Bookbug Detective: Picture Books to Encourage Sharing
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My 3 year-old niece is having a difficult time learning to share with her younger sisters. She’s a very kind girl, but she has become very possessive of her toys (and her crisps, it seems!). Are there any good picture books about sharing that you can recommend?
You’re in luck! There are countless picture books on this theme, probably because what you describe with your niece is a very common problem for little ones. Books are a great way to help reinforce social skills like sharing. I’ve listed some of my favourites below:
- Mine! by Susie Lee Jin – who does the carrot belong to? Each of the rabbits is staking a claim. Will they learn to get along?
- All Mine! by Zehra Hicks – greedy Seagull keeps stealing Mouse’s lunch. A hilarious cautionary tale about sharing.
- Sharing a Shell by Julia Donaldson and Lydia Monks – a modern classic in which a hermit crab who doesn’t want to share his home learns the importance of friendship.
- The Selfish Crocodile by Faustin Charles and Michael Terry – this bright and colourful story tells of a very selfish crocodile who sees the error of his ways.
- Norris, the Bear Who Shared by Catherine Rayner - Norris loves plorringes; I mean, who doesn’t? But is he willing to share with his friends? Catherine Rayner’s illustrations are as beautiful as ever in this lovely story.
- Pumpkin Soup by Helen Cooper – a delicious cosy story about the ups and downs of friendship.
- Bear and Hare: Mine! by Emily Gravett – the loveable Bear and Hare return in another warm and funny tale. Can Bear teach Hare how to share?
- Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister – about the joy of sharing. An absolute classic!
- Share! by Anthea Simmons and Georgie Birkett – useful for teaching children how to share with their siblings.
- This is Our House by Michael Rosen and Bob Graham - George says the cardboard house is his and no one else can play with it. But when some of George's friends give him a taste of his own medicine and claim the house as theirs, he has to agree that it should be for everyone to play with.
Helping little ones learn about the importance of sharing rarely happens overnight, but hopefully one of these books will help to reinforce the message. Good luck!