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Life Skills Book List

The following books can be used to introduce, review and share experiences about the Life Skills. Reading these stories helps students to formulate a picture of what this Life Skill means and looks like. The books can and tend to integrate many life skills and should be used with your discretion and judgment. You may notice some repetition, where a book has been placed under more than one Life Skill. This is to assist and provide more flexibility for the reader. Please enjoy the list and take the time to READ, READ, READ!

Caring Cooperation Curiosity
Effort Flexibility Friendship
Organization Problem Solving Respect
Responsibility Sense of Humor  

Caring

** indicates books that are for older or more mature readers, or may be better read aloud due to length.
  • Abuela by Arthur Dorris
  • Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson
  • Dogger by Shirley Hughes
  • Evan's Corner by Elizabeth S. Hall
  • Grandpa's Face by Floyd Cooper
  • Jamaica's Find by Juanita Havill
  • Koala Lou by Mem Fox
  • Love You Forever by Robert Munsch
  • Mama, Do You Love Me? by Barbara Joasse
  • Now One Step, Now the Other by Tomie DePaolo
  • Runaway Bunny by Margaret Wise Brown
  • Sarah, Plain and Tall by Patricia MacLachlan
  • Stevie by John Steptoe
  • Tell Me Again about the Night I Was Born by Jamie Lee Curtis
  • The Berenstain Bears are a Family by Jan and Stan Berenstain
  • **The Red Pony by John Steinbeck
  • Uncle Willie and the Soup Kitchen by Anne DiSalvo-Ryan
  • Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams
  • ** Wilfrid Gordon McDonald Partridge by Mem Fox

Cooperation

** indicates books that are for older or more mature readers, or may be better read aloud due to length.
  • A Chair for Mother by Vera B. Williams
  • Coat of Many Colors by Dolly Parton
  • Elves and the Shoemaker by Freys Littledale
  • It Takes a Village by Jane Cowen-Fletcher
  • It's Mine by Leo Lionni
  • Mabelle's Suitcase by Tricia Tuse
  • Oxcart Man by Donald Hall
  • Seven Blind Mice by Ed Young
  • Shoes from Grandpa by Mem Fox
  • Swimmy by Leo Lionni
  • The Bremen Town Musicians by Jacob Grimm
  • The Great Big Enormous Turnip by Alexi Tolstoi
  • The Patchwork Quilt by Valerie Flournoy
  • The Philharmonic Gets Dressed by Karla Kuskin
  • ** The Rag Coat by Lauren Mills
  • The Seven Chinese Brothers by Margaret Mahy
  • Wednesday's Surprise by Eve Bunting

Curiosity

** indicates books that are for older or more mature readers, or may be better read aloud due to length.
  • Abuela by Arthur Dorris
  • Animal Fact, Animal Fable by Seymour Simon
  • Curious George by Margret H.A. Rey

      And the Dinosaur
      And the Pizza
      At the Fire Station
      Gets a Medal
      Goes to the Hospital
      Goes to the Aquarium
      Rides a Bike
      Takes a Job
  • Eye Spy by Linda Bourke
  • Forest of Dreams by Rosemary Wells
  • Guess What? by Mem Fox
  • **Harriet the Spy by Louise Fitzhugh
  • Illuminations by Jonathan Hunt
  • Kid's Question and Answer Book by KIDS
  • Me on the Map by Loan Sweeney
  • Oh, the Places You'll Go by Dr. Seuss
  • **The Adventures of Doctor Dolittle by Hugh Lofting
  • The Tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter
  • The Elephant's Child by Rudyard Kipling
  • The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery
  • The Mysteries of Harris Burdick by Chris Van Allsburg
  • We're Going on a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen

Flexibility

** indicates books that are for older or more mature readers, or may be better read aloud due to length.
  • Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day by Judith Viorst
  • Alexander, Who's Not (Do you hear me? I mean it!) Not Going to Move by Judith Viorst
  • Christina Katerina and the Time She Quit the Family by Patricia Lee Gauch
  • Felita by Nicholasa Mohr
  • Five Little Foxes and the Snow by Tony Johnston
  • Fix-It by David McPhail
  • Geraline's Blanket by Holly Keller
  • I Wish I Was a Butterfly by James Howe
  • Joe and Betsy the Dinosaur by Lillian Hoban
  • Lights on the River by Jane Resh Thomas
  • Maggie Doesn't Want to Move by Elizabeth Lee O'Donnel
  • Miss Nelson Has a Field Day by James Marshall
  • Ned and the Joybaloo by Hiawynn Oram
  • The Berenstain Bears and Too Much Pressure by Stan and Jan Berenstain
  • The Changing City by Jorg Muller
  • The Relatives Came by Cynthia Rylant

