These books on patience will help as you are developing the character of your children. As a mom, I think I need a good dose of these patient lessons as well. Please look under my character development tab to discover over 400 lessons on 52 traits.
* Llama Llama Red Pajama by Anna Dewdney – This book is definitely a book on patience. The mom tucks her llama into bed and he decides to put on some “llama drama” because he wants her back right away. He screams and hollers when she doesn’t come cater to his every need. I know I can related to this “llama drama.”
* Leo the Late Bloomer by Robert Kraus – This cute story is perfect for parents and kids who seem to be developing slower than other kids. They might not grasp things right away and then one day they just get it. Kids develop at different stages, and this is a great reminder for everyone to be patient as our kids bloom. Sometimes I just want my kids to grow up and function like normal human beings. What a great reminder to be patient – diligent in teaching and awareness of the help that might be needed – but patient.
* Harriet, You’ll Drive me Wild! by Mem Fox – I’m not sure if this is a story that is for the kids or for the adults. Really, I think it was intended for me. Harriet is a kid who is into everything. She may not being intentionally bad (or maybe she is), but her actions drive her mom wild. Can you relate? Her mom is able to find the humor in the end and continues to work on patience throughout the story.
* Sammy’s Gadget Galaxy by Michael P. Waite – Waite has a “Building Christian Character” series that I love, and this book is a part of that series. With fun pictures and a nice cadence in rhyming, it paints a delightful picture that teaches kids about the destructive nature of being impatient.
* A Children’s Book About Interrupting by Joy Berry – I believe interrupting comes from a lack of patience (and a self-centered nature). Joy Berry has a great “Help Me Be Good” series that clearly defines the behavior, shows the negative results from the behavior and gives tools for overcoming the behavior.
* Betty Bunny Loves Chocolate Cake by Michael B. Kaplan – Betty Bunny has never tried chocolate cake before. After trying it, it is all she can think about. She tells everyone about how she wants it and shows a lot of impatience as she goes throughout her day. She won’t eat her dinner at night and things keep escalating, which brings both humor and negative results to this impatient bunny. I think you will enjoy this tale.
* Jonathan James says, “I Can Hardly Wait!” by Crystal Bowman – This book is a good book for early leaders and is part of a “Biblical Values for Kids” series. It has three stories in it about the bunny, Jonathan James. In the first story he gets roller blades in the middle of winter. He has a hard time waiting until he can use them in spring. This is his journey to learn to be patient. The next story is about how Jonathan James wants to order a watch. He has to work to earn the money, and this takes time and patience. Once he has diligently put in his efforts, he has to be patient as he waits for his watch to arrive. The third story is about the bunny’s excitement and anticipation of Thanksgiving. Everyday he has to learn patience as he hopes for the arrival of his favorite holiday.
* MOVIE: Abe and the Amazing Promise by VeggieTales Values to Grow By – We LOVE VeggieTales around here. One of the things that is great about VeggieTales is that the character lesson is written big and bold on the front of the movie or book so you can pick out a movie for the trait you are focusing on with your child. This movie teaches about Abraham and Sarah’s wait for a promised son. It reminds us that whether we are “waiting on a promise from God or cookies from mom…being patient is never easy, but the reward is always worth the wait.”
Other Books On Patience (I haven’t read them):
Bob and Larry in the Case of the Missing Patience – Karen Poth
Out of Patience – Brian Meehl
Owl Moon – Jane Yolen
Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse – Kevin Henkes
Umbrella – Taro Yashima
Play with Me – Marie Hall Ets
Wait Till the Mood is Full – Margaret Wise Brown
McElligot’s Pool – Dr. Seuss
Geraldine’s Big Snow – Holly Keller
When will it be Spring? – Catherine Walters
“Slowly, Slowly, Slowly,” said the Sloth – Eric Carle
Waiting for Wings – Louis Ehler
The Odd Egg – Emily Gravett
Grow Flower, Grow – Lisa Bruce