Morals are exhibited in young children by not only preaching but also seeing their parents and elders practicing them. Books play a vital role in teaching morals to kids. There are many short moral stories that tell us how ‘honesty is the best policy’ or ‘how confidence is a good thing but over-confidence is harmful’ and etc. We will discuss these stories in the forthcoming paragraphs.
What are morals?
Moral means any lesson that is usually learned from either a story or a personal experience. Most of the times, stories are used to instill good morals in children from a very young age. Both parents and teachers try to instill these morals in children. For example from a young age, we teach our child to always be respectful to elders and loving with those younger than us. We tell them how integrity is mandatory and how pride and greediness is a bad thing. We teach our kids to be kind, generous and helpful towards others. All these are examples of some good morals that every parent wants his child to adopt.
Below are 15 recommended books which I will mention the overall storyline and the moral that your child will learn from, so some spoiler alerts mentioned here!
Books in English animated with pictures that teaches morals
1. The Fox and the Grapes
Once upon a time, there was a fox that lived in a forest. One day the fox was walking through the forest in search of hunting and came across a bunch of grapes hanging from a branch. The fox was thirsty and after seeing the grapes he thought that these grapes would quench his thirst. The fox then jumped for the grapes but missed it. He tried again and again but couldn’t reach for the grapes. Finally, he gave up and walking away he said to himself that the grapes are sour anyway.
Moral: It’s easy to not like what it isn’t in your reach.
2. Bundle of sticks
There were two young brothers who hated each other. They would fight each other every day. One day their father handed them a bundle of sticks and asked the two to break the bundle and he promised to give them chocolate if they succeeded. Each tried to break the bundle but failed. Their father then asked them to try and break each stick at a time. The boys tried it and were successful. The father then told them how there is strength in unity. The boys hugged each other and promised to be united.
Moral: There is always strength in unity.
3. Goose that Laid the Golden Egg
There was a farmer that owned a goose and the goose gave a golden egg every day which provided the farmer and his family with enough money for their everyday needs. One day the greedy farmer came up with a reckless decision because he thought that why should he wait for an egg each day and why can’t he have all the eggs at once. He ended up cutting the goose’s stomach in search of the eggs but to no avail as the goose’s stomach was empty. In search of more, he lost what he already had. The moral of the story is that greediness is a bad thing.
Moral: Those who have plenty wants more and ends up losing everything
4. The Hare and the Tortoise
One day the hare and the tortoise decide to have a race. The hare was very proud of himself and was sure that he would win hence he challenged tortoise for the race to which the tortoise agreed. The hare ran very fast and was almost halfway when he noticed that the tortoise was still quite behind. The hare decided to lie down for a bit thinking that the tortoise would still take a lot of time to reach halfway but the tortoise walking slowly and steadily crossed the sleeping hare and won. The moral of the story is pride results in failure.
Moral: pride takes you nowhere
5. The Thirsty Crow
Once there was a crow that was very thirsty. He was in search of water when he saw a small pot that had water in it but the crow couldn’t reach down at the water level. After much thinking, he thought of a plan and started throwing pebbles in the pot. The water level rose and the crow was finally able to drink water.
Moral: Be creative in your solutions and do not give up when met with an obstacle.
Books in English animated with pictures that teaches honesty
6. The Boy Who Cried Wolf
There was a young shepherd who would take his sheep for grazing every day. Out of boredom he decided to play a prank and started shouting, “help! Help! The wolves will eat my sheep!’ The villagers came running to help the young boy but found out he was joking, they angrily left. The next day, he played the same prank the second time and the villagers left angrily again warning him to not do it now. However, after a while he saw a real wolf and cried for help but this time no one came to help and the wolf killed his sheep.
Moral: No one believes liars even when they are telling the truth.
7. The Honest Woodcutter
Once, there was a hardworking woodcutter who would go to the forest to cut the woods and would earn from selling those woods. One day, his ax fell in the river alongside the tree he was cutting. He cried a lot and prayed to God with all his heart as this was his only means of livelihood. The God answering his prayer asked him to put his hand deep in the river and take out an ax. He took out a silver ax. When God asked him if it’s his, he replies, ‘No, this isn't my ax’, he was again asked to put his hand in the river. This time he found a gold ax. God asked him again if it was his to which he again said no. The third time he finally found his ax. God was so impressed with his honesty that he gave him all three axes.
Moral: Honesty is the best policy.
8. The empty pot
Once an emperor distributed seeds to a number of children and told them that whoever grows the best flower will become the emperor's successor. Ping was a young boy who also got a seed from the emperor. He tried his best to grow a flower but failed. After a year, all the children went to the emperor with their flowers whereas Ping went with his empty pot. He told the emperor that he tried to grow a flower but couldn't succeed. The emperor then revealed that all the seeds were already cooked and wouldn't have grown a flower. He was so impressed by Ping's honesty that he declared him as his successor.
Moral: Always be honest in all situations, even when you are talking to someone of higher authority.
9. David Gets in Trouble
This is a very interesting story about a boy named David who always turned to lies to get out of uncomfortable situations. The story revolves around the journey of David, becoming a better person because telling the truth makes him feel better about himself than lying.
Moral: Be honest and own up your mistakes.
10. The Lazy Donkey
This is a story of a donkey and its owner. The donkey is supposed to carry sacks of salt on his back. One day the donkey falls in the river and the salt gets dissolved. The donkey then finds this as a great excuse to avoid work. He deliberately falls in the river for the next few days until one day the owner realizes that the donkey is doing this on purpose. He then replaces the salt sacks with cotton sacks. The donkey fells in the river but the wet cotton makes the load unbearable for him. The donkey then realizes his lesson and starts working honestly.
Moral: Be fair and honest in your work.
Books in English animated with pictures that teaches obedience
11. Little Red Learns to Obey
This book by Geri Gilstrap is a very effective book to teach your little ones the importance of obedience. The amazing and colorful illustrations are one of the many reasons to add this to your kid’s small library of moral books.
12. Don't Let Pigeon Drive the Bus
The book revolves around obedient children and a pigeon who is trying to convince the children to disobey the driver, and let it drive the bus! Your kids are sure to learn the significance of obedience with this storybook.
13. Silly Tilly and the Royal Rules
This book is about a young princess named Tilly who hates following rules and like being carefree and just wants to have fun. However, Prince Willy shows her that rules are important and in the end she learns to obey the rules.
14. What If Everybody Did That?
This book depicts a world without any rules and regulations. It shows the picture of the world without any rules but eventually, in the end, it shows why it is important to follow rules.
15. Danger at Coaster Cliff
This story is about three young kids who want to have fun. One day they go to a cliff and being a little more adventurous, they end up disobeying their grandfather. They climb the roller coaster and get themselves stuck at the top. In the end, they eventually realize that disobeying their grandfather was a bad idea and one should also obey his elders.
Children books are a very creative and fun way to inhibit morals in a child. These books help in showing the difference between good and bad through colorful pictures. Listening and reading these tales help children learn these morals and practice them in their day to day lives.