Friendship

** indicates books that are for older or more mature readers, or may be better read aloud due to length.
  • Amor and Boris by William Steig
  • An Extraordinary Egg by Leo Lionni
  • Annie and the Old One by Misaka Miles
  • Bentley and the Egg by William Joyce
  • Best Friends by Steven Kellogg
  • Brush by Pere Colders
  • Charlie and the Caterpillar by Dom Deluise
  • Chester's Way by Kenin dHenkes
  • Clifford's Pals by Norman Bridwell
  • Friends by Helme Heine
  • **Frog and Toad Are Friends by Arnold Lobel
  • George and Martha by James Marshall
  • How I Found a Friend by Irina Hale
  • I'll Always Love You by Han Wilhelm
  • Making Friends by Fred Rogers
  • Moving by Fred Rodgers
  • Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister
  • Ruby the Copy Cat by Peggy Rathmann
  • Stellaluna by Janel Cannon
  • The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein
  • The Girl Who Loved Wild Horses by Paul Goble
  • The Values of Friends by Eric Meller
  • **Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbit
  • We Are Best Friends by Aliki
  • Will I Have a Friend by Miriam Cohen
  • Yo, Yes by Chris Raschka

Organization

** indicates books that are for older or more mature readers, or may be better read aloud due to length.
  • 3 Days on a River in a Red Canoe by Vera B Williams
  • Benny's Pennies by Pat Brisson
  • City: A Story of Roman Planning and Construction by David Macaulay
  • Fix-It by David McPhail
  • Frederick by Leo Lionni
  • Harriet the Spy by Louise Fitzhugh
  • If You Made a Million by David M Shultz
  • The Berenstain Bears and the Messy Room by Stan and Jan Berenstain
  • The Day Henry Cleaned His Room by Sarah Wilson
  • **The Gammage Cup by Carol Kendal
  • The Great Wall of China by Leonard Everett Fisher
  • The Philharmonic Gets Dressed by Karla Kuskin
  • **The Saturdays by Elizabeth Enright
  • Thunder Cake by Patricia Polacco
  • Uncle Willie and the Soup Kitchen by Anne DiSalvo-Ryan
  • **The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin

Respect

** indicates books that are for older or more mature readers, or may be better read aloud due to length.

 

  • A Very Special Critter by Gina and Mercer Mayer
  • Berenstain Bear's Forget Their Manners by Jan and Stan Berenstain
  • Best Enemies by Kathleen Leverich
  • But Names Will Never Hurt Me by B. Waber
  • **Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl
  • Clifford's Manners by Norman Bridwell
  • Evan's Corner by Elizabeth S. Hall
  • Fighting Words by David Small
  • Hawk, I'm Your Brother by Byrd Baylor
  • Let's Talk About Being Helpful by Joy Berry
  • Manners by Aliki
  • Miss Raumphius by Barbara Cooney
  • **Molly's Pilgrim by Michael Deraney
  • My Brother the Brat by Kirsten Hall
  • Through Grandpa's Eyes by Patricia MacLachlan
  • **Wilfrid Gordon McDonald Partridge by Mem Fox

Responsibility

** indicates books that are for older or more mature readers, or may be better read aloud due to length.
  • Berenstain Bear's Clean Room byJan and Stan Berenstain
  • Clean Your Room Harvey Moon by Pat Cummings
  • Did You Carry That Flag Today, Charlie? by Rebecca Caudill
  • Franklin Wants a Pet by Paulette Bourgeois
  • I Won't Go to Bed by Harriet Ziefert
  • Joseph and Nellie by Bijou Lelord
  • Keep the Lights Burning Abbie by Peter and Connie Roop
  • **King Matt the First by Janusz Korczak
  • **On My Honor by Marion D. Bauer
  • **Piggybook by Anthony Browne
  • **Risk N' Roses by Jan Slepian
  • Sam Who Never Forgets by Ever Rice
  • Sara Morton's Day by Kate Waters
  • Seven Kisses in a Row by Patricia MacLachlan
  • The Adventure of Charlie and His Wheat-Straw Hat by Berniece Hiser
  • **The Courage of Sarah Noble by Alice Dalgliesh
  • The Man Who Kept House by Kathleen and Michael Hague
  • The Plant Sitter by Gene Zion