Character Education

Books for Character Education

F = a novel P = a picture book CS = a class set

Honesty 
On My Honor. Marion Dane Bauer. (F Bau)
A Company of Fools. Deborah Ellis. (F Ell)
Walk Across the Sea. Susan Fletcher. (F Fle)
My One Hundred Adventures. Polly Horvath. (F Hor)
Shiloh. Phyllis Naylor. (F Nay)
Tweaked. Katherine Holubitsky. (F Hol)
The Baptism. Sheila P. Moses. (F Mos)
The Summer My Father Was Ten. (P B)

Cooperation 
Things Not Seen. Andrew Clements. (F Cle)
A Company of Fools. Deborah Ellis. (F Ell)
Winter Camp. Kirkpatrick Hill. (F Hil)
My One Hundred Adventures. Polly Horvath. (F Hor)
Mable Riley. Marthe Jocelyn. (F Joc)
Deliver Us From Normal. Kate Klise. (F Kli)
Chinese Cinderella and the Secret Dragon Society. Adeline Y. Mah. (F Mah)
That’s Hockey. David Bouchard. (P B)
The Final Game: . . . the Moccasin Goalie. William Roy Brownridge. (P B)

Respect 
A Company of Fools. Deborah Ellis. (F Ell)
Walk Across the Sea. Susan Fletcher. (F Fle)
Rules. Cynthia Lord. (F Lor)
A Corner of the Universe
. Ann M. Martin. (F Mar)

Missing May. Cynthia Rylant. (F Ryl)
Gleam and Glow. Eve Bunting. (P B)
The Summer My Father Was Ten. Pat Brisson (P B)
The Three Questions
. Jon Muth. (P M)

Zen Shorts. Jon Muth (P M)
The Dot. Peter H. Reynolds. (P R)
First Salmon. Roxane Beauclair Salonen. (P S)
Faithful Elephants. Yukio Tsuchiya. (P T)
A Man Called Raven. Richard Van Camp. (P V)

Kindness 
The Crow-girl. Bodil Bredsdorff. (F Bre)
Waiting for Normal. Leslie Connor. (F Con)
Ruby Holler. Sharon Creech. (F Cre)
A Company of Fools. Deborah Ellis. (F Ell)
Walk Across the Sea. Susan Fletcher. (F Fle)
The Canning Season. Polly Horvath. (F Hor)
Rules. Cynthia Lord. (F Lor)
Thank you, Mr. Falker. Patricia Polacco. (P P)
The Three Questions. Jon Muth. (P M)
Zen Shorts. Jon Muth. (P M)

Good Sportmanship 
Matt Christopher novels
The Screech Owl series of novels
That’s Hockey. David Bouchard. (P B)

Self-control 
Elijah of Buxton. Christopher Paul Curtis. (F Cur)
Playing to the Angel. Maurine F. Dahlberg. (F Dah)
The Breadwinner. Deborah Ellis. (F Ell)
A Company of Fools. Deborah Ellis. (F Ell)
Smith. Leon Garfield. (F Gar)
My One Hundred Adventures. Polly Horvath. (F Hor)
Mable Riley. Marthe Jocelyn. (F Joc)
A Wrinkle in Time. Madeleine L’Engle. (F L’En)
Chinese Cinderella and the Secret Dragon Society. Adeline Y. Mah. (F Mah)
Zen Shorts. Jon Muth. (P M)
The Firekeeper’s Song. Linda Sue Park. (P P)

Suggested Class Novels for Concepts Above
On My Honor. Marion Dane Bauer. (CS Bau)
The Grey King. Susan Cooper. (CS Coo)
Ruby Holler. Sharon Creech. (CS Cre)
City of Ember. Jeanne DuPrau. (CS DuP)
The Eternal Spring of Mr. Ito. Sheila Garrigue. (CS Gar)
Number the Stars. Lois Lowry. (CS Low)
The Root Cellar. Janet Lunn. (CS Lun)
Snow Treasure
. Marie McSwigan. (CS McS)

Gentle Ben. Ben Mikaelson. (CS Mik)
Where the Red Fern Grows. Wilson Rawls. (CS Raw)
Days of Terror. Barbara Smucker. (CS Smu)
The Cay. Theodore Taylor. (CS Tay)
The Night They Stole the Stanley Cup. Roy MacGregor. (CS Mac)
The Swiss Family Robinson. Johann Wyss. (CS Wys)

