10 Picture Books that Teach Valuable Lessons to Children

A good picture book is a work of art. Each page becomes a canvas for the illustrator to paint their magical story and characters. It captures children’s imaginations and sparks their curiosity which drives them to explore further. This could be a great way to teach children valuable life lessons.

The Most Magnificent Thing by Ashley Spires

This is a story of a girl. Each time she tries to finish her project, it doesn’t entirely turn out right, and our frustrated little maker gives up until she realizes that by giving up on things that don’t work out as planned, we don’t learn how to overcome our frustrations in life.

I am Enough by Grace Byers

I Am Enough is a children’s book inspired by the life of Grace Byers’ childhood. The story is about a young girl who feels alone, unworthy, and unloved. She doesn’t feel like she’s smart enough or talented enough. After walking through the town and seeing people who are different from her somehow, she realizes that despite all her differences, she is still loved.

David Gets in Trouble by David Shannon

This is an excellent picture book that teaches children about being kind and considerate of others. They will learn how to empathize with other people after reading this book. When they do something wrong, they can learn to make things right by apologizing to those they have offended or hurt. This book also demonstrates the importance of thinking about the consequences of their actions before making decisions.

A Splendid Friend by Suzanne Bloom

In this book, The Frog has a big mouth. He is excited to be invited to his best friend Toad’s party and tells everyone about it—even Bug, who isn’t invited. Feeling left out, Bug decides to get revenge on Frog by snipping the cord of his kite. Bug worries that he shouldn’t have done what he did when the kite sails away with Frog after it. A story about friendship and the value of being a good friend

After the Fall by Dan Santat

The plot of this book is easy to follow: Humpty Dumpty falls off the wall. He’s a literal egg, so he doesn’t survive it; however, his fall encourages a group of farm animals to band together and build him a robotic body to live on. This story is an excellent example of perseverance for your kids. This story shows how you may have setbacks but shouldn’t give up after them.

Inch By Inch by Leo Lionni

It is a classic children’s book about a worm who has his heart set on winning the race. He trains and trains but then realizes that he’ll never be as fast as the other animals—so he decides to do what he does best instead. The story is sweet but also teaches an important lesson about not just working hard to meet your goals but being confident in your abilities.

Brave Irene by William Steig

This is the story of a young girl who wants to help her mother deliver a dress to the duchess. Irene is good at delivering messages, but when she faces an intense storm on her way, she persists through the bad weather and shows that strong people have perseverance and bravery. Here are more picture books about perseverance for kids.

Giraffes Can’t Dance by Giles Andreae

Gerald, the giraffe, is an outcast because he cannot dance. But after a bit of practice and some words of encouragement, he discovers his unique style of dancing—and inspires the other animals to do their own thing.

Storm Run by Libby Riddles

It tells the story of Libby Riddles, who in 1985 became the first woman to win the Iditarod Dog Sled Race. The book describes how she trained her team of dogs and all of the obstacles she faced. This story teaches us that persevering through difficulties pays off. It also helps them understand that believing in yourself and never giving up are essential skills to have in life.

The Book of Mistakes by Corinna Luyken

A book that teaches children that mistakes are not something to be afraid of and can lead to something beautiful. This is a simple and accessible concept for many preschool-age children, but one they will carry with them throughout their lives.

Before You Go

Picture books are an excellent tool for teaching children valuable lessons in a way that’s more engaging and effective than just telling them what you want them to learn. Picture books also teach reading skills and can be a stepping stone for future literacy.

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