Good children's books?

Hello everyone :slight_smile:

I’m a future teacher (studying to be one right now), and one of my assignments is to look for children’s books (grades 1 to 6) that are relatively short and have a good message/moral. These are not just for an assignment but these are books that we’ll be able to use later on in our careers. I really want to choose books that would help children learn good values but are also interesting and well written. I was raised in a different culture so I don’t really know elementary school books in English… I was wondering if anyone has any recommendations, maybe books that really inspired you as a kid :slight_smile: the professor said they should be books that are moving and also inspire higher order thinking (not just a fun story).

Thanks so much! God bless

Here’s a list of classic children’s literature (K-6th grade):

Here are some titles for younger kids that we liked:
“Mike Mulligan and the Steamshovel” by Virgina Burton
“Goodnight, Moon” by Margaret Wise Brown
“Harry the Dirty Dog” by Gene Zion
“Curious George” by HA Rey

Here are some titles for older children that we/I liked:
“Charlotte’s Web” by E.B. White
Little House series by Laura Ingalls Wilder
Betsy series by Carolyn Haywood
“Little Women” by Louisa May Alcott
Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis

You can also check out the Newbery Medal winners/honorees:


Here are some of my favs with morals. Some are very common, some not so much, but I really like them. :smiley:

Head, Body, Legs: A Story from Liberia by Won-Ldy Paye
Horton Hatches the Egg by Dr. Seuss
Horton Hears a Who by Dr. Seuss
Always Remember Me: How One Family Survived World War II by Marisabina Russo
When I Was Young in the Mountains by Cynthia Rylant
Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day by Judith Viorst
The Crayon Box That Talked by Shane DeRolf
The Patchwork Quilt by Valerie Flournoy
When Sophie Gets Angry – Really, Really Angry . . . by Molly Bang
Regina’s Big Mistake by Marissa Moss
You Are Special by Max Lucado (and a bunch more by the same author)
This Is the Dream by Diane Z Shore
The Little Boy Star: An Allegory of the Holocaust by Rachel Hausfater
Whoever You Are by Mem Fox
On Mother’s Lap by Ann Herbert Scott
How Do Dinosaurs Clean Their Rooms? by Jane Yolen (there are some more in this series that are good too)

Thank you!! :slight_smile:

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