“Liar, Liar Pants On Fire”,
is what I’m screaming in my head as I look into the eyes of my 5 year old as he searches for the right words to convince me of his truth. I’ve been here before with my oldest son, seen all the signs, and I knew that this moment would be inevitable.
As a parent I accept that my children are learning and exploring their limits. I’m sure lying has to do with the desire to be praised and never wanting to be on the receiving end of disappointment. Either way this has got to end and a week of reading aloud stories about honesty is just what the mommy doctor is ordering.
I checked out a few books about the subject matter and had several to choose from at my local library. These 5 books were the ones that my children and I most enjoyed. I have to say, after reading these books together as family and having open conversation about truth versus lies and consequences, my children have been practicing honesty a lot more. Adding these books to our home library is a must.
5 Books to Keep Kids Honest
- “The Wolf Who Cried Boy” by Bob Harman. A delightful creative spin on a classical tale, young readers will laugh out loud at the end.
- “Edwurd Fudwupper Fibbed Big” by Berkerley Breathed. Edwurd likes to cause mischief but when his little sister saves him from a giant alien, he learns a valuable lesson in honesty.
- “Tell The Truth B.B. Wolf” by Judy Sierra, illustrated by Jotto Seirold. It’s never too late to learn from your mistakes and the Big Bad Wolf, a.k.a. BB Wolf, is no exception.
- “The Boy Who Cried Ninja” by Alex Latimer. Ever wanted to know what would happen if the tales became real? This book will have you second-guessing your own reality.
- “Pinocchio” by Carlo Collodi, illustrated by Manuela Adreani. A wonderful adaptation of Carlo Collodi timeless tale, Manuela Adreani’s illustrations are poetic and magical.
This is my charismatic and energetic 5 year old. Speaking in full sentences at 18 months old, he has never met a stranger and knows everyone by name. He loves building legos, playing sports, and is a great speller!
Do you have any favorite books that teaches children life long lessons or morals? Please share in the comment section.