Character Development

Character Development

As children and teens develop into adults, most parents and educators strive to see them demonstrate good character, such as respect, responsibility, fairness, compassion, kindness, generosity and integrity. But helping kids understand what good character traits look like, and how to live this way is an important part of that development. These tools and resources are designed to show children, teens, and adults what it means to model good character.

Be sure to also check out our Individual Downloadable Activities for educators and counselors, organized by character trait.

  • Book Cover of Accept and Value Each Person

    Accept and Value Each Person

    $11.99
    The world is becoming more diverse, and so are the daily lives of our children. Accepting and valuing people and groups who are different from oneself and one's family is an important social skill. The book uses children from different ethnic groups and...
    $11.99
  • Book Cover of Know and Follow Rules

    Know and Follow Rules

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    A child who can’t follow rules is a child who’s always in trouble. This book starts with simple reasons why we have rules: to help us stay safe, learn, be fair, and get along. Then it presents just four basic rules: “Listen,”...
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  • Book Cover of Listen and Learn

    Listen and Learn

    $11.99
    This encouraging book introduces and explains what listening means, why it's important, and how to listen well. Realistic examples and full-color illustrations bring the concepts to life. The focus throughout is on the positive results of being a good...
    $11.99
  • Book Cover of Reach Out and Give

    Reach Out and Give

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    Even very young children can help to make the world a better place. This book begins with the concept of gratitude, because feeling grateful is a powerful motivator. Simple words and inspiring pictures show boys and girls contributing in meaningful ways...
    $11.99
  • Book Cover of Talk and Work It Out

    Talk and Work It Out

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    What’s the best way to solve problems between people? By talking them over and working them out. It's never too soon for children to learn the process of peaceful conflict resolution. Children learn that they can calm themselves, talk about the...
    $11.99
  • Book Cover of When I Feel Afraid

    When I Feel Afraid

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    This read-aloud book builds empathy in children ages 4-8 and helps them to understand that other people have feelings like and different from theirs; includes suggestions adults can use to reinforce skills. Children today have many fears, both real and...
    $11.99
  • Book Cover of Join In and Play

    Join In and Play

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    It's fun to make friends and play with others, but it's not always easy to do. You have to make an effort, and you have to know the rules: ask before joining in, take turns, play fair, and be a good sport. Includes ideas for games adults can use with...
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  • Book Cover of Try and Stick With It

    Try and Stick With It

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    It's hard for adults as well as children to try new things. It's even harder to stay the course when something is more difficult than we thought it would be, or when things don't work out the way we hoped. Yet flexibility and perseverance are essential...
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  • Book Cover of Be Polite and Kind

    Be Polite and Kind

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    When children are kind, courteous, and respectful, people enjoy being around them and reciprocate with the same behavior. Colorful illustrations and examples help children visualize how their behavior affects themselves and others. A special section for...
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  • Book Cover of Competing with Character

    Competing with Character

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    Let's Put Sportsmanship and Fun Back in Youth Sports. Why kids abandon youth sports and how we can keep them in the game! When asked why they participate in organized sports, young athletes rank giving everyone a chance to play and having fun far above...
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