One of the best ways to teach character is to surround your children with good literature. Simply put, read to your kids. When you read to your children, it opens the door for conversations to ensue. Stories have the ability to teach, motivate and inspire our children to dream bigger.
There are so many wonderful books that can help teach our children about love, honor, respect, care, etc.
Below are numerous resources regarding character traits that have somehow benefited my family. Please know that while I have enjoyed these resources I do not necessarily agree with ALL content presented.
|Whole Heart Ministries||I am little bias, as I adore WHM. Sally has been my mentor from afar since 1997. Today she is my real life friend 😉 My husband and I serve on the board of WHM and highly recommend their resources. Start with Our Family’s 24 Ways, which is a great devotional for teaching character to children of all ages.|
|Character First||This is one of my family’s favorite resources especially as my girls began school.|
|Character in Action||I have not personally used this but I did look it over and it seems to have great content.|
|Family Life Today||Encouragement and practical help for you personally, for your marriage, and raising your parenting. So many great articles and resources.|
|Family Matters||I highly recommend Raising Kids For True Greatness and Home Grown Kids.|
|Focus on the Family||
|Generation Virtue||Generations of Virtue, is a non-profit ministry staffed by full-time volunteers. They sell resources to empower parents to continue the purity training in their own homes. If you desire to bring up pure kids they need to be taught character.|
|Lamplighter Publishing||The mission of Lamplighter Ministries is “to make ready a people prepared for the Lord, by building Christ-like character one story at a time.” This is a wonderful resource for parents on Character Development born out of 25 years of research and personal experience. They carry many old and rare books highlighting various character traits.|
|Character Education||Character education books can definitely add a powerful kick to your character education lessons — either as a fun supplement to use with formal character education programs or as lesson-building materials for teachers creating their own compelling character education curriculum.|
Other Misc. books and resource titles I’ve enjoyed. I usually shop at CBD, Amazon, and Half Price Books. Keep a list of resources you desire as you can find really good deals at Goodwill, yard sales, home school used book sales, etc…
- Wise Words for Little People by Kenneth Taylor (preschool age)
- Big Thoughts for Little People by Kenneth Taylor (preschool age)
- Bernstain Bears (preschool age)
- Jungle Jam and Friends The Radio Show (listen free weekly) or buy CD’s (all ages)
- Adventure in Odyssey Radio Talk Show and Radio Theater by Focus on the Family (elementary age)
- Veggie Tales (videos) (all ages)
- Uncle Arthur’s Story Time These are classic stories that help children develop positive character traits and Christian values. Hard to find but worth having. Children as young as 2 will listen to and enjoy the Story Time. Stories can be shorten.
- Choice Stories for Children by Ernest Lloyd I am not sure if you will be able to find it.
- Day by Day Devotion by Karen Henley
- A Hive of Busy Bees 5-10 by AB Publishing
- Good and Angry: Exchanging Frustration for Character… In You and Your Kids by Scott Turansky
- While They are Sleeping: 12 Character Traits to Pray for Your Child by Ann Arkins & Gary Harrell
- God’s Wisdom for Little Boys by Elizabeth George
- God’s Wisdom for Little Girls by Elizabeth George
- Young Peacemakers Series by Corlette Sande FORGIVENESS Recommended for grades 3-7
- Proverbs People: Book 1 and 2 by Rick Boyer.
- Books That Build Character: A Guide to Teaching Your Child Moral Values Through Stories by Robert Coles. This a family guide to classic novels, contemporary fiction, myths and legends, science fiction and fantasy, folktales, Bible stories, picture books, biographies, holiday stories, and many other books that celebrate virtues and values.
- A Child’s Book of Character Book 1 & 2 by Ron Coriell
- The Book of Virtues by William J. Bennett
- Read For The Heart, Whole Books For Wholehearted Families by Sarah Clarkson. A wonderful guide to helping decide which books to read and purchase.
- A Little Book of Manners for Girls by Emily Barnes
- A Little Book of Manners for Boys by Emily Barnes
- Wisdom and the Millers by Mildred A Martin
- Jeanna Stolle Young has authored several character books for young readers.
- Love As a Way of Life by Gary Chapman. I adore this book and have read it several times. This book takes you through seven character traits including: Kindness, patience, forgiveness, honor, humility, generosity, and honesty. When these character traits are put into action, it naturally demonstrates authentic love. This is something that everyone can benefit from.
Biographies and books about Christian hero’s.
Reading about hero’s and life changers who have gone before us is a great way to ignite character in children.
- Hero Tales volume 1, 2, & 3 by Dave & Neta Jackson
- Trailblazer Series by Dave & Neta Jackson
- Christian Heroes, Then & Now by Janet & Geoff Benge (YWAM Publishing)
- The Sowers Series
Help me add to my list; I’d love to hear some of your favorite books and resources for teaching character. Coming soon, Five Easy Ways to Instill Character Because It Matters.