Courage 
The Crow-girl. Bodil Bredsdorff. (F Bre)
Things Not Seen. Andrew Clements. (F Cle)
Elijah of Buxton. Christopher Paul Curtis. (F Cur)
Playing to the Angel. Maurine F. Dahlberg. (F Dah)
A Company of Fools. Deborah Ellis. (F Ell)
Walk Across the Sea. Susan Fletcher. (F Fle)
The Isabel Factor. Gayle Friesen. (F Fri)
Toughboy and Sister. Kirkpatrick Hill. (F Hil)
Mable Riley. Marthe Jocelyn. (F Joc)
Oranges in No Man’s Land. Elizabeth Laird. (F Lai)
A Wrinkle in Time. Madeleine L’Engle. (F L’En)
Chinese Cinderella and the Secret Dragon Society. Adeline Y. Mah. (F Mah)
Secrets in the Fire. Henning Mankell. (F Man)
Lisa. Carol Matas. (F Mat)
The Other Side of Truth. Beverly Naidoo. (F Nai)
Underground to Canada. Barbara Smucker. (F Smu)
Life Doesn’t Frighten Me. Maya Angelou. (P A)
Gleam and Glow. Eve Bunting. (P B)
Riding the Tiger. Eve Bunting. (P B)
The Cello of Mr. O. Jane Cutler. (P C)
My Freedom Trip: A Child’s Escape from North Korea. Frances Park. (P P)
Cowardly Clyde. Bill Peet. (P P)
My Name is Yoon. Helen Recorvits. (P R)
The Name of the Child. Marilynn Reynolds. (P R)

Perseverance 
The Crow-girl. Bodil Bredsdorff. (F Bre)
Ruby’s Wish
. Shirin Yim Bridges. (P B)

The Very Hungry Caterpillar. Eric Carle (P C)
Things Not Seen. Andrew Clements. (F Cle)
The Midwife’s Apprentice. Karen Cushman. (F Cus)
Playing to the Angel. Maurine F. Dahlberg. (F Dah)
Smith. Leon Garfield. (F Gar)
Aleutian Sparrow. Karen Hesse. (F Hes)
Winter Camp. Kirkpatrick Hill. (F Hil)
Toughboy and Sister. Kirkpatrick Hill. (F Hil)
A Wrinkle in Time. Madeleine L’Engle. (F L’En)
Ruby’s Wish. Shirin Yim Bridges. (P B)
One Hen. Katie Smith Milway. (P M)
Just One Goal! Robert Munsch. (P M)
Here Lies the Librarian. Richard Peck. (F Pec)
Thank you, Mr. Falker. Patricia Polacco. (P P)
Satchmo’s Blues. Alan Schroeder. (P S)
The Carpet Boy’s Gift. Pegi Deitz Shea. (P S)
Brave Irene. William Steig. (P S)
The Red Tree. Shaun Tan. (P T)
Listening for Lions. Gloria Whelan. (F Whe)

Loyalty 
Broken Bridge. Lynne Reid Banks. (F Ban)
The Killer’s Tears. Anne-Laure Bondoux. (F Bon)
Danger in Disguise. Mary Alice Downie. (F Dow)
Tweaked. Katherine Holubitsky. (F Hol)
Mable Riley. Marthe Jocelyn. (F Joc)
Rules. Cynthia Lord. (F Lor)
Chinese Cinderella and the Secret Dragon Society. Adeline Y. Mah. (F Mah)
A Corner of the Universe. Ann M. Martin. (F Mar)
Perfect Gentle Knight. Kit Pearson. (F Pea)
Faithful Elephants. Yukio Tsuchiya. (P T)
Old Yeller. Fred Gipson. (F Gip)

Knowing Yourself 
Looking for JJ. Anne Cassidy. (F Cas)
Beige. Cecil Castellucci. (F Cas)
One Whole and Perfect Day. Judith Clarke. (F Cla)
Waiting for Normal. Leslie Connor. (F Con)
The Midwife’s Apprentice. Karen Cushman. (F Cus)
Playing to the Angel. Maurine F. Dahlberg. (F Dah)
A Northern Light. Jennifer Donnelly. (F Don)
A Company of Fools. Deborah Ellis. (F Ell)
Janey’s Girl. Gayle Friesen. (F Fri)
Deliver Us From Normal. Kate Klise. (F Kli)
Rules. Cynthia Lord. (F Lor)
The Facts and Fictions of Minna Pratt. Patricia MacLachlan. (F Mac)
Winter. John Marsden. (F Mar)
Ruby’s Wish. Shirin Yim Bridges. (P B)
Fish is Fish. Leo Lionni. (P L)
Zen Shorts. Jon Muth (P M)
Roses Sing on New Snow. Paul Yee. (P Y)

