Which children’s books are the most helpful in teaching leadership to kids? I posed this question in my online leadership communities, as well as to parents, and a children’s librarian. The suggestions came pouring in. So many of us have fond memories of reading as a child and of reading with our own children. Thank you to all who shared your stories…of the stories you love and the meanings they hold.
In culling through the lists, it became clear to me that so many children’s books don’t speak of leadership directly… but they provide a great way to isolate one or two specific leadership variables. My son, Sebastian, age 7 and I went to the library and got a big stack of your suggestions. We’ve been playing a very simple game. We read the children’s book and then he tells me what leadership characteristic the book is about. He got so excited about the game that last Saturday he woke me up at 1 am asking to “play again.”
I am starting with children’s books for the younger set. I have some excitement brewing for the older crowd…stay tuned.
Children’s Books on Leadership Foundations
Here’s a start from your suggestions, with links on where to find them.
Please add to the list through your comments.
Some Questions That Spark Great Kid Conversation
What does this book teach us about leadership?
Who do you admire in this book? Why?
What other choices did ____ have?
What would you have done in this situation? Why?
What do you think happens next in this story?
What would you add to the list?