100 Books About Life's Lessons

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There are lots of times in life where your child might need a helping hand in order to understand what's going on. From the first day of school to the "monster" under the bed, these books were written to inform children on how to deal with everything life throws at them.

infants & toddlers (0 - 2 years)

A Good Day by Kevin Henkes

Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed by Eileen Christelow

Germs Are Not for Sharing by Elizabeth Verdick

Go! Go! Go! Stop! by Charise Mericle Harper

I Like Myself! by Karen Beaumont

Let's Be Thankful by P. K. Hallinan

South by Patrick McDonnell

Thank You and Good Night by Patrick McDonnell

The Selfish Crocodile by Faustin Charles and Michael Terry

The Very Clumsy Click Beetle by Eric Carle

preschool (3 - 4 years)

A Kiss Goodbye by Audrey Penn

A Letter to Amy by Ezra Jack Keats

An Awesome Book of Thanks! by Dallas Clayton

Can't You Sleep, Little Bear? by Martin Waddell

Clifford's First School Day by Norman Bridwell

David Goes to School by David Shannon

Elmer by David McKee

Flight School by Lita Judge

Fred Stays with Me by Nancy Coffelt

Froggy Goes to School by Jonathon London

Giraffes Can't Dance by Giles Andreae

Harry the Dirty Dog by Gene Zion

Hey, Little Ant by Phillip M. Hoose, Hannah Hoosie, and Debbie Tilley

It's Mine! by Leo Lionni

It's Time for School, Stinky Face by Lisa McCourt

Joseph Had a Little Overcoat by Simms Taback

Little Boy by Alison McGhee

Little Rabbit Goes to School by Harry Horse

Naked Mole Rat Gets Dressed by Mo Willems

Old Dog Baby Baby by Julie Fogliano

Owen by Kevin Henkes

Pezzettino by Leo Lionni

Raccoon on His Own by Jim Arnosky

Red: A Crayon's Story by Michael Hall

Ruthie and the (Not So) Teeny Tiny Lie by Laura Rankin

School's First Day of School by Adam Rex and Christian Robinson

Stone Soup by Marcia Brown

Ten Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed by Annie Kubler

The Flower Man by Mark Ludy

The Girl and the Bicycle by Mark Pett

The Kissing Hand by Audrey Penn

The Little Engine That Could by Watty Piper

The Mine-O-Saur by Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen and David H. Clark

The Night Before Preschool by Natasha Wing

The Rag Coat by Lauren Mills

The Stray Dog by Marc Simont

The Super Hungry Dinosaur by Martin Waddell

The Thankful Book by Todd Parr

The Three Questions by Jon J. Muth

Timothy Goes to School by Rosemary Wells

Widget by Lyn Rossiter McFarland

early school (5 - 6 years)

A Big Guy Took My Ball! by Mo Willems

A Book of Mistakes by Corinna Luyken

Agate: What Good Is a Moose? by Joy Morgan Dey

Beautiful Oops! by Barney Saltzberg

Boomer's Big Day by Constance W. McGeorge

Brave Irene by William Steig

Bread and Jam for Frances by Russell Hoban

Bully by Laura Vaccaro Seeger

Did I Ever Tell You How Lucky You Are? by Dr. Seuss

Dream Big: Michael Jordan and the Pursuit of Excellence by Deloris Jordan

Each Kindness by Jacqueline Woodson

Edward the Emu by Sheena Knowles

Edwurd Fudwupper Fibbed Big by Berkeley Breathed

Frederick by Leo Lionni

I Can Be Safe: A First Look at Safety by Pat Thomas

I Will Not Ever Eat a Tomato by Lauren Child

It Could Always Be Worse: A Yiddish Folk Tale by Margot Zedach

Jabari Jumps by Gaia Cornwall

Last Stop on Market Street by Matt de la Pena

Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse by Kevin Henkes

Meet the Barkers: Morgan and Moffat Go To School by Tomie dePaola

Miss Bindergarten Gets Ready For Kindergarten by Joseph Slate

My Teacher Sleeps in School by Leatie Weiss

Oh, The Places You'll Go! by Dr. Seuss

Orion and the Dark by Emma Yarlett

Pancakes For Breakfast by Tomie DePaola

Rosie Revere, Engineer by Andrea Beaty

Stand Tall, Molly Lou Melon by Patty Lovell

Stick and Stone by Beth Ferry

Strictly No Elephants by Lisa Mantchev

Thank You, Mr. Falker by Patricia Polacco

The Berenstain Bears and the Messy Room by Stan & Jan Berenstain

The Berenstain Bears and the Truth by Stan & Jan Berenstain

The Berenstain Bears: Kindness Counts by Jan & Mike Berenstain

The Boy and the Airplane by Mark Pett

The Dark by Lemony Snicket

The Empty Pot by Demi

The Girl Who Never Made Mistakes by Mark Pett and Gary Rubinstein

The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein

The Good-Pie Party by Liz Garton Scanlon

The Heart and the Bottle by Oliver Jeffers

The King's Stilts by Dr. Seuss

The Paper Bag Princess by Robert Munsch

There's an Alligator under My Bed by Mercer Mayer

What If Everybody Did That? by Ellen Javernick

What Pet Should I Get? by Dr. Seuss

Wilfrid Gordon McDonald Partridge by Mem Fox

Wilma Unlimited by Kathleen Krull

You Are Special by Max Lucado

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