Anyone have a good referral for books for the 3-4 year old set that teaches morals and good and bad? Doesn't have to be religious but that would work as well. I know I have seen series in the past that really work on character development but I can't find them now.
Desperately need some for my three year old before he turns into the demon child
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You may wish to begin with The Children's Book of Virtues by William J. Bennett. (You can sometimes find this locally at chain dept. stores like WalMart or Target. Be careful NOT to confuse it with The Book of Virtues for Young People that is geared toward older kids.) The Children's Book of Virtues includes a variety of compilations -- including classics such as George Washington, Aesops Fables, folklore (Native American and African), "classics" such as The Little Red Hen, and much more. For some, you may want to check out the individual stories for more illustrations.
The stories are organized by virtue. Covered are the following: Courage, Perseverance, Responsibility, Work, Self-discipline, Compassion, Faith, Honesty, Loyalty, and Friendship.
(There is also The Children's Treasury of Virtues that includes the Children's Book of Virtues plus two others (Book of Heroes and The Children's Book of America. I do not personally have this one but you may want to consider it if you can see it in person at a local bookstore.)
I'll come back and add more but this is definitely a great place to start!
I have the Children's book of virtues and Love it but it still seems a little old for Zayden (he's 3.5). He likes the stories but I don't know that he gets the message. But then I haven't tried that for awhile so maybe we will pull that out again tonight and try again.
Amy, I agree that some of those stories are a bit old with the presentation that they are in... but I likely didn't state clearly what I meant by "For some, you may want to check out the individual stories for more illustrations."
With my very young ones, I would find the story from the Children's book of Virtues and look for that particular story in a separate illustrated book format all on its own from the local library. Often you can find simpler versions of the same stories for the younger set. The concepts (virtues) conveyed are the same -- but at a level they are able to understand easier.
I also cannot believe that I failed to mention one of my absolutely favorite resources for children's books:
Honey for a Child's Heart by Gladys Hunt
This book is a compiled listing of recommendations for all ages of children (through I believe age 14), sorted into various categories and just filled with gems that I truly love. I used it to make lists for the library and carried it with me 'til it became ragged! This one is worth investing in!