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The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein (Age 1 and up)

Shel Silverstein has long been one of my favorite authors. This book and “Where the Sidewalk Ends” were two of my favorites as a child.

For some strange reason I thought young children may not understand the message. Silly me! It is one of the best books out there that teaches the art of giving and it very much belongs on this list.


Beautiful Hands by Bret Baumgarten and Kathryn Otoshi (Ages 2 and up)

This book was created to inspire children everywhere to use their power to help themselves and others achieve their dreams. This book inspires the reader to explore these possibilities every day.

Some Helpful Tips for a Better World and a Happier Life by Rebecca Doughty (Ages 3 and up)

A sweet little book with several wonderful tips to make the world a better and a happier place.


Only One You by Linda Kranz (Ages 3 and up)

There’s only one you in this great big world. Make it a better place. A mother and father share some of the wisdom they have gained through the years with their eager son. Their words, simple and powerful, are meant to comfort and guide him as he goes about exploring the world.


You Be You by Linda Kranz (Ages 3 and up)

A companion book to the bestselling Only One You, Kranz once again uses her famous “rockfish” to express the themes of diversity, individuality, and acceptance to children.

With its universal theme that life is the greatest journey of all as well as its celebration of the differences between all creatures, You Be You offers a positive message to readers of all ages.


Think Green! by Jeanine Behr Getz, illustrated by Jenny Nightingale (Ages 3 and up)

This book empowers our youngest generation to think about making environmentally friendly choices. It introduces 16 simple everyday ideas to help children know how to keep the earth clean and safe for all people, animals, fish and birds.