Books that build character

With two weeks left to go in National Reading Month, we thought we’d highlight the great books we’ve reviewed on the Character Educator in the last year:

Earth BookThe Earth Book by Todd Parr

Perfect for Earth Day, The Earth Book is a powerful tool for kids intent on “going green.” With its colorful array of primary pictures, this hardcover offers 10 suggestions, complemented by explanations to validate the tips, about how kids can help the earth. Read more >>

StorybooksAuto-B-Good storybooks

The Auto-B-Good Six Pillar Storybook Series uses cute cars as the core characters. These 44-page stories by Phillip Walton are fuel-injected with valuable life lessons, and each of the six storybooks comes with an Activity Guide download that includes comprehension questions, vocabulary building and other enrichment activities, as well as creative thinking and writing prompts. Read more >>

The Lunch ThiefThe Lunch Thief by Anne C. Bromley and illustrated by Robert Casilla

Is stealing always wrong? Open with this inquiry and allow for discussion before reading this beautifully illustrated book aloud. Homeless and lunchless, new kid Kevin finds a friend in Rafael. This thought-provoking book teaches Caring and Responsibility. What other Pillars can you find? Read more >>

SpaghettiSpaghetti in a Hot Dog Bun: Having the Courage to Be Who You Are by Maria Dismondy and illustrated by Kimberly Shaw-Peterson

If you’re looking for a gourmet bullying-prevention resource, try this tasty morsel. With irresistible illustrations, Spaghetti in a Hot Dog Bun is a spicy story about Lucy, a wide-eyed, curly-locked child with a uniquely-flavored zest for life. Her caretaker, Papa Gino, has modeled celebrating differences, repeatedly telling Lucy that everyone has a heart with feelings. Well, if her classmate Ralph really does have heart, then why is he so mean? Read more >>

Sit-InSit-In: How Four Friends Stood Up By Sitting Down by Andrea Davis Pinkney

In Sit-In, Andrea Davis Pinkney portrays the Greensboro Four of 1960. Four teenage boys – David, Joseph, Franklin, and Ezell – sat quietly at the Woolworth’s counter in Greensboro, North Carolina, waiting for food but obviously being ignored. Peaceful and polite, they weren’t breaking any laws. In fact, they even used their manners when they ordered their “doughnuts with coffee and cream on the side” at a posted Whites-Only restaurant. It wasn’t the waitress’s idea to refuse them; segregation laws kept them from being served. Read more >>

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