Lessons and Values in Stories

For centuries, family members have been telling stories. While people tell stories for a myriad of reasons, many tales reflect the wisdom of those that have come before us and serve to teach valuable lessons. Stories are a great way to share important values in an entertaining, often poignant way.

During our experience of looking for new books to share during our story times Library Staff have discovered some books that illuminate important truths while providing interesting plots and delightful illustrations. Here’s a list of books and possible lessons to be learned that you can share with your family:

  • The Honest-To-Goodness Truth by Patricia C. McKissack – telling the truth with kindness
  • Precious and Boo Hag by Patricia C. McKissack – the importance of obeying parents and using one’s wits

***Patricia McKissack will be visiting the Schlafly Branch Library on April 26th at 7 p.m. talking about her life and books.***

  • Mr. Peabody’s Apples, Loren Long and Madonna’s version of an old tale– making assumptions and spreading rumors can be hurtful
  • The Hungry Coat: A Tale from Turkey by Demi – the importance of not judging people by appearances
  • A Pride of African Tales by Donna L. Washington offers a plethora of valuable lessons including the importance of being careful of what you say, especially to loved ones.

Talk with the staff at your local library about other titles and themes that interest you and your family.


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