Bees, trees, a lonely mailman. An extraordinary parent, a Grandma with odd socks and a noisy tractor, join the adventure reading books about being a good person

As children grow and interact with the world around them, their grasp of “good” and “bad” starts to take shape. For most parents, they want their child to grow up to be a good person, contributing to society, and ultimately making the world a better place.

A tall order for a tiny human.

This isn't even such a foreign concept for adults either. An entire industry of self-help books and guides to being a better version of yourself was built on our desire for good, and mission to grow. But a great children's book with a compelling storyline and a rich tapestry of characters can help lay the foundation for being a good person and living your values.

This is why Nooksy has specifically curated a selection of kids’ books to help children and their parents grow to become good people. Check them out … 

Now on Nooksy: 17 Books About Being a Good Person

The Golden Acorn Tree

By:
Jocelyn Argueta, Peili Huang

Follow a friendly squirrel as she explores a charming forest and gathers acorns for her neighbors. Young children will delight in this sweet tale of friends with tails and how they help, and accept, every animal in their forest community.

Philippa and the Homeless Bumblebee

By:
David Greaves, Danielle Callaghan

"There was once a happy bumblebee, who lived beneath a tree..."One day the happy bumblebee has her world turned upside down when her beloved meadow home is destroyed. But to her delight a brave child comes to her rescue. Philippa and the homeless bumblebee embark on an exciting adventure together.Where will their journey take them?This delightful, beautifully illustrated tale gives children a unique introduction to the importance of bees and the natural world.

How to hug a Cactus

By:
Emily S. Smith, Aleksandra Szmidt

How do you hug a cactus?I’d really like to know.You see, I love my cactus,and my hugs will help it grow.A young girl explores the possibilities of hugging her most favourite plant, a cactus. With a little help from her family members and a gardening guru, she tries a number of solutions to help solve her prickly problem, all with varying degrees of success. How to Hug a Cactus is a story that will ‘stick’ with many readers.

The Dance of the Bees

By:
Fran Nuño, Zuzanna Celej

A beautiful hymn to nature featuring haikus, set in a quiet corner of Japan.An old lady and her granddaughter enjoy strolling through the countryside in the middle of summer. The grandmother explains to the little girl all about the wonderful world of bees, and why these beautiful insects are so important for life on our planet. Years later, the granddaughter returns with her son to the place where her grandmother’s house once stood, and thanks to the dance of the bees, discovers something they’ll never forget.

Keeping up with the Dachshunds

By:
Carla Fitzgerald, Rebel Challenger

Keeping up is RUFF!As Jet the dog discovers in this hilarious parody.Jet only has three biscuits and a joke to tell.After trying unsuccessfully to keep up with the Dachshunds, she realises this is more than enough to make a true friend!

Stop the Clock

By:
Maria Christania, Pippa Goodhart

On his dash to school, Joe is missing all the exciting things happening around him. In school, Mr Khan, the teacher, asks everyone to draw everything they saw on their way to school. Joe decides he must stop time to examine everything he saw and figure out why his sister was crying so much. Soon, literally, and metaphorically, things become much clearer, as Joe learns to appreciate the importance of taking his time and noticing what is happening around him.

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The Lonely Mailman

By:
Daniel Montero Galán, Susanna Isern, Jon Brokenbrow

Each day, the old mailman faithfully delivers special letters to the forest animals. But the mailman has never received any letters of his own. Then one day everything changes. This touching story of friendship and love will delight readers and letter writers of all ages.

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My Shadow is Purple

By:
Scott Stuart

My Dad has a shadow that’s blue as a berry, and my Mum’s is as pink as a blossoming cherry. There’s only those choices, a 2 or a 1. But mine is quite different, it’s both and it’s none.A heartwarming and inspiring book about being true to yourself, by best-selling children’s book creator Scott Stuart. This story considers gender beyond binary in a vibrant spectrum of colour.

The Shooting Star

By:
Hinrich Mummenthey, Claudia Rudolph

A story about a star being born and how it comes to truly understand, what makes it so special.

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The Shooting Star
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Grandma's Odd Socks

By:
Marta Taylor

"I love my grandma. But there?s one thing about her that I don?t understand. She always wears odd socks!"Grandma likes to stand out from the crowd. She chooses colourful clothes, covered in flowers, and her hair is bright red. AND she wears mismatching socks. Everyone laughs at her. But when it?s YOUR grandma, it?s really not funny at all, and something needs to be done!

The Two Hearts

By:
Hinrich Mummenthey, Claudia Rudolph

Two hearts, which are very much in love, but ultimately very different – learn an important lesson about acceptance.

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The Two Hearts
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Seek the Unique

By:
Anika de Klerk, Jana Rawlins, Yuliana Simakovska

A beautifully illustrated wonder-filled story that encourages kids to be curious and playful

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Seek the Unique
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Mister Yes

By:
Carmen Gil, Miguel Cerro

Mr. Yes could do a lot of different, funny things…but he’d never learned how to say no. Even though it made him unhappy, he would reluctantly agree to do things because he would say yes even though he really wanted to say no One day, the unexpected happened and Mr. Yes found a powerful, new voice.So what about you? Have you ever smiled and said yes when what you really wanted to say was no?This is a fun story for readers of all ages about the importance of communication and being assertive.

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Mister Yes
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Quill Soup

By:
Dale Blankenaar, Alan Durant

Noko, the porcupine, is very hungry. On arriving at a village, he asks the other animals for some food and shelter. But, despite their full bellies, all the animals say they have nothing to spare...so Noko creates a delicious pot of Quill Soup - fit for a king!

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Quill Soup
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The Word Collector

By:
Jon Brokenbrow, Sonja Wimmer

Luna is passionate about words. She adores her light and laughs with her tickles. But one day she realizes that little by little the beautiful, magnificent and funny words are disappearing from the world, and the girl decides that it is time to act.A poetic tale about the magic of the word, about the power it has when it is positive and that invites readers of all ages to follow this wonderful story in an original and fun way.

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A Very, Very Noisy Tractor

By:
Nívola Uyá, Mar Pavón

A fun, original tale that teach us to open our minds and free our spirits, seeing things the way a child sees them: as they really are.

My EXTRAordinary Mum

By:
Alexandra Colombo, Dani Vee

My mum’s a little quirky, free-spirited and bold. She dances to the beat of her own drum.A fun-filled adventure and celebration of an extraordinary mum and her daughter who find magic in unexpected places.We are all extraordinary, sometimes we just need reminding.

With every turn of the page and each new character, your child’s understanding of what it means to be a good person will start to take shape.

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