Moral Stories for little children

Most children’s stories have a moral, or you can make one up pretty easily. But here are some good clean classics that teach morals. I am not a big fan of contemporary stories which teach virtue by making the story mainly about a rebellious, in-your-face child who repents one page before the end.

I am also not an advocate of fairy tales for teaching morals. Some are staples of children’s literature (i.e. Goldilocks, Three Little Pigs, Red Riding Hood) but the idea of, for example, a wolf eating you because you didn’t tell the truth is probably not the greatest teacher.


Pat the Bunny

The Runaway Bunny

Little Bear- Elsie Minarik

I Love You THIS much


Virtues /Character development

Aesop’s Fables (i.e. the Hare and the Tortoise, the Fox and the Crow)

Berenstain Bears series (5-7 year olds)

P.K. Hallinan series (e.g. I’m Thankful; Let’s Share; Let’s Be Honest)

Mary Manz Simon series (e.g. Duckling is Patient; Panda is Polite)

Cheri J. Meiners series (e.g. Listen and Learn; Respect and Take Care of Things)

Old-Time Values

Mike Mulligan (4/5 year olds)

The Little House


Curious George


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