Teaching concepts that are intangible can be some of the more difficult tasks of early parenthood. Instilling values that you and your spouse find important takes patience and skill but is vital to forming a child’s social adeptness and to fully form their personality in ways that help them grow. At our preschool in Glastonbury, we find that books and games often help children understand these concepts better as they can relate to them in more simple terms. For those parents that are looking to build the characteristics of honesty, gratitude, generosity and kindness, we recommend the following books:

For creating gratitude:

  • Sylvester and the Magic Pebble by William Steig
  • Did I Ever Tell You How Lucky You are? by Dr. Suess
  • The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein
  • An Awesome Book of Thanks by Dallas Clayton

For stressing the importance of being honest:

  • The Berenstain Bears and The Truth by Stan & Jan Berenstain
  • A Big Fat Enormous Lie by Marjorie Sharmat
  • Edwurd Fudwupper Fibbed Big by Berkeley Breathed
  • Ruthie and the (Not So) Teeny Tiny Lie by Laura Rankin

For promoting generosity:

  • The Spiffiest Giant in Town by Julia Donaldson
  • The Mine-O-Saur by Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen
  • A Chair for my Mother by Vera B. Williams
  • Sam and the Lucky Money by Karen Chinn

For fostering kindness:

  • Hey Little Ant by Phillip M Hoose
  • A Sick Day for Amos McGee by Philip C. Stead
  • Please Don’t Tease Tootsie by Margaret Chamberlain
  • Horton