I have noticed in my many years as a childcare worker, and now as a parent, how deeply children are touched by the books they read. This is why I like to read kids books that teach important life lessons. During the many years that I have been reading books to children, these have stood out as some of the very best.
Many of these are written by respected authors of adult books; educators, doctors, and spiritual teachers. They each recognized the need to share these important topics with the leaders of tomorrow–our children. Some, myself included, believe that these books are just as important for adults to read.
May we all be inspired by these kids books that teach important life lessons!
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Kids Books that Teach Important Life Lessons
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This is not a static list. I will continue to add books that share wonderful messages like these as I find them.
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Books for Kids That Teach Important Life Lessons
The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein (Age 1 and up)
Shel Silverstein has long been one of my favorite authors. This book and “Where the Sidewalk Ends” were two of my favorites as a child. A wonderful book for readers of all ages that offers a sweet interpretation of the gift of giving and unjudgemental acceptance of another’s capacity to love in return.
Some Helpful Tips for a Better World and a Happier Life by Rebecca Doughty (Ages 3 and up)
A special book with several wonderful tips to make this a better world and a happier place. This book has affected my daughter so profoundly that she makes funny faces in the mirror every day-one of the many wonderful tips.
Only One You by Linda Kranz (Ages 3 and up)
“There’s only one you in this great big world. Make it a better place!”
A mother and father share some of the wisdom they have gained through the years with their eager son. Their words, simple and powerful, are meant to comfort and guide him as he goes about exploring the world.
You Be You by Linda Kranz (Ages 3 and up)
A companion book to the bestselling Only One You. With its universal theme that life is the greatest journey of all as well as its celebration of the differences between all creatures, You Be You offers a positive message to readers of all ages.
Beautiful Oops by Barney Salzburg (Ages 3 and up)
This wonderful book illustrates a life lesson that all parents want their children to learn, It’s OK to make a mistake! In fact, hooray for mistakes! A mistake can be an adventure in creativity!
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All the World by Liz Garton Scanlon (Age 3 and up)
A celebration of the world and humankind told through simple rhyming text and beautiful illustrations. There is so much about this book that catches a child’s imagination and many ways it can be used to enrich their understanding of the world around them.
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What do You do with an Idea by Kobi Yamada (Ages 3 and up)
A wonderful book that will inspire your kids and your whole family! This is a story for anyone, at any age, who’s ever had an idea that seemed a little too big, too odd, too difficult. Nurture your ideas and you can change the world.
The Most Magnificent Thing by Ashley Spires (Age 3 and up)
This funny book offers a perfect example of the rewards of perseverance and creativity. A girl decides to make something magnificent. From her efforts, children see the importance of planning, gathering supplies, building, and not giving up when a good idea doesn’t initially work out.
Show your child how important the power of their choice is with this fun interactive book. “What Should Danny Do?” is written in a “Choose Your Own Story” style, where children get to choose what Danny does as they follow him through his day. As they navigate through the different storylines they will begin to see how their choices, good and bad, shape their lives into what they will be.
I think, I am by Louise L. Hay (Ages 3 and up)
This book delivers the powerful lessons that our thoughts create our reality in a way that children can understand. Kids can learn and understand the powerful idea that they have control over their thoughts and words, and in turn, what happens in their life.
The Thankful Book by Todd Parr (Ages 3 and up)
This silly little book shares things to be thankful for that can easily be used to teach gratitude any time of the year.
An Awesome Book by Dallas Clayton (Ages 4 and up)
Based on the simple concept of dreaming big, An Awesome Book! is the inspiring debut work of Los Angeles writer and artist Dallas Clayton. Written in the vein of classic imaginative tales, it is a sure hit for all generations, young and old.
An Awesome Book of Thanks by Dallas Clayton (Ages 4 and up)
This whimsical little book of thanks can be read any time of year. It conveys all the ways one can be thankful, and all the different things in life to be thankful for. While geared toward young children, it is a book for the masses that spans age groups, gender, geographical, racial, and religious boundaries.
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Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes by James Dean (Ages 4 and up)
Pete the cat is a super cool dude that never lets anything ruin his good attitude. No matter what happens to Pete, “It’s all good.” The fun rhymes and lyrical text are sure to please every child. There are several other “Pete the Cat” books and I recommend them all. They all teach children to be resilient no matter what comes their way.
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Dreams Do Come True… All They Need Is You! by Mike Dooley (Ages 4 and up)
Through an inspiring story, this book shares the powerful message that thoughts become things. Its simple text will seed real beliefs in real children about how to manifest the lives of their best and most magical dreams.
