Teaching Unselfishness: Books Teaching the Value of Generosity

Those Shoes by Maribeth Boelts; illustrated by Noah Z. Jones

Jeremy absolutely craves expensive shoes that his family doesn't want to buy. The story lovingly unpacks want vs need, and Jeremy has the chance to be generous. Highly recommended.



Extra Yarn by Mac Barnett; illustrated by Jon Klassen

Annabelle's generous spirit transcends other kids' jeering, demanding-ness, and brings color to her black-and-white world. Includes wonderful silliness as we'd expect from Jon Klassen!



Leah's Pony by Elizabeth Friedrich; illustrated by Michael Garland

Transport your child to another time when times were tight, and children had to make sacrifices and pitch in. Leah loves riding her pony, but she loves her family more. Children have the power to be unselfish and help. 


The Runaway Wok: A Chinese New Year Tale by Ying Chang Compestine; illustrated by Sebastia Serra

Teaching about generosity and caring about others, this story follows a boy who brings back a cracked wok from the market instead of food for dinner. We can choose how we share our gifts!


Erandi's Braids by Antonio Hernandez Madrigal; illustrated by Tomie dePaola

Her heart set on a new yellow dress, Erandi's family has other more pressing needs. Erandi's mother loves her and wants to buy the dress but struggles with what to do. A touching story of generosity and sacrifice, Erandi must decide what to do.