30 Responsible Decision-Making Books for Children
Using responsible decision-making books reinforces the importance of taking responsibility by following rules and being accountable for their actions and thinking about the consequences before they act.
We all make choices every day, some thought through and others more impulsive. Some decisions are easy, while others are complex.
It is important for children to grow up taking responsibility for their actions. It is our job as adults to help them be accountable for their actions and in their dealings with others. They should think about the consequences before they act or speak.
Use these great decision-making books to reinforce the importance of taking responsibility and understanding actions have consequences. They focus on following rules, taking on new responsibilities and being accountable for their actions especially when they don’t make good choices.
In another post, Resources for Teaching Responsible Decision-Making, I have put together books with resources, short videos and online resources.
Responsible Decision-Making Books
In this varied collection of decision-making books, you will find characters who are working towards:
- making positive decisions about their behaviour and social interactions
- considering the wellbeing of themselves and others
- using different strategies to complete a task
- reflecting and evaluating their actions and making appropriate decisions
- understanding how their emotions influence behaviour
- identifying rules and social norms of behaviour
- understanding the positive and negative consequences of their actions
- making choices they are proud of
- realising not all decisions are easy to make
Babu's Song by Stephanie Stuve-Bodeen
Children Make Terrible Pets by Peter Brown
The Cloud Spinner by Michael Catchpool
A Day's Work by Eve Bunting
Extra Yarn by Mac Barnett
The Girl and the Bicycle by Mark Pett
The Herd Boy by Niki Daly
Here Comes the Garbage Barge by Jonah Winter
I Want My Hat Back by Jon Klassen
The Only Way is Badger by Stella J Jones
Pig the Pug by Aaron Blabey
Sidewalk Flowers by JonArno Lawson
Something Beautiful by Sharon Dennis Wyeth
Tidy by Emily Gravett
The Tomorrow Book by Jackie French
Under the Lemon Moon by Edith Hope Fine
The Weasel Puffin Unicorn Baboon Pig Lobster Race by James Thorp
Would You Rather… by John Burningham
Responsible Decision-Making Discussion Questions
Here are some things for students to think about when making good choices.
- Did [character] make the best decision under the circumstances? Why?
- Did [character’s] emotions affect their decision making?
- What was [character’s] motivation for making that decision?
- Do you think the outcome was what [character] hoped for?
- Did [character] think about the consequences of their decision?
- Could [character] have made a better decision? Why?
- What should [character] have thought about before making such a decision?
- Will the results of [character’s] decision have an impact on the other characters or the environment?
- Who could [character] have discussed their idea before making a decision?
- Will this decision help [character] reach their goal(s)?
- Is this a decision [character] can be proud of?
Teaching responsible decision-making skills takes time, but using related picture books reinforces the importance of taking responsibility by following rules and being accountable for their actions and thinking about the consequences before they act.
You can find a round-up of responsible decision-making information and videos in the post Resources for Teaching Responsible Decision-Making. Let me know how you support your student’s decision-making skills in the comments below.
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