Children’s Books that Teach Values

I am very picky about books in our home, and I’m encouraging other parents to be picky as well. There are so many incredible books out there, it’s not really worth reading any that aren’t . . . well, worth reading. Here’s a bunch of children’s books that teach values, to get you started. And all of them have been approved by my kids. I don’t have time right now to add book blurbs and photos to each book on this list. But I guarantee these books are worth your time. But I have reviewed most of these on Instagram.


First, a Favorite Anthology by Richard & Linda Eyre: Joy School. This has many of our favorite stories focused on how to have joy, including why we have rules and how gratitude can help us be happy. Check it out.

Books that Value Charity and Kindness

Fleming, Candace Boxes for Katje

Kerascoët I Walk with Vanessa: A Story About a Simple Act of Kindness

Pearson, Emily Ordinary Mary’s Extraordinary Deed

Schertle, Alice Little Blue Truck

Verde, Susan The Water Princess

Books that Value Strong Families

Best, Cari Red Light, Green Light, Mama and Me

Dillon, Diane and Leo Love and the Rocking Chair

Downey, Roma Love is a Family

Henkes, Kevin Penny and Her Song and other Penny books

Kanevsky, Polly Here Is the Baby

Medina, Meg Mango, Abuela, and Me

Sala, Laurenne You Made Me a Dad

Sala, Laurenne You Made Me a Mother

Taylor, Sydney All-of-a-Kind Family

Wilder, Laura Ingalls Little House Books and check out the My First Little House Books for little ones and the My Little House Chapter Books for kids who can’t quite sit through the original. Both of these are great stepping stones.

Books that Value Individuality and Creativity

Bright, Rachel The Lion Inside

Byers, Grace I Am Enough

Kenney, Sean Building Amazing Creations: Sean Kenney’s Art with LEGO Bricks

Lucado, Max You Are Special

Perry, LaTashia M. Hair Like Mine

Reynolds, Peter H. Be You

Reynolds, Peter H. Creatilogy: Dot, Ish, Sky Color

Reynolds, Peter H. Going Places

Reynolds, Peter H. Playing from the Heart

Reynolds, Peter H. Sydney & Simon: Full Steam Ahead!

Reynolds, Peter H. Sydney & Simon: To the Moon!

Thompkins-Bigelow, Jamilah Your Name Is a Song

White, E. B. Charlotte’s Web

Books that Value Choices and Accountability for Actions

Levy, Adir What Should Danny Do?

Books that Value the Earth and Creations

Arnosky, Jim Crinkleroot’s Guide to Giving Back to Nature

Farrell, Alison The Hike

Graham, Bob How to Heal a Broken Wing

Oswald, Pete Hike

Sartore, Joel National Geographic The Photo Ark: One Man’s Quest to Document the World’s Animals

Swanson, Shari Honey: The Dog Who Saved Abe Lincoln

Books that Value and Respect Our Bodies

Allen, Debbie Dancing in the Wings

Bennett, Howard The Fantastic Body: What Makes You Tick & How You Get Sick

Davidson, Sue Human Body (DK Revealed)

pro familia, My Body Belongs to Me from My Head to My Toes

Tarpley, Natasha Anastasia I Love My Hair!

Webb, Amy When Charley Met Emma

Books that Value Hard Work and Resiliency

Byers, Grace I Believe I Can

Lagercrantz, Rose My Happy Life

Santat, Dan After the Fall

Spires, Ashley The Most Magnificent Thing

Spires, Ashley The Thing Lou Couldn’t Do

Uegaki, Chieri Hana Hashimoto, Sixth Violin

Books that Value Gratitude

Spinelli, Eileen Thankful

Mayer, Mercer Being Thankful

Wilson, Karma Bear Says Thanks (we love all these Bear books)

This values book list is always being updated, so be sure to check back! And I’d love to hear your recommendations.