Being responsible is an important SEL skill that will help students throughout their lives. Using read-alouds, we can help kids understand how. Here are a few picture books about being responsible to share with your class!
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That Rule Doesn’t Apply to Me by Julia Cook
Norman (aka Noodle) does not like rules and thinks they don’t apply to him. His mom helps him understand why rules exist and that they help us be responsible and safe.
What If Everybody Did That? by Ellen Javernick
The young boy in this book makes some irresponsible choice that seem insignificant, but what if everybody did them? Leaving your coat off the hook in the classroom might not seem like a big deal, but what if the whole class did that? The book goes through multiple scenarios to help readers see the consequences of their actions.
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The Empty Pot by Demi
Part of being responsible is working hard, doing your best and being honest. In this story, a Chinese Emperor will choose the child who grows the best flower to be his successor. But, no matter how hard he tries, Ping can’t get his flower to grow. In the end, perseverance and honesty pay off.
For You are a Kenyan Child by Kelly Cunnane
The story follows a Kenyan boy through an average day in his village. He visits friends and plays with his family members. Throughout these activities, though, he forgets his responsibility of taking care of his grandfather’s cattle.
The Paperboy by Dav Pilkey
A simple, inspiring story about a a young boy and his dog delivering papers in the early morning. This book could lead to some great discussions about the responsibilities that students have and how they need to follow through with them.
Want more book titles? Check out this blog post for picture books about decision making skills!
What are some other picture books about being responsible that you read aloud in your classroom?
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