With a variety of books to choose from, it can be overwhelming to find books to help teach character. Here’s a list of a few book suggestions to start conversations about creating friendships and the value of them.

 

The Loudest Roar by Thomas Taylor theloudestroar
Best for: 
PreK
ISBN-10: 043950130X
ISBN-13: 978-0439501309
Clovis loves roaring and making a lot of noise! But the other animals are sick of being roared out of their peace and so they devise a strategy to show Clovis that it takes more than being the best to get along with others.

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A Bargain for Frances by Russel & Lillian Hoban
Best for:
Grades K – 2
ISBN-10: 006444001X
ISBN-13:
978-0064440011
Thelma always seems to get Frances into trouble. When she tricks Frances into buying her tea set, it’s the last straw. Can Frances show her that it’s better to lose a bargain than lose a friend? Follow Frances through the trials of friendship in A Bargain for Frances.

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A Sick Day for Amos McGee by Philip C. Steadasickdayforamosmcgee
Best for: Grades K – 2
ISBN-10: 1596434023
ISBN-13: 978-1596434028
Friends come in all sorts of shapes and sizes. In Amos McGee’s case, all sorts of species, too! But when Amos is too sick to make it to the zoo, his animal friends decide it’s time they paid him a visit!

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Charlotte’s Web by E. B. White
Best for: Grades 3 – 7
ISBN-10: 0064400557
ISBN-13: 978-0064400558
E. B. White’s Newbery Honor Book is a tender novel of friendship, family, and adventure that will continue to be enjoyed by generations to come.

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Roses are Pink, Your Feet Really Stink by Diane DeGroutroses-are-pink-your-feet-really-stink-image
Best for: 
Grades 3 – 5
ISBN-10: 0688152201
ISBN-13: 978-0688152208
Gilbert has 15 blank Valentine cards just waiting for him to fill with nice Valentine poems for his classmates. But how can he write a nice poem for the boy who tweaked his nose or the girl who made fun of his glasses?

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Stuart’s Cape by Sara Pennypacker
Best for: Grades 3 – 5
ISBN-10: 0439301807
ISBN-13: 978-0439301800
Stuart’s got problems. It’s raining. He’s bored. And worst of all, he’s new in town, so he’s got a lot to worry about. But what does a kid like Stuart need in order to have an adventure…and to stop worrying? A cape, of course!

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The Pigman by Paul Zindelthepigman
Best for:
Grades 7 – 12
ISBN-10: 0060757353
ISBN-13: 9780060757359
Meet Mr. Pignati, a lonely old man with a beer belly and an awful secret. He’s the Pigman, and he’s got a great big twinkling smile. When John and Lorraine, two high school sophomores, meet Mr. Pignati, they learn his whole sad, zany story.

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Where Things Come Back by John Corey Whaley
Best for: Grades 9 – 12
ISBN- 10: 1442413344
ISBN-13: 9781442413344
This extraordinary tale from a rare literary voice finds wonder in the ordinary and illuminates the hope of second chances.

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