50 More Inspiring Children's Books With a Positive Message

02/19/2014 06:04 pm ET | Updated Apr 21, 2014
Julie Handler

"There are many little ways to enlarge your child's world. Love of books is the best of all." -Jacqueline Kennedy

"There is more treasure in books than in all the pirate's loot on Treasure Island."
-Walt Disney

The response to my first list of 50 Inspiring Children's Books with a Positive Message has been incredible! Clearly, there was a need for it. Through the research that I was doing, this has really become a labor of love for me. I am passionate about the importance of getting kids to love books early on. They are not only expanding their skills and knowledge, but also acquiring that lifelong love of learning. When we expose our kids to a variety of positive and inspirational content early and on a regular basis, we can make a profound difference in their lives and help encourage a growth mindset.

Here's to making a difference -- one book at a time. (I have found many wonderful books through your suggestions after my original list. So please continue to add your favorite inspirational books in the comment section below.)

50 More Inspiring Children's Books With a Positive Message, in alphabetical order:

  • 1 A Mother for Choco by Keiko Kasza
  • 2 A Mother's Promise by Lisa Humphrey
  • 3 All in a Day by Cynthia Rylant
  • 4 Amazing Grace by Mary Hoffman
  • 5 An Awesome Book Of Love by Dallas Clayton
  • 6 Bagels for Benny by Aubrey Davis
  • 7 Chloe, Instead by Micah Player
  • 8 Clarice Bean, What Planet Are You From? by Lauren Child
  • 9 Dreams to Grow On by Christine Hurley Deriso
  • 10 Every Little Thing by Cedella Marley
  • 11 Feathers and Fools by Mem Fox
  • 12 Four Feet Two Sandals by Karen Lynn Williams and Khadra Mohammed
  • 13 Giraffes Can't Dance by Giles Andreae
  • 14 Give a Goat by Jan West Schrock
  • 15 Green Smoothie Magic by Victoria Boutenk
  • 16 Here Come the Girl Scouts! by Shana Corey
  • 17 How Full is Your Bucket? For Kids by Tom Rath
  • 18 I Had a Favorite Dress by Boni Ashburn
  • 19 I Like Myself! by Karen Beaumont
  • 20 In the Garden with Dr. Carver by Susan Grigsby
  • 21 Is There Really a Human Race? by Jamie Lee Curtis and Laura Cornell
  • 22 It Jes' Happened: When Bill Traylor Started to Draw by Don Tate
  • 23 Kathryn the Grape: Just Like Magic by Kathryn Cloward and Jody Duhamel
  • 24 Kiki's Hats by Warren Hanson
  • 25 Lacey Walker, Nonstop Talker by Christianne Jones
  • 26 Life Doesn't Frighten Me by Maya Angelou
  • 27 Love You Forever by Robert Munsch
  • 28 Love You When... by Linda Kranz
  • 29 Miss Rumphius by Barbara Cooney
  • 30 Old Turtle by Douglas Wood
50 Children's Books with a Positive Message, Chosen By Julie Handler