Here are a few books I like to use to tackle behavior and responsible decision-making.

Here are a few books I like to use to tackle behavior and responsible decision-making.

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The Bad Seed by Jory John

Do you know a student that has been labeled a “bad seed?”  Do you have a student who is rude? Have you ever wished a student would change their behavior? This book is for you. Read more here.

Activity: Counselor Keri did a great blog post about this book and The Responsive Counselor made a great activity packet to go along with it.

David Gets in Trouble by David Shannon - Used (Good) - 0439050227 by Scholastic, Incorporated | Thriftbooks.com

David Gets In Trouble by David Shannon

David is one of my favorite characters for younger grades. I use this book to help students understand that bad choices don’t make you a bad person and that I will still love them even if they make a bad choice.

It’s also a great way to introduce expected behaviors at the beginning of the year.

Activity: I use this activity packet to have students identify expected and unexpected behaviors.

A Bad Case of Tattle Tongue by Julia Cook - Used (Good) - 1931636869 by National Center For Youth Issues | Thriftbooks.com

A Bad Case of Tattle Tongue by Julia Cook

This book is great to talk about times we need to report and times we don’t.  I find a lot of Julia Cook books so wordy I get a little tongue twisted, so I definitely edit this as I read.

Activity: this book is a great follow-up or introduction to my mini-lesson on tattling.

The Dog Who Cried Wolf by Keiko Kasza - Used (Good) - 0142413054 by Penguin Young Readers Group | Thriftbooks.com

The Dog Who Cried Wolf by Keiko Kasza

The Dog Who Cried Woof! (Clifford the Big Red Dog) (Big Red Reader Se

Clifford The Dog Who Cried Woof!

These books are such a fun to talk about honesty and reputation.

Activity: Check out this FREEBIE  honesty sort.

(25 copies) Hardcover The Monster Who Lost His Mean by Tiffany Strelitz Haber

The Monster Who Lost His Mean by Tiffany Strelitz Haber

This monster has lost his mean, but found this friends.

Activity: Partner with this book club pack by Melissa Finch.

Jilly's Terrible Temper Tantrums and How She Outgrew Them by Martha Heineman Pieper - Used (Very Good) - 0983866414 by Smart Love Press, LLC |

Jilly’s Terrible Temper Tantrums: And How She Outgrew Them by Martha Heineman Pieper

Do you have a student who throws temper tantrums? This award winning book follows the tale of a kangaroo who learned to outgrow them.

Activity: Use it has a way to introduce your calm/peace corners.

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It’s Hard to be Good (Ellie the Wienerdog Series): Life’s Little Lessons by Ellie the Wienerdog – Lesson #1  by K. J. Hales

Behaving is hard when you are surrounded by temptations, but Ellie can do it!

Activity: This would be fun book to talk about the temptations we face in the classroom- like a friend trying to talk to you when you are listening.

Try it out!  Pick a student to try and distract their peers and challenge the rest of the class to resist the temptation.

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Words Are Not for Hurting (Board Book) (Best Behavior Series)
Hands Are Not for Hitting: Revised & Updated (Ages 4-7, Paperback) by Martine Agassi - Used (Good) - 1575423081 by Free Spirit Publishing Inc. |

Series by Elizabeth  Verdick

This series is perfect for young elementary and even pre school.

Activities: invite your local therapy dog organization to come do a dog safety lesson.

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Beatrice Doesn’t Want To by Laura Numeroff

Beatrice doesn’t want to read, and she’s not budging. That is until she hears just the right story. Perfect for resultant readers or students who are scared to try something new, different, or challenging.

Activity: Have students draw something they used to not like doing, but now they love to do.

Elbert's Bad Word by Audrey Wood - Used (Very Good) - 0152013679 by HarperCollins Publishers | Thriftbooks.com

Elbert’s Bad Word by Audrey Wood

Sometimes students hear a word they have never heard before and they can’t wait to use it- even if it’s a bad word.

A funny story to talk about the words we shouldn’t repeat.

Activity: Compare and contrast to “Little Bird’s Bad Word,” then check out my activity of unexpected and expected words!

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The Day Leo Said I Hate You by Robie H. Harris

Sometimes we get mad and say things we shouldn’t. Use this book to normalize mad feelings, but facilitate a conversation about how we appropriately handle those feelings.

Activity: Use this mindful activity set to practice taking a mindful moment when we feel angry.

Little Bird's Bad Word | Daedalus Books | D20474

Little Bird’s Bad Word  by Jacob Grant

Another great book to talk about words we shouldn’t repeat.

Activity: Check out my activity of unexpected and expected words!

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

A great picture book to talk about honesty, truth telling, and consequences of our actions.

Activity: Check out this FREEBIE  honesty sort.

You Get What You Get (Little Boost)

You Get What You Get by Julie Gassman

Fair isn’t always equal! This catchy book helps students with students who pitch a fit when they don’t get what they want or their way.

Activity: Use this CBT activity set to help change their thinking from “that’s not fair” to “you get what you get.”

Pickers Is a Thief: A Story about Shoplifting Paperback by Gary Antilla 

This book comes with questions about shoplifting that make it a book and activity in one.

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The Very Inappropriate Word by Jim Tobin

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Taste Your Words by Bonnie Clark

Yet two more great book about the power of our words. Unkind and bad words sure do taste- well yucky!

Activity: Check out my activity of unexpected and expected words!

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