75 Books That Build Character

by Allison McDonald

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The number one thing you can do as a  parent to help teach your child to read is to read to them. The number one thing as a parent you can do for the world is to raise your child to be  a responsible caring adult .  Parenting is a challenge on good days but mixing lessons not just about concepts but about character with reading time is a shortcut that works. Books are a wonderful tool to reinforce tough to grasp lessons and to open the door for discussions that we aren’t always sure how to approach with our kids.  All these books build character,  teach lessons, have messages or open the floor for discussions without being preachy . Click through titles for full reviews of theses 75 books that build character or click on the find it here affiliate link to find it on Amazon.

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1. Shelia Rae, The Brave by Kevin Henkes  –> Find it here

2.The Family Book by Todd Parr –>Find it here

3.Let Them Play by Margo Theis Raven –> Find it here

4.Something From Nothing by Phoebe Gilman –>Find it here

5.Ballerino Nate by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley –>Find it here

6.Apple Pie Fourth Of July by Janet S. Wong –>Find it here

7.A Chair For My Mother by Vera B Williams –>Find it here

8.The Gardener by Sarah Stewart –> Find it here

9.Pinkalicious by Victoria and Elizabeth Kann –>Find it here

10. The Loudest Roar by Thomas Taylor –>Find it here

11.Hilda Must Be Dancing by Karma Wilson –>Find it here

12.I Remember Miss Perry by Pat Brisson –>

13.Looking For Sleepy by Meribeth Boelts –>Find it here

14.Pablo’s Tree by Pat Mora –>Find it here

15.The Kissing Hand by Audrey Penn –>Find it here

16.The Little Red Hen Makes A Pizza by by Philomen Sturges –>Find it here

17.The Very Busy Spider by Eric Carle –>Find it here

18.Murmel, Murmel, Murmel by Robert Munsch –>Find it here

19.Bob and Otto by Robert O. Bruel –>Find it here

20.Ordinary Amos And The Amazing Fish by Eugenie and Henry Fernandes –>Find it here

21.Alexander And The Terrible Horrible No Good Very Bad Day by Judith Viorst –>Find it here

22.Stephanie’s Ponytail by Robert Munsch –>Find it here

23.Piglet and Papa by Margaret Wild –>Find it here

24.First Day Jitters by Julie Danneberg –>Find it here

25.Where The Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak –>Find it here

26.Valentine’s Day by Anne Rockwell –>Find it here

27.A Picture Book Of Helen Keller by David A. Adler –>Find it here

28.Fish is Fish by Leo Lionni –>Find it here

29. The Bus For Us by Suzanne Bloom  –> Find it here

30.Every Cowgirl Needs A Horse by Rebecca Janni –>Find it here

31.Bear Stays Up At Christmas  by Karma Wilson  –>Find it here

32.Duck On A Bike by David Shannon  –>Find it here

33.Cowboy Camp by Tammi Sauer –>Find it here

34.The List by Hazel Hutchins –>Find it here

35.Scaredy Squirrel Makes A Friend by Melanie Watt –>Find it here

36.Julius The Baby Of The World by Kevin Henkes –>Find it here

37.Rosa By Nikki Giovanni –>Find it here

38.The Pirate Of Kindergarten by George Ella Lyon –>Find it here

39.Is There Really A Human Race? by Jamie Lee Curtis –>Find it here

40.A Father Like That by Charlotte Zolotow –>Find it here

41.Whoever You Are by Mem Fox –>Find it here

42.Freckleface Strawberry by Julianne Moore –>Find it here

43.The Way Back Home by Oliver Jeffers –>Find it here

44.Sink or Swim by Valerie Coulman –>Find it here

45.The Princess and The Pizza by Mary Jane and Herb Auch –>Find it here

46.I Want To Be A Cowgirl by Jeanne Willis –>Find it here

47.No! David by David Shannon –>Find it here

48.My Brother Martin by Christine King Farris –>Find it here

49.It’s Mine  by Leo Lionni –>Find it here

50.Ben’s Trumpet by Rachel Isadora –>Find it here

51.One Duck Stuck by Phyllis Root –>Find it here

52.How To Catch A Star by Oliver Jeffers –>Find it here

53.My Best Friend Moved Away by Nancy Carlson –>Find it here

54.The Paper Bag Princess by Robert Munsch –>Find it here

55.The Boy Who Grew Flowers by Jennifer Wojtowicz –>Find it here

56.Edwardo the Horriblest Boy in the Whole Wide World by John Burningham –>Find it here

57.Wemberly Worried by Kevin Henkes –>Find it here

58.Music Over Manhattan by Mark Karlins –>

59.I Love You Stinky Face by Lisa McCourt –>Find it here

60.Zip, Zip… Homework by Nancy Poydar –>Find it here

61.Tacky The Penguin by Helen Lester –>Find it here

62. Did I Tell You I Love You Today? by Deloris Jordan –>Find it here

63.Hair For Mama by Kelly A. Tinkham –>Find it here

64.I Don’t Want To Go To Bed by Julia Sykes –>Find it here

65.Owen by Kevin Henkes –>Find it here

66.The Sissy Duckling by Harvey Fierstein –>Find it here

67.Snuggle Puppy by Sandra Boyton –>Find it here

68.Princess Smartypants by Babette Cole –>Find it here

69.Dad, Jackie and Me by Myron Ulberg –>Find it here

70.Giraffes Can’t Dance by Giles Andreae –>Find it here

71.Click Clack Moo , Cows That Type by Doreen Cronin –>Find it here

72.A Kiss Goodbye by Audrey Penn –>Find it here

73.A Very Big Bunny by Marisabina Russo –>Find it here

74.The Grumpy Morning by Pamela Duncan Edwards –>Find it here

75.One Green Apple by Eve Bunting –>Find it here

What books do you think should have made the list?