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Character Education Books for Children Preschool through Grade 3 KEYWORDS: RELATED: Anti-Bullying Books for Preschool through Grade 3

Character education has recently been endorsed by federal law and by many state laws. The study of literature allows children to explore protagonists who either encompass or are struggling with the common virtues of kindness, caring, courage, responsibility, and citizenship and, in that way, examine their own character traits.

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Bartleby Speaks!

Bartleby Huddle is a sweet, happy child. He gurgles and coos, giggles and laughs, but he hasn’t said a single word—not baby, not peekaboo, not even MINE! The...

By Robin Cruise and Kevin Hawkes

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Beegu

The story of an alienated alien Beegu’s spacecraft is stranded on Earth. Now she is lost and wandering. Waiting for a rescue signal from her mother,...

"...that acts of kindness have lasting effects." --Publishers Weekly..."

Alexis Deacon

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Boxes for Katje

Simple seeds of friendship grow into something extraordinary After World War II there is little left in Katje's town of Olst in Holland. Her family, like...

"...." --Starred, Publishers Weekly "As heartwarming and uplifting as a bouquet of tulips." --Kirkus Reviews..."

By Candace Fleming and Stacey Dressen-McQueen

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Brave Irene

Brave Irene is Irene Bobbin, the dressmaker's daughter. Her mother, Mrs. Bobbin, isn't feeling so well and can't possibly deliver the beautiful ball gown she's...

William Steig William Steig

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Blackbeard's Last Fight

Cabin boy Jeremy Hobbs knows the horror stories about Blackbeard the pirate. In 1718, the man is notorious for plundering ships and has recently blockaded the...

"...."  --Kirkus Reviews   "Many kids will want to find out more about the rebel's stirring bloody history..."

By Leonard Everett Fisher and Eric A. Kimmel

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Don't Forget Your Etiquette!

The Essential Guide to Misbehavior

If you’re smart, you’ll read my book Of modern children’s etiquette. If you don’t, I’m sad to say – Your life will be pathetiquette. Meet Miss...

"...If you’re smart, you’ll read my book Of modern children’s etiquette. If you don’t, I’m sad to say – Your life will be pathetiquette. Meet Miss.... If you’re smart, you’ll read my book Of modern children’s etiquette. If you don’t, I’m sad to say – Your life will be pathetiquette.   Meet Miss..."

By David Greenberg and Nadine Bernard Westcott

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The Gardener

By the author-and-illustrator team of the bestselling The Library Lydia Grace Finch brings a suitcase full of seeds to the big gray city, where she goes to...

"...complexities reveal themselves with continuing pleasure." --The New York Times Book Review..."

By Sarah Stewart and David Small

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"More Gus and Grandpa books are promised, and kids will welcome them." -Booklist When Gus goes to Grandpa's house at Christmas, they decide to bake cookies....

By Claudia Mills and Catherine Stock

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I Could Do That!

Esther Morris Gets Women the Vote

Full of humor and spunk – just like Esther! “I could do that,” says six-year-old Esther as she watches her mother making tea. Start her own business at the...

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By Linda Arms White and Nancy Carpenter

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Jack's Talent

“You must be good at something,” said Miss Lucinda. “Everyone has a special talent.” On the first day of school, Miss Lucinda asks the students to share their...

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The Library

Meet an unforgettable bibliophile Elizabeth Brown doesn't like to play with dolls and she doesnt like to skate. What she does like to do is read books. Lots...

By Sarah Stewart and David Small

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Me I Am!

I am the only ME I AM who qualifies as me; no ME I AM has been before, and none will ever be. Three very different children reveal their individual...

"...  “A celebration of creativity.”  --Publishers Weekly   "Cheerful."  --Kirkus Reviews   “The poem comes..."

By Jack Prelutsky and Christine Davenier

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The Money Tree

Miss McGillicuddy's simple country routine continues through-out the year in spite of a very unusual tree growing in her yard.

By Sarah Stewart and David Small

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"Details place the affecting story in a real, not idealized, America." --Kirkus Reviews "It’s the last day of the newspaper drive and Nim, a...

"..."Details place the affecting story in a real, not idealized, America." --Kirkus Reviews "It’s the last day of the newspaper drive and Nim, a.... "Details place the affecting story in a real, not idealized, America." --Kirkus Reviews "It’s the last day of the newspaper drive and Nim, a Chinese-American girl in San Francisco during World War II, is determined to win. Her nearest rival has cheated..."

By Milly Lee and Yangsook Choi

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Radio Rescue

2AZK saves the day! Back in 1923, a long-distance telephone call took hours to place, and overseas calls weren't possible at all. But a new invention,...

Lynne Barasch Lynne Barasch

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The Robot and the Bluebird

“Let me carry you,” said the Robot. “I’ll carry you in my heart, and shelter you from the cold and storms.” High atop a pile of rubbish sits a...

"...“This is an adorable book!” —Sacramento Book Review “Readers own hearts will soar after reading this story..."

David Lucas David Lucas

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Sally Jean, the Bicycle Queen

I can pop a wheelie, I can touch the sky, I can pedal backwards, I can really fly! Sally Jean was born to ride. And her bicycle, Flash, is just about her...

"...of resourcefulness that is just right to share with readers of both genders."  --Kirkus Reviews..."

By Cari Best and Christine Davenier

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Ziggy's Blue-Ribbon Day

Every kid’s a winner! Ziggy dreads track-and-field day. He isn’t good at running races or at high or long jumping. He isn’t good at throwing balls, either....

"...." -- Kirkus Reviews "With his alternatively earned awards and an orange Popsicle in hand, Ziggy has to admit that track-and-field day is kind of fun after all." -- The Bulletin of the Center..."

By Claudia Mills and R. W. Alley

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The boy in this book is having trouble admitting – much less closing – the large gap between his aspirations and his everyday actions. This boy knows that when...

"..., ironic humor."  --Kirkus Reviews..."

By Isabel Pin and Nancy Seitz

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