Facing Peer Pressure 
The Bluford High series of novels.
A Company of Fools. Deborah Ellis. (F Ell)
Walk Across the Sea. Susan Fletcher. (F Fle)
Tweaked. Katherine Holubitsky. (F Hol)
Mable Riley. Marthe Jocelyn. (F Joc)
Schooled. Gordon Korman. (F Kor)
Rules. Cynthia Lord. (F Lor)
A Corner of the Universe. Ann M. Martin. (F Mar)
The Higher Power of Lucky. Susan Patron. (F Pat)
Loser. Jerry Spinelli, (F Spi)
Stargirl. Jerry Spinelli. (F Spi)
House Party. Eric Walters. (F Wal)
Ruby’s Wish. Shirin Yim Bridges. (P B)
The Summer My Father Was Ten. Pat Brisson. (P B)

Understanding Bullies 
The Bluford High series of novels.
The Killer’s Tears. Anne-Laure Bondoux. (F Bon)
The Crow-girl. Bodil Bredsdorff. (F Bre)
The Education of Little Tree. Forrest Carter. (F Car)
Inkheart. Cornelia Funke. (F Fun)
Smith. Leon Garfield. (F Gar)
Mable Riley. Marthe Jocelyn. (F Joc)
The Ogre Downstairs. Diana Wynne Jones. (F Jon)
The Other Side of Truth. Beverly Naidoo. (F Nai)

Suggested Class Novels for Above Concepts
The Incredible Journey. Sheila Burnford. (CS Bur)
Old Yeller. Fred Gipson. (CS Gip)
A Wrinkle in Time. Madeleine L’Engle. (CS L’En)
Hana’s Suitcase. Karen Levine. (CS Lev)
Number the Stars. Lois Lowry. (CS Low)
The Root Cellar. Janet Lunn. (CS Lun)
Daniel’s Story. Carol Matas. (CS Mat)
Jesper. Carol Matas. (CS Mat)
Charlie Wilcox. Sharon E. McKay. (CS McK)
Touching Spirit Bear. Ben Mikaelsen. (CS Mik)
Lost in the Barrens. Farley Mowat. (CS Mow)
It’s Like This, Cat. Emily Neville. (CS Nev)
Rascal. Sterling North. (CS Nor)
The Master Puppeteer. Katherine Paterson. (CS Pat)
The Sign of the Chrysanthemum. Katherine Paterson. (CS Pat)
Hatchet. Gary Paulsen. (CS Pau)
The River. Gary Paulsen. (CS Pau)
Days of Terror. Barbara Smucker. (CS Smu)
The Witch of Blackbird Pond. Elizabeth Speare. (CS Spe)
Call It Courage. Armstrong Sperry. (CS Spe)
Treasure Island. Robert Louis Stevenson. (CS Ste)
The Cay. Theodore Taylor. (CS Tay)
Word to Caesar. Geoffrey Trease. (CS Tre)
Banner in the Sky. James Ullman. (CS Ull)
Ice Diamond Quest. Eric Wilson. (CS Wil)

Pride 
Bone Dance. Martha Brooks. (F Bro)
The Midwife’s Apprentice. Karen Cushman. (F Cus)
The Isabel Factor. Gayle Friesen. (F Fri)
Aleutian Sparrow. Karen Hesse. (F Hes)
The Secret Life of Bees. Sue Monk Kidd. (F Kid)
Deliver Us From Normal. Kate Klise. (F Kli)
The Same Stuff as Stars. Katherine Paterson. (F Pat)
Stargirl. Jerry Spinelli. (F Spi)
All the Places to Love. Patricia MacLachlan. (P M)
One Hen. Katie Smith Milway. (P M)
The Dot. Peter H. Reynolds. (P R)
When I Was Young in the Mountains. Cynthia Rylant. (P R)
First Salmon. Roxane Beauclair Salonen. (P S)

Citizenship
Off to War: Voices of Soldier’s Children. Deborah Ellis. (303.6 Ell)
Walk Across the Sea. Susan Fletcher. (F Fle)
Chinese Cinderella and the Secret Dragon Society. Adeline Y. Mah. (F Mah)
Lisa. Carol Matas. (F Mat)
On the Wings of Heroes. Robert Newton Peck. (F Pec)
Shattered. Eric Walters. (F Wal)
Miss Rumphius. Barbara Cooney. (P C)
One Hen. Katie Smith Milway. (P M)

