If you are not familiar with William Bennetts’ books, there are a few you have to check out for your character building library. He has three that I think are wonderful!
This is what the book description says and I couldn’t say it any better. The 1st one is The Book of Virtues
William J. Bennett has collected hundreds of stories in The Book of Virtues, an instructive and inspiring anthology that will help children understand and develop character — and help adults teach them. From the Bible to American history, from Greek mythology to English poetry, from fairy tales to modern fiction, these stories are a rich mine of moral literacy, a reliable moral reference point that will help anchor our children and ourselves in our culture, our history, and our traditions — the sources of the ideals by which we wish to live our lives. Complete with instructive introductions and notes, The Book of Virtues is a book the whole family can read and enjoy — and learn from — together.
The Children’s Book of Virtues is the ideal storybook for parents and children to enjoy together:
This book has selections from The Book of Virtues, from Aesop and Robert Frost to George Washington’s life as well as Native American and African folklore, The Children’s Book of Virtues brings together timeless stories and poems from around the world. My children loved this book when they were younger.
The character traits in this book cover: Courage, Perseverance, Responsibility, Work, Self-discipline, Compassion, Faith, Honesty, Loyalty, and Friendship. This book is beautifully illustrated and it was one of the favorites around here when my kids were younger.
And the last one is the Children’s Book of Heros. This is a book that teaches our children about some of the great heros in history.
From Abraham Lincoln and Mother Teresa to warriors on the battlefield, real moms and dads, and even young girls and boys, here are
worthy and heroic figures all kids can look up to and emulate. There are also ones from the Bible, such as David.
The Children’s Book of Heroes is a celebration of the endurance, sacrifice, courage, and compassion that characterize truly heroic deeds.
I love the fact that when you read these books they cause great conversation and even stories that happen in your kids lives that they want to talk about after hearing these stories. It gives you a great chance to bring up things in their life and help them talk through specific situations. There are certain books I plan on keeping even for my grandchildren. These make the list for sure!
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