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.
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Traits: responsibilty, respect, self-control
"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. Although it's a picture book it includes more sophisticated angles on responsibility for older children. Also includes free online teaching resources.
Story about a young rabbit who keeps making mistakes-- but it’s never his fault. Tale about taking responsibility for your actions.
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.
Traits: responsibility, truthfulness
David keeps getting in trouble, and it's never his fault. Silly antics help show the importance in being truthful and taking responsibility for your actions.
Traits: responsibility, persistence, curiosity
With emotive faces and colors, the author teaches kids about character traits and what it means to behave well.
Traits: responsibility, respect
A young boy learns how to respect his world and be responsibile 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.
Traits: responsibility, honesty
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.
Traits: responsibility, friendship
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.
Traits: responsibility, respect, honesty, caring and more
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.
Addresses the ages-old blame game and teaches kids to take resposibility for their actions.