I have noticed in my many years as a childcare worker, and now as a parent, how deeply children are touched by growth mindset books for kids that share morals and values. During the many years that I have been reading books to children, these books for kids that teach important life lessons, have stood out as some of the very best.
Reading growth mindset books for kids is an easy way to share important lessons with the children in our lives. This list of kids’ books that teach important life lessons was hand-selected because of the values and moral lessons that each imparts. They are written by respected authors of adult books, as well as educators, doctors, and spiritual teachers that recognized the need to share these important life-changing topics with the leaders of tomorrow–our children.
Some, myself included, believe that children’s growth mindset books that share powerful lessons are just as important for adults to read. So, may we all be inspired by this list of books for kids that teach children important life lessons!
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Growth Midset Books for Kids
Originally this collection of children’s books that teach kids important life lessons was placed according to the publisher’s recommended age ranges, with books for younger children listed first.
It seems that many publishers have been doing away with the silly practice of limiting age ranges on universally loved books, so I have as well. Besides, I think most of these books are just as beneficial for adults to read!
With that said, this is not a static book list for children. I have updated it and will continue to update this children’s book list and add more books that teach children and share wonderful messages when I find them.
Be sure to bookmark this page and check back often to see all the growth mindset books for children that we continue to find!
Search for the titles of these wonderful books that teach kids on your local library’s website. If you can’t find these books at your local library, I have included Amazon affiliate links for your convenience. If you click to purchase, I will receive a small commission at no extra cost to you.
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Books for Kids That Teach Important Life Lessons
The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein
Shel Silverstein has long been one of my favorite authors. This book and “Where the Sidewalk Ends” were two of my favorite books as a child. “The Giving Tree” is a wonderful book for readers of all ages that offers a sweet interpretation of the gift of giving and unjudgemental acceptance of another’s capacity to love in return.
Some Helpful Tips for a Better World and a Happier Life by Rebecca Doughty
A special book with several wonderful tips to make this a better world and a happier place. This book has affected my daughter so profoundly that she makes funny faces in the mirror every day… one of the many wonderful tips in this sweet book.
Only One You by Linda Kranz
“There’s only one you in this great big world. So make it a better place!”
A mother and father share some 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.
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You Be You by Linda Kranz
A companion book to the bestselling Only One You listed above. With its universal theme that life is the greatest journey of all and its celebration of the differences between all creatures, You Be You offers a positive message to readers of all ages.
Beautiful Oops by Barney Salzburg
This wonderful book illustrates a life lesson that all parents want their children to learn, It’s OK to make a mistake! In fact, hooray for mistakes! A mistake can be an adventure in creativity!
All the World by Liz Garton Scanlon
A celebration of the world and humankind told through simple rhyming text and beautiful illustrations. There is so much about this book that catches a child’s imagination and the many ways it can help enrich their understanding of the world around them.
What do You do with an Idea by Kobi Yamada
A wonderful book that will inspire your kids and your whole family! This is a story for anyone, at any age, who’s ever had an idea that seemed a little too big, too odd, too difficult. Nurture your ideas, and you can change the world.
A few more wonderful books that teach children the same author has written powerful life lessons since this children’s book article was first written. I like to think that we may have inspired each other to continue to share lessons like these with the most important people in the world… our children.
A few of Kobi Yamada’s newest books for kids that teach important life lessons are listed below:
- What do You do With a Problem
- What do You do With a Chance
- What You Do Matters Boxed Set
- What do You do With An Idea Gift Set
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Inspiring Books That Teach Children Life Lessons
The Most Magnificent Thing by Ashley Spires
This funny book offers a perfect example of the rewards of perseverance and creativity. A girl decides to make something magnificent. From her efforts, children see the importance of planning, gathering supplies, building, and not giving up when a good idea doesn’t initially work out.
Show your child how important the power of their choice is with this fun interactive book. “What Should Danny Do?” is written in a “Choose Your Own Story” style, where children get to choose what Danny does as they follow him through his day.
As children navigate through the different moral storylines and choices that Danny makes, they will begin to see how their choices, good and bad, shape their lives into what they will be.
The same authors have also written “What Should Danny Do? School Day” that you may also enjoy.
I think I am by Louise L. Hay
This book is not the most well-written children’s book in the world, but it delivers the powerful lesson that our thoughts create our reality in a way that children might understand.
Reading this book to our children can help them learn about the powerful idea that they have control over their thoughts and words, and in turn, what happens in our lives.
