Of all the many manners and values parents want to impart upon their children, sharing is one of the most important. Not only is this necessary in society, it is also one of the skill sets stressed in primary school lessons. One of the best ways to learn the importance of sharing is through experience, and narrative, specifically childrens books that stress good manners. Many tales talk about the importance of manners, but this list includes some of the best titles available today, which are sure to inspire not only a desire to share with others, but also a love of reading.

Top 5 Children’s Books About Sharing

we share everything We Share Everything: This simple yet fun story represents the conflict between two school children, allowing any youngster to identify with the lessons learned. Amanda and Jeremiah have trouble sharing their toys and getting along, so their teacher announces that “we share everything.” With this, the pupils begin to exchange items, including clothing, which flusters the teacher while delighting the mischievous children. This title allows you to combine family values with education and reading time, so not only does your child learn a valuable lesson about sharing and caring, he or she also will also be challenged to think outside the box, and to use his or her imagination.
mine, mine, mine Mine, Mine, Mine: Classic and instructive, it is difficult for any child—or parent, even—to resist the charm of this fun story about bad manners. Not only do the colorful drawings and simple, family-oriented language of the text draw the reader in, the tale itself is funny, making it one of the best ways to teach good manners. Told in a memorable rhyme and rhythm, this title documents Gail’s response when her cousin Claire comes to visit: she refuses to share anything she cares about, instead giving her some old toys from the attic. Gail’s mother makes her understand the errors of saying “Mine, Mine, Mine” all the time, making teaching etiquette to your own children a far less daunting skill.
one of each One of Each: A very large number of stories are meant to teach kids sharing, but with its fun yet relevant story and simple narrative style, this one brings new creativity to a very familiar subject. From pride to loneliness, there are literally dozens of specific values addressed here, each in its own cherry but appropriate way. Oliver Tolliver the dog is very happy with his home, and is proud to say that he has “one of each”. When he invites a cat to share his house with him, Oliver learns a lot about different perceptions and the right that people have to their opinions. No matter whether your child is still struggling to learn some basic lessons, or simply needs a good reminder of the importance of sharing and caring, it is hard to go wrong with this fun story.
benny’s pennies Benny’s Pennies: No matter their reading level, children can enjoy and laugh with this musical tale, while still learning basic lessons including math and social etiquette. Benny is in a situation most kids would envy: he has five pennies and has plenty of interesting places to spend them. Through the narrative of Benny’s shopping expedition, kids practice counting and basic subtraction. They also have instilled pieces of etiquette that will help promote their growth into intelligent, well-mannered, and well-adjusted adults. With highly colorful illustrations that depict natural movement in swift lines, adults can appreciate the art of this tale, while making sure their children are learning important skills.
it’s mine (lio lionni) It’s Mine (Lio Lionni): This refreshingly honest yet positive classic is a great way to teach your child the importance of community, even when our first impulse is often to claim something for ourselves. The simplistic but lively drawings of frogs and the pond environment make the story exciting to look at, while still focusing one’s attention on the text, and the message at hand. Just as these frogs learn that personal ownership is only a luxury, and the real importance of friendship, your children will be able to draw many valuable parallels between the narrative and real life. With its emphasis on community, this is the perfect story for any child—or adult—who needs a little reminder on why it is important to learn to share.

