Books on: Sharing & Co-Operation

Books to encourage children to share and co-operate, either with other family members, friends or the wider community.

Sharing a Shell
Author: Julia Donaldson
Illustrator: Lydia Monks
How this book may help: Encouraging sharing and co-operation.
A Hermit Crab finds his very own shell, only to discover that it already comes with an Anemone... read more

Tags: co-operation, sharing


This is Our House
Author: Michael Rosen
Illustrator: Bob Graham
How this book may help: Promoting tolerance, co-operation and acceptance. Celebrating diversity.
The story is set in an urban environment, in a playground surrounded by high-rise buildings. All... read more

Tags: co-operation, bullying, being different, diversity, prejudice, rudeness, sharing, tantrums


Christopher Nibble
Author: Charlotte Middleton
Illustrator: Charlotte Middleton
How this book may help: This book is a great way to introduce the 'green' issue of food sustainability in a very child-friendly way. It also promotes sharing and co-operation.
Christopher Nibble is a hamster who had one thing he loved more than football: eating dandelion... read more

Tags: co-operation, environment, sharing


Yummy Ice-Cream
Author: Emma Quay
Illustrator: Anna Walker
How this book may help: The book has the simple but effective message that sharing with friends is a good thing
Meet Panda, Sheep and Owl,who are friends forever. Both Panda and Sheep have ice-creams, but Owl... read more

Tags: behaviour, co-operation, friends, sharing


Funny Face
Author: Nicola Smee
Illustrator: Nicola Smee
How this book may help: A good starting point to chat to a very young child about emotions, for example, how they feel during a tantrum.
A lovely example of a first picture book, Nicola Smee's appealing illustrations shows a little... read more

Tags: anger, emotions, fears, sadness, sharing


Take turns, Max and Millie
Author: Felicity Brooks
Illustrator: Desideria Guicciardini
How this book may help: An ideal book to encourage a toddler to share.
Friends Max and Millie are finding it hard to share the big, new toy car at their nursery. Max... read more

Tags: behaviour, co-operation, friends, playgroup, sharing


Mine!
Author: Rachel Bright
Illustrator: Rachel Bright
How this book may help: A light-hearted way to introduce the concepts of sharing and co-operation to young children.
Twin girls Fifi and Frankie have very different tastes and preferences. While Fifi loves pink,... read more

Tags: behaviour, co-operation, family, jealousy, politeness, sharing, sibling, sister


The Happy Book
Author: Malachy Doyle
Illustrator: Caroline Uff
How this book may help: A great starting point for talking about both positive and negative feelings with very young children. This book may gently encourage co-operation and good behaviour.
This charming book contains simply written messages encouraging children to spread happiness to... read more

Tags: anger, anxiety, behaviour, bullying, emotions, environment, exercise, fears, sadness, sharing, tantrums


This Book Belongs to Aye-Aye
Author: Richard Byrne
Illustrator: Richard Byrne
How this book may help: This entertaining book explores the idea of 'being different'. The central character has less conventional looks than his classmates, but the story reveals that his kindness and intelligence are more important than the way he looks. The book also has an anti-bullying message.
The hero of the story is Aye-Aye (an Aye-Aye is a rather curious-looking animal that lives in the... read more

Tags: being different, bullying, co-operation, friends, helping, persistence, prejudice, school


Good Little Wolf
Author: Nadia Shireen
Illustrator: Nadia Shireen
How this book may help: Although predominantly an entertaining story, this quirky picture book also explores the idea of being true to oneself and defying stereotypes. It reinforces the message that you don't need to 'go with the crowd' if the crowd's actions are not wise.
Rolf is a good little wolf who likes gentle activities like baking, helping his friends and being... read more

