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The Best Children’s Books About Honesty

“What are the best Children’s books about Honesty?” We looked at 97 of the top Kids Honesty books, aggregating and ranking them so we could answer that very question!

The top 19 titles, all appearing on 2 or more “Best Kids Honesty” book lists, are ranked below by how many lists they appear on. The remaining 75+ titles, as well as the lists we used are in alphabetical order at the bottom of the page.

Happy Scrolling!



Top 19 Best Children’s Books About Being Honest



19 .) A Big Fat Enormous Lie written by Marjorie Weinman Sharmat

A Big Fat Enormous Lie

Lists It Appears On:

  • Goodreads
  • Third Hour

A child’s simple lie grows to enormous proportions.



18 .) David Gets In Trouble written by David Shannon

David Gets In Trouble

Lists It Appears On:

  • Early Childhood Education Zone
  • Goodreads

When David gets in trouble, he has excuses right up until bedtime, when he realizes he really is sorry.



17 .) Edwurd Fudwupper Fibbed Big written by Berkeley Breathed

Edwurd Fudwupper Fibbed Big

Lists It Appears On:

  • Goodreads
  • Motherly

Edwurd’s little sister comes to the rescue when Edwurd’s humongous fib lands him in trouble with a three-eyed alien from another galaxy.



16 .) Eli’s Lie-O-Meter: A Story about Telling the Truth written by Sandra Levins

Eli’s Lie-O-Meter: A Story about Telling the Truth

Lists It Appears On:

  • Early Childhood Education Zone
  • Mommy Evolution

Eli learns about the consequences of his fibs and the value of telling the truth. Includes note to parents.



15 .) Jackalope written by Janet Stevens

Jackalope

Lists It Appears On:

  • Goodreads
  • Third Hour

A jackrabbit who wishes to be feared asks his fairy godrabbit for horns and becomes the first jackalope, but there’s one condition: he must not tell lies.



14 .) Let’s Be Honest written by P.K. Hallinan

Let’s Be Honest

Lists It Appears On:

  • Early Childhood Education Zone
  • Third Hour

Introduces the concept of honesty as a young child describes why it is best to tell the truth at all times.



13 .) Liar, Liar written by Gary Paulsen

Liar, Liar

Lists It Appears On:

  • Early Childhood Education Zone
  • Third Hour

Fourteen-year-old Kevin is very good at lying and doing so makes life easier, but when he finds himself in big trouble with his friends, family, and teachers, he must find a way to end his lies forever.



12 .) Molly the Great Tells the Truth written by Shelley Marshall

Molly the Great Tells the Truth

Lists It Appears On:

  • Early Childhood Education Zone
  • Third Hour

Superheroes always tell the truth . . . or do they? When Molly puts on her clever crown and Ben ties on his courageous cape, this duo can accomplish anything. However, even superheroes must sometimes be reminded to be honest.



11 .) Tell the Truth B.B. Wolf written by Judy Sierra

Tell the Truth B.B. Wolf

Lists It Appears On:

  • Mommy Evolution
  • Talking Tree Books

When Big Bad Wolf, who now lives at the Villain Villa Retirement Residence, is invited to tell his story at the library, he faces the truth about what he did to the three little pigs and decides to make amends.



10 .) That’s Mine, Horace written by Holly Keller

That's Mine, Horace

Lists It Appears On:

  • Goodreads
  • Mommy Evolution

Horace loves the little yellow truck that he finds in the schoolyard, but he has a problem when a classmate tries to claim it.



9 .) The Emperor’s New Clothes written by Janet Stevens

The Emperor's New Clothes

Lists It Appears On:

  • Goodreads
  • Mommy Evolution

Two rascals sell a vain emperor an invisible suit of clothes.



8 .) The Stories Julian Tells written by Ann Cameron

The Stories Julian Tells

Lists It Appears On:

  • Early Childhood Education Zone
  • Third Hour

Relates episodes in seven-year-old Julian’s life which include getting into trouble with his younger brother Huey, planting a garden, what he did to try to grow taller, losing a tooth, and finding a new friend.



