The best picture books for teaching your child about the importance of sharing
Bishop's Stortford College Prep School librarian Lizzie Hall writes about the magic of storytelling...
Dear Reader. Sharing is caring, but learning to share can be a tough concept for children.
One of the best ways of showing them how to do it is by sharing picture books on the subject. Children get to see the benefits of sharing - or the consequences of not sharing - played out over the whole story.
Here are some of the best books to teach children about the spirit of sharing...
It's Mine! by Leo Lionni
Three selfish frogs live together on an island in the middle of Rainbow Pond. All day long they bicker: It's mine! It's mine! It's mine!
But a bad storm and a big brown toad help them realise that sharing is much more fun.
With characteristic clarity, simplicity and exuberance, Leo Lionni makes it possible for kids to see themselves through the antics of others who share our world.
The Squirrels Who Squabbled by Rachel Bright and Jim Field
Greedy squirrels Cyril and Bruce both have their sights on a very special prize: the last pinecone of the season. Uh-oh! The race is on!
A laugh-out-loud tale about friendship and sharing.
Should I Share My Ice Cream? by Mo Willems
Gerald the elephant has a big decision to make. Should he share his ice cream with his best friend Piggie?
When he finally makes up his mind, he ends up dropping it. He is so upset but, much to his surprise, Piggie walks up with some ice cream of her own.
Piggie ends up sharing the ice cream because Elephant was going to be kind and share his with her.
This book will show children that if they are kind to others, others will be kind to them in return.
Too Many Carrots by Katy Hudson
In this phenomenal bestseller, Rabbit loves carrots a little too much. In fact, his carrots are crowding him out of his cosy burrow.
When his friends offer to help, they're just asking for trouble, a lot of trouble!
This charming and lovingly-illustrated children's book by acclaimed author Katy Hudson (A Loud Winter's Nap and Bear and Duck), shows how friendships get us over the rough spots in life, even if the going gets a little bumpy.
Norris, the Bear who Shared by Catherine Rayner
Norris the bear has been waiting patiently for the last ripe fruit to fall from the tree.
But Tulip the raccoon and Violet the mouse have too - although maybe not so patiently. In fact, Tulip and Violet sniff, listen to and even hug the fruit.
Norris catches the fruit when it finally falls and, because he is a wise bear, he shares it and makes two new friends.
One Big Pair of Underwear by Laura Gehl and Tom Lichtenheld
Count and share with…underwear!
What's one thing that two bears, three yaks, four goats and six cats have in common? They hate to share.
But look out - here comes a pack of 20 pigs ready to prove that sharing makes everything twice as fun!
That's (Not) Mine! by Anna Kang and Christopher Weyant
Two fuzzy creatures argue over a chair, each shouting 'It's mine!'
But they soon realise it's better to play than to fight with your friend.
The simple text of Anna Kang and bold illustrations of The New Yorker cartoonist Christopher Weyant tell an original and very funny story about sharing.
Lionel and the Lion's Share by Lou Peacock and Lisa Sheenan
Lionel the lion ALWAYS gets the lion's share, until his friends decide that enough is enough!
Lionel the lion does NOT like to share. He buys all the best instruments from the music shop, all the smartest hats from the hat shop and all the brightest balloons from the balloon stall.
But at Chloe's birthday party, Lionel goes too far and eats ALL the cake. That's when Lionel's friends decide that something has to be done.
A simple story full of fun, exploring themes of friendship and the importance of sharing. The temptation to grab, snatch and keep all the best things for yourself feels very real indeed and this cautionary tale, full of emotion, will ring true for children and grown-ups alike!
People Share with People by Lisa Wheeler and Molly Idle
"It's good to share a blanket.
It's nice to share some fries.
It's great to share your crayons
BEFORE somebody cries.
People share with people!
It's not that hard to do.
So if you'd like to cosy up...
I'll SHARE this book with you!"
This cheeky and charming picture book reminds little ones that sharing is caring. Learning good behaviour has never been so fun!