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.

  1. Shelia Rae, The Brave by Kevin Henkes
  2. The Family Book by Todd Parr
  3. Let Them Play by Margo Theis Raven
  4. Something From Nothing by Phoebe Gilman
  5. Ballerino Nate by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley
  6. Apple Pie Fourth Of July by Janet S. Wong
  7. A Chair For My Mother by Vera B Williams
  8. The Gardener by Sarah Stewart
  9. Pinkalicious by Victoria and Elizabeth Kann
  10. The Loudest Roar by Thomas Taylor
  11. Hilda Must Be Dancing by Karma Wilson
  12. I Remember Miss Perry by Pat Brisson
  13. Looking For Sleepy by Meribeth Boelts
  14. Pablo’s Tree by Pat Mora
  15. The Kissing Hand by Audrey Penn
  16. The Little Red Hen Makes A Pizza by by Philomen Sturges
  17. The Very Busy Spider by Eric Carle
  18. Murmel, Murmel, Murmel by Robert Munsch
  19. Bob and Otto by Robert O. Bruel
  20. Ordinary Amos And The Amazing Fish by Eugenie and Henry Fernandes
  21. Alexander And The Terrible Horrible No Good Very Bad Day by Judith Viorst
  22. Stephanie’s Ponytail by Robert Munsch
  23. Piglet and Papa by Margaret Wild
  24. First Day Jitters by Julie Danneberg
  25. Where The Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak
  26. Valentine’s Day by Anne Rockwell
  27. A Picture Book Of Helen Keller by David A. Adler
  28. Fish is Fish by Leo Lionni
  29. The Bus For Us by Suzanne Bloom
  30. Every Cowgirl Needs A Horse by Rebecca Janni
  31. Bear Stays Up At Christmas  by Karma Wilson
  32. Duck On A Bike by David Shannon
  33. Cowboy Camp by Tammi Sauer
  34. The List by Hazel Hutchins
  35. Scaredy Squirrel Makes A Friend by Melanie Watt
  36. Julius The Baby Of The World by Kevin Henkes
  37. Rosa By Nikki Giovanni
  38. The Pirate Of Kindergarten by George Ella Lyon
  39. Is There Really A Human Race? by Jamie Lee Curtis
  40. A Father Like That by Charlotte Zolotow
  41. Whoever You Are by Mem Fox
  42. Freckleface Strawberry by Julianne Moore
  43. The Way Back Home by Oliver Jeffers
  44. Sink or Swim by Valerie Coulman
  45. The Princess and The Pizza by Mary Jane and Herb Auch
  46. I Want To Be A Cowgirl by Jeanne Willis
  47. No! David by David Shannon
  48. My Brother Martin by Christine King Farris
  49. It’s Mine  by Leo Lionni
  50. Ben’s Trumpet by Rachel Isadora
  51. One Duck Stuck by Phyllis Root
  52. How To Catch A Star by Oliver Jeffers
  53. My Best Friend Moved Away by Nancy Carlson
  54. The Paper Bag Princess by Robert Munsch
  55. The Boy Who Grew Flowers by Jennifer Wojtowicz
  56. Edwardo the Horriblest Boy in the Whole Wide World by John Burningham
  57. Wemberly Worried by Kevin Henkes
  58. Music Over Manhattan by Mark Karlins
  59. I Love You Stinky Face by Lisa McCourt
  60. Zip, Zip… Homework by Nancy Poydar
  61. Tacky The Penguin by Helen Lester
  62. Did I Tell You I Love You Today? by Deloris Jordan
  63. Hair For Mama by Kelly A. Tinkham
  64. I Don’t Want To Go To Bed by Julia Sykes
  65. Owen by Kevin Henkes
  66. The Sissy Duckling by Harvey Fierstein
  67. Snuggle Puppy by Sandra Boyton
  68. Princess Smartypants by Babette Cole
  69. Dad, Jackie and Me by Myron Ulberg
  70. Giraffes Can’t Dance by Giles Andreae
  71. Click Clack Moo , Cows That Type by Doreen Cronin
  72. A Kiss Goodbye by Audrey Penn
  73. A Very Big Bunny by Marisabina Russo
  74. The Grumpy Morning by Pamela Duncan Edwards
  75. One Green Apple by Eve Bunting

What books do you think should have made the list?