7 .) The Wolf Who Cried Boy written by Bob Hartman

The Wolf Who Cried Boy

Lists It Appears On:

  • Goodreads
  • Motherly

Little Wolf is tired of eating lamburgers and sloppy does, but when he tricks his parents into thinking there is a boy in the woods, they could all miss a chance for a real feast.



6 .) Victory Vault written by Jake Maddox

Victory Vault

Lists It Appears On:

  • Early Childhood Education Zone
  • Third Hour

Kayla is the best gymnast on her team. When she misses her vault at an important gymnastics meet, no one sees her mistake except her best friend, Chandra. When Chandra pressures her to tell the truth, Kayla must decide if keeping her trophy is worth losing her friend.



5 .) Ruthie and the (Not So) Teeny Tiny Lie written by Laura Rankin

Ruthie and the (Not So) Teeny Tiny Lie

Lists It Appears On:

  • Early Childhood Education Zone
  • Mommy Evolution
  • Third Hour

Ruthie loves tiny things and when she finds a tiny camera on the playground she is very happy, but after she lies and says the camera belongs to her, nothing seems to go right.



4 .) The Boy Who Cried Wolf written by B.G. Hennessy

The Boy Who Cried Wolf

Lists It Appears On:

  • Mommy Evolution
  • Motherly
  • Talking Tree Books

A boy tending sheep on a lonely mountainside thinks it a fine joke to cry “wolf” and watch the people come running–and then one day a wolf is really there, but no one answers his call.



3 .) The Berenstain Bears and the Truth written by Stan and Jan Berenstain

The Berenstain Bears and the Truth

Lists It Appears On:

  • Early Childhood Education Zone
  • Goodreads
  • Mommy Evolution
  • Motherly
  • Third Hour

Brother and Sister Bear learn how important it is to tell the truth after they accidentally break Mama Bear’s most favorite lamp.



2 .) The Empty Pot written by Demi

The Empty Pot

Lists It Appears On:

  • Early Childhood Education Zone
  • Goodreads
  • Mommy Evolution
  • Talking Tree Books
  • Third Hour

When Ping admits that he is the only child in China unable to grow a flower from the seeds distributed by the Emperor, he is rewarded for his honesty.



1 .) The Honest-to-Goodness Truth written by Patricia C. McKissack

The Honest-to-Goodness Truth

Lists It Appears On:

  • Early Childhood Education Zone
  • Goodreads
  • Motherly
  • Talking Tree Books
  • Third Hour

After promising never to lie, Libby learns that it’s not always necessary to blurt out the whole truth either.




