Character Building Story Books

Sometime back I mentioned I was looking for story books that were useful for teaching children about values.  Mel suggested a series called “Help Me Be Good” which is apparently being sold by Grolier.  So I tried to call them to find out more about the series but I guess I must have really offended them after my last purchase from them since they haven’t bothered to send me anything.  You see, I’m the sort of person that sells myself on something.  You don’t need to send me a sales rep.  You just have to leave me your catalogues and let me browse through them in my own time.  I’ll convince myself that I need your product.

Anyway, since they couldn’t be bothered to get back to me, I Googled the series and found that it is a 28 book series for children aged 5-7 years, covering the following subjects:

  • being lazy
  • being forgetful
  • being careless
  • being messy
  • being wasteful
  • overdoing it
  • showing off
  • being a bad sport
  • being selfish
  • being greedy
  • breaking promises
  • disobeying
  • lying
  • interrupting
  • whining
  • throwing tantrums
  • complaining
  • teasing
  • tattling
  • gossiping
  • being rude
  • snooping
  • cheating
  • stealing
  • being bullied
  • being bossy
  • being destructive
  • fighting
  • being mean

And while I was looking this up, I discovered that the author, Joy Berry, has also written another series which I think would be very appropriate for Gavin.  It’s called the “Let’s Talk About” series for a slightly younger audience, which covers some topics that I feel are particularly relevant to Gavin right now, like “Needing Attention“, “Being Patient“, “Feeling Angry“, and “Feeling Afraid“.

Now I realise that it’s going to take more than reading a few story books to correct behaviours, but I think it’s a good start…

Published by Shen-Li

SHEN-LI LEE is the author of “Brainchild: Secrets to Unlocking Your Child’s Potential”. She is also the founder of (a website on parenting, education, child development) and (a website on Right Brain Education, cognitive development, and maximising potentials). In her spare time, she blogs on Forty, Fit & Fed, and Back to Basics.

6 thoughts on “Character Building Story Books

  1. Hi Shen,

    I’m also interested in the “Let’s talk about” series.
    Drop me a line when u r placing the order. I would like to get that for Charmayne too. Just point me to the right direction & I’ll get it sorted out

    Wen Nie


  2. Thanks, Elize. Will do. Am still keen to get Gavin his own copy, though. He’s relating well to stories. The other day, I managed to use one of his Thomas stories to point out the negative effects of lying. Hmmm… maybe if I get creative we can turn more of his Thomas stories into a moral story :-p

    Wen Nie – I contacted grolier and scholastic. No one’s gotten back to me. I spoke to Gavin’s school and they are members of the scholastic book club. The series isn’t in the current catalogue but they will check to see if they can get it for me. I’ll keep you posted.


  3. Wen Nie – Grolier says they have stands and shops at Tesco and Giant. I’m planning to go check out the one near The Curve. I think we could really do with the one about “needing attention”.


  4. I went to check it out… It’s a Grolier stand. The price is steep unless you get their package. But that means you have to buy other stuff from them and you still end up paying a lot.

    In the end I bought it online from eBay. It was cheap! US$90 including shipping for 29 books.


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