Teaching children about sharing is an essential life skill that helps them develop empathy, kindness, and strong relationships with others. One effective way to instill the value of sharing in young minds is through engaging children’s books. These stories not only entertain and captivate children but also convey valuable lessons about the joy and benefits of sharing. In this blog post, we will share a selection of children’s books that highlight the importance of sharing and inspire young readers to embrace generosity and cooperation.

As you read books from this list to and with your children, don’t feel pressure to turn storytime into teaching time. Let the story do the teaching. If it turns into a conversation about sharing, great! But if it doesn’t, don’t push it! 

Books about Sharing

The Rainbow Fish, by Marcus Pfister

Mine, by Rachel Bright

Should I Share My Ice Cream? by Mo Willems

The Lion and the Mouse, by Jerry Pinkney

Sharing a Shell, by Julia Donaldson

Share Big Bear, Share, by Maureen Wright

The Best Birthday Present Ever, by Ben Mantle

The Boy Who Wouldn’t Share, by Mike Reiss

How Do Dinosaurs Play with Their Friends? by Jane Yolen

Llama Llama Time to Share, by Anna Dowdney

Pie is for Sharing, by Stephanie Ledyard

Too Many Carrots, by Katy Hudson

It’s Mine! by Leo Lionni

I Am the Boss of This Chair, by Carolyn Crimi 

The Big Umbrella, by Amy June Bates

The Little Mouse, the Red Ripe Strawberry, and the Big Hungry Bear, by Audrey Yates

Can I Play Too? by Samantha Cotterill

What Is Given from the Heart, by Patricia C. McKissack 

Bernice Gets Carried Away, by Hannah Harrison

Children’s books play a crucial role in introducing important life lessons, and sharing is a valuable skill that can shape a child’s character and relationships. By exploring these recommended books about sharing, parents and educators can provide children with engaging stories that inspire empathy, kindness, and a sense of community. Through these tales, young readers will learn that sharing brings happiness, strengthens friendships, and fosters a more harmonious and inclusive world.

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