The 75+ Additional Best Kids Books About Honesty



#BooksAuthorsLists
20A Hen for Izzy Pippik Mommy Evolution
21Anansi and the Moss-Covered RockEric A. KimmelGoodreads
22And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street Mommy Evolution
23Arthur and the True FrancineMarc BrownGoodreads
24Arthur’s Computer Disaster: An Arthur AdventureMarc BrownGoodreads
25Be honest and tell the truth Talking Tree Books
26Be Proud Talking Tree Books
27Being Fair: A Book about FairnessMary SmallGoodreads
28Being Frank Talking Tree Books
29Being HonestCassie MayerGoodreads
30Berenstain Bears and the Truth Talking Tree Books
31Character Building Day by Day Talking Tree Books
32Creepy Carrots Children’s Library Lady
33Dessert First Mommy Evolution
34Do Unto Otters: A Book about MannersLaurie KellerGoodreads
35Doug-Dennis and the Flyaway FibDarren FarrellGoodreads
36Fancy Nancy: My Family History (I Can Read Level 1) Mommy Evolution
37Finding the Golden RulerKaren HillGoodreads
38Franklin FibsPaulette BourgeoisMotherly
39Grody’s Not So Golden RulesNicole RubelGoodreads
40Grrrrr!​ Children’s Library Lady
41Honestly, Mallory! (Mallory (Darby Creek)) Mommy Evolution
42Honestly!Kelly DoudnaGoodreads
43HonestyCynthia RobertsGoodreads
44HonestyKristin Thoennes KellerGoodreads
45HonestyKathryn KyleGoodreads
46I Am HonestSarah L. SchuetteGoodreads
47I Did It, I’m SorryCaralyn BuehnerGoodreads
48I Repeat, Don’t Cheat!Margery CuylerGoodreads
49I Want My Hat Back Children’s Library Lady
50I’m Telling the Truth: A First Look at HonestyPat ThomasGoodreads
51It Wasn’t Me!Udo WeigeltGoodreads
52It’s TrueMercer MayerMotherly
53Jamaica and the Substitute TeacherJuanita HavillGoodreads
54Jamaica’s FindJuanita HavillGoodreads
55Junie B. Jones Is Not a CrookBarbara ParkGoodreads
56Kevin Children’s Library Lady
57Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse Children’s Library Lady
58Listen to My Trumpet! Children’s Library Lady
59Little Croc’s PurseLizzie FinlayGoodreads
60Lying up a storm Talking Tree Books
61Martha Doesn’t Say Sorry Children’s Library Lady
62Marvelous Mattie Children’s Library Lady
63Mr. Peabody’s ApplesMadonnaGoodreads
64My Big LieBill CosbyGoodreads
65Pinky Dinky Doo: Pinky Stinky DooJim JinkinsGoodreads
66Pinky Promise: A Book About Telling the Truth 
Early Childhood Education Zone
67Princess K.I.M. and the Lie That Grew Children’s Library Lady
68Princess Kim and Too Much TruthMaryann Cocca-LefflerGoodreads
69Sam Tells StoriesThierry RobberechtGoodreads
70Sam, Bangs & Moonshine Mommy Evolution
71Should I Share My Ice Cream?Mo WillemsGoodreads
72Strega NonaTomie dePaolaGoodreads
73Tell a Lie and Your Butt Will GrowDan GreenburgGoodreads
74
Telling the Truth: Learning about Honesty, Integrity, and Trustworthiness
 
Early Childhood Education Zone
75The Berenstain Bears and the Double DareStan BerenstainGoodreads
76The Berenstain Bears and the Tic-Tac-Toe MysteryStan BerenstainGoodreads
77The Big Fat Enormous Lie 
Early Childhood Education Zone
78The Big Lie, a Katie Woo Story Talking Tree Books
79The Big Tee Ball GameLarry Dane BrimnerGoodreads
80The Boy Who Cried Bigfoot 
Early Childhood Education Zone
81The Classic Treasury of Aesop’s Fables Mommy Evolution
82The Colour Thief Children’s Library Lady
83
The Dog That Stole Football Plays (Passport to Reading Level 3)
 Mommy Evolution
84The Dog Who Cried WoofNancy CoffeltGoodreads
85The Golden RuleIlene CooperGoodreads
86The Great Paper CaperOliver JeffersGoodreads
87The Noodle GameLarry Dane BrimnerGoodreads
88The Skull of Truth: A Magic Shop Book Mommy Evolution
89The True Story of the 3 Little PigsJon ScieszkaGoodreads
90The Weasel Puffin Unicorn Baboon Pig Lobster Race​ Children’s Library Lady
91This is Not My Hat Children’s Library Lady
92
Touchdown Trouble (Fred Bowen Sports Stories: Football)
 Mommy Evolution
93Trouble TalkTrudy LudwigGoodreads
94
Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People’s Ears: A West African Tale
 Mommy Evolution
95Winners Take All (All-Star Sports Story) Mommy Evolution
96Yoko’s World of Kindness: Golden Rules for a Happy ClassroomRosemary WellsGoodreads
97Zip, Zip…Homework Mommy Evolution


7 Best Children’s Honesty Book Sources/Lists



SourceArticle
Children’s Library Lady Honesty Book List – Book Lists
Early Childhood Education Zone The 15 Best Children’s Books About Telling the Truth
Goodreads Popular Honesty Integrity Books
Mommy Evolution Children’s Books About Honesty & Integrity (Virtues Unit Study
Motherly 7 Books that Prove Honesty is the Best Policy
Talking Tree Books Picture Books about Honesty for Kids
Third Hour 12 Perfect Children’s Books about honesty

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