Sharing is Caring: Books to instill sharing in your children

We all want our children to be generous and share, but they seldom cooperate. “Mine!” is a common childhood phrase. How do we get them to share? These books will help your child understand the importance of sharing and give you a hand in instilling this altruistic trait in them.

Look for the companion list, Mind Your P’s and Q’s.

We Share Everything!

Robert N. Munsch

It's a lesson in sharing for these youngsters -- and for their teacher! It's the very first day of daycare, and Amanda and Jeremiah don't know what to do. They want to play with the same blocks, they want to use the same paint. But the teacher says they have to share... so they share everything. Even... their clothes?!?

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Too Many Carrots

Katy Hudson

Rabbit loves carrots. Maybe a little too much. In fact, his carrots are crowding him out of his cozy burrow. When his friends offer to help, that's just asking for trouble. This charming picture book shows how friendships can help through the rough spots in life.

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That Fruit Is Mine!

Anuska Allepuz

When five fruit-loving elephants spot a scrumptious hard-to-reach fruit high up in a tree, it's a race to see who can claim it first! But after one too many fumbles, the elephants begin to lose their cool, and the highly coveted fruit is whisked away by the teeny-tiniest of all jungle creatures—mice! The elephants soon realize they have a lot to learn from this cooperative little bunch.

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Sharing Is Fun

Joanna Cole

Andrew invites friends for a play date, and they learn about sharing. Includes notes for parents.

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The Pigeon Finds a Hot Dog!

Mo Willems

Pigeon learns about sharing when a curious duckling keeps asking questions about the hot dog Pigeon has found.

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Pig the Pug

Aaron Blabey

Pig is a selfish pug who does not want to share his toys with his canine housemate, Trevor--until an accident teaches him the value of friendship.

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People Share with People

Lisa Wheeler

People Don’t Bite People, this cheeky and charming picture book reminds little ones that sharing is caring. Learning good behavior has never been so fun! It’s good to share a blanket. It’s nice to share some fries. It’s great to share your crayons BEFORE somebody cries. Yes… People share with people! It’s not that hard to do. So if you’d like to cozy up… I’ll SHARE this book with you!

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One Big Pair of Underwear

Laura Gehl

Count and share with…underwear! What’s one thing that two bears, three yaks, four goats, and six cats have in common? They hate to share. But look out—here comes a pack of twenty pigs ready to prove that sharing makes everything twice as fun!

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Lou Peacock

When a little squirrel finds a big pile of nuts, she is very excited! But soon she is joined by another squirrel . . . and this squirrel thinks the nuts belong to him. When Rabbit, Bear, and Badger get involved, things get very confusing indeed! They won't even listen to wise old Owl. Will the squirrels ever learn to share?

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Not Fair, Won’t Share

Sue Graves, Desideria Guicciardini

When Nora does not let others play in the class space station, it makes everyone angry, including the teacher, and demonstrates the value of sharing and of managing anger, in a book with a story for children to retell and suggestions for parents.

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Shutta Crum

A young child does not want to share his toys with his baby sibling, but an encounter with the family dog teaches everyone the importance of sharing.

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Llama Llama Time to Share

Anna Dewdney

Llama has a sharing drama! Build a tower. Make a moat. Nelly's dolly sails a boat. What can Llama Llama add? Maybe sharing's not so bad. Llama Llama has new neighbors! Nelly Gnu and her mama stop by for a play date, but Llama's not so sure it's time to share all his toys. Maybe just his blocks? It could be fun to make a castle with Nelly . . . But wait--Nelly has Llama's little Fuzzy Llama! The fun turns to tears when Fuzzy Llama is ripped in two, "all because of Nelly Gnu!" Mama comes to the rescue and fixes Fuzzy, but she makes it clear: "I'll put Fuzzy on the stairs, until you're sure that you can share." Fun to read aloud and helpful to children and parents alike, Llama Llama Time to Share is for any child who needs a little encouragement in sharing.

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Lionel and the Lion’s Share

Lou Peacock

Lion the lion does NOT like to share. After all, lions always get the lion's share. He buys all the best instruments from the music ship, all the smartest hats from the hat shop and all the brightest balloons from the balloon stall. But at Chloe's birthday party Lionel goes too far and eats ALL the cake.

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It’s Mine!

Leo Lionni

Three selfish frogs quarrel over who owns their pond and island, until a storm makes them value the benefits of sharing.

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Friends Ask First!

Daniel remembers a time when he needed to share in this sweet board book based on an episode of Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood. Daniel is enjoying story time with his friends and learns that it’s important to ask first before taking things away from friends to make sure they are ready to share.

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Emily’s Sharing and Caring Book

Cindy Post Senning, Peggy Post, Leo Landry

Introduces manners, discussing the benefits of caring for and sharing with others by taking turns, sharing toys, and giving flowers.

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The Doorbell Rang

Pat Hutchins

Ma has made a dozen delicious cookies. It should be plenty for her two children. But then the doorbell rings -- and rings and rings. Each ring of the doorbell brings more friends to share the delicious cookies Ma has made.

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Do You Share?

Joanne Mattern

Explains the idea of sharing and emphasizes how important sharing is to being fair and being a good friend.

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Norris the Bear Who Shared

Catherine Rayner

Norris loves plorringes! When he spots one ripening in the afternoon sun, he sits back and patiently waits for the fruit to drop from the tree into his paws. But Norris isn't the only one who adores plorringes - pesky Tulip and Violet love them as well. Who will get their paws on the delicious fruit first?

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Anna Shares

Barbara Baker

When Justin comes over to play with Anna, her mother tries to teach her how to share, but after Justin leaves, Anna finds it much easier to share with teddy, who lets her eat all the cookies.

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