Teaching students to respect people and things can be tricky. Using read aloud books can help! Here is a list of picture books about respect to use in your classroom!
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The Way I Act by Steve Metzger
This story explores how different types of behaviors look and feel and how they affect others. Helpful for teaching students how to show respect to others.
Do Unto Otters by Laurie Keller
When a family of rabbits moves next door, Mr. Rabbit isn’t sure what to think. How should he treat otters? Mr. Owl imparts a piece of advice – “do unto otters as you would have them do unto you.” Mr. Rabbit then lists all the ways he would like his otter friends to behave.
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Lying Up a Storm by Julia Cook
When Levi does like the truth, he makes up other stuff to say. His mother explains to him that telling lies will damage the trust of others and is not respectful. A great resource to help students understand the consequences of a lie.
Just Kidding by Trudy Ludwig
D.J.’s friend has habit of teasing D.J. and then saying, “just kidding!” as if it will make everything okay. With the help of others, D.J. learns to take positive action instead of feeling helpless.
Respect and Take Care of Things by Cheri J. Meiners
Respect goes beyond just people. Students need to understand that things need to be taken care of as well. A great book for young children to learn about respect and responsibility.
What are some other picture books about respect that you read aloud in your classroom?
Check out this blog post for more picture books about social awareness skills!
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