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6 Children Books That Teach Respect

It is never too early to start reading.

Reading books aloud to children from a young age exposes them to a wide range of words, it helps them to build vocabulary and stimulates their imagination plus improving their understanding of the world.

It is a great way of teaching them important life lessons and character traits.

Have a look at this list of children books that teaches respect:

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6 Children Books That Teach Respect

  1. Giant a panda of the enchanted forest (Author: Xuan Loc Xuan)

This tale is about the heroics of panda bear named Giant who lives in a magic bamboo forest that is almost destroyed by humans that are clear-burning the forest for development purposes.

Only through the heroic sacrifices of Giant and his friends are the forest with its inhabitants saved from extinction.

*This charming illustrated children’s book teaches children respect for animals and is a wonderful way to get them in touch with nature plus the importance of protecting animals and trees therefore saving them from extinction.

  1. A Turtle’s magical adventure (Author: Wanda Luthman)

A wonderful story about a turtle called Tad who doesn’t like his shell because it makes him too slow. He embarks on a journey to find other slow animals and ask them how they felt about being slow. Each animal gives Tad positive answers to help him feel better, but he still wishes to be faster.

He comes across a snake that tells him about a wizard that can make him faster. He enters the Magical Timberwood Forest on a quest to meet the wizard and hopefully get his wish granted. On the way he encounters magical creatures and meets danger along the way and must make certain choices. Will the wizard grant his wish or turn Tad into turtle soup?

*This is a heart-warming tale about every person’s tendency to compare themselves to others. It teaches self-acceptance and respect for the differences that set people apart from each other. Everyone has qualities and traits that make them special in their own way.

  1. My mouth is a volcano (Author: Julia Cook)

This story is about a little boy called Louis that likes to interrupt others when they are speaking. His thoughts are very important to him, so important than when he has something to say his words begin to wiggle and jiggle and his tongue pushes all the important words up against his teeth causing him to erupt, interrupting others. His mouth is a volcano of words.

*This book teaches children the value of respecting others by listening what others have to say and waiting their turn to speak.

  1. The Angry Dragon (Author: Michael Gordon)

This book is perfect for little one’s that go through different emotions and experiencing mood swings (typically 3-5 years old).

Joe is George’s pet dragon who get’s angry all the time when he doesn’t get what he wants or when things aren’t going his way. The little boy called George is trying to show Joe that being angry is not normal. In the end Dragon understands that treating others with respect and kindness is the best way to go.

*This book teaches children that despite our best efforts, reality doesn’t always meet our expectations. There is no need to be upset or mad. It teaches children to treat others with respect and kindness even though things don’t always go their way.

  1. Do unto otters: a book about manners (Author: Laurie Keller)

This playful book is about Mr Rabbit whose new neighbors are otters. He doesn’t know anything about otters and is not sure whether they would get along or if they’ll be friends. Mr Owl advises that you should treat otters the way you’d like them to treat you.

*This bought teaches children how to respect their neighbours and how to be a good neighbour and friend. This book is a 2008 Bank street best children’s book of the year.

  1. What if everyone did that? (Author: Ellen Javernick)

What if you didn’t wash up or splashed too much in the pool or spoke during story time.

This book provides answers to these questions in a child-friendly way and teaches them the consequences of thoughtless behaviour. If everyone decides to break the rules, then the world would be one big mess.

*It teaches children that if everyone has respect for and obeys the rules, then the world would be a better place to live in.


Reading books with your children encourages them to have a thirst for knowledge, how to develop a good imagination and creativity plus it enhances a child’s concentration.

Children are impressionable, and they relate to the characters in the book, making it easier to teach them good values and important life skills such as sharing, empathy, diversity and being kind.

Providing your child with a variety and different types of books on different topics enables them with a wide range of information and new things to learn.

Personalized books make great gifts and is the perfect way of bonding with your child.

Parents are the most important educators in their children’s lives, even more important than school teachers. Even before babies are born, they learn to recognize their parent’s voices. Reading to your baby from birth, even if it’s just for a short while, provides them with the comfort of your voice and increases their exposure to language.

Whether your child is fluent or just beginning to read, you can play an important role in help keeping them interested in books by doing the following:

  • Making books accessible and available – keep plenty of books round the house where they are not difficult to get to.
  • Set an example – when your child sees that you love reading, they will be more inclined to develop a love for reading too.
  • Go to the library often– let them get excited about choosing their own books.
  • Make reading fun – act out stories, read with excitement and use distinct voices to make things more interesting and spellbound.

The books mentioned in this article are great children books for teaching respect. Be sure to check out the wide selection of children books available from Amazon.com.

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  1. Wow love this stories. I’m reading for my kids since they 2 years old and joined the library for all 3 my kids and I must say reading does wonders for their vocabulary

    • Lynne Huysamen

      That is awesome that you go to the library with your kids. I take my kids every week for new books and they love it!

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