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Learning about Integrity

Do your children understand the importance of having integrity?

Becoming intentional in teaching this character trait offers solid rewards. Integrity isn’t made up of DNA (or GPA) but of learned beliefs, skills, and attitudes to help kids become their personal best and thrive—the exact type of people we need in our me-first world. Children with integrity are true to themselves and honest with others, as well as tenacious, responsible, courageous, and resilient. This strength sets boundaries, provides inner power to resist temptations, and offers kids guidance on how to act the right way even when we’re not there.

Here are some books to help start the conversation:

Stand Tall! A book about integrity

by Cheri J. Meiners M.Ed.

Integrity is an important trait for children to develop—especially as they grow, learn, and have more opportunities to make choices for themselves. With this encouraging book, support children in knowing right from wrong, making positive decisions, keeping promises, and staying true to themselves. Back matter includes advice for teaching integrity at home, at school, and in childcare.

The Boy who Cried Wolf by Hennessy, B. G.

"Nothing ever happens here," the shepherd thinks. But the bored boy knows what would be exciting: He cries that a wolf is after his sheep, and the town's people come running. How often can that trick work, though?

B.G. Hennessy's retelling of this timeless fable is infused with fanciful whimsy through Boris Kulikov's hilarious and ingenious illustrations. This tale is sure to leave readers grinning sheepishly.

The Children's Book of Virtues

by Bennett, William J.

With selections from The Book of Virtues, from Aesop and Robert Frost to George Washington's life as well as Native American and African folklore, The Children's Book of Virtues brings together timeless stories and poems from around the world.

The stories have been chosen especially for a young audience to help parents introduce to their children the essentials of good character: courage, perseverance, responsibility, work, self-discipline, compassion, faith, honesty, loyalty, and friendship.

My Name is Truth : The Life of Sojourner Truth

by Turner, Ann

The remarkable true story of how former slave Isabella Baumfree transformed herself into the preacher and orator Sojourner Truth, an iconic figure of the abolitionist and women's rights movements.

Written in the fiery and eloquent voice of Sojourner Truth herself, My Name Is Truth will captivate readers just as Sojourner's passionate words enthralled her listeners.

The text by acclaimed author Ann Turner and the paintings from award-winning illustrator James Ransome underwent expert review by two historians of the period.

The Golden Rule by Cooper, Ilene.

Grandpa explains that the golden rule is a simple statement on how to live that can be practiced by people of all ages and faiths, then helps his grandson figure out how to apply the rule to his own life.

Horton Hears a Who!

by Seuss, Dr.

A person's a person, no matter how small.

Everyone's favorite elephant stars in this heartwarming and timeless story for readers of all ages. In the colorful Jungle of Nool, Horton discovers something that at first seems impossible: a tiny speck of dust contains an entire miniature world--Who-ville--complete with houses and grocery stores and even a mayor! But when no one will stand up for the Whos of Who-ville, Horton uses his elephant-sized heart to save the day. This tale of compassion and determination proves that any person, big or small, can choose to speak out for what is right.

The Three Questions

by Muth, Jon J.

Young Nikolai is searching for the answers to his three questions: When is the best time to do things? Who is the most important one? What is the right thing to do?But it is his own response to a stranger's cry for help that leads him directly to the answers he is looking for. This profound and inspiring book is about compassion and being engaged in each moment. With his stunning watercolors -- and text that resounds with universal truths, Jon J Muth has transformed a story by Leo Tolstoy into a timeless fable for readers of every age!

Lying Up a STORM

by Cook, Julia

This book is a great resource to help children understand not only the consequences of telling a lie, but also how one lie can often lead to telling several more. It will help parents and teachers understand that lying can be a normal and sometimes healthy response for a child and offers tools to help guide children toward truthfulness.

The "I" in Integrity!

Cora June is learning a thing or two about doing the right thing - even when no one is looking! Cora June is cheating and breaking promises to get out of doing what she doesn’t like.

When Cora June learns that her actions lack character, she realizes what integrity means and that she can’t find hers! Fortunately, her mom is there to help her find the I in INTEGRITY. Will she be able to repair her damaged relationships and reputation?

Another hit for award-winning author and parenting expert Julia cook, this book will have K-5 readers, parents, and educators in stitches - all while teaching the importance of integrity. Included in the back of the book are tips to help caring adults teach children this essential skill.

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