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Reading stories is a wonderful way to discuss virtues with your children. The characters in books can be used as role models to demonstrate character and virtue, while also prompting discussions about similar situations which have happened in your children’s lives at school or at home. They can therefore be used as an excellent starting point to discuss how to act in different situations while also teaching children about what virtues are and how they can be enacted. 

Some popular children’s books which reflect some of the virtues included in the Centre's  A Framework for Character Education in Schools have been highlighted below. For each book one or two virtues which are reflected in the book are highlighted to act as a starting point for you to discuss virtue and character with your children. Each month there will be a focus on two different virtues and more books will be added in due course. These have been compiled by Dr. Catherine DarnellRachael Hunter and Charlotte Rennie

 

 

 

 

Importantly, you may find that each book incorporates and demonstrates many more virtues than the ones highlighted here and it is hoped that through using the bookmark, the virtue sticker chart, the question dice and/ or the reading journal, you will be able to use books as a tool to discuss and encourage multiple virtues.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We would love to know whether you have used any of the books listed here and whether there are other books you have used to talk about virtues with your children. Please comment on our Facebook and Twitter pages with your thoughts and recommendations, using the twitter handle @jubileecentre1 or #virtuousreading.

 


Generosity

This selection of books reflects the virtue of Generosity. Generosity is the virtue of being kind and generous. Below is a collection of books that contain characters that have shown generosity in different contexts. Please click on the book cover for a summary of the story and an example of how the book reflects generosity. The books are grouped by 4 different age ranges but these are only a rough guide, your child may enjoy the books from a younger or older age group.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Courage

The third selection of books reflects the virtue of Courage. Courage means having the strength and will to know what you should do even though you may be afraid. Below is a collection of books that contain characters that have shown courage as well as stories which acknowledge how difficult it can be to show courage when something scares or frightens you. Please click on the book cover for a summary of the story and an example of how the book reflects courage. The books are grouped by 4 different age ranges but these are only a rough guide, your child may enjoy the books from a younger or older age group.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Honesty

The second selection of books reflects the virtue of honesty. Honesty means being truthful and sincere to those around you as well as to yourself. Below is a collection of books that reflect honesty in different contexts and situations. Please click on the book cover for a summary of the story and an example of how the book reflects honesty. The books are again grouped by 4 different age ranges but these are only a rough guide, your child may enjoy the books from a younger or older age group. Please select the images below for more information about each of the books and how they reflect our chosen virtues.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Compassion and Gratitude

The first two virtues explored are compassion and gratitude. Compassion means exhibiting care and concern for each other and gratitude reflects feeling and expressing thanks for kindnesses shown to you. Below is a collection of books that reflect compassion and/or kindness. Please click on the book cover for a summary of the story and an example of how the book reflects compassion and/or gratitude. The books are grouped by four different age ranges but these are only a rough guide, your child may enjoy the books from a younger or older age group.Please select the images below for more information about each of the books and how they reflect our chosen virtues.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kindness at Christmas

Christmas is a time for considering others. This is why we have put together a list of great books that would be ideal to use to talk to children about kindness at Christmas. While not all of the books have a festive theme, each one reflects on kindness in some relevant way.  Please click on the book cover for a summary of the story. The books are grouped by four different age ranges but these are only a rough guide, your child may enjoy the books from a younger or older age group.