Honour
Mud Girl. Alison Acheson. (F Ach)
Elijah of Buxton. Christopher Paul Curtis. (F Cur)
Men of Stone. Gayle Friesen. (F Fri)
Rules. Cynthia Lord. (F Lor)
A Corner of the Universe. Ann M. Martin. (F Mar)
I Capture the Castle. Dodie Smith. (F Smi)
No Shame, No Fear. Ann Turnbull. (F Tur)
Forged in the Fire. Ann Turnbull. (F Tur)
Homeless Bird. Gloria Whelan. (F Whe)
The Firekeeper’s Son. Linda Sue Park. (P P)

Vision
The Midwife’s Apprentice. Karen Cushman. (F Cus)
Mable Riley. Marthe Jocelyn. (F Joc)
The Same Stuff as Stars. Katherine Paterson. (F Pat)
Truckers. Terry Pratchett. (F Pra)
Ruby’s Wish. Shirin Yim Bridges. (P B)
One Hen. Katie Smith Milway. (P M)
The Stars Will Still Shine. Cynthia Rylant. (P R)
Imagine a Day. Sarah L. Thomson. (P T)

Forgiveness
The Killer’s Tears. Anne-Laure Bondoux. (F Bon)
The Crow-girl. Bodil Bredsdorff. (F Bre)
Looking for JJ. Anne Cassidy. (F Cas)
One Whole and Perfect Day. Judith Clarke. (F Cla)
Janey’s Girl. Gayle Friesen. (F Fri)
The Birthday Room. Kevin Henkes. (F Hen)
Aleutian Sparrow. Karen Hesse. (F Hes)
Out of the Dust. Karen Hesse. (F Hes)
Tweaked. Katherine Holubitsky. (F Hol)
A Corner of the Universe. Ann M. Martin. (F Mar)
Winter. John Marsden. (F Mar)
Jacob Have I Loved. Katherine Paterson. (F Pat)
Chanda’s Wars. Allan Stratton. (F Str)
Forged in the Fire. Ann Turnbull. (F Tur)
The Rules of Survival. Nancy Werlin. (F Wer)
The Summer My Father Was Ten. Pat Brisson. (P B)

(Gr. Eight)
Mud Girl
. Alison Acheson. (F Ach)

Broken Bridge. Lynne Reid Banks. (F Ban)
The Killer’s Tears. Anne-Laure Bondoux. (F Bon)
Bone Dance. Martha Brooks. (F Bro)
Cracker Jackson. Betsy Byars. (F Bya)
The Education of Little Tree. Forrest Carter. (F Car)
Looking for JJ. Anne Cassidy. (F Cas)
Elijah of Buxton. Christopher Paul Curtis. (F Cur)
A Company of Fools. Deborah Ellis. (F Ell)
Walk Across the Sea. Susan Fletcher. (F Fle)
For Now. Gayle Friesen. (F Fri)
Men of Stone. Gayle Friesen. (F Fri)
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. Mark Haddon. (F Had)
The Birthday Room. Kevin Henkes. (F Hen)
Willow and Twig. Jean Little. (F Lit)
Rules. Cynthia Lord. (F Lor)
A Corner of the Universe. Ann M. Martin. (F Mar)
Perfect Gentle Knight. Kit Pearson. (F Pea)
Shattered. Eric Walters. (F Wal)
The Three Questions. Jon Muth. (P M)
Thank You, Mr. Falker. Patricia Polacco. (P P)
The Dot. Peter H. Reynolds. (P R)

Suggested Class Novels for Above Concepts
Sounder. William Armstrong. (CS Arm)
Crispin: the Cross of Lead. Avi. (CS Avi)
The Pinballs. Betsy Byars. (CS Bya)
A Christmas Carol. Charles Dickens. (CS Dic)
The Count of Monte Cristo. Alexandre Dumas (CS Dum)
The Outsiders. S.E. Hinton (CS Hin)
The Giver. Lois Lowry. (CS Low)
Gathering Blue. Lois Lowry. (CS Low)
Touching Spirit Bear. Ben Mikaelsen. (CS Mik)
The Pearl. John Steinbeck. (CS Ste)
The Red Pony. John Steinbeck. (CS Ste)
Word to Caesar. Geoffrey Trease. (CS Tre)
Run. Eric Walters. (CS Wal)

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