51 Best Children’s Books to Teach Respect

Are you teaching respect in your classroom? Sometimes it can be challenging to teach these skills to our students. Through reading books and hearing different stories, students can learn why respect is so important in their every day life.  Read though this list of books to find new reads for your classroom!

51 Best Children’s Books to Teach Respect

1. Do Unto Otters: This book by Laurie Keller is a cute story about how to be a good friend and neighbor through the golden rule. 

2. Be Bigger than Hurt Feelings: This book follows the journey of a young girl named Lily as she navigates the pain of being teased by her classmates. With the help of her wise grandmother, Lily learns valuable lessons about self-worth, resilience, and the power of kindness.

3. A Little Respectful Spot: Through the adventures of a lovable spot named Spot, young readers learn valuable lessons about treating others with dignity and consideration.

4. Respectful Ninja: This is a story in a line of social emotional learning books that teach kids what it means to be respectful.

5. Caring Ninja: Another in the same series is this about caring ninja. This is a perfect companion to the one above!

6. Respect and Take Care of Things: It is important to have respect for things as well as people. This book details why it is important to respect and care for your things.

7. The Berenstain Bears Show Some Respect: Through the beloved characters of the Berenstain Bear family, young readers learn about the significance of treating others with kindness and consideration. 

8. Lacey Walker, Non Stop Talker: Lacey talks all day and all night. But one day she loses her voice and learns how important it is to listen to others too.

9. My Mouth is a Volcano: This book by Julia Cook is perfect for students who are always interrupting. This is a great book to help students learn why it is important to respectfully wait their turn.

10. Interrupting Chicken: An adorable tail of a little red chicken that can’t help but interrupt her bedtime stories. But when it is her turn to tell a story, she understands why interrupting can be disrespectful.

11. Don’t Be So Mean Jean: Jean is a relatable little girl who wants to go outside to play, but has to do her chores first. This makes her angry. This book is a good learning story for both kids and adults to see how kids see the world differently!

12. The Bad Seed: This book encourages children to challenge stereotypes and embrace the potential for personal growth and redemption. It’s a heartwarming tale that reminds readers that everyone has the capacity to change for the better.

13. Scissors on Strike: This is a great back to school book for students to learn how to show respect for their school supplies!

14. Crayons on Strike: Another book in the same series that can be read throughout the year to teach students how to treat their crayons!

15. The Best Me That I Can Be: Students can learn that being respectful is not just about your words, but also your behavior too. Teach students respectful behavior with this book.

16. Personal Space Camp: An adorable book about a student who struggles with staying in his own space. He does to personal space camp to learn how to give others the space they need.

17. Kindness is My Superpower: One of the best social emotional learning books for students in learning all about kindness and what it means to be kind.

18. Listening with My Heart: Through the story of Esperanza, a young girl who learns to listen with her heart, readers are introduced to the importance of compassion and kindness in their interactions with others. 

19. The Kids’ Book of Kindness: A great book to teach practical tips on being kind and respectful.

20.  Your Body is Awesome: Teach students to have respect for their own bodies- a very important and crucial topic.

21. Mind Your Manners: Teach students why it is important to say please and thank you along with other manners through this fun and engaging animal book!

22. The Golden Rule: Students learn to “treat people the way you want to be treated” and how it is across all over the world and in different cultures.

23. Chrysanthemum: This book is a solid staple in showing how words can hurt.  It shows how important it is to be respectful of others differences.

24. What if Everyone Did That? This teaches an important lesson about taking care of the earth. This is a great way to expand teaching about respect to the environment.

25. What is Everyone Said That? If you liked the book right above this, you will love this one. This talks about how one fib is not small thing, because what would the world be if everyone did it?

26. Whoever You Are: This book by Mem Fox teaches kids how to be a good friend by celebrating their differences and their similarities. Ellen Javernick has several books, all that are great for teaching life skills.

27. Stick and Stone: This is one of my favorite children’s books. It is such a fun way that teaches how important it is to be a good friend. 

28. Kindness Starts with You- At School: A good example of how kindness can be spread throughout the day. It shows it does not matter how small, each act of kindness makes a difference.

