disqualified.).
*UPDATE* The winner is #42 Mary @ Parenthood. Congratulations!