The Thankful Book by Todd Parr
This silly little book shares things to be thankful for and can help teach gratitude any time of the year.
Children’s Books That Teach Important Life Lessons
An Awesome Book by Dallas Clayton
Based on the simple concept of dreaming big, An Awesome Book! is the inspiring debut work of Los Angeles writer and artist Dallas Clayton. Written in the vein of classic, imaginative tales, it is a sure hit for all generations, young and old.
An Awesome Book of Thanks by Dallas Clayton
Children can enjoy this whimsical little book of thanks year-round. It conveys all the ways one can be thankful and all the different things in life to be thankful for. While geared toward young children, it is a book for the masses that spans age groups, gender, geographical, racial, and religious boundaries.
You may also enjoy “An Awesome Book of Love” by the same author
Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes by James Dean
Pete, the cat, is a super cool dude that never lets anything ruin his good attitude. No matter what happens to Pete, “It’s all good.” The fun rhymes and lyrical text are sure to please every child.
There are several other “Pete the Cat” books,” and I recommend them all. Each fun story helps teach children to be resilient no matter what comes their way.
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Books For Kids with Powerful Lessons
Dreams Do Come True… All They Need Is You! by Mike Dooley
Through an inspiring story, this book shares the powerful message that thoughts become things. Its simple text will seed real beliefs in real children about how to manifest the lives of their best and most magical dreams.
Be Happy by Monica Sheehan
This sweet and inspirational book reminds us of the simple things that really do make for a happier life: making friends, being thankful, dreaming big, and most of all—being happy!
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Children’s Books About Growth MIndset
Whoever You Are by Mem Fox and illustrated by Leslie Staub
This simple and beautifully illustrated book urges us to accept our differences, recognize our similarities, and rejoice in both. Every day worldwide, children are laughing and crying, playing and learning, eating and sleeping. Their lives may be quite different. But inside, they are all alike.
Incredible You! 10 Ways to Let Your Greatness Shine Through by Dr. Wayne W. Dyer
Wayne believes that it’s never too early for children to know that they’re powerful beings with everything they need to create happy lives. This is a great book for parents and children to go through together. Each lesson is discussed in a short rhyming manner with vibrant illustrations.
Unstoppable Me! 10 Ways to Soar Through Life by Dr. Wayne W. Dyer
Reading this book teaches children how to hold on to the no-limit thinking rather than just trying to “fit in.” In doing so, they can learn to truly enjoy life and become unstoppable as they strive to attain their dreams.
Books for Kids That Share Powerful Lessons
No Excuses! How What You Say Can Get in Your Way by Dr. Wayne W. Dyer
The message this children’s book delivers is truly invaluable; excuses can do more harm than we realize. A simple story shares that excuses are made by our own decision and limit what we achieve when we can really achieve what we set our minds to.
I Am: Why Two Little Words Mean So Much by Dr. Wayne W. Dyer
I AM shares a simple yet profound message with children: God is not far off in the distance, or even merely beside us. We are not separate from God—we are God!
It’s Not What You’ve Got by Dr. Wayne W. Dyer
This book addresses the topics of money and abundance. Children’s earliest thoughts and perceptions about money are those that will last throughout their lives.
There will always be someone with more… and always someone with less than what you have. Teaching children to be positive at all income levels will build their self-esteem, pride, and confidence through life.
I Believe in Me by Connie Bowen
This sweet little book contains 27 affirmations that will inspire you and your child to be all you can be.
Books for Kids That Share Morals and Values
On My Way to a Happy Life by Deepak Chopra
Kid’s love rhymes, and this book rhymes its wisdom of the ages on every page. The ideas found inside this book are the most timeless laws of the universe, presented in the simplest terms for young children.
Children’s books that teach powerful life lessons can help our children start believing in these ideas early in life–and help them find meaning, purpose, and happiness.
Guardians of Being by Eckhart Tolle and Illustrated by Patrick McDonnell
This book celebrates and reminds us of the oneness of all life; and the wonder, joy, and beauty to be found in the present moment.
Beautiful Girl: Celebrating the Wonders of Your Body by Christine Northrup
Dr. Northrup believes that helping girls learn at a young age to value the wonder and uniqueness of their bodies can have positive benefits that will last throughout their lives. By reading this lovely book, little girls will learn how their bodies are perfect just the way they are.