29. The Crayon Box That Talked: This is a creative story that shows students how when they bring their differences together, they can work together to make something beautiful! It shows students that it is always important to respect others differences. 

30. Making a Difference: Teaching Kindness, Character, and Purpose: In this story by Cheri J. Meiners students can learn they have a purpose, how important respect is, and teaches them to make good choices.

31. Library Lion: This children’s book about a lion who wanders into a library and becomes a beloved member of the community. The story follows the adventures of the lion as he assists the librarian, Miss Merriweather, with various tasks. However, when he breaks one of the library’s rules, the community must decide whether or not he can stay. 

32. The Sandwich Swap: Two friends, Lily and Salma, who learn to appreciate each other’s cultural differences through the exchange of sandwiches. Despite initial teasing from classmates, they discover the beauty of diversity and the importance of friendship.

33. Enemy Pie: Jeremy makes an enemy pie with his dad for a kid down the block. He ends up spending time with him and realizes the enemy pie is a recipe for making friends!

34. Recess Queen: This is a book for you children about a school playground and its reigning ruler, Mean Jean. When new student Katie Sue arrives, she fearlessly challenges Mean Jean’s, teaching everyone about kindness and inclusion. 

35. Don’t Touch My Hair: Learn about personal space with this book. This is a great story of Aria, who has beautiful hair, but it is always being touched. She stands up for herself and tells others to respect her and her hair. 

36. One: One teaches students about standing up to bullies through this creative story. Blue is intimidated by  Red, who bullies and dominates the others. However, when a brave and assertive character, One, stands up to Red, it inspires the others to find their voices and stand up against injustice. 

37. Zero: Another unique story, written by the same author as One, that uses numbers to show students self respect. Zero looks at themself and only sees a giant hole. They try to change themselves, but ultimately realize it is best to just be themselves.

38. Fill a Bucket: A Guide to Daily Happiness for Young Children: A popular one among elementary schools, this book teachers students how to fill others buckets, by being kind and respectful to one another. This is a great one to read at the beginning of the school year.

39. Who I Am: Words I Tell Myself: Another book for self respect. This book shows kids the words you say to yourself matter and the idea of respect extends beyond friends, but also to yourself!

40. The Berenstain Bears and the Golden Rule: Brother and Sister Bear learn about the Golden Rule and apply it in their lives, discovering that kindness leads to happier relationships.

41. Bear Says Thank You: This book is for younger kids and shows kids how to use their manners in order to show respect.

42. Road to Respect: The main character, Marissa, struggles with her behaviors in school. One day, she pushes another classmate. She has two good friends that teach her all about respect and why it is so important to be a good friend.

43. I Choose to Be Respectful: A Colorful, Rhyming Picture Book About Respect: This fun rhyming book teaches young readers how we not only respect people, but things and places as well.

44. Little Critter’s Manners: This is a cute book that is a two in one for teaching good manners. Inside is just say please and I’m Sorry, both containing valuable lessons about why these words help to show and give respect to others.

45. Be Polite and Kind: Another book by Cheri J. Meiners, this one shows the importance of manners with scenarios and role plays to help teach the skills.

46. Kindness is my Superpower: This superhero named Lucas, learns what is means to be kind and generous in this story. It will help kids to thrive in a inclusive society.

47. Ruthie and the (Not So) Teeny Tiny Lie: Ruthie finds a small camera on the playground. She wants to keep it very much and even fibs to her teachers that it is hers. However, the fib starts to weigh on her.

48. Don’t Squeal Unless It’s a Big Deal: This story is a great one if you have a problem with tattling in your classroom. In this classroom, instead of punishing the piglets the teacher shows how important mutual respect is between one another.

49. A Bad Case of Tattle Tongue: Julia Cook does it again with this adorable book about Jack who tattles often on his classmates, brother and even his dog. One day he wakes up with a bad case of tattle tongue which teaches him to stop tattling.

50. Ricky Sticky Fingers: Have a student who is stealing? Read this book to teach right from wrong.

51. Stop Your Dragon from Stealing: A Children’s Book About Stealing. A Cute Story to Teach Kids Not to Take Things that Don’t Belong to Them: A perfect story to teach why stealing is wrong.

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