Character Education

New Character Education Books Added to the Library September 2006
(funded by a grant from the New Jersey Character Education Partnership Initiative
and the Wharton Municipal Alliance).  Some are geared toward parents, others toward teachers or students. 

Check the end of the list for books in Spanish.  All parenting books can be borrowed from the school library.


1-2-3 Magic:  Effective Discipline for Children 2-12 (Thomas W. Phelan)  Presents a practical guide that addresses the issues of child discipline, and offers simple advice to controlling obnoxious behavior and encouraging good behavior and at the same time strengthening the relationship between parent and child.

Talking to Tweens:  Getting It Right Before It Gets Rocky With Your 8- to 12-Year-Old
(Elizabeth Hartley-Brewer)  Offers parents of eight- to twelve-year-olds advice on how they can effectively communicate with their child and lay the foundation for positive interactions throughout the teenage years.

Stepparenting:  Everything You Need to Know to Make It Work (Jeannette Lofas)  Offers stepfamilies advice on how to deal with the many issues and challenges they face in day-to-day life, with information on dating, wedding etiquette, setting up house, living together, holiday conflicts, legal rights, and more.

Self-Esteem Games:  300 Fun Activities That Make Children Feel Good About Themselves
 (Barbara Sher)  

Resilient Classrooms:  Creating Healthy Environments for Learning (Beth Doll, Steven Zucker and Katherine Brehm)  Presents a comprehensive program for school-based social and academic competence enhancement, with easy-to-apply tools to help school administrators, teachers, and support staffs make the classroom environment more nurturing.

Nobody Likes Me, Everybody Hates Me:  the Top 25 Friendship Problems and How to Solve Them (Michele Borba)  Shows parents how to help children ages four to fifteen who do not have friends or have difficulties in friendships, covering such issues as tattling and gossiping, teasing and bullying, shyness, bossiness, insensitivity, oversensitivity, competitiveness, peer pressure, cliques, breakups, and being the "new kid."

Lessons from the Rocking Chair:  Timeless Stories for Teaching Character (Deb Austin Brown)
The author discusses twenty-four life lessons she learned about the importance of character by listening to the stories and wise advice of her parents, great-grandmother, and other family members.

Assertive Discipline for Parents (Lee Canter)  Presents a comprehensive guide for parents that addresses issues of behavior and offers advice on positive communication with children and avoiding being manipulated by their attitudes and threats.

50 Great Tips, Tricks & Techniques to Connect With Your Teen (Debra Hapenny Ciavola)
Presents fifty ways for parents to establish a better relationship with their teenage sons and daughters.

Who Moved My Cheese: for Teens (Spencer Johnson) Presents the author's parable about change framed in a story about a group of high school friends trying to handle change in their lives.

What Do You Think? A Kid’s Guide to Dealing with Daily Dilemmas (Linda Schwartz)

Using Your Values to Raise Your Child to Be an Adult You Admire
 (Harriet Heath) Presents a practical guide for parents who desire to instill positive values in their children, and offers advice on parenting decisions, dealing with challenging behavior, and more.

Stick Up for Yourself! Every Kid’s Guide to Personal Power and Positive Self-Esteem (Gershen Kaufman)

A Splendid Friend, Indeed (Suzanne Bloom) When a studious polar bear meets an inquisitive goose, they learn to be friends.

Speak Up and Get Along!  Learn the Mighty Might, Thought Chop, and More Tools to Make Friends, Stop Teasing, and Feel Good About Yourself (Scott Cooper)

Queen Bees & Wannabes:  Helping Your Daughter Survive Cliques, Gossip, Boyfriends & Other Realities of Adolescence (Rosalind Wiseman)

Positive Parenting from A to Z (Karen Reshaw Joslin) Provides solutions to more than 140 child misbehaviors, with an understanding of the child's side of problems.

Picture This! Using Picture Story Books for Character Education in the Classroom (Claire Gatrell Stephens) Explains how teachers can use story books for character education in the classroom and offers ideas for integration, lesson plans, student activities, and reproducible worksheets.

