30 Responsible Decision-Making Books for Children

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.

30 Responsible Decision-Making Books for Children

Responsible Decision-Making

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.

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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

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?

In Conclusion...

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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