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)
Mike Mulligan (4/5 year olds)
The Little House