Tags: behaviour, being different, bullying, helping, politeness


I Am Not a Copycat! (Hugo & Bella)
Author: Ann Bonwill
Illustrator: Simon Rickerty
How this book may help: This book comically reflects a behavioural quirk that many children display at some point: imitating those around them to the point of extreme annoyance! The story gently promotes tolerance in others.
Hugo the hippo is unique; only he can stand on his head, do the splits, touch his toes and... read more

Tags: co-operation, behaviour, friends


I'm the Happiest
Author: Anna Shuttlewood
Illustrator: Anna Shuttlewood
How this book may help: A lovely story which teaches children that the path to true happiness is to be content with what you already have. While all the other animals compete and compare, Racoon is happy to be himself.
While all the other animals are busy arguing over who is the best, only the Raccoon is happy for... read more

Tags: being different, confidence, diversity, friends, gratitude

The Selfish Crocodile
Author: Faustin Charles
Illustrator: Mike Terry
How this book may help: Encouraging sharing and co-operation.
The crocodile doesn’t want to share the river with anyone else – it is HIS river. Then one... read more

Tags: co-operation, sharing

Do Unto Otters: A Book about Manners
Author: Laurie Keller
Illustrator: Laurie Keller
How this book may help: Encouraging young children to respect differences in others and act with kindness and politeness.
Mr Rabbit's new neighbours are otters, which makes him nervous. He has never met an otter before,... read more

Tags: relationships, prejudice, politeness, manners, helping, friends, diversity, co-operation

Rude Rabbit
Author: Jacqui Hawkins
Illustrator: Colin Hawkins
How this book may help: Highlights the negative impact that bad manners and rudeness can have. Promotes the idea that if someone is polite then they will be happier and have more friends.
Rude Rabbit lives up to his name. He hasn't got any friends because of his rudeness and bad... read more

Tags: swearing, politeness, manners, helping, emotions, bullying, behaviour, anger, violence

Selfish Sophie
Author: Damian Kelleher
Illustrator: Georgie Birkett
How this book may help: Encouraging sharing, politeness and friendship.
Sophie doesn't like sharing. She keeps her books, sweets, cuddly toys and other things to herself.... read more

Tags: behaviour, co-operation, emotions, friends, politeness, rudeness, sharing, stubbornness

Excuse Me: Learning About Politeness
Author: Brian Moses
Illustrator: Mike Gordon
How this book may help: This informative little picture book asks the reader "how polite are you?" and covers many situations where a child may compare their own behaviour to the behaviour of the girl in the book.
Rather like a Debrett's guide for young children(!), this book covers how to behave in many... read more

Tags: politeness, party, manners, eating, compliance, co-operation, behaviour, rudeness, stubbornness, table manners

The Rainbow Fish
Author: Marcus Pfister
Illustrator:
How this book may help: This may encourage a child to share.
Fish is very proud of his beautiful scales. The other fish are transfixed by them, and ask him if... read more

Tags: co-operation, friends, sharing

Chill
Author: Carol Thompson
Illustrator: Carol Thompson
How this book may help: Acknowledges that everyday situations may give rise to negative emotions in young children. The story offers some practical suggestions that young children can use to ease anxiety and frustration, such as deep breathing.
Dolly the young pig sometimes like to play alone and sometimes play with her best friend Jack... read more

Tags: sharing, sadness, friends, emotions, co-operation, behaviour, anxiety, anger, stubbornness, tantrums

Happy Hector
Author: Polly Dunbar
Illustrator: Polly Dunbar
How this book may help: Helping children deal with sibling rivalry and sharing parental affections.
Hector is one of Tilly's toy friends, and loves being close to her. When Tilly's other toys decide... read more

Tags: co-operation, family, friends, sadness, sharing, sibling

I'm Special, I'm Me!
Author: Ann Meek
Illustrator: Sarah Massini
How this book may help: Promoting tolerance, co-operation and acceptance and celebrating diversity. May help to boost a child's self-esteem and realise that being different isn't a negative trait.
Milo is sad as his classmates have different ideas to him about what roles he should play in their... read more