Parenting with Pride Latino Style:  How to Help Your Child Cherish Your Cultural Values and Succeed in Today’s World (Carmen Inoa Vazquez) The author draws upon her own personal experiences as a Latina parent raising children in the United States and offers advice on how to retain Hispanic values and ideals while incorporating American culture.

Once Upon a Time…Storytelling to Teach Character and Prevent Bullying (Elisa Davy Pearmain) The author draws upon her own personal experiences as aLatina parent raising children in the United States and offers advice on how to retain Hispanic values and ideals while incorporating American culture.

Nanny 911:  Expert Advice for All Your Parenting Emergencies (Deborah Carroll and Stella Reid) The authors offer practical advice to regaining control of discipline in the household and shows parents how to confront problems, engage in effective communication, and implement clear house rules.

The Mom Book Goes to School:  Insider Tips to Ensure Your Child Thrives in Elementary and Middle School (Stacy DeBroff) Parenting expert StacyDeBroff offers parents advice on how to deal with dozens of school-related issues and help their children thrive in the school setting.

Mind Your Manners in School 
(Arianna Candell) Brief stories describe classroom friendships, the importance of silence when the teacher is giving a lesson, the friendly way for borrowing and sharing storybooks, picking up toys after playtime, and other typical school situations.  Includes activities for classroom games, listening for silence, taking attendance ,and guidelines for parents.

Know and Follow Rules (Cheri. J. Meiners) Teaches children the importance of knowing and obeying the rules in school and other places. Includes activities.

I Can Make a Difference:  a Treasury to Inspire Our Children (Marian Wright Edelman) Presents an illustrated collection of stories, poems, songs, and quotes from around the world to inspire children that they can make a difference.

Here Comes Darrell (Leda Schubert)  Throughout the seasons in northern Vermont, Darrell helps his neighbors with snowplowing, supplying wood, and excavation work, never finding time to fix his own barn roof, but when a windstorm passes through town, he finds his kindness to his neighbors returned.

Ex-Etiquette for Parents:  Good Behavior After a Divorce or Separation  (Jann Blackstone-Ford and Sharyl Jupe) Presents a comprehensive guide that describes how to successfully raise children who are victims of separation or divorce and discusses coordinating discipline between households, child support payments, step-parents, and other issues that children face.

Character Education:  43 Fitness Activities for Community Building (Donald R. Glover) Combines character education and physical education in forty-three community-building fitness activities that meet NASPE standards, and includes reproducible forms for portfolio assessment.

But Nobody Told Me I’d Ever Have to Leave Home:  From Toddlers to Teens:  How Parents Can Raise Children to Become Capable Adults (Kathy Lynn) Examines the various factors that help children grow up and become capable adults, and offers suggestions for encouraging children to make their own decisions from toddlerhood to the teenage years.

Boy Talk:  How You Can Help your Son Express His Emotions (Mary Polce-Lynch) Provides an overview of the biology, socialization, and development of boys' emotions; describes healthy and unhealthy emotional expression; discusses the importance of empathy; looks at the fear/anger/aggression cycle; and explains how parents can contribute to boys' emotional development, allowing them to have both their emotions and their masculinity.

Becoming a Citizen (John Hamilton) Simple text, graphics, and photographs describe the process of becoming a United State citizen.

Because of You (B.G. Hennessy) Tells how every single person helps make the world a kinder and more peaceful place.
Alley Oops (Janice Levy) J.J. Jax is a bully at school and likes to make fun of others kids and call them mean names; however, his father finds out and tells him a story about two dogs that live inside every person--a good one and a bad one.

Estos libros están en la biblioteca de la escuela.  Por favor, vengan a la biblioteca para pedirlos prestados.


Los 10 errores más comunes de los padres ... y como evitarlos  (Kevin Steede)


Los 7 hábitos de las familias altamente efectivas (Steven Covey)


Aprende a decir "NO" a tus hijos (Robert Langis)


Amo a mis hijos, pero ... ¿como educarlos?  Consejos prácticos para hacer de sus hijos personas de provecho (Pablo Mier y Terán)