Other Great Sharing Books for Kids

the mine-o-saur The Mine-O-Saur: A hilarious twist on the school room narrative, any lesson—including one as familiar as teaching sharing—is proved to be far more interesting when dinosaurs are introduced. Here, the Mine-O-Saur is so desperate to have and play with all the toys that the other students do not want to play with him, but soon realizes that what he really wants is friends to play with, not just material possessions. This lesson is a very important one for any child, and with its colorful and fun illustrations and unique characters, this tale makes it easy to love learning social etiquette.
the boy who wouldn’t share The Boy Who Wouldn’t Share: This tale focuses on the positive aspects of sharing by highlighting the dangers of not doing so. Edward, the title character, has more toys that he could ever know what to do with, but insists that letting his sister play with them is completely out of the question. But as luck would have it, Edward ends up stuck under his mountain of toys. This sticky situation finally gives Edward the opportunity to see why sharing is so important. Written by four-time Emmy winner Mike Reiss, and accompanied by zany illustrations by David Catrow, this is a great time for both kids and parents.
that toad is mine That Toad Is Mine: The seeming battle cry in the title of this story exemplifies the seriousness and silliness with which author Barbara Shook Hazen deals with her subject material. Two young best friends have come to share everything in life, including food, toys, even bicycles. But all that comes to an abrupt halt when they both fall head over heels in love—with the same toad. Naturally, while their argument ensues, the toad hops away. This story shows how serious the problems of kids can seem, while simultaneously putting adult contentions into perspective. After reading this, kids can come away with not only a lesson about sharing, but about friendship as well.
it’s hard to share my teacher It’s Hard To Share My Teacher: For many youngsters, having to learn to share with brothers and sisters is hard enough. Sharing at school can be an entirely new and much more difficult issue. Yet everyone knows that being able to share is vital to a child’s enjoyment and success at school. This great story deals with this specific issue, and one little boy’s quest to become better at sharing his teacher. This realistic story is great for teaching the basics of sharing. Joan Singleton Prestine backs up a great first-read story with beautiful pictures that depict scenes that kids are sure to recognize from their own daily experience.
will sheila share Will Sheila Share: While sharing is something that all kids have to learn how to accomplish, there’s no question that younger kids find it to be more of a challenge. Toddlers, kids first emerging into a society that extends beyond themselves, are at particular disadvantage. Making the first steps toward sharing are a key developmental stage for children, and stories like this can make that transition. Sheila, a temperamental child, gets more and more upset (and more and more pink) are every suggestion that she share her valued possessions. With simple words and pictures, and important words highlighted, this story is at the perfect level for preschoolers, and is sure to become a story time favorite.
the berenstain bears: sister bear learns to share The Berenstain Bears: Sister Bear Learns to Share: Everyone’s favorite family of bears is back again, this time to help youngsters learn the value of sharing. Over the last 40 years, more than 300 different Berenstain Bears stories have been published, each of which helps kids to foster a love of reading while also learning a valuable lesson. This time, it’s Sister Bear’s turn to learn, as she comes face to face with the importance of letting others use her toys. Sister is quick to learn that sharing with others is the best way to have fun, and this story will help you impart the same lesson to your children, much in the same way that these classic tales may have helped you at a similar age.
i want it I Want It: For many childrens books, the idea of sharing is imparted, but actual details of how that’s supposed to occur are left out. While the concept behind sharing is no doubt of great importance, stories that don’t give any idea how sharing happens can leave kids guessing. This Elizabeth Crary tale deals with this issue in admirable style. Rather than simply saying that sharing is beneficial, here preschoolers are shown a problem solving method that they can apply to their own lives. That means that the next time that they, like the protagonists, reach for a truck as the same time as their friend, they’ll be able to practice not only sharing, but also conflict resolution—two very important skills that all parents are interested in.
it’s my birthday (pat hutchins) It’s MY Birthday (Pat Hutchins): Sharing on an everyday basis is hard enough for most kids—sharing on their birthday is almost impossible. That’s the exact issue that informs this clever tale by Pat Hutchins. While dealing with the same issues sharing birthday fun that many kids deal with, the author chooses to cast her story in terms of the lovable Billy the monster. This not only helps kids to see the fault in not sharing more easily, but also gives an opportunity for Hutchins to create fun and colorful illustrations of Billy and his birthday party. The end result of the story and reading this tale is a reaffirming lesson that everything (even a birthday) is better when shared with friends.
sharing: how kindness grows Sharing: How Kindness Grows: This fun tale is a perfect example of how art can make it fun to learn to share for kids of all backgrounds. This simple story by Fran Shaw tells of six children and the wonderful ways that they discover that sharing can impact their lives for the better. The best part is that each lesson is revealed through lifting a flap, a great feature in the already enjoyable art of Miki Sakamoto. The pleasant drawings, and fantastic pop-up at the end, really help to make the story more enjoyable. Plus the simple yet direct message of the story will speak not only to children, but their parents as well.
share and take turns Share and Take Turns: This story is a great example of just how much art and literature can do to impact children’s lives by teaching sharing. This colorful and amusing tale is part of a larger series, all of which are focused on helping kids get a head start on sharing and getting along with those around them. In this installment, a red-headed girl learns the value of sharing, and then shows herself and the audience just how great it sharing and taking turns can really be. With bright accessible pictures that both kids and parents will enjoy, this is a read along favorite that could easily be a first favorite story for many future young readers.
sharing is fun Sharing Is Fun: While the title is deceptively simple, this tale adequately deals with the complex issue of sharing in a way that preschool aged children are sure to understand and identify with. Andrew is having a play date, and as a result, the reader is treated to a heartwarming display of both how and why to share. Parents agree that this simple tome not only helps kids learn the importance of sharing, but also helps foster all-important early reading skills. This is one of many highly successful stories by author Joanna Cole and illustrator Maxie Chambliss. With this important issue under their belts, toddlers can enjoy play dates, and even look beyond to the challenges of school.
emily’s sharing and caring book Emily’s Sharing and Caring Book: Most parents would agree that sharing is a vital part of manners. That would mean that Cindy Post Senning and Peggy Post—codirectors of the Emily Post Institute would be considered something akin to experts on the subject of kids sharing. In this lovely tale, they far from disappoint, giving kids not only the hows of sharing, but also the why. By rooting their guidelines caring, and anchoring their story with illustrations by Leo Landry, these two heiresses of etiquette do a fine job of explicating the importance of sharing in a language that toddlers are sure to love and connect with.

5 Responses to “Sharing”

  1. Spencer says:

    This has been killing me. I’m 30 and I still remember these books or stories my first grade teacher read me. They were about some sort of good witch, or good lady, that taught children with small flaws good lessons in uncharacteristic ways.

    1) Some kid who didn’t share – so she labeled everything, I believe even the apple to his lunch, and I believe he was pleased at first but then as he became embarrassed he started to share everything; and
    2) A story about a girl or boy who wouldn’t make their bed, so the good witch/lady told a story about someone evil who did something bad if all the folds weren’t smooth, so the little girl/boy and the good witch/lady made a game of smoothing out every single fold like it was an artful skill

    If you know this book or collection of stories, I’m DYING to know it…It’s been 25 years and I still think about this book

  2. Shelly says:

    I believe you are looking for the Mrs. Piggle wiggle books…

  3. Naomi says:

    Could it be Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle? I haven’t read her for years, but reading your description reminded me of those books.

  4. Cassie says:

    Mrs. Piggle Wiggle!

  5. Eva says:

    Is anyone know a book about animal hide rainning under a big mushroom , as many and many animals step in one by one. The mushroom is not big enough for everyone and they are ready to get wet.
    Then a magic happen, the mushroom grew bigger because of the rain,
    What a great book to learn sharing.
    Sometimes we don’t share because we have limited resourse, but… never know

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