Reading about respect

Reading about respect with Kiwi Can Marlborough

Reading about respect

Each term in the Kiwi Can programme we focus on a different concept or theme – and this term the focus is on respect. We’re exploring ideas of respect for people, places and things. (You can also find out more about what we’re learning this term on our blog here).

Would you like to help extend this learning at home? It can be as simple as sharing a story together or talking about the ideas in a book. There are a wealth of books out there which are ideal for encouraging thinking and talking about respect – and reinforcing our children’s learning at home.

The list which follows are just some of the books on themes of respect. Some are suitable for children to read to themselves, and others are better for reading together. Some of the books have been chosen because characters role-model good respectful behaviour and choices – acting with empathy, caring for a place, the environment or other people’s belongings. In other books there are characters who are the complete opposite! Sometimes these ‘villains’ (or good characters struggling with a hard choice) can really spark off a good conversation about what respect does – and doesn’t – look like!

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

Note: 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 [date] (for the next couple of weeks) head in to the Blenheim and Picton libraries to choose from a display of great library books about respect. Check it out…

Happy reading!



Books about respect

Picture Books

  • David goes to school by David Shannon *
  • The bad-tempered ladybird by Eric Carle *
  • Yoko by Rosemary Wells
  • Where the wild things are by Maurice Sendak *
  • Ordinary Mary’s extraordinary deed by Emily Pearson *
  • Because Amelia smiled by David Ezra Stein
  • Aesop’s Fables (various versions) *
  • The Sneetches by Dr Seuss *
  • The Lorax by Dr Seuss *
  • The Butter Battle book by Dr Seuss
  • Thidwick the big-hearted moose by Dr Seuss *
  • Horton hears a who! by Dr Seuss *
  • The Berenstain Bears forget their manners by Stan and Jan Berenstain *
  • Everyone matters by Pat Thomas
  • Giraffes can’t dance by Giles Andreae *
  • The kuia and the spider by Patricia Grace
  • Faces, faces, faces by Jeremy Sinclair *
  • Amos and Boris by William Steig *
  • No more teasing by Emma Chichester Clark
  • Whoever you are by Mem Fox *
  • Red: A crayon’s story by Michael Hall *
  • The little gardener by Emily Hughes *
  • Last stop on Market Street by Matt De La Pena *
  • Wolf won’t bite by Emily Gravett *
  • Please Mr Panda by Steve Antony *
  • Elmer by David McKee *
  • Pig and small by Alex Latimer *
  • Robinson by Peter Sis *
  • Rude cakes by Rowboat Watkins *
  • Sandwich swap by Queen Rania *
  • Strictly no elephants by Lisa Mantchev *
  • Same, same, but different by Jenny Sue Kostecki-Shaw *

Sophisticated Picture Books

Books for big kids who like pictures, mature themes

  • Great joy by Kate DiCamillo
  • The way I act by Steve Metzger
  • Do unto otters by Laurie Keller
  • Each Kindness by Jacqueline Woodson
  • Chrysanthemum by Kevin Henkes
  • How to heal a broken wing by Bob Graham
  • The Snake and Lizard series by Joy Cowley *
  • Jo-Jo the melon donkey by Michael Morpurgo *
  • The rabbits by John Marsden *
  • Piggybook by Anthony Browne
  • The Fabulous Friend Machine by Nick Bland *
  • Invisible boy by Trudy Ludwig *


Children’s Fiction

For middle readers aged 7 years+

  • The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate *
  • Loser by Jerry Spinelli *
  • Matilda by Roald Dahl *
  • Staying alive in Year Five by John Marsden
  • Charlotte’s web by E. B. White *
  • Clarice Bean spells trouble by Lauren Child *
  • Ivy and Bean by Annie Barrows *
  • Harriet the spy by Louise Fitzhugh *
  • The Boy who Swam with Piranhas by David Almond *


For Older readers

10 years+

  • The Whale Rider by Witi Ihimaera *
  • The Giver by Lois Lowry *
  • Wonder by R. J. Palaccio *
  • Aim high by David Hill *
  • The Cay by Theodore Taylor
  • Charlie and the chocolate factory by Roald Dahl *
  • Danny the champion of the world by Roald Dahl *
  • The magic finger by Roald Dahl *
  • The silent one by Joy Cowley *
  • The Harry Potter series by J K Rowling *
  • Not bad for a bad lad by Michael Morpurgo *
  • Listen to the moon by Michael Morpurgo *
  • Mary Poppins by P.L Travers
  • Warrior Scarlet by Rosemary Sutcliff
  • Out of my mind by Sharon Draper *
  • The great Gilly Hopkins by Katherine Paterson
  • The Power of One (young readers edition) by Bryce Courtenay *
  • The Champion by Maurice Gee *
  • The story of Doctor Dolittle by Hugh Lofting *
  • Mrs Frisby and the rats of Nimh by Robert C. O’Brien *
  • Gulliver’s travels by Jonathan Swift
  • Respect by Michaela Morgan *
  • Blubber by Judy Blume *
  • The hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien *
  • Hi there, Supermouse! by Jean Ure
  • When Hitler stole pink rabbit by Judith Kerr *
  • The witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare *
  • Accidental superstar by Marianne Levy *
  • Gods and warriors by Michelle Paver *
  • The ACB with Honora Lee by Kate De Goldi *
  • The Lie Tree by Frances Hardinge *
  • The long-lost secret diary of the world’s worst dinosaur hunter by Tim Collins *



  • Where children sleep by James Mollison
  • Respect by Kimberley Jane Pryor *
  • What is respect? by Etan Boritzer *
  • Respect and take care of things by Cheri J Meiners *
  • Respecting others by Steffi Cavell-Clarke *
  • Celebrating different beliefs by Steffi Cavell-Clarke *
  • Every child has rights: a photographic declaration for kids *

There are other non-fiction books around the (Dewey decimal number) 179 in the non-fiction section of your library. If you get stuck, just ask your librarian!


Kiwi Can respect display, Marlborough Libraries 2018

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