Integrity – food for thought

Reading about integrity, with Graeme Dingle Foundation Marlborough

This term the focus for the Kiwi Can programme has been integrity – which we talk to the children about “doing the right thing, even when no one is watching”.

There are so many great books out there which are great for encouraging thinking and conversations about integrity – and reinforcing our children’s learning at home.

The list which follows are just some of the books on themes of integrity, honesty, trust, taking responsibility and being reliable. Some your children might read to themselves, and some you might like to read to them.

If we’ve missed your favourite off the list drop us a message on Facebook (@GraemeDingleFoundationMarlborough) to let us know!

Picture Books

  • We Found a Hat by Jon Klassen *
  • Splashdance by Liz Starin *
  • Leonardo the terrible monster by Mo Willems *
  • The little gardener by Emily Hughes *
  • Lost and found by Oliver Jeffers *
  • The Emperor’s new clothes (various versions) *
  • Pinocchio (various versions) *
  • Hollie Chips by Anna Gowan *
  • Fancy Nancy: My family history by Jane O’Connor *
  • The Berenstain Bears and the truth by Stan Berenstain *
  • The Berenstain Bears and the blame game by Stan Berenstain
  • Fiona’s little lie by Rosemary Wells *
  • Ruthie and the (not so) teeny tiny lie by Laura Rankin
  • The little lie by Sally Rippin *
  • The whopper by Rebecca Ashdown *
  • The Boy who cried wolf (various versions) *
  • And to think that I saw it on Mulberry Street by Dr Seuss *
  • Aesop’s Fables (various versions) *
  • A Bad Case of Stripes by David Shannon *
  • Arthur and the True Francine by Marc Brown
  • I’m telling the truth by Pat Thomas *
  • Oliver Fibbs and the clash of the mega robots by Steve Hartley *
  • Hippo owns up by Sue Graves *
  • I didn’t do it by Sue Graves *
  • Owning up by Janine Amos *
  • The Cat in the Hat comes back by Dr Seuss *
  • The Lorax by Dr Seuss *
  • I’m in charge by Jeanne Willis *
  • Star of the week by Shaquille O’Neal *
  • A Bargain for Frances by Russell Hoban
  • Alexander, Who Used to be Rich Last Sunday by Judith Viorst
  • I Just Forgot by Mercer Mayer

Sophisticated Picture Books

(Books for ‘big’ kids who like pictures, and more mature themes)

  • Dogger by Shirley Hughes *
  • Footsteps through the fog by Margaret Mahy *
  • Running with the horses by Alison Lester *
  • Frog and Toad together by Arnold Lobel *
  • The rabbit and the shadow by Melanie Rutten *
  • Billy by Kate de Goldi *
  • The promise by Nicole Davies *
  • The middle of nowhere by Geraldine McCaughrean *


Children’s Fiction

(for middle readers aged roughly 7+)

  • Clementine by Sara Pennypacker *
  • Ivy and Bean, bound to be bad by Annie Barrows *
  • Cleo Stories by Libby Gleeson, illustrated by Freya Blackwood *
  • The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate *
  • Charlotte’s web by E. B. White *
  • Mimi and the mountain dragon by Michael Morpurgo *
  • Two weeks with the Queen by Morris Gleitzman *
  • Moon over Manifest by Clare Vanderpool *

For Older readers

(Roughly 10+)

  • The Whale Rider by Witi Ihimaera *
  • The Giver by Lois Lowry *
  • True stories of heroes by Paul Dowswell *
  • Wonder by R. J. Palaccio *
  • The lion, the witch and the wardrobe by C S Lewis *
  • Wolf Hollow by Lauren Wolk *
  • Escape from Mr Lemoncello’s library by Chris Grabenstein *
  • The Wizard of Oz by Frank Baum *
  • Charlie and the chocolate factory by Roald Dahl *
  • I am Malala by Malala Yousafzai *
  • A night divided by Jennifer A. Nielsen *
  • A series of unfortunate events series by Lemony Snicket *
  • The Harry Potter series by J K Rowling *
  • The Lie Tree by Frances Hardinge *
  • Nevermoor by Jessica Townsend *
  • The Wombles series by Elizabeth Beresford *
  • Holes by Louis Sachar *
  • Blubber by Judy Blume *
  • Trash by Andy Mulligan *
  • Millions by Frank Cottrell Boyce *
  • The Power of One (young readers edition) by Bryce Courtenay *
  • The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas by John Boyne *

The * beside books in the list means it is (at the time of writing) available from Marlborough Libraries.

You should of course check the book to make sure it’s a good choice for your child. Your local librarians can help too – just ask them!

And from Monday 24th September (for the next couple of weeks) head in to the Blenheim library to choose from a display of great library books about integrity. Check it out…

Happy reading!

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