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Think. Discuss. Act. Morals And Values

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Morals And Values Resources


Children First Mentoring Program – Tel: (800) 914-2212 This organization specializes in connecting caring adults with children in one-on-one relationships that build toward success in life.

Big Brothers/Big Sisters – Tel: (215) 567-7000 This program places caring adults in the lives of children for positive youth development through one-on-one relationship building.

One-to-One Partnership – 2801 M Street, NW, Washington, D.C. 20007. 202-338-3844. This organization connects businesses, schools, places of worship, and individuals with children. It also provides a mentoring program, building one-on-one relationships.

Cities and Schools/Communities and Schools – Tel: (703) 518-2561 This is the largest drop-out prevention network, linking local businesses and private or public agencies with schools. They provide mentoring, health, and social services to those in need.


Coles, R. (1986). The moral life of children. Boston: The Atlantic Monthly Press.

Coles, R. (1989). The call of stories: Teaching and the moral imagination. Boston: Houghton Mifflin.

Elkind, D. (1981). The hurried child. Reading, MA: Addison-Wesley Publishing Co.

Kilpatrick, W. (1992). Why Johnny can’t tell right from wrong. New York: Simon & Schuster.

Lamme, L., Krough, S., & Yachmetz, K. (1992). Literature-based moral education. Phoenix, AZ: Oryx.

Lickona, T. (1991). Educating for character: How our schools can teach respect and responsibility. New York: Bantam Books.

Unell, B.C. & Wyckoff, J.L. (1995). 20 Teachable virtues: Practical ways to pass on lessons of virtue and character to your child. New York: A Perigee Book.


Berliner, B. & Benard, B. (1995). More than a message of hope: A district-level policymaker’s guide to understanding resiliency. Western Regional Center. Office of Education Research and Improvement, (ED), Washington, D.C.

Cheek, D.H. & Cheek, C.M. (1993, Fall). What’s in a name? Moral education and terminological precision. Educational-Forum, 58(1), 22-27.

Leman, K. (1996, May). Image insurance for kids. Signs of the Times, 16-18.

Partridge, S. (1995). Character education? Moral education? Standards? A discussion. Opinion Papers, 120.

Rector, R. (1996, July 15). God and the underclass. National Review, XLVIII (13), 30-33.

Saks, J.B. (1995, August). Character first. American School Board Journal, 182 (8), 29-32.

Ternasky, P.L. (1992, Spring). Moral realism revisited: On achievable morality. Education Theory, 42 (2), 201-216.

Wilson, J.A. (1995). Livin’ on the edge: A look at the need for moral education. Opinion Papers, 120.

Wilson, J. (1992). The primacy of authority. Journal of Moral Education, 21 (2), 115-124.

Wynne, E.A. (1995, Jan-Feb). Clearing House, 68 (3), 151-153.

Stories for Children

The following is a list of books deemed suitable for children. Each contains virtuous behavior or is morally focused. The virtue or moral emphasis is shown after each listing. They are grouped according to reading age. It is true, however, that certain types of stories are appealing to children of any age. This list is by no means exhaustive, yet does provide several quality stories with which to get started.

For Young Readers

The Children’s Book of Virtues by William Bennett

The Tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter (honesty)

The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams (love, friendship)

Pierre by Maurice Sendak (awareness of others, caring)

Beauty and the Beast by Jan Brett (appreciation, love, friendship, compassion)

The Children’s Bible by Mary Batchelor

Just Enough is Plenty by Barbara Diamond Goldin (servanthood)

Keep the Lights Burning, Abbie by Peter and Connie Roop (responsibility)

The Little Engine that Could by Watty Piper (perseverance)

The Little Match Girl by Hans Christian Anderson (compassion)

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens (kindness, generosity)

For Mature Readers

Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White (community living, friendship)

All of a Kind Family by Sydney Taylor (family values, moral code)

Black Beauty by Anna Sewall (compassion, respect, kindness, generosity)

The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis (goodness, nobility)

Dear Mr. Henshaw by Beverly Cleary (forgiveness, appreciation)

A Girl Called Al by Constance C. Greene (friendship)

Heidi by Johanna Spyri (love, devotion)

The Hundred Dresses by Eleanor Estes (resolution of inner conflict, right and wrong behavior)

Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O’Dell (serenity, charity)

A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett (kindness, consideration)

Plain Girl by Virginia Sorenson (respect, kindness, honesty, love)

Pollyanna by Eleanor H. Potter (positive attitude, optimism)

Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred Taylor (sense of right and wrong, courage, determination)

Sounder by William H. Armstrong (courage, dedication, love, perseverance, responsibility)

Walking the Road to Freedom: A Story About Sojourner Truth by Jeri Ferris (truth)

The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth Speare (commitment, appreciation)

Little Women by Louisa Alcott (purity, high standards)

The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway (persistence, self-discipline)

The Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane (courage, sense of duty)

Stories for Children by Isaac Bashevis Singer (sense of good and evil, love and hope)

Valerie Kinnaman
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