The Way I Act by Janian Cain
This book gently guides children to understand how their actions express who they are. It really helps adults discuss concepts with kids that aren’t easily explained. Helping kids improve behavior and grow into wonderful people seems to be the goal of this lovely book.
Growth Mindset Books for Kids
My Strong Mind by Niels van Hove
This wonderful children’s book aspires to educate children and parents about mental toughness. Introduce your children to mental strength and teach them techniques to develop their own “strong mind” with this powerful book for children.
I Can Handle It by Laurie Wright
Positive self-talk is important for improving and maintaining mental health. Reading these mindful mantra books with our children is a great way to plant positivity into a child’s mind.
Children will more than likely begin to incorporate the mindful mantra I Can Handle It almost immediately after reading this book for kids. Even if they are not saying the words out loud, reading this book can help kids practice this mantra until it is a part of their self-talk.
I Can Do Hard Things by Gabi Garcia
What we tell ourselves matters! This statement is just as true for kids as it is for adults. Mindful affirmations can help your child tune out the streams of messages they get about how they should be in the world.
Read this powerful book to help your children tap into their inner strength and find the encouragement they need to navigate their daily environment.
Think for Myself by Kristy Hammill
The ability to think independently is becoming more important now than ever before. If you want your children to start making their own decisions, then this book is for you!
Wanting to fit in is normal, but that doesn’t mean that we should all be the same. Teach your children that it is okay to think for themselves using the lessons in this powerful book for children.
You may also like “Think for Myself at School,” written by the same author.
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Children’s Books That Teach Powerful Lessons
Find Your Happy! by Patricia May
This is a great book to help give kids a healthy mindset in an overstimulating and crazy world.
Starting with positive messages such as “I am important,” the book moves through introspective happy thoughts, ways to be mindful using yoga and questions, ways to engage in nature, and how to be grateful as a way to be happy.
With all the less-than-positive messages our children receive daily from the media, peers, etc., a child-friendly book like this can go a long way.
You Should You Should by Ginny Tilby
Children will love this fun story about how important it is to be yourself. In this book, Hippo tries to fit in by acting like someone he is not. He keeps trying to fit in, but it isn’t until he tries to be himself that he finds the perfect fit.
Have You Filled a Bucket Today by Carol McCloud
This heartwarming book encourages positive behavior by using the concept of an invisible bucket to show children how easy and rewarding it is to express kindness, appreciation, and love by “filling buckets.”
Updated and revised, this edition will help readers better understand that “bucket dipping” is a negative behavior, not a permanent label. It also explains that it’s possible to fill or dip into our own buckets.
Harry, the Happy Mouse, is a cheerful, traditional story about a mouse called Harry, where children learn that a little bit of kindness can go a long way! A powerful kids book that can help teach our children about being kind and the value of helping others.
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Books for Kids That Teach Life Lessons
Listening to My Body by Gabi Garcia
This important children’s book is a wonderful resource for parents, counselors, and teachers to help kids build on their capacity to be mindful, self-regulate, and develop emotional resilience.
Use this interactive book and other kids’ books about feelings and emotions to help guide children through the practice of naming their feelings and the sensations that accompany them.
Oh, The Places You’ll Go by Dr. Seuss
This book shares a wonderful lesson in the ups, downs, in’s and out’s of life for kids and adults of all ages. This wonderfully wise graduation speech is the perfect send-off for children starting in the world, be they nursery school, high school, or college grads!
The Girl Who Thought In Pictures by Julia Finley Mosca
Even if we don’t struggle with the same challenges as Temple has, we have all felt different at some point in our lives. This sweet story tells how one girl turned what others saw as a weakness into a super-powered strength.
Temple learned that she was different, not less. A wonderful lesson to share with children to inspire them to find their own strengths, even if they are different from everyone else.
The Lorax by Dr. Seuss
Originally published in 1971, this classic story goes all out to show the devastating consequences of human greed and what can happen to the environment when humans misuse and take advantage of nature and natural resources.
This warning still rings true today amidst the dangers of clear-cutting, pollution, and a general disregard for the earth’s environment. Please read this book to your children to remind them of the importance of how our day-to-day choices can affect our environment and planet.
Powerful Books That Teach Morals and Values for Children
We hope you and your children enjoy this wonderful collection of kids’ books that teach important life lessons.
When we read books for kids that teach important life lessons and help our children start believing in these ideas early in life, our children are much better equipped to find meaning, purpose, and happiness.
May we all be inspired by these powerful moral lessons for our children and ourselves as parents, caregivers, and educators.
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