Tags: friends, diversity, confidence, being different, prejudice

How Should I Behave?
Author: Mick Manning
Illustrator: Brita Granstrom
How this book may help: A good way to start a discussion with young children on what constitutes acceptable behaviour. Promotes good manners, co-operation, helping and politeness.
This book is set out in question and answer format and deals with behaviour: helpfulness,... read more

Tags: table manners, swearing, rudeness, politeness, manners, helping, compliance, co-operation, bullying, behaviour, tidiness

Share!
Author: Anthea Simmons
Illustrator: Georgie Birkett
How this book may help: This book may help to explore disgruntled feelings between an older and a younger baby sibling who at about 6 months is starting to want to play with their toys and things. It is hard to share everything and resentment can build up inside.
Sharing can seem difficult and a bit unfair, especially with a younger baby brother wanting to pull... read more

Tags: brother, co-operation, compliance, sharing, sibling, sister

Ribbit Rabbit
Author: Candace Ryan
Illustrator: Mike Lowery
How this book may help: This book follows two friends whilst they play, fight and then learn to share and help each other out so that they can have more fun together as friends
Ribbit and Rabbit are two friends who ‘dip it’ and ‘dap it’ when they go swimming and... read more

Tags: sharing, friends, co-operation

Another Fine Mess
Author: Tony Bonning
Illustrator: Sally Hobson
How this book may help: A tale about how each of us is responsible for our own rubbish and that one person’s rubbish is another’s treasure.
Fox lives in his rather messy den and one morning the postman delivers a letter from his Uncle... read more

Tags: helping, environment, co-operation

Hey! What's That Nasty Whiff?
Author: Julie Jarman
Illustrator: Garry Parsons
How this book may help: There are some positive messages about recycling and the environment, working together and helping each other within this fun picture book.
"Hyena was a cleaner, she kept things spick and span. She picked up after others with a little... read more

Tags: co-operation, environment, helping, recycling

At Home (Why Manners Matter)
Author: Jillian Powell
Illustrator:
How this book may help: This book covers the important aspects of living with others under the same roof while also providing good examples of the little things that can make life much more agreeable for everyone. It is written in a language that children can easily understand.
The book touches upon a number of situations and issues important for living together: “Thinking... read more

Tags: behaviour, co-operation, compliance, eating, family, manners, politeness, sharing, table manners, tidiness

Playing in the Park (Why Manners Matter)
Author: Jillian Powell
Illustrator:
How this book may help: This book covers the important aspects of playing with others in the park. It provides good examples of the little things that can make life much more agreeable for everyone and that make no-one feel excluded. It is written in language that children can easily understand.
The book touches upon a number of situations and issues important for a day in the playground,... read more

Tags: behaviour, co-operation, friends, sharing

Sidney Goes to School
Author: Sharon Rentta
Illustrator:
How this book may help: Children at school who may feel they aren't very good at anything or feel 'outshone' by another child in their clss and resort to bad behaviour to be noticed
Sidney is quite happy at school until Alfie the Chimp arrives. Alfie is good at everything and... read more

Tags: confidence, friends

The Bad Tempered Ladybird
Author: Eric Carle
Illustrator:
How this book may help: Encouraging children to share and value friendship, rather than bullying to get what they want.
The bad-tempered ladybird doesn't like to share and picks fights with all the other animals to get... read more

Tags: bullying, friends, relationships

Manfred the Baddie
Author: John Fardell
Illustrator: John Fardell
How this book may help: A cautionary tale to reinforce the message that people who behave badly are avoided by others.
Manfred the Baddie steals, kidnaps and bullies people, but one night ends up with a cold. No-one... read more

Tags: hitting, bullying, behaviour, violence

Pumpkin Soup
Author: Helen Cooper
Illustrator: Helen Cooper
Duck, Squirrel and cat live happily together until the day duck decides he wants to change his role... read more

