The Best Children’s Books About Life

“What are the best Children’s books about Life ?” We looked at 92 of the top Kids Life books, aggregating and ranking them so we could answer that very question!

The top 7 titles, all appearing on 2 or more “Best Kids Life ” 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.

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Top 7 Best Children’s Books About Life

7 .) Corduroy written by Don Freeman

Lists It Appears On:

  • Shepherds Friendly
  • Spiked Parenting

A toy bear in a department store wants a number of things, but when a little girl finally buys him he finds what he has always wanted most of all.

6 .) Have You Filled a Bucket Today written by Carol McCloud

Lists It Appears On:

  • Mothers Niche
  • Shepherds Friendly

Through simple prose and vivid illustrations, this heartwarming book encourages positive behaviour as children see how rewarding it is to express daily kindness, appreciation, and love. Bucket filling and dipping are effective metaphors for understanding the effects of our actions and words on the well being of others and ourselves.

5 .) Oh, The Places You’ll Go written by Dr. Seuss

Lists It Appears On:

  • Rhythms Of Play
  • Spiked Parenting

Advice in rhyme for proceeding in life; weathering fear, loneliness, and confusion; and being in charge of your actions.

4 .) The Giving Tree written by Shel Silverstein

Lists It Appears On:

  • Rhythms Of Play
  • Spiked Parenting

“Once there was a tree…and she loved a little boy.” So begins a story of unforgettable perception, beautifully written and illustrated by the gifted and versatile Shel Silverstein. Every day the boy would come to the tree to eat her apples, swing from her branches, or slide down her trunk…and the tree was happy. But as the boy grew older he began to want more from the tree, and the tree gave and gave and gave. This is a tender story, touched with sadness, aglow with consolation. Shel Silverstein has created a moving parable for readers of all ages that offers an affecting interpretation of the gift of giving and a serene acceptance of another’s capacity to love in return.

3 .) The Kissing Hand written by Audrey Penn

Lists It Appears On:

  • Mothers Niche
  • Spiked Parenting

When Chester the raccoon is reluctant to go to kindergarten for the first time, his mother teaches him a secret way to carry her love with him.

2 .) The Way I Act written by Janian Cain

Lists It Appears On:

  • Mothers Niche
  • Rhythms Of Play

Rhyming text and color illustrations introduce young readers to ways in which children exemplify positive behaviors.

1 .) The Lorax written by Dr. Seuss

Lists It Appears On:

  • Rhythms Of Play
  • Shepherds Friendly
  • Spiked Parenting

“UNLESS someone like you…cares a whole awful lot…nothing is going to get better…It’s not.” Long before saving the earth became a global concern, Dr. Seuss, speaking through his character the Lorax, warned against mindless progress and the danger it posed to the earth’s natural beauty.