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Be Happy by Monica Sheehan (Ages 4 and up)
This sweet and inspirational book reminds us of the simple things that really do make for a happier life: making friends, being thankful, dreaming big, and most of all—being happy!
Whoever You Are by Mem Fox and illustrated by Leslie Staub (Ages 4 – 7)
This simple and beautifully illustrated book urges us to accept our differences, to recognize our similarities, and to rejoice in both. Every day all over the world, children are laughing and crying, playing and learning, eating and sleeping. Their lives may be quite different. But inside, they are all alike.
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Incredible You! 10 Ways to Let Your Greatness Shine Through by Dr. Wayne W. Dyer (Ages 4 and up)
Wayne believes that it’s never too early for children to know that they’re powerful beings that have everything they need to create happy lives. This is a great book for parents and children to go through together. Each lesson is discussed in a short rhyming manner with vibrant illustrations.
Unstoppable Me! 10 Ways to Soar Through Life by Dr. Wayne W. Dyer (Ages 4 and up)
Reading this book teaches children how to hold on to the no-limit thinking rather than just trying to “fit in.” In doing so, they can learn to truly enjoy life and become unstoppable as they strive to attain their dreams.
No Excuses! How What You Say Can Get in Your Way by Dr. Wayne W. Dyer (Ages 4 and up)
The message this book delivers is truly invaluable; excuses can do more harm than we realize. Through a simple story, it shares that excuses are made by our own decision and limit what we achieve when we can really achieve what we set our minds to.
I Am: Why Two Little Words Mean So Much by Dr. Wayne W. Dyer (Ages 4 and up)
I AM teaches kids a simple but profound message: God is not far off in the distance, or even merely beside us. We are not separate from God—we are God!
It’s Not What You’ve Got by Dr. Wayne W. Dyer (Ages 4 and up)
This book addresses the topics of money and abundance. Children’s earliest thoughts and perceptions about money are those that will last throughout their lives. There will always be someone with more… and always someone with less than what you have. Teaching children to be positive at all income levels will build their self-esteem, pride, and confidence through life.
I Believe in Me by Connie Bowen (Ages 4 and up)
This sweet little book contains 27 affirmations that will inspire you and your child to be all you can be.
On My Way to a Happy Life by Deepak Chopra (Ages 4 and up)
Kid’s love rhymes and this book rhymes its wisdom of the ages on every page. The ideas found inside this book are the most timeless laws of the universe, presented in the simplest of terms for young children. If we start them believing in these ideas early in life, our children will be much better equipt to find meaning, purpose, and happiness.
Guardians of Being by Eckhart Tolle and Illustrated by Patrick McDonnell (Ages 4 and up)
This book celebrates and reminds us of the oneness of all life; and the wonder, joy, and beauty to be found in the present moment.
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Beautiful Girl: Celebrating the Wonders of Your Body by Christine Northrup (Ages 4 and up)
Dr. Northrup believes that helping girls learn at a young age to value the wonder and uniqueness of their bodies can have positive benefits that will last throughout their lives. By reading this lovely book, little girls will learn how their bodies are perfect just the way they are.
Oh, The Places You’ll Go by Dr. Seuss (Ages 4 and up)
This book shares a wonderful lesson in the ups, downs, in’s and out’s of life for kids and adults of all ages. This wonderfully wise graduation speech is the perfect send-off for children starting out in the world, be they nursery school, high school, or college grads!
The Way I Act by Janian Cain (Ages 5 and up)
This book gently guides children to understand how their actions express who they are. It really helps adults discuss concepts with kids that aren’t easily explained. Helping kids improve behavior and grow into wonderful people ‘seems to be the goal of this lovely book.
The Girl Who Thought In Pictures by Julia Finley Mosca (Ages 5-10)
Even if we don’t struggle with the same challenges as Temple has, we have all felt different at some point in our lives. This sweet story tells of how one girl turned what others saw as a weakness into a super-powered strength. Temple learned that she was different, not less. A wonderful lesson to share with children to inspire them to find their own strengths, even if they are different from everyone else.
The Lorax by Dr. Seuss (Ages 6 and up)
Originally published in 1971, this classic story goes all out to show the devastating consequences of human greed, and what can happen to the environment when humans misuse and take advantage of nature and natural resources. A warning that rings true today amidst the dangers of clear-cutting, pollution, and a general disregard for the earth’s environment.
I hope that you and your children enjoy this wonderful collection of kids books that teach important life lessons. May we all be inspired by these powerful life lessons for our children.
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