Books have a such an impact on everyone’s lives, and finding books that are both educational and meaningful can sometimes seem like a large task. Whether you are looking for a read aloud to build classroom community, help your children develop social skills, compassion, empathy, and more, there are so many books that can help! We selected just a handful to narrow it down, and included our favorites to share.
These 12 meaningful and educational books for kids have great illustrations, fantastic messages, and they’re something that your kids are going to want to read over and over again.
12 Meaningful and Educational Books for Kids
Spaghetti in a Hot Dog Bun: Having the Courage To Be Who You Are is such a wonderful book story that empowers children to always do the right thing and be proud of themselves, even when they are faced with someone as challenging as Ralph.
My Mouth Is a Volcano! is a story that provides parents, teachers, and counselors with an entertaining way to teach children the value of respecting others by listening and waiting for their turn to speak.
What If Everybody Did That? – Remember that saying, “If your friend jumps off of a bridge, are you going to do it too?” That’s the topic that this super smart book handles. This book helps to teach this concept in a child-friendly way and show the consequences of thoughtless behavior.
But It’s Not My Fault! – Join Noodle, the main character, on his journey as he learns not to blame others or try to find fault; but instead practices accepting responsibility, and turns his very rough day into a very good NEW day!
I Just Don’t Like the Sound of No! – Does your child like the word no? Well, who does!? This book teaches your child how to accept No for an answer, and to disagree appropriately with teachers and parents alike.
I Just Want to Do It My Way! – Through a fun-filled illustrative book, this will help children learn they can save a lot of grief if they stay on task or ask for help, instead of doing things the way they want to instead (following directions).
Martin Learns to Share – This is a fabulous book that helps children to understand the importance of sharing feelings and toys with their friends, and how to be open and honest with each other.
The Juice Box Bully: Empowering Kids to Stand Up for Others – This book covers the delicate topic of what is to see someone else being bullied and how to speak up for them, and to find out if you’re actually being the bully.
Do Unto Otters: A Book About Manners – This adorable book highlights how to be a good friend and neighbor―simply follow the Golden Rule! Plus, it also touches on the topic of how physical appearances shouldn’t stop people from being friends.
The Judgmental Flower – This delightful book helps to teach children about building friendships and relationships without stressing about the differences in each other.
The Most Magnificent Thing – This is a wonderful book that teachers children how to deal with frustrations and not give up on projects that they start.
How to Be a Friend – As children gets older, they will have lots of questions on how to be a good friend and what makes a good friend. Told through the life of Dinos, this book is super fun, lighthearted, and tackles an important subject for children to learn.
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