Books About Humility for Kids
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This year I am adding literature to my character development series, and these books about humility for kids should be helpful as you are teaching your children about how to display great character in their lives. Learning character is a life long journey, and I hope I can provide some great resource for you. I hope you are familiar with my character development series. We work on 52 traits – one for each week of the year. You can hover over my character development tab to see all the traits we work on throughout the year. If you are interesting in teaching your kids to be humble, I hope you will visit my other lessons on humility. Just as a reminder, humility isn’t the same as insecurity. I don’t want my kids to walk around with their heads low and not see the value they add to life. Instead, humility is elevating the value of others. It recognizes that all we have and are comes from God and giving Him proper credit in that. It haves an attitude that wants to care for others and serves them. It is a willingness to admit that we don’t know it all and to learn to say sorry when we are wrong. My husband and I have learned, through marriage classes and just living life, that other people doing things differently. We like the phrase, “It’s not wrong. It’s just different.” Yes, there are black and white truths in the world. However, there is humility when we are willing to take our own pride out of the way, listen to others, serve others and try to understand the perspective of other people. I hope you will join me in raising up children with virtue and humility. Here I will be reviewing a few books and also providing links to others that I did not get a chance to review.
A Children’s Book About Showing Off (Help Me Be Good) – I enjoy the books in the “Help Me Be Good” series by Joy Berry. They tie in well with my character development series. The difference is I like to focus on the behavior we want rather than the behavior we don’t want. That said, I think they are great books to help identify undesirable characteristics. The books call out traits that are less than appealing, teaches what that looks like and the harm it can do and then redirects with better answers. These read like a guide rather than a story and are super helpful in directing your children down a more desirable path.
Help Me Be Good Series Box Set – I wanted to ad the “Help Me Be Good” book series box set by Joy Berry. I reference these books a lot in my character development series. Luckily, my church has these in our church library, so I have full access to all of them. However, people on here might be looking for a resource for their church, home or school library, so I wanted to make it convenient for those who are interested in the entire set.
The Tower: A Story of Humility – This book is about how to become a “truly great man,” and it is a truly great book. I highly recommend it. This is a story of a man who wants to become great, which means he must have everyone look up to him. He believes to do so, he needs to be higher than everyone so that he can look down on them and they can marvel as they stare up at him. What he discovers is that it is lonely at the top and no one truly looks up to him. Through a conversation with a bird and the wisdom of an old lady, he discovers that to be truly great and truly looked up to means become humble, generous and helpful. It is a book that contains a lot of wisdom about humility. The illustrations are beautiful, and I love the subtle influences of the asian culture. I love the line that sums it all up, “To be great is not be be higher than another, but to lift another higher.” It so reminds me of Jesus’ message that to become great, you must be a servant.
Here is a link to Bed Time Stories, which has online short stories with values.
This link will take you to stories that focus on humility.
Winnie-the-Pooh (Puffin Modern Classics) – I asked some blogging friends if they had any ideas for this book list and Cathy from NurtureStore reminded me that Winnie The Pooh tends to be wise and humble in his approach.
Here is a great resource of free kids e-books in the Adventures of Human Values series.
This Little Light of Mine Living the Be: Living the Beatitudes -This book was recommended by Darla at the Preschool Toolbox Blog.