They have a sound grasp of the principles of moral reasoning. They have integrity, honesty and a sense of fairness and justice.

Farmer Duck by Martin Waddell illus by Helen Oxenbury
This Award winning book has overtones of Animal Farm for littlies. The animals use their initiative and take over the running of the farm from a domineering, lazy and bossy farmer. (6 - 13 years)

Rose Blanche by Ian McEwan illustrated by Roberto Innocenti
This is an extremely moving portrayal of the horrors of war seen though the eyes of a young German girl who, when she discovers children in a concentration camp in the woods, secretly takes food to them. Innocenti's illustrations portray much of the greed and desolation of war time and about the others who did not see what was happening. For older children 9 years up.
principled, caring

Rose Meets Mr Wintergarten by Bob Graham
Rose is a little frightened of fierce old Mr Wintergarten but she overcomes her fears and her delightful spontaneity and the fairy cakes baked by her mother have a surprising effect on the grumpy old man.
risk takers, open-minded, principled

This is Our House by Michael Rosen illus by Bob Graham
George has decided that he is the only one who can play in the big cardboard house but the other children are determined that everyone shall play in it. A charming and humorous picture book about sharing and cooperation. (4 - 8 years)
principled, risk-takers

When Jessie Came Across the Sea by Amy Hest illust by P J Lynch
This beautifully illustrated picture book vividly describes a young girl's journey from eastern Europe when she migrates to a new life in America at the turn of the nineteenth century. Jessie has left behind her beloved grandmother and is determined to work out a way that they can be together again. (7 -13 years)
thinkers, principled, caring

A weed is a flower: the life of George Washington Carver by Aliki. New York: Simon and Schuster Books for Young Readers, c1988. Brief text and pictures present the life of the man, born a slave, who became a scientist and devoted his entire life to helping the South improve its agriculture.

Honesty Counts by Bender, Marie

Pinky Promise by Brava, Vanita.

Arthur and the true Francine by Brown, Marc Tolon. Boston: Little, Brown, c1996. Francine and Muffy are good friends until Muffy lets Francine take the blame for cheating on a test.

Liar, liar, pants on fire by De Groat, Diane. New York: SeaStar Books, 2003. Gilbert is nervous about portraying George Washington in front of the class, and he feels even worse when he cannot find his main prop.

Abdullah’s Butterfly by Fraser, Janine. Harper Collins, 1996.
Set in a village in Malaysia this is the story of Abdullah, his love for his grandfather and his family and how he tries to bring extra money into the family by catching beautiful butterflies. Told by a tourist visitor to the village who at first does not understand that Abdullah’s family has very little money, the story is simple enough for seven year olds to read but opens up possibilities for discussion about topics such as poverty in developing countries for older children.

I Can Tell the Truth by Guntley, Jenette.

Jamaica’s Find by Havill, Juanita. Houghton Mifflin, 1986.
A little girl finds a stuffed dog in the park and decides to take it home.

Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse by Henkes, Kevin. GreenWillow Books, 1996.
Lilly loves everything about school, especially her teacher, but when he asks her to wait a while before showing her new purse, she does something for which she is very sorry later.

Trustworthiness by Lauren, Emily

Sarah, Plain and Tall by MacLachlan, Patricia. Scholastic Inc., 1985.
After responding to an advertisement Sarah leaves her coastal hometown in Maine to explore the possibility of becoming a wife and mother on a farm in the plains of the mid-west. The two children remain concerned that Sarah with her strong and independent nature will find happiness in this new environment. (year 4- 6)

Secrets in the Fire by Mankell, Henning. len and Unwim, 2000.
This is a remarkable story of Sofia, a young girl in Mozambique who has suffered immensely. She loses a leg in a land mine explosion and many close members of her family have been killed. However her strength, determination and indomitable spirit are remarkable. (Years 5-6)

I know you cheated by Lenighan, Valjean. ; Jones, Brent. Milwaukee, Wis. : Raintree Editions, 1977. A young child cheats on a spelling test and learns an important lesson in self-respect.

Is That True? by Nettleton, Pamela Hill.

Bridge to Terabithia by Paterson, Katherine. Scholastic Inc., 1977.
“The life of a ten year old boy in rural Virginia expands when he becomes friends with a newcomer who subsequently meets an untimely death trying to reach their hideaway, Terabithia, during a storm.”

Milo and the Magical Stones by Pfister, Marcus. NorthSouth Books, 1997.
A mouse discovers an extraordinary stone that can bring delight or disaster to the world. Halfway through the book splits into two sections, each offering a different ending.
Chicken Sunday by Polacco, Patricia. New York: Philomel Books, c1992. To thank Miss Eula for her wonderful Sunday chicken dinners, three children sell decorated eggs to buy her a beautiful Easter hat.

Honesty by Raatma, Lucia

Walter the Wolf by Sharmat, Marjorie Weinman. ; Oechsli, Kelly,; (Illustrator - ill.). New York: Holiday House, 1975. Tired of being perfect and never using his perfectly matched fangs, Walter the wolf yields to temptation.

A Penny’s Worth of Character by Stuart, Jesse. Jesse Stuart Foundation, 1993.
Shan is dishonest with the storekeeper in his rural Kentucky community, but he feels better about himself after his mother forces him to put things right.

Honesty by Thoennes Keller, Kristin.

The Empty Pot by Demi. Henry Holt and Company, 1990.
When the Emperor announces that his successor will be the child who can show their best in growing a flower seed, Ping is excited. But try as he might, he cannot get his seed to grow. When the Emperor spots his empty pot among a sea of flowers, he announces that Ping is the one child who has brought his best, all the flower seeds having been cooked dead.

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