Planning and getting work done can be a challenge for students. Teaching them to work hard is an important SEL skill. Here is a list of picture books about hard work!
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See You Later, Procrastinator by Pamela Espeland
It’s easy for homework and chores to be pushed to the side when video games and friends are around. This book gives students actionable tips for getting motivated and getting things done. A good book for upper elementary students.
Sam & Dave Dig a Hole by Mac Barnett
Sam and Dave are on a mission and they work hard to find something spectacular. What will they find? The illustrations in this one really help tell the story!
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Planning isn’t My Priority by Julia Cook
This story highlights the importance of planning and prioritizing. And it teaches students to determine the necessary steps to reaching a goal. This book helps with managing not only daily responsibilities but also how to prepare for future success.
Sixteen Years in Sixteen Seconds by Paula Yoo
The true story of Sammy Lee who dreams of being an Olympic diver. Follow Sammy’s story as he words hard to overcome discrimination and his father’s desire for him to become a doctor instead.
I’ll NEVER Get All of That Done by Bryan Smith
Blake has a to-do list that is just too long. His mom encourages him to use the 3 P’s – prioritizing, planning and posting a reminder. Will these things help Blake word hard without getting distracted?
Want more book titles? Check out this blog post for picture books about self management skills!
What are some other picture books about hard work that you read aloud in your classroom?
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