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My Favorite Children’s Books with Positive Messages

My Favorite Children's Books with Positive Lessons - A Wandering Vine

My Favorite Children’s Books with Positive Messages

 

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My kids love when we read to them, and I love the time we spend together. Many of our books are just for fun, but several also have a positive message or lesson. I feel that children will be more receptive to the lesson in a story than just coming from us as parents. Here are my favorite children’s books with positive messages:

My Favorite Children's Books with Positive Messages - A Wandering Vine

The Dot

Vashti is having trouble starting with her art project. The teacher encourages her to “Just make a mark and see where it takes you.” She makes a dot, and it flows into a journey of creativity. A wonderful lesson in just taking the next step and seeing where it takes you.

 

My Favorite Children's Books with Positive Messages - A Wandering Vine Ish

Ramon’s love for drawing is squashed when his big brother laughs at his art. He starts struggling to get it right and is unsatisfied with anything he creates. His little sister shows him that his drawings are “ish” (vase-ish). He learns that it’s not about getting it right, but rather being creative and “ish.”

 

My Favorite Children's Books with Positive Messages - A Wandering Vine Sky Color

Marisol volunteers to paint the sky in the school mural, but discovers that there is no blue paint. She wonders how she will paint the sky without blue paint. When she watches the sky from the school bus and from her porch as the sun sets, she discovers that the sky is more than just blue. She learns to think outside of the box and allow creativity to flow.

Note: The Dot, Ish, and Sky Color are also available as a box set: Creatilogy.

 

My Favorite Children's Books with Positive Messages - A Wandering Vine
Red: A Crayon’s Story

A blue crayon mistakenly labeled red feels inadequate and like a failure when he can’t draw red. The people in his life (teacher, mother, etc.) try to “fix” him by helping him practice, encouraging him to play with friends, and sharpening him. Everyone thought there was something wrong with him. One day, a new friend asks him to draw a blue ocean for his boat. He hesitates, then agrees to try. He succeeds and finally feels happy. This is such an important lesson about accepting yourself for who you are, and not trying to be what others think you should be. This can relate to anything from career to social circles to gender identification.

My Favorite Children's Books with Positive Messages - A Wandering VineThe Smallest Girl in the Smallest Grade

Sally McCabe is the smallest girl in the smallest grade. She notices everything, including how other kids are bullied and excluded. One day, she speaks out against it and makes a difference for the whole school. She learns that you don’t have to be big or popular to make a big difference.

My Favorite Children's Books with Positive Messages - A Wandering VineThe Sneetches and Other Stories

The Sneetches are divided by the Haves (with stars on their bellies) and the Have-Nots (without stars on their bellies). A man comes along and inadvertently teaches them that divisiveness based on random categories is silly.  This can be translated to race, gender, status, etc. The book also includes three other stories: The Zax, Too Many Daves, and What Was I Scared of?

My Favorite Children's Books with Positive Messages - A Wandering Vine

I Love You, Stinky Face

A little boy asks his mom questions like “But Mama, but Mama, what if I were a super smelly skunk, and I smelled so bad that my name was Stinky Face?” No matter how stinky or mean he could be, his mom assures him that she will always love him and care for him. A sweet story illustrating unconditional love.

 

What’s your favorite children’s book with a positive message?

22 Comments

  1. Amber Myers

    Aw, these books all look fabulous! Reading is the best!
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  2. Tasheena @ SimplyTasheena.com

    This is such a great post! I’ve never heard of the “The Smallest Girl in the Smallest Grade”

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  3. Debra M Schroeder

    Love the positive messages in theses books. It’s been a long time since I read children’s books to my boys. But my favorite is Dr. Seuss’ The Sneeches and Other Stories.

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    1. Tiffany (Post author)

      We just got it recently, and I can’t believe I hadn’t heard more about it. It’s such a great book.

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  4. Amy Green

    ‘I Love You Stinky Face’ is definitely at the top of my list for worthwhile children’s books. Also just about anything by Dr. Seuss. I’m also recommending Shel Silverstein, and recommending the book version of ‘Night at The Museum’. It’s way better than the movie l-like a lost live-action movie that Walt Disney would have made.

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    1. Tiffany (Post author)

      Ah, yes! Great recommendations 🙂

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  5. Elizabeth O.

    Those are amazing choices and of course, nothing beats Dr. Seuss when it comes to positive messages for the kids. These are nice and perfect for teaching kids important life lessons.

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  6. Marthalynn

    These look so great! I have just recently been talking with friends about being more intentional about the books I read with my children. I’m all for silly and fun, but I have been looking for a way to bring in more positive messages during storytime. This post was perfect for me!

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  7. OurFamilyWorld

    These are all looks like a good books. I will check this out

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  8. Ashlea

    Thank you for the recommendations. I definitely need to buy some of these for my sons birthday.

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  9. kelly freeman

    I needed this for my 4 kiddos

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  10. Teresa Kunberger

    These books look good, My favorite growing up was The Living Tree!

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    1. Tiffany (Post author)

      That’s a good one!

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  11. haleybop

    My favorite is “Alexander and the terrible horrible no good very bad day.”

    also, Madeline.

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  12. Carol Cassara

    I don’t think I’ve read a children’s book that doesn’t teach you a valuable lesson but these sure are on top of the list. I like encouraging kids to read, it’s amazing what reading can do for them.

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  13. Christina G.

    It is so important to read positive messages, isn’t it. It’s even important for adults. Thanks for posting!

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  14. Ronald Gagnon

    Reading at an early age is possibly the best way to prepare a child for success…but i love your comment “She makes a dot, and it flows into a journey of creativity. A wonderful lesson in just taking the next step and seeing where it takes you.: This is for everyone of every age

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  15. Nyx

    interesting books! thank you for sharing this list

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  16. Geri Sandoval

    Love reading to my granddaughter, she’s only a baby right now but mom and dad want to start early. Need to get these box for her. Thanks for writing a great post.

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  17. Ronald Gagnon

    Thank you so much for this list..it gets harder every year to find books or movies that are family orientated

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  18. Parpar de Real

    This books looks so wonderful, Thanks for the list so I should know what to have next time!

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