The 75+ Additional Best Kids Books About Life and growing up

# Books Authors Lists
8 A Chair For My Mother Vera B. Williams Spiked Parenting
9 Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day Judith Viorst Spiked Parenting
10 All Are Welcome Alexandra Penfold and Suzanne Kaufman Book Riot
11 All the World Liz Garton Scanlon Rhythms Of Play
12 An Awesome Book Dallas Clayton Rhythms Of Play
13 An Awesome Book of Thanks Dallas Clayton Rhythms Of Play
14 Baxter’s Backyard Mothers Niche
15 Be Happy Monica Sheehan Rhythms Of Play
16 Be Kind Pat Zietlow Miller and Jen Hill Book Riot
17 Beautiful Girl: Celebrating the Wonders of Your Body Christine Northrup Rhythms Of Play
18 Beautiful Hands Bret Baumgarten and Kathryn Otoshi Rhythms Of Play
19 Beautiful Oops Barney Salzburg Rhythms Of Play
20 Chrysanthemum Kevin Henkes Spiked Parenting
21 Cookies: Bite Sized Life Lessons Mothers Niche
22 Dancing in the Wings Debbie Allen Shepherds Friendly
23 Do Unto Otters Mothers Niche
24 Don’t Squeal Unless it’s a Big Deal Mothers Niche
25 Dreams Do Come True… All They Need Is You! Mike Dooley Rhythms Of Play
26 Elmer David McKee Shepherds Friendly
27 Fanny’s Dream Mothers Niche
28 Fill a Bucket Mothers Niche
29 Giraffes Can’t Dance Mothers Niche
30 Good Night Moon Margaret Wise Brown Spiked Parenting
31 Gregory The Terrible Eater Mothers Niche
32 Guardians of Being Eckhart Tolle Rhythms Of Play
33 Hooway for Wodney Wat Mothers Niche
34 How Are You Feeling Today Molly Potter Shepherds Friendly
35 How Full Is Your Bucket? For Kids Tom Rath and Mary Reckmeyer Spiked Parenting
36 I am Enough Grace Byers and Keturah A. Bobo Book Riot
37 I Am Yoga Susan Verde and Peter H. Reynolds Rhythms Of Play
38 I Am: Why Two Little Words Mean So Much Dr. Wayne W. Dyer Rhythms Of Play
39 I Believe in Me Connie Bowen Rhythms Of Play
40 I Just Don’t Like the Sound of No! Mothers Niche
41 I think I am Louise L. Hay Rhythms Of Play
42 I Will Never Not Ever Eat a Tomato Mothers Niche
43 Incredible You! 10 Ways to Let Your Greatness Shine Through Dr. Wayne W. Dyer Rhythms Of Play
44 Interrupting Chicken Mothers Niche
45 It’s Not What You’ve Got Dr. Wayne W. Dyer Rhythms Of Play
46 It’s Time to Start Using Your Words Mothers Niche
47 Lacey Walker, Non Stop Talker Mothers Niche
48 Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse Kevin Henkes Spiked Parenting
49 LOVES Mothers Niche
50 Matilda Roald Dahl Shepherds Friendly
51 Mean Jean Recess Queen Mothers Niche
52 My Day Is Ruined!: A Story Teaching Flexible Thinking Bryan Smith and Lisa M. Griffin Book Riot
53 No Excuses! How What You Say Can Get in Your Way Dr. Wayne W. Dyer Rhythms Of Play
54 On My Way to a Happy Life Deepak Chopra Rhythms Of Play
55 One of Those Days Amy Krouse Rosenthal Rhythms Of Play
56 Only One You Linda Kranz Rhythms Of Play
57 Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes James Dean Rhythms Of Play
58 Reach for the Stars: and Other Advice for Life’s Journey Serge Bloch Rhythms Of Play
59 See You Later, Procrastinator! (Get It Done) Pamela Espeland and Elizabeth Verdick Book Riot
60 Sesame Street: Ready, Set, Brush! Che Rudko Book Riot
61 Some Helpful Tips for a Better World and a Happier Life Rebecca Doughty Rhythms Of Play
62 Spaghetti in a Hot Dog Bun Maria Dismondy Rhythms Of Play
63 Spoon Mothers Niche
64 Suppose You Meet a Dinosaur (A First Book of Manners) Judy Sierra and Tim Bowers Book Riot
65 Swallows and Amazons Arthur Ransome Shepherds Friendly
66 Swimmy Leo Lionni Spiked Parenting
67 Sylvester and the Magic Pebble William Steig Spiked Parenting
68 The Blessings Jar Mothers Niche
69 The Day You Begin Jacqueline Woodson and Rafael Lopez Book Riot
70 The Family Book Todd Parr Shepherds Friendly
71 The Girl Who Never Made Mistakes Mothers Niche
72 The Girl Who Thought In Pictures Julia Finley Mosca Rhythms Of Play
73 The Great Kapok Tree: A Tale of the Amazon Rain Forest Lynne Cherry Spiked Parenting
74 The Huge Bag of Worries Virginia Ironside Shepherds Friendly
75 The Little Engine That Could Watty Piper Spiked Parenting
76 The Little Red Hen Mothers Niche
77 The Mixed-Up Chameleon Eric Carle Spiked Parenting
78 The Most Magnificent Thing Ashley Spires Rhythms Of Play
79 The Rainbow Fish Marcus Pfister Spiked Parenting
80 The Runaway Bunny Margaret Wise Brown Spiked Parenting
81 The Story of Ferdinand Mothers Niche
82 The Thankful Book Todd Parr Rhythms Of Play
83 The Very Hungry Caterpillar Eric Carle Spiked Parenting
84 The Way I Feel Mothers Niche
85 Unstoppable Me! 10 Ways to Soar Through Life Dr. Wayne W. Dyer Rhythms Of Play
86 What do You do with an Idea Kobi Yamada Rhythms Of Play
87 What Should Danny Do? Adir Levy and Ganit Levy Rhythms Of Play
88 Where the Wild Things Are Maurice Sendak Spiked Parenting
89 Whoever You Are Mem Fox Rhythms Of Play
90 Wilma Jean the Worry Machine Mothers Niche
91 You Be You Linda Kranz Rhythms Of Play
92 You Get What You Get Mothers Niche

5 Best Life Children’s Book Sources/Lists

Source Article
Book Riot 8 of the Best Children’s Books About Life Skills
Mothers Niche Children’s Books That Teach Important Life Lessons
Rhythms Of Play Kids Books That Teach Important Life Lessons
Shepherds Friendly Best children’s books that teach important life
Spiked Parenting 20 Classic Children’s Books That Teach Valuable Lessons
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