Best Books about Respect

List of the best childrens books about respect

Books with Lessons on Respect

One of the best ways to teach children about respect is by showing them respect in action. These picture books with lessons on respect show kids what it means to show respect to others and how to respect yourself. In this list of respect books for lower and upper elementary students, you'll find lessons about respecting rules, speaking respectfully, thinking before acting, treating others as you would want to be treated, and more aspects of respect.

If you are looking for some more help explaining respect to kids, try these Respect Teaching Resources.

Book on Respect- My Mouth is a Volcano

My mouth is a volcano

Traits: respect for others, self management, empathy

This book about a child who interrupts is a good way to teach children about the value of respecting others by listening and waiting for an appropriate time to speak. Teachers find it useful to teach their students the catchword, "volcano", to remind them to wait and be respectful.

Book with lessons on respect- Be Bigger

Be Bigger than Hurt Feelings

Traits: respect, empathy, self-awareness

When feelings get hurt, it can be hard to treat friends with respect. This emotional tale helps children learn to deal with friendship troubles in a respectful way, and to do the right thing, even when it's hard. This children's book with stunning illustrations addresses respect, perseverance, and relational aggression, also known as bullying between friends. Includes free online teaching resources.

Book on respecting the rules

Know and Follow the Rules

Traits: respect, self-management

We've included this book on the "respect" list because following rules is essentially about treating people with respect. We define respect as caring enough about yourself and others to think about people's feelings before you act. Many rules are about keeping ourselves or others healthy and well. So this is a good launching point for young children to build a healthy respect for, well, respect.

Kids book about respect- What if

What if? -Think before you speak

Traits: respect, responsibility, self-management

A pair of siblings learn that actions have consequences. "Ask yourself what if? If you'll hurt yourself, hurt someone else, or make your momma mad, change your action." This highly relatable story includes lessons about respecting others, being considerate, and respecting your own well being. Also includes free online teaching resources.

Childrens Book on Respect- Respect and take care of things

Respect and Take Care of Things

Traits: respect, responsibility

A staple in character education lessons, this book teaches a straightforward lesson in treating things with respect.

Kids book on respect- Do Unto Otters

Do Unto otters

Traits: respect

This book of the year award-winner presents respect and manners in a fun way. It takes on the essential respect lesson- to treat others as you would like to be treated. Great for teaching social skills.

Book about treating others with respect- I can't believe you said that

I can't believe you said that

Traits: respect, courtesy

RJ doesn't realize that his words are rude, unkind and disrespectful. Help children learn about having a social filter.

Book about respecting differences from Sesame Street

We're different, We're the same

Traits: respect, inclusiveness

This timeless best seller from Sesame Street celebrates what makes us the same and what makes us different. Teaching respect for diversity, this book shows children how underneath our physical and language differences, we have a lot in common.

Book on respect- Weird

The Weird Series

Traits: respect, anti-bullying, empathy

This trio of books deals with three perspectives on bullying- the one being bullied, the bystander, and the bully. In Weird!, a girl learns to respect herself as she confronts the effects of being called Weird!. Dare! takes on the subject of the bystander, and her decision to respect others and stand up to the bully. Tough! shows us the bully's perspective and helps children feel some empathy for how the bully came to be that way.

Book on respecting differences- Whoever you are

Whoever you are

Traits: respect for diversity, empathy

A colorful book that teaches children to respect differences. Depicting children around the world, this simply written tale shows children that underneath outward appearances and locations, we all have similar hopes, fears, joys, and sorrows.

Book on respecting differences- Accept and Value Each Person

Accept and Value Each Person

Traits: respect for differences, empathy

Another in the social skills series, Learning to Get Along, this simple book for younger children teaches respect for differences.

Book on treating others with respect- The Juice Box Bully

The Juice Box Bully

Traits: respect, anti-bullying

Popular book about bullying and learning to treat others with respect. A group of children confronts a bully and converts him to "the promise", a commitment the children all make to treat each other with respect and kindness.

Book on self-respect- Stand Tall Molly Lou Melon

Stand Tall Molly Lou Melon

Traits: respectfor self

An encouraging story about a girl who learns to respect herself, just the way she is. Despite being picked on and criticized, Molly Lou learns to be proud of who she is.

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