Books can have such an impact on children’s lives, and finding books that are both educational and meaningful can sometimes seem like a difficult task. But we’re here to help! This list of 12 meaningful and educational books for kids is perfect if you are looking for a read aloud to build classroom community and help your children develop social-emotional skills, compassion, empathy, and more. There are many wonderful books out there but here are a handful of our favorites!
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12 Meaningful and Educational Books for Kids
These 12 meaningful and educational books for kids make perfect additions to any home or classroom library. They have great illustrations, fantastic messages, and they’re something that your kids are sure to want to read over and over again!
This is such a wonderful 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.
This story provides parents, teachers, and counselors with an entertaining way to teach children the value of respecting others. It reinforces the idea of listening and waiting for their turn to speak.
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 shows the consequences of thoughtless behavior.
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!
Does your child like the word “no?” Well, who does!? This book teaches your child how to accept “No” for an answer. It also teaches how to disagree appropriately with teachers and parents alike.
This fun-filled illustrative book will help children learn how to stay on task and ask for help when needed. It shows that there are better choices than simply doing things the way they want to do (following directions).
This is a fabulous book that helps children to understand the importance of sharing feelings and toys with their friends. It also reinforces the importance of being open and honest with each other.
This book covers the delicate topic of what it is to see someone else being bullied and how to speak up for them. It also explores how to find out if you’re actually being the bully.
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.
This delightful book helps to teach children about building friendships and relationships without stressing about their differences from each other.
This is a wonderful book that teaches children how to deal with frustrations. It also shows how to not give up on projects they have started.
As children grow, they may have questions about how to be a good friend and what makes a good friend. This book is super fun, lighthearted, and tackles an important subject for children to learn.
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