Best Kids Books about Responsibility

best picture books about responsibility

These books are a great way to introduce responsibility to young children. With themes around acting responsibly, taking responsibilty for your actions, and recognizing how your actions have consequences, these picture books for elementary aged children are a great way to explain a critical life skill. If you are looking for some more help explaining responsibility to kids, try this "what is responsibility" definition written for children with links to responsibility worksheets and more teaching resources.

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Books about responsibility for kids

Book teaching kids about responsibility

Do I have to?

Traits: responsibility
Grade level: lower elementary
This kids book presents lots of situations about responsibility in the format of an advice column. Kids learn about acting responsibly and taking responsibilty in areas like forgetting homework or taking care of the family pet. While it's a picture book, teachers find the language good for older elementary students as well.

picture book teaching responsibility to children

What if?

Traits: responsibilty, respect, self-control
Grade level: lower elementary, upper elementary
"Ask yourself what if? If you'll hurt yourself, hurt someone else, or make your momma mad, change your action." Two siblings keep finding themselves in trouble until a wise old tree teaches them to ask "What if?" and consider the consequences first. Teaches kids about acting responsibly, speaking to others with respect and care. Great free poster, activity, and lesson plan. Although it's a picture book it includes more sophisticated angles on responsibility for older children.

Picture book with a lesson on taking resopnsibility for your actions

It's not my fault

Traits: responsibility
Grade level: lower elementary
Story about a young rabbit who keeps making mistakes-- but it’s never his fault. Tale shows the silliness in never taking responsibility for your actions.


Story for kids about taking responsibility for your actions

Tell the Truth B.B. Wolf

Traits: responsibility, honesty,
Grade level: lower elementary, upper elementary
The Big Bad Wolf has reformed himself, so when he's asked to speak about his past actions, he finds it hard to own up to the truth. The tale teaches kids about taking responsibility for your actions, telling the truth, and that people can change.

Picture book with social skills lesson on seeing how your actions impact others - for social emotional learning

The Way I Act

Traits: curious, responsible, persistent and capable
Grade level: lower elementary
With emotive faces and colors, the author teaches kids about character traits and what it means to behave well.

Good book for teaching kids about being responsible

What if Everbody Did That?

Traits: responsibility, respect
Grade level: lower elementary
A young boy learns how to respect his world and be responsibility for his choices. Illustrations show that while one person doing something disrespectful may not seem like a big deal, if everyone did it the results would be awful.

Picture book that teaches kids about being responsible

Stanley and the class pet

Traits: responsibility, friendship
Grade level: lower elementary
When it's Stanley's turn to take care of the class pet, he learns about the consequences of not being responsible. Story also has a good lesson on owning up to mistakes and not giving in to peer pressure, especially when you know something is wrong.

Book for elementary school kids about how doing responsible things can be cool

Kid President's Guide to Being Awesome

Traits: kindness, responsibility, perseverance
Grade level: lower elementary, upper elementary
This best selling book comes from You Tube sensation Kid President. It includes stories of people doing amazing things for others, which shows that being responsible can be really awesome. Loads of humor and inspiration make learning good character fun. Check out his video on 20 things we should say more often here.

Character education book with lessons on responsibility and other good traits

Character Building Day by Day

Traits: responsibility, respect, honesty, caring and more
Grade level: lower elementary, upper elementary
The short (very short) read aloud stories in this book are designed to start a conversation about good character. It may not look inspiring, but teachers rave about how students enjoy the vingettes and how they really get kids talking about good traits.

Social skills building book about taking responsibility

But it's not my fault

Traits: responsibility
Grade level: lower elementary
Addresses the ages-old blame game and teaches kids to take resposibility for their actions.

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