Tags: relationships, helping, friends, co-operation, anger

Measuring Angels
Author: Lesley Ely
Illustrator: Polly Dunbar
Two little girls are given a sunflower seed to plant and care for but they argue and the plant... read more

Tags: friends, behaviour, relationships

The Sunflower Sword
Author: Mark Sperring
Illustrator: Miriam Latimer
How this book may help: A good choice of book to reinforce the message that friendship is far better than fighting. It also has a theme of acceptance, and encourages the reader not to judge people on outward appearance.
A small boy loves pretending to be a knight and slaying imaginary dragons. When he asks his mother... read more

Tags: relationships, hitting, friends, being different, violence

The Very Helpful Hedgehog
Author: Rosie Wellesley
Illustrator: Rosie Wellesley
How this book may help: Promotes friendly behaviour and willingness to help out
Isaac the hedgehog enjoys his own company until the day an apple falls onto his spikes. No matter... read more

Tags: co-operation, friends, helping

My Big Brother, Boris
Author: Liz Pichon
Illustrator: Liz Pichon
How this book may help: Shows children that teenage siblings, although they spend more time with their friends and sometimes argue with Mum and Dad, will always love them and remain part of the family.
Little Croc has tons of fun with his big brother Boris until he starts spending more time with his... read more

Tags: relationships, friends, family, co-operation, brother, behaviour, sibling

Little Croc and Bird
Author: Tony Maddox
Illustrator: Tony Maddox
How this book may help: Clearly demonstrates the benefits of playing kindly with others and may motivate over-boisterous children to curb their enthusiasm. The final page in which Little Croc briefly reverts to his previous mischievous ways reassures children that they do not have to behave perfectly all the time.
Chunky, bright illustrations capture Little Croc’s world of fun as he wreaks havoc jumping on... read more

Tags: co-operation, behaviour

Ping and Pong are Best Friends (mostly)
Author: Tim Hopgood
Illustrator: Tim Hopgood
How this book may help: When your child falls out with their best friend this book will show that even the greatest friendships have their ups and downs.
Ping and Pong are best friends but Ping gets tired of Pong always being the best at everything and... read more

Tags: co-operation, friends, jealousy

Hodge the Hedgehog
Author: Amy Sparkes
Illustrator: Benji Davies
How this book may help: Encourages children to see the pleasure in sharing and playing well with others.
Hodge the hedgehog is a hedge-hogger. He would rather have the hedge to himself and keeps all the... read more

Tags: behaviour, co-operation, emotions, friends, helping, manners, relationships, rudeness, sharing

It's Not Your's It's Mine!
Author: Susanna Moores
Illustrator: Susanna Moores
How this book may help: All young children find sharing extremely difficult. The story of Blieka and Blieka’s beloved ball will help a small child to acknowledge their own feelings of possessiveness and see the benefits of sharing.
Blieka’s ball was a special present and Blieka loves it, taking it everywhere and refusing to... read more

Tags: co-operation, emotions, friends, sharing

Bug and Bear
Author: Ann Bonwill
Illustrator: Layn Marlow
How this book may help: Children struggle at times to negotiate the ups and downs of friendship. This book reassures young children that though their friends may not always be in the mood to play with them, their friendship still endures.
Bear is not in the mood to play. She wants a nap. Bug wants to play and will not take no for an... read more

Tags: anxiety, co-operation, emotions, friends, relationships

The Tunnel
Author: Anthony Browne
Illustrator: Anthony Browne
How this book may help: Siblings frequently struggle to get along. This book will help brothers and sisters recognise the love that underlies their sometimes fraught relationship.
Rose and Jack do not like doing any of the same things and argue all the time when they are... read more

Tags: anxiety, brother, co-operation, family, friends, relationships, sister

Squirrel's Busy Day
Author: Lucy Barnard
Illustrator: Lucy Barnard
How this book may help: By sending out the message that friendship should be valued and that you should always find time to be with your friends.
Squirrel is busy collecting acorns and doesn’t have time to play with his friends. But when... read more

Tags: co-operation, friends, relationships

Witches and Fairies
Author: Eva Montanari
Illustrator: Eva Montanari
How this book may help: Children can sometimes form friendship circles which exclude others, which can be difficult for the children left on the outside. This book focusses on Clotilda, a little girl who doesn’t really fit into the group of fairies and group of witches she longs to play with.
Clotilda has to make do with watching them, or refereeing their races and battles. One night, the... read more

Tags: friends, diversity, confidence, co-operation, bullying, being different, prejudice

The Wolf Who Cried Boy!
Author: James O'Neill
Illustrator: Russell Ayto
How this book may help: Challenges preconceptions that may be associated with unfamiliar situations, and promotes tolerance of other ways of life.
On the outskirts of a village, there lives a pack of wolves. The villagers fear the wolves, and... read more

Tags: co-operation, diversity, fears, friends, prejudice

Put Away Your Phone!
Author: Tracy Bryan
Illustrator: David Barrow
How this book may help: Encourages a child to develop strategies to manage situations that make them cross. Helps a child to see that phones can be useful in an emergency, and forces parents to consider how much time they may be spending on their devices.
Emma is a little girl who struggles to get her parents’ attention, because they always seem to be... read more

Tags: anger, behaviour, co-operation, emotions, relationships, tantrums

Give that back, Jack!
Author: Phil Roxbee Cox
Illustrator: Jan McCafferty
How this book may help: Encourages good behaviour, co-operation and sharing.
Publisher's summary: "A cautionary tale for children everywhere. Jack is always taking things from his friends but when..." read more

Tags: behaviour, co-operation, sharing

Manners in School
Author: Arianna Candell
Illustrator: Rosa M.Curto
How this book may help: By encouraging children to behave in a thoughtful, polite and caring manner at school.
Publisher's summary: "The 'Manners' series shows children how to resolve small difficulties they might face in their..." read more

Tags: behaviour, bullying, co-operation, compliance, diversity, friends, hygiene, politeness, prejudice, school, sharing

Manners On Holiday
Author: Arianna Candell
Illustrator: Rosa M.Curto
How this book may help: The Manners books show children how to resolve small difficulties they might face in their daily lives. These stories help children to develop their social skills early in a fun and friendly way.
Publisher's summary: "In this story Peter and Sara are going on a summer camping holiday with their parents. At the..." read more

Tags: tidiness, table manners, swimming, sharing, rudeness, politeness, manners, hygiene, holidays, helping, health, friends, diversity, disability, compliance, co-operation, being different, behaviour, washing

Manners at the Park
Author: Arianna Candell
Illustrator: Rosa M.Curto
How this book may help: The Manners books show children how to resolve small difficulties they might face in their daily lives. These stories help children to develop their social skills early in a fun and friendly way.
Publisher's summary: "In this story, Lily, Julia, Peter, Jim and the other children all play in the park. They learn to..." read more

Tags: behaviour, co-operation, dog, environment, helping, manners, pet, road safety, sharing

Manners At Parties
Author: Arianna Candell
Illustrator: Rosa M.Curto
How this book may help: By encouraging children to behave in a thoughtful, polite and caring manner at a party.
Publisher's summary: "In this story, it is Mark's birthday and the children have fun at his party. They learn that it's..." read more

Tags: behaviour, co-operation, hair, helping, party, politeness, rudeness, sharing, table manners, tidiness

Please and Thank You: A Pirate Pete and Princess Polly book
Author: Amanda Li
Illustrator: Melanie Williamson
How this book may help: This appealingly illustrated book should encourage children to think of others and remember their manners.
Publisher's summary: "It's nice to have good manners! Join Pirate Pete and Princess Polly as they learn all about saying..." read more

Tags: behaviour, co-operation, compliance, friends, manners, politeness, rudeness, sharing, table manners

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