Picture Books for Character Education

What teacher doesn't love getting new ideas for picture books to use with their students? I'm always scouring bookstores, scholastic, half price books, and rummage sales for new great finds. So here we go, I'm joining my first linky party with firstgradeandfabulous.blogspot.ca.  I'm a little late to the party since this is already week 3 of her posts, but this weeks topic is character education.

Here are some of my favorites:

Caring and compassion - "A Chair for Mother" by Vera B. Williams

I remember seeing this book for the first time as a kid on reading rainbow. I just love everything about the beautiful illustrations and strong message of caring and compassion.

Self-Worth - "Chrysanthemum" by Kevin Henkes

This book is a beginning of the year staple for me, and I'm sure many of you as well.  I love that it can be used to teach respect, self worth and at the same time lead into some great study of kindergarteners' names!

Don't forget to check out all of the other great picture books each week over at 
First Grade and Fabulous! I know I'm getting some fantastic ideas for next school year already.


  1. Ahh, I love Chrysanthemum. It's such a great story! I love it for the beginning of the year too!! Thanks for linking up and sharing your recommendations! :)

    First Grade and Fabulous

  2. Welcome to the blogging world! love your book suggestions, but love your baby girls first picture even more!

    I'm happy to be following you!

    Read With Me ABC

  3. Thanks Wendy you're too sweet!


  4. Hi Jessica! Chrysanthemum is one of my favorites! I just found your blog, I’m your newest follower!
    Science for Kids Blog

  5. Thanks sue! I just checked your blog too and love your ideas for science with little ones. I'll be following you too :)


  6. I love both of your book picks! So many lessons in both A Chair for my Mother and Chrysanthemum. :)
    Conversations in Literacy

  7. With Bookworm as our Book Fair vendor, I know the selection of books will be high quality in every regard. In fact, I feel confident enough in this to allow our middle school students to count any book purchased at our Book Fairs as part of their summer reading requirement.


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