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Books about Respect for Kids
Do Unto Otters by Laurie Keller
While Mr. Rabbit is excited about new neighbors, he is also nervous. The new neighbors are otters, and Mr. Rabbit knows nothing about otters! So, he worries whether or not everyone will get along. On top of this, he worries that maybe they won’t want to be friends but will still be stuck living next door.
Luckily, Mr. Rabbit remembers the Golden Rule thanks to his friend Mr. Owl. This conversation reminds Mr. Rabbit that he just needs to treat the otters the same as he wants to be treated. Since everyone wants respect and kindness, Mr. Rabbit will show these qualities as soon as the otters move in.
What if Everybody Did That? by Ellen Javernick
The world would be a mess if people were not responsible for their actions. Thankfully, teaching responsibility with What If Everybody Did That? shows how amazing the world could be if everyone obeyed rules. This is another one of the important books about respect for kids.
The Bad Seed by Jory John
The Bad Seed is a tale of a sunflower seed that is “very baaadd” according to himself and others. His actions aren’t terrible, but they are quite rude. As the book goes on, we find out that he wasn’t always bad and we learn his heartbreaking story.
He had a loving family in his sunflower, but then he was put into a bag and almost eaten! This awful event led him to becoming “bad” by isolating himself and pushing others away.
But then he decides to make a change. He chooses to be happy to make better choices. And, while he doesn’t always get it right, he is trying to be a “good” seed!
We Don’t Eat Our Classmates by Ryan T. Higgins
Penelope Rex is so excited about the first day of school. She can’t wait to begin learning and making new friends. However, Penelope struggles to make friends when she can’t help but think of how delicious they taste! Everything changes when Penelope is no longer at the top of the food chain. Readers will be on the edge of their seats as they wait to see how Penelope handles new obstacles with her friends.
Your Name is a Song by Jamilah Thompkins-Bigelow
Your Name is a Song is an incredibly beautiful picture book. Frustrated by a day full of teachers and classmates mispronouncing her beautiful name, a little girl tells her mother she never wants to come back to school. In response, the girl’s mother teachers her about the musicality of African, Asian, Black-American, Latinx, and Middle Eastern names.
All are Welcome by Alexandra Penfold
This story will take readers through a day at school. It will follow a group of students who show how everyone is welcome. Readers will see students sitting through a lesson, eating at lunch, and playing outside. They will see beautiful illustrations of children in patkas, hijabs, baseball caps, and yarmulkes. No matter what students are doing, they are all together and learning about each other’s traditions.
Whoever You Are by Mem Fox
Every day all over the world, children are laughing and crying, playing and learning, eating and sleeping. They may not look the same. They may not speak the same language. Their lives may be quite different from each other. But inside, they are all alike.
Stirring words and bold paintings weave their way around our earth, across cultures and generations and remind children to accept differences, to recognize similarities, and—most importantly—to rejoice in both.
What are some of your other favorite books about respect for kids?
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