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Suggested Books that Can Be Used to Reinforce the 7 Habits


Lower Elementary Book List


Habit 1 - Be Proactive:

Amazing Grace by Mary Hoffman

The Little Engine that Could by Watty Piper

King Bidgood’s in the Bathtub by Audrey Wood

The Very Lonely Firefly by Eric Carle

The Carrot Seed by Ruth Krauss


Habit 2 - Begin with the End in Mind:

The Very Busy Spider by Eric Carle

Whistle for Willie by Ezra Jack Keats

Click, Clack, Cows that Moo by Doreen Cronin

Pancakes, Pancakes by Eric Carle

Galimoto by Karen Lynn Williams


Habit 3 - First Things First:

Froggy Gets Dressed by Jonathan London

The Little Red Hen by Paul Galdone

The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle

Alejandro’s Gift by Richard E. Albert

Jamaica’s Find by Juanita Havill


Habit 4 – Think Win-Win:

Alexander and the Wind-Up Mouse by Leo Lionni

The Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister

The Doorbell Rang by Pat Hutchins

The Very Clumsy Click Beetle by Eric Carle

Let’s Be Enemies by Janice May Udry


Habit 5 - Seek First to Understand then to Be Understood:

Stellaluna by Janell Cannon

The True Story of the Three Little Pigs by Jon Scieszka

The Runaway Bunny by Margaret Wise Brown

Are You My Mother? by P.D. Eastman

Is Your Mama a Llama? by Deborah Guarino


Habit 6 - Synergy:

Ox-Cart Man by Donald Hall

Swimmy by Leo Lionni

A Chair for My Mother by Vera B. Williams

Clifford’s Spring Clean-Up by Norman Bridwell

How the 2nd Grade Got $8205.50 to Visit the Statue of Liberty by Nathan Zimelman


Habit 7 – Sharpen the Saw:

Owl Moon by Jane Yolen

The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats

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

Henry Hikes to Fitchburg by D. B. Johnson

Me I Am! by Jack Prelutsky



Upper Elementary Book List



Habit 1 - Be Proactive:

“Jeremy Thatcher, Dragon Hatcher” by Bruce Coville                                                                                         
“On My Honor” by Marion Bauer                                                                                                                   
“Someday a Tree” by Eve Bunting                                                                                                                
“Salt in His Shoes, Michael Jordan: In Pursuit of a Dream” by Deloris Jordan                                                                                   
“The Real McCoy: The Life of an African-American Inventor” by Wendy Towle

Habit 2 - Begin with the End in Mind:

“Where Do You Think You’re Going, Christopher Columbus?” by Jean Fritz                                                                  
“Lucy Mastermind” by Alan Feldman                                                                                                                   
“Eddie, the Incorporated” by Phyllis Naylor                                                                                                            
“Bobby Baseball” by Robert Kimmel Smith                                                                                                              
“The School Story” by Andrew Clements
Habit 3 - Put First Things First: 
"The Week Mom Unplugged the TV’s” by Terry Wolfe Phelan                                                                                          
“Irving Black’s Strange Snack” by Roz Rosenbluth                                                                                               
“Esperanza Rising” by Pam Munoz Ryan                                                                                                                     
“The TV Kid” by Betsy Byars                                                                                                                               
“Justin & the Best Biscuits in the World” by Mildred Pitts Walter

Habit 4 - Think Win-Win:

“The Butter Battle Book” by Dr. Seuss                                                                                                               
“Dragon Stew” by Tom McGowen                                                                                                                              
“Law of the Great Peace” by John Bierhart                                                                                                                 
“The Checker Players” by Alan Venable                                                                                                              
“Hiawatha, Messenger of Peace” by Dennis Brindell Fradin

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

“Marrying Malcolm Murgatroyd” by Mame Farrell                                                                                                       
“Witch of Blackbird Pond” by Elizabeth George Speare                                                                                                
“Rules” by Cynthia Lord                                                                                                                                   
“Veronica Knows Best” by Nancy Robinson                                                                                                                     
“The Bully of Barkham Street” by Leonard Shortall

Habit 6 - Synergize:

“The View from Saturday” by E.L. Konigsburg                                                                                                                            
“A Wrinkle in Time” by Madeline L’Engle                                                                                                                                      
“Ruby Holler” by Sharon Creech                                                                                                                                             
“The Chalk box Kid” by Clyde Robert Bulla                                                                                                                           
“Chicken Sunday” by Patricia Polacco

Habit 7 - Sharpen the Saw:

“The Mysteries of Harris Burdick” by Chris Van Allsburg                                                                                                           
“Uncle Willie and the Soup Kitchen” by DyAnne DiSalvo Ryan                                                                                                      
“The New Kid on the block” by Jack Prelutsky                                                                                                                              
“A Light in the Attic” by Shel Silverstein                                                                                                                                   
“Wind in the Long Grass: A Collection of Haiku” edited by William Higginson