The Chrysanthemum series by Kevin Henkes is among the best for strongly written characters. And because they're so popular, the books are also on video
(Scholastic, YouTube, TeacherTube, Vimeo, etc.)
Bonus: They're fun to read aloud!
Henkes tops the chart at Good Reads which lists 402 popular character trait books:
Good Reads is a great site for suggested titles!
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If you want to integrate with mathematics as well...I love Pete the Cat and the four groovy buttons. I am also a big fan of Enemy Pie. What is the specific character trait you are trying to teach?
Miss Rumphius is a good one!
Great idea! Thank you. I am thinking about Characters inside out / how they change Honestly not sure. I have an observation and I wanted to do a workshop lesson. We have just started story elements.
Christopher Lee and Bozzie Bear's First Day of School by Gretchen Napolitano is a wonderful book for teaching about kindness/respect/bullying>
On the first day, when Christopher Lee arrives at kindergarten, he teacher explains that there are a few simple rules about respect and kindness the children must follow. First, however, each child finds a piece of paper on his/her desk. Most are white but some are colored, and some have "stripes." The teacher, Mr. Raptis, explains that regardless of the color or "stripes," they are all paper. Then he has the children crumple the paper into balls, throw them on the floor and stomp on them. Next he has the children pick up their papers, put them back on their desks and smooth them out (but they are still crumpled/wrinkled) so he has the children apologize to their paper --- but that didn't make the paper better. Mr. Raptis then explains how when we are mean to someone and hurt their feelings the hurt remains even after an apology. He discusses how it does not matter what color the paper is. the hurt is the same, and ties it to bullying.
I am a retired librarian, now, but gave this to my granddaughter's kindergarten class last year and the teachers/kids loved it. I am also giving a copy to my college senior granddaughter, who is studying elementary education, for Christmas.
This book is one of a few Ms. Napolitano has done, it is in has large illustrations in bright primary and secondary colors and comes in both hardcover and paperback. I bought mine from Amazon.
Another book I found good, especially in our multi-cultural society is Jamie Lee Curtis' This is Me. I think it would work for several primary grades. The premise here is what is important to you/what would you take with you if you suddenly had to move, with your family, to a new country to help you remember where you came from and the people/friends you left behind. This book starts out with an elementary teacher telling her class about how her great grandmother came to the United States from China. Then different children from the class, of different backgrounds, tell what they would bring if they had to move. At the very end of the book there is a relatively sturdy pop-up suitcase. Class members can, in turn, take the book home and then make a list of what they would take and put it in the suitcase.
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