Books for Teaching the 7 Habits (Leader in Me)

One of the best ways to teach the 7 Habits in the classroom is through the use of books. As students see characters in a book who deal with problems, make decisions, and learn character traits, they are able to make connections and see how to grow themselves.  While the 7 Habits are infused in our class every day, there are times that I want to directly teach the 7 Habits. Typically, this is at the beginning of the year that I spend a lot of time teaching them directly. However, I continue to tie the 7 Habits into lessons throughout the year. In fact, I can almost guarantee that you will be able to make connections to one or even more of the Habits in any book you read!

Here are some of my favorite books to use for teaching the 7 Habits:

The 7 Habits of Happy Kids Collection by Sean Covey

The 7 Habits of Happy Kids by Sean Covey

Habit 1: Be Proactive



Habit 2: Begin With the End in Mind

The Very Busy Spider by Eric Carle

Pancakes, Pancakes by Eric Carle

Habit 3: Put First Things First

The Little Red Hen by Paul Galdone

The Berenstain Bears & the Messy Room by Stan & Jan Berenstain

Habit 4: Think Win-Win

The Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister

Can I Play Too? by Mo Willems

Habit 5: Seek First to Understand, Then to Be Understood

A Big Guy Took My Ball! by Mo Willems

The Berenstain Bears & the Trouble With Friends

Habit 6: Synergize

A Chair for My Mother by Vera B. Williams

Now One Foot, Now the Other by Tomie dePaola

Habit 7: Sharpen the Saw

Don't Let the Pigeon Stay Up Late! by Mo Willems

The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats

What are some books you have used to teach the 7 Habits